Books and Bitters with Carmen Cortez and Rebekah Eppley


Join us in welcoming Maria del Carmen Cortez and Rebekah Eppley to Laurel Book Store!




Welcome to an evening of storytelling, art, and herbal cocktails. Maria del Carmen Cortez (Carmen) and Rebekah Eppley will read from their prose poem collection, Purepero Stories (Nomadic Press, 2017) and will display some of the artwork from the book. Carmen will create a blend of herbal cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks inspired by the stories.


About the Book:


A collaborative project told in words and images, Purepero Stories captures the life of a young Mexican girl growing up in Mexico and California with her sisters, tia Rosa, and grandmothers. The stories are told by a Michoacana and seasonal immigrant to California to her new romantic partner as a way of introducing her culture and heritage. Myths, history and truth blend as the stories unravel to reveal a life between cultures.

About the Authors:


Maria del Carmen Cortez (Carmen) is an Herbalist, Permaculturalist and Landscape Designer. Her passions are gardening, growing her own medicine, and creating art. She was born in Purepero, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico with an extended family of storytellers who also instilled in her a love of plant medicine. She grew up as a migrant farm worker in the San Joaquin Valley and currently lives in Oakland.


Rebekah Eppley holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, a Master’s in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College.  She published a chapter in an oral history collection, Nine Lives, Uncovering the Wealth of Life Stories Within our Nursing Homes and her fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines such as the Santa Clara Review, Watchword Press and Lodestar Quarterly. She lives in Oakland with her wife, Carmen Cortez, and works as a librarian at the Dimond Branch of the Oakland Public Library.



Event date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
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