Reading by Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders”

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Crossing the Line

Linda Valdez, author of “Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders” (Texas Christian University, 2015,  $22.95). “Not a typical immigration story, Crossing the Line is told by a middle-class American woman who fell in love with the son of an impoverished family from rural Mexico, a man who crossed the border illegally to be with her. Married in 1988, Linda and Sixto Valdez learned to love each other’s very different families and cultures, raising their child to walk proudly in both worlds. The books cuts through the fears and preconceptions that fuel the continuing political turmoil over immigration.  For more than two decades, Linda Valdez has been an opinion writer for the largest papers in Tucson and Phoenix, specializing in medical, education, justice, immigration and other human rights issues.  She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2003, and her commentary opposing America’s famous anti-immigration laws earned her the Scripps Howard Walker Stone award for editorial writing.” (from a flyer about this event)

Friday, Feb. 19,  7 p.m. at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Avenue, NW corner of 4th Avenue and E. 7th St. in Tucson.

Linda Valdez
Linda Valdez

Reading will be followed by a Q and A period. Refreshments will be served.  Linda is a columnist with the Arizona Republic.

Info: www.antigonebooks.com, info@antigonebooks.com, 520-792-3715.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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  1. About 50 people there tonight to hear Linda read from her autobiography and answer questions from the audience. The questions were about immigration from Mexico, how did she adjust his illegal status in Tijuana, SB 1070, being accepted by his family and vice versa, intermarriage. Sixto answered questions as well about his family, his dreams, being a Mennonite. Their daughter Lucy and her boyfriend were also present tonight.

  2. Can’t make it down tomorrow, but the book sounds quite intriguing. It’s going on my wish list (which is rather extensive, but it’s there)!

    • Thanks for your comment Sarah — you can buy the book at Antigone Books I’m sure. I haven’t read it either but hope to sometime.

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