¡Hola Anchorage! Visiting bookstore offers glimpse of Mexico
Readers rejoice – a traveling Spanish-language bookstore is visiting Anchorage for the rest of the year, providing thousands of volumes as well as a meeting place.
The Anchorage Museum held an opening Saturday for Librería Donceles in Suite 114 of Anchorage’s Downtown Transit Center. The store, which takes its name from a street of used-book stores in Mexico City, carries 10,000 books and will be in Anchorage until Jan. 6.
“Although the books within it are Spanish-language specific, Librería Donceles reflects on issues pertinent to all people who speak languages other than English: access, equity and inclusion,” museum staff wrote.
The store is the brainchild of New York City artist Pablo Helguero. He says he's interested by the idea that people in the Americas belong to the same hemisphere of just two continents, but seem very divided.
Helguero has taken the store to 12 cities, and says the museum invited him to set up shop downtown.
"Alaska has such a strong connection to Native languages,” Helguero said. “I think we felt this would be a really interesting project to have here, so we can talk about also not just the Spanish language, but the diversity of languages that exist in the region.”
All of the store’s books cost whatever you're willing to pay, but you can only buy one book per day, however. The proceeds will go toward promoting Latin American culture.
Librería Donceles’ opening event will continue through 7 p.m. Saturday. It will also host an art class Sunday afternoon; details from the museum’s website are below, in both English and Spanish.
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Librería Donceles (Anchorage Downtown Transit Center)
Join visiting artists Gabriela Galvan and Mayra Cecilia Palafox in Librería Donceles for a workshop exploring the art of storytelling. Participants will hear stories chosen from the Librería Donceles collection then practice techniques writing and illustrating their own histories. Instructed in both Spanish and English. Materials provided. Best for ages 6 and older; adult companions required for participants ages 12 and younger. $10 per registrant, museum members receive a 10 percent discount.
2 a 4 p.m. Domingo, 16 set, Librería Donceles (Anchorage Downtown Transit Center)
Conozcan a las artistas Gabriela Galvan y Mayra Cecilia Palafox en la Librería Donceles para un taller que explora el arte de contar historias. Los participantes escucharán historias elegidas de la colección de la Librería Donceles y practicarán técnicas para escribir e ilustrar sus propias historias personales. Ofrecido en español e inglés. Ideal para mayores de 6 años; niños menores de 12 años tienen que ser acompañado por un adulto. $ 10 por persona, miembros del museo reciben un descuento de 10%. Se requiere registro.
Jeff Bridges and Rachel McPherron contributed information to this story.
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