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Between the Lines

October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Meetings: Mondays, October 12, 26
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Virtual Events
📚 The Penn Museum invites you to unlock the human experience through literature. Join us for a unique twist on the classic book club model featuring carefully curated books with cultural connections, moderated by Penn Museum curators and special guests. A new book will be featured each month, from June through December.
📚 Each month, Between the Lines participants will meet three times through interactive video conferencing: a kickoff, a check-in, and a concluding meeting at the end of the book. Readers are encouraged to continue the conversation and chat beyond these virtual meetings in the private Between the Lines Facebook Group. The moderator will share additional connections to the collection, supplemental readings and videos, and guiding questions through the virtual meetings and Facebook group.
October’s Featured Book: “The Nine Guardians” by Rosario Castellanos
📚 Rosario Castellanos (1925–1974) has written a haunting novel set against the Mexican Revolution. She gives much of the narration over to a seven-year-old girl, who introduces characters simply yet vividly, like a series of candid snapshots.
The girl observes her rather remote parents—Cesar Arguello, a wealthy landowner whom she can describe only up to his knees, and his wife, who spends her time caring for a local hunchback to ensure her place in heaven. Contrasted with them is Nana, the nurturing Indian servant who has cared for the girl and her younger brother, Mario, since birth.
As the Indians rise up against the landowners and demand their rights, Castellanos suggests that the rest of society should do the same against the fetters of male supremacy. Ultimately, while their father struggles to hold on to some scrap of the ranch for Mario’s future, both children become the innocent victims of their moral and social inheritance.
Moderated by Carlos José Pérez Sámano
Global Guide, Mexico and Central America Gallery
📚 Born in Mexico City, Carlos José Pérez Sámano is part of the “Earthquake Generation,” a generation of people living in Mexico known for their resilience and commitment to helping others, as a result of a 1985 earthquake that caused major destruction and casualties. Carlos began his work in marketing for a transnational company but he exited this job for new opportunity building rural schools in East Africa, where he learned to speak Swahili.
After living in Tanzania, he founded Experiex Trips, a social enterprise that changes the way people experience cultures through immersion trips. Carlos is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mexican Global Network, a network of talented Mexicans in diaspora with more than 6,000 members worldwide. An expert storyteller with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Publishing, Carlos is the author of four books and a contributor to numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Learn more at perezsamano.com.
 $5 General Admission
Includes 3 meetings
Learn more: bit.ly/3gKwbPf


October 12
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


The Penn Museum