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Cuesta College Book of the Year 2016: Barbarian Nurseries by Hécor Tobar

The great panoramic social novel that Los Angeles deserves—a twenty-first century West Coast Bonfire of the Vanities by the only writer qualified to capture the city in all its glory and complexity.

With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

“Maybe innocence is a skin you must shed to build layers more resistant to the caustic truths of the world.”
― Héctor Tobar, The Barbarian Nurseries

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Héctor Tobar will be appearing March 15th at Cuesta College Performing Arts Center 5-7pm for a lecture and book signing. Parking is free in lot 2. Tickets will be available through the CPAC website. $5 General admission, free for veterans and students. For student tickets, call Carolyn Lorimer 805-546-3190
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Book of the Year is a program of the Academic Senate of Cuesta College and the SLO County Public Library SLO Reads Program. Sponsored by Cuesta College Friends of the Library, San Luis Obispo County Library, and the Cuesta College Cultural Diversity and Student Equity Committee


Past Book of the Year Events

2015: Yellow Birds
2015: Video of Kevin Powers at the CPAC
2015: Calendar (PDF)
2015: Save the date postcard (PDF)

2014: Orange is the New Black
2014: Video of Piper Kerman at the CPAC
Schedule of Events (PDF)
Save the Date Postcard (PDF)
2014: Save the Date Flyer (PDF)

2013: Language of Flowers
2013 Videos of Vanessa Diffenbaugh Lecture and Stepping up for Emancipating Foster Youth Panel Events
Interview with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh on KCBX
2013 Cuesta Events Schedule (PDF)
2013 San Luis Obispo County Library Schedule of Events (PDF)
2013 Save the Date Postcard (PDF)

2012: In the Neighborhood
2012 Winedown Fundraiser
2012 Calendar of Events (PDF)
2012 Pocket Media Festival
2012 Peter Lovenheim Video

2011: Farm City
2011 calendar

2011 films
2011 library events

2010: Enrique's Journey
2010 calendar
2010 films

2009: When the Emperor was Divine
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