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Speaker Series Registration & Payment


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Terry Catasús Jennings

March 16, 2023

12 noon-2 pm (11:30 am "social hour")

Business meeting and luncheon program, Busboys & Poets, 450 K Street, NW

(Registration must be received by Monday, March 13)

Registration Closed

In March, the Guild will be back in person at Busboys & Poets on K Street. The first part of the March gathering will be our annual business meeting for members only. After business, our speaker will be the Guild’s own Terry Catasús Jennings.

Terry is a Cuban-American writer who immigrated to the United States after her father was jailed in Cuba by Fidel Castro’s government. Her most recent book is The Little House of Hope, a Junior Library Guild Selection illustrated by Pura Belpré medalist Raúl Colón. The book is semi-autobiographical, portraying Terry’s own immigrant experience, and showing how a helping hand in a new land can make a life-saving difference for a family. Terry’s Definitely Dominguita series was named SLJ, Kirkus, and Parents Latina Best Books of 2021. Her biography in verse, Pauli Murray, The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist was published in February of last year.


Terry labels herself a “late bloomer” in her writing career—but in her remarks to us on March 16, she’ll be encouraging us not to pigeon-hole those we write about! Her talk is titled “Throwing Away the Labels and Understanding Our Characters’ Histories.”

Luncheon Menu: All choices $30, all payments online via PayPal (you may pay with a credit card without having a Paypal account) (no day-of-event or mail-in payments).

CHOICE OF SANDWICH (served with a salad of baby greens and house-made kettle chips)

 • Falafel sandwich (vegetarian/vegan) with house-made hummus, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato and onion on whole-wheat pita, served with tahini sauce (vegan without tahini sauce)

• Honey-roasted turkey sandwich with Havarti cheese, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato and onion on white bread

• Grilled-chicken panini with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, pepper jack, lettuce and tomato on ciabatta

• Avocado panini with roasted red peppers and vegan mozzarella on multigrain bread


(Please note that reservations for monthly Speaker Series events may be cancelled and refunded only prior to 3 days before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds issued. This is necessitated by Busboys & Poets’ cancellation policy.)

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