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Still Water Saints • A novel about our Inland region
Free • Sundays, April 11, 18, & 25 • 4 – 5 PM
Alex Espinosa’s Still Water Saints chronicles a momentous year in the life of Agua Mansa, a fictional largely Latinx town in Inlandia’s backyard and home to the Botánica Oshún, where people come seeking charms, herbs, and candles. Above all, they seek the guidance of Perla Portillo, the shop’s owner.
Perla has served the community for years, arming her clients with the tools to overcome all manner of crises, large and small. There is Juan, a man coming to terms with the death of his father; Nancy, a recently married schoolteacher; Shawn, an addict looking for peace in his chaotic life; and Rosa, a teenager trying to lose weight and find herself. But when a customer with a troubled and mysterious past arrives, Perla struggles to help and must confront both her unfulfilled hopes and doubts about her place in a rapidly changing world.
Join us for an online conversation about the book and life in the fictional town of Agua Mansa.
WORKSHOP. Young adults, especially those identifying as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+, are invited to participate in a related free writing workshop led by Micah Tasaka, Fridays, May, 4–5 PM, RSVP: tinyurl.com/OCMVWorkshops
4/7 Update: Still need a copy of Still Water Saints? FREE books are still available! In Riverside, the Arlanza, Casa Blanca, Eastside, and Marcy Branch libraries still have books. In the desert, the La Quinta branch of the Riverside County Public Library has books. In San Bernardino, all four branches of the San Bernardino Public Library have books, as well as Apple Valley and Hesperia branches of the San Bernardino County Library System.