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Rosa: first anniversary of a remarkable book

An exhibition in Irvine, Ayrshire, captures the spirit of LAB's book Rosa.


Rosa of the Wild Grass: the Story of a Nicaraguan Family, by Fiona Macintosh, was published by LAB just over a year ago. To mark the first anniversary of this remarkable book, Fiona gathered a group of nine local people at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine, Ayrshire, as part of the exhibition ‘My Home is Your Home – Mi casa es su casa’, which runs until July 3.

A Piñata

The group workshop produced some beautiful drawings, inspired by Fiona’s readings from the book, and a traditional Nicaraguan pinata — a doll or animal-shape stuffed with sweets and hung at children’s parties and carnivals: beaten with sticks it releases a torrent of sweets for the crowd to catch.

Praised by Noam Chomsky as ‘a poignant, gripping, sensitive tale’, Rosa was LAB’s most successful publication for several years, and was on Practical Action Publishing’s Top 10 Bestsellers of 2016 list. The author has been promoting it tirelessly at talks, exhibitions and arts events ever since.

Rosa is the latest in a distinguished lineage of LAB books, to convey the voices of ordinary and extra-ordinary Latin Americans and their determination to secure social justice for their families and communities. Rosa can be ordered (in print or e-book format) from Development Bookshop.

Previous titles in this genre have included: Born to Die in Medellín, Compañeras, Daughters of Caliban, Fight for the Forest, Libète, Nicaraguans Talking, Reyita, The Future of Memory and Women of Maize. All are still available and can be ordered from Development Bookshop.

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