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Inlandia Institute to Host Memoir Launch Event

Renowned journalist Zita Arocha to discuss her new book "Guajira – the Cuba Girl”

Author Zita Arocha. (Courtesy Inlandia Institute)

The Inlandia Institute will host an event on Sunday, July 14, to celebrate the launch of the new memoir, "Guajira – the Cuba girl", by Zita Arocha. The event is at 2:00 p.m. at the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California in downtown Riverside.

"Guajira – the Cuba girl" is the story of a young girl who leaves her homeland on the eve of a trip to the United States and faces two life-altering traumas: a request from her dying grandfather and a sexual assault by an unknown assailant. Arocha's determination to uncover the identity of her attacker takes her back to Cuba multiple times as a journalist, intertwining her quest with the grander ideological battle between Cuba and the United States. The story is one of healing, forgiveness, courage, and peace.

The event will feature readings by Arocha and a thought-provoking discussion with journalist Minerva Canto about Arocha's homeland and her life as an immigrant in the United States. Attendees will also be able to purchase copies of the memoir and have them signed by the author. The event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

"Guajira—the Cuba girl" is a powerful memoir that resonates with themes of resilience and cultural identity. It celebrates the lives of the Cuban American diaspora and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality.