The Azoka is in full swing and as always it is such a riot of activity that it’s a bit hard to keep up. It has been going great: interest in the Center’s books is really high, especially in the Basques in the United States, Basque Explorers in the Pacific Ocean, and Garmendia and the Black Rider. It is also a time to catch up with so many old friends and make new ones. A special treat this year is the presence of Bill Douglass, who is here to celebrate the launch of the Spanish and Basque versions of his Death after Life: Tales of Nevada, published by the Black Rock Institute but distributed in part by the Center. Other highlights for me have been seeing Imanol Murua, my old hiking buddy from his days at UNR and an accomplished journalist, writer, and teacher. Here are a few pics from my first days at the Azoka:
Books, check, posters, check. All ready to go!
Always love to have people perusing our books, especially when there is a real Basque cowboy in the background!
Fifty years of Azoka! So proud to be a part of it!
Poster for our good friend Imanol Murua’s book on the end of ETA.
Outside the Azoka at night. It’s so cool how much of a social event a cultural gathering is here in the Basque Country.
Well, last weekend was Nevada Day, but this weekend (still with giant grins on our faces from all the love we got at the renaming ceremony on Wednesday night) we are really excited to have not one, not two, but three amazing Basque cultural events happening this weekend in Northern Nevada.
First off, author Begoña Echeverria is traveling up from Chino to do 2 readings and performances for her great novel, The Hammer of Witches, the first one on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with our friends at JTs restaurant in Gardnerville. After the reading there will be a no host lunch at the restaurant, so please come hungry!
Afterward, if you’re up for a drive, our own Joseba Zulaika will giving a talk in Fallon on Bilbao: The Autobiography of a City as a part of the Churchill Arts Council’s Talks Series. Joseba will be talking on Bilbao, and if you haven’t read it yet, check out his That Old Bilbao Moon.
Then, if you missed Begoña in Gardnerville, there will be a reprise on Sunday at the beautiful Sundance Bookstore in Reno!
We are so proud to be a part of these great local events and hope to help all of our Reno readers have a great cultural weekend exploring your Basque roots in a variety of different ways!PR Echeverria