The last presentation of the FILEY was an extraordinary end to an enriching week of events.
A panel of five presenters spoke about their love of reading and how much it can resonate in our lives.
Silvia Molina read her story of unfulfilled love during the Revolutionary days. Monica Lavin treated us to her “So Far, yet Near.” Elmer Mendoza told us how “The Never-ending Story,” had dared him to dream, Sandra Lorenzano to us that books had been the first victims during a military coup in her native Argentina. Sara Sefchovich explained how books were to blame for her “inconsistent” lifestyle, and as an added treat, Beatriz Mariscal, the panel’s moderator, read an essay sent by Elena Poniatowska who could not attend the FILEY because of health issues.
I believe that books awaken the little gypsy – that quiet but insistent voice we all have inside… the one that challenges us to be more than we are.
The little gypsy tells us we should paint, act on stage, or write books or learn to Tango. If we don’t pay her heed, she makes us feel dissatisfied.
When we listen to her, she opens up our hearts and souls, and gives us the unique experiences that we forever after repeat, relive and relish. For the rest of our lives, we are changed.
And the little gypsy loves México. Here, where its warm, where music swirls all around, where bold color is the only kind of color and sensuous textures surround us… she whispers from the pages of a book… and waits for us to listen and let her out.