Vermont Humanities

Border Crossings

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Reading and Discussion

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge.

Books in this Series

  • Refugees  by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Collection of short stories about the hardships and dreams of migrants caught between two worlds, that of  their Vietnamese homeland and adopted country.  Pulitzer-prize winning author‘s family in 1975 became refugees and writes of characters haunted by ghosts.
  • The Line Becomes A River  by Francisco Cantú – A memoir by a former border patrol officer and son of a Mexican immigrant, this work goes well behind today’s headlines, creating lasting images and better understanding.
  • Crossers by Philip Caputo is a novel about 3 generations of ranchers on the Mexican/ Arizona border. Moving between eras and countries, it illuminates the transborder conflict: Migrants fleeing poverty and terror at great peril and the resultant cost and fear for homeowners.
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – The Pakistini author has created a compelling, inventive novel that follows two young lovers as they leave a country in civil war.  They struggle to not just survive, but to retain their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands.

How to Book this Series

Please browse the list of available facilitators below. Then contact your chosen facilitator to discuss the timing and other details of the series. Finally, select the “Book this Series” button and fill out our online Reading & Discussion Request Form.

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Questions?

Please contact Toussaint St. Negritude at 802-262-1361 or tstnegritude@vermonthumanities.org.

Available Facilitators

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Woman leading a book discussion group with a book open on her lap
Woman leading a book discussion group with a book open on her lap
Woman leading a book discussion group with a book open on her lap
Woman leading a book discussion group with a book open on her lap
Vermont Humanities*** June 7, 2018