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Jorge Argueta
Caravan to the North

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Poet, educator, humanitarian Jorge Argueta, a proud son of El Salvador and San Francisco, has dozens of books to his credit — books of his poems, books of poetry, culture and life philosophy for children… He also operates Luna Books in the Excelsior. And he maintains a safe space, a library for children, in San Salvador, traveling incessantly in all directions, delivering messages of love and hope to children and their families. He is one of the greatest treasures of our time.

 

 

His new book, a book for children — Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk, with art by Manuel Monroy — is a beautiful book, full of humanity and hope.

Yuyi Morales, acclaimed author and illustrator of Dreamers, has said, “I was sitting next to Jorge as he was finishing Caravan to the North. I was in awe. I was witnessing Jorge write the book we need today. This is the book we have been waiting for. If there is a voice readers need to hear, it is the voice of Misael and many others recounting what happens in the hearts of those who migrate with their backpacks full of dreams. This is the new American Novel, and it is for children. What could be more powerful than that?”

In October 2019, Abraham Rodriguez, wrote in Mission Local that the tale “is based on real-life experiences of migrants, many of them still children, as they made the 2,000-mile journey in caravans from Central America. Argueta said he decided to write the book after conducting interviews and seeing firsthand hundreds of people fleeing for the U.S. border.

“’If it happens to kids why don’t they deserve to know about this? They are capable of learning and comprehending this. They’re the victims. If this stuff happens to them why can’t they read about it?’ said Argueta, who was born in El Salvador but left the country during its civil war in the 1980s. He arrived in San Francisco in when he was 19 and opened Luna’s Press, a small children’s bookstore, at 3790 Mission St., near Park Street in Bernal Heights. He co-owns the store with Holly Ayala, his wife.

“Argueta in October 2018 found out about a large gathering of migrants that were planning to leave El Salvador and travel to the US-Mexico border. He lives once again in his home country and the group was set to meet at midnight at Plaza El Salvador Del Mundo in San Salvador.

“When he arrived at the staging area for the march, some 400 people were already there and a few of them were teens and children. Through interviews, Argueta learned that the underage travelers were leaving because they were afraid of gangs or felt that life was too hard in El Salvador. Some had been forced to go alone by their parents and others were leaving with their families.

“‘They were set on leaving El Salvador. The country couldn’t provide even the most basic things, so they were tired of seeing crime and poverty,’ Argueta said.

“Argueta spent the entire night talking to the migrants, who then departed at dawn.”

Caravan to the North is Jorge’s telling of these children’s story in verse, of the children and for the children.

Available Now at Bird & Beckett

Hot off the press from your neighborhood bookshop just in time for the lame duck period. 75 million voters, and counting, have rejected fascism and lies. 70 million haven’t yet made that commitment. Bully Goat’s Bluff might change a few of their minds.

Fits nicely in an invitation envelope for mailing. Fits in a pocket as well.

~~ Poetry as philosophy to plumb the deeper truths of these times ~~

$15 and worth every penny
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