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for adults...

The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar

Thursday, March 14, 7 pm

Central Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Information: (818) 548-2042

What NOT to do when your credit card is refused.

The Library, Arts & Culture Dept. has chosen Hector Tobar’s 2011 award-winning novel, The Barbarian Nurseries, for the 2013 One Book / One Glendale citywide reading event. A credit card rejection leads to a disturbing family incident and a small lie explodes into bigger lies in Tobar’s tapestry of the people and neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The characters are forced to the borders of their expectations, both great and small.

CELEBRATE the power of reading.

READ Barbarian Nurseries.

MEET acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, LA Times columnist and novelist, Hector Tobar, in conversation with Gustavo Arellano (Taco USA and Ask A Mexican).

Copies of The Barbarian Nurseries are available at all Library, Arts & Culture Dept. sites. Book clubs can also borrow book kits for Barbarian Nurseries.

Search the catalog for titles by Hector Tobar.

Search the catalog for books by Gustavo Arellano.
Hector Tobar

Hector Tobar is a novelist, journalist, and a proud native of the city of Los Angeles. He has written many essays and several hundred newspaper stories. He writes a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times, his hometown newspaper-"my father used to deliver it." He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the prestigious fiction writing program at UC Irvine. For a decade, he was a National and Foreign Correspondent for the L.A. Times. This photo was taken by one of his sons when he was the Mexico City Bureau Chief of the L.A. Times.

Hector Tobar - Reporting from Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Los Angeles and many other places around the world.


Praise for The Barbarian Nurseries
  • "The Barbarian Nurseries is a book of extraordinary scope and extraordinary power... Stubborn, even-tempered Araceli is a great and somewhat daunting character, worthy of Gabriel García Márquez." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • "Hector Tobar's novel is astonishing, like a many-layered mural on a long wall in Los Angeles, a tapestry of people and neighborhoods and stories. A vivid testament to Southern California as the world. Araceli is so unexpected and unique; she's a character America needs to see, and this novel takes her on a journey America needs to understand." --Susan Straight

  • "Tobar...exhibits a seismographic sensitivity to the tensions along the fault lines of his cultural terrain. [His] portraits, acute and humane, render his characters intelligible. His illuminations become our recognitions." --New York Times Book Review

  • "Tobar delivers a riveting, insightful morality tale of conspicuously consuming Americans and their Mexican servants in the O.C...Tobar is both inventive and relentless in pricking the pretentious social consciences of his entitled Americans, though he also casts a sober look on the foibles of the Mexicans who serve them. His sharp eye for Southern California culture, spiraling plot twists, ecological awareness, and ample willingness to dole out come-uppance to the nauseatingly privileged may put readers in mind of T.C. Boyle." --Publishers Weekly

  • "This is a novel of Los Angeles, and maybe the finest we'll see for many years. It is also a novel that triumphantly transcends geography and delivers a stirring look at the borders of our expectations, both great and small." --Los Angeles Review of Books

  • "Tobar's superb multilayered novel defines the social divide of Southern California, emphasizing in a complex and human way that there are no black-and-white answers in the immigration debate." --Library Journal (Starred Review)

  • "Tobar's altogether strange and wonderful heroine...is proud, talented, bitter, bitterly funny, naive, imposing and severe. She's unlike the hero of any novel I can remember reading..."--Bloomberg

  • "...a ripping novel-and a proper adventure yarn-about power and identity in 21st century California." --San Francisco Chronicle

  • "The Barbarian Nurseries is a virtuosic and hard-hitting novel about social schism in Southern California...Tobar exposes disturbing and enlightening ironies about the perpetuation of both privilege and disadvantage." --Times Literary Supplement.

  • "...brimming with interwoven stories that form a vibrant portrait of Los Angeles...a marvelous pastiche of social commentary ensconced in a family domestic drama."--Booklist, (Starred Review).

  • "The Barbarian Nurseries is a huge novel of this century, as sprawling and exciting as Los Angeles itself... A story that was demanded; we can celebrate that it is now here." --Dagoberto Gilb

  • "Sad, funny, seemingly inevitable - such are the metaphors and insights from Héctor Tobar, an author from whom we expect nothing less, and look forward to more." --The Washington Post
Awards for The Barbarian Nurseries
  • New York Times Notable Book for 2011
  • Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2011
  • San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2011
  • Boston Globe Best Fiction of 2011
  • Winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction for 2012
Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes "¡Ask a Mexican! ," a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007.

Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic." Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

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Sponsored by the Library, Arts & Culture Department and the Friends of the Glendale Public Library.

Seating is limited. Library visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across the street at The Market Place parking structure with validation at the loan desk.

The Library has personal listening devices for assisted amplification. Please ask before the programs begin or call Library Administration (8am-5pm, M-F, 818-548-2030) to reserve a device.

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