Lori DiPrete Brown, author of Caminata

Event date: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

For many Peace Corps Volunteers, service defines their future. Whether it is working in a small village in Africa, an indigenous community in Central America, or a city in China, the people and the work have an impact.
A Room of One's Own is pleased to work with The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison, with the UW Global Health Institute and the UW Division of International Studies, to co-sponsor a book reading and signing by local member and author Lori DiPrete Brown.
Ms. DiPrete Brown's novel Caminata: A Journey is really the story of four journeys. The book tells the story of Beth Pellegrino, a young woman who goes to Honduras to help the orphaned girls of La Casa de los Niños. In the course of her work, Beth accompanies four of the girls on a journey, or "caminata," to their birthplaces. Each of the journeys takes the reader to a different Honduran landscape, from a coffee plantation, to a rural town where people make their living from basket weaving, to unexplored caves among Mayan Ruins. Their journeys explore different aspects of motherlessness, identity, and coming of age, charting a sometimes-painful path toward self-realization — not only for the girls, but for Beth herself.
Lori DiPrete Brown served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she worked in a home for orphaned and abandoned teenage girls. Her experiences accompanying the girls in her care on their journeys to find their birth mothers provided the inspiration for this novel. She is a graduate of Yale and holds graduate degrees in public health and theology from Harvard. She studied writing at Yale and at the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Currently, she leads global health education programs for the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, and serves as an advisor to the Peace Corps and other global health organizations. She lives in Madison with her husband and three children, and is a Benedictine Oblate of the Holy Wisdom Monastery. Her writing interests focus on spirituality, social justice, and personal transformation.
The public is invited. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
SKU: 9780615863818