Litquake, the San Francisco Public Library, and Alta Journal invite you to join us for an in-person conversation with journalist, activist, and author Roberto Lovato. In conversation with Alta contributor Vanessa Hua, Lovato will discuss his memoir, Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas. Jumping around in time and geography, taking place largely in El Salvador and San Francisco, Lovato’s story explores the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and the effects it has on El Salvador and its diasporic population. Intentional and necessary forgetting of secrets, trauma, family experiences, and history is recurring, and the process of un-forgetting helps Lovato with his understanding of El Salvador, the U.S., gangs, rebels, his relationships, and ultimately, himself.
About the guests:
Roberto Lovato is an educator, journalist, and writer based at the Writers Grotto in San Francisco. As a cofounder of #DignidadLiteraria, he helped build a movement advocating for equity and literary justice for the more than 60 million Latinx persons left off of bookshelves in the United States and out of the national dialogue. A recipient of a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center, Lovato has reported on numerous issues—violence, terrorism, the drug war, and the refugee crisis—from Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, France, and the United States, among other countries.
Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, bestselling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post’s and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists and has been called a “marvel” by O, the Oprah Magazine and “delightful” by the Economist. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award and a New American Voices Award. Her new novel, Forbidden City, is available now.•