An Evening with Carmen AguirreMonday Jun 13 2016 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
In conversation with Claudia Garcia de la Huerta and signing Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution (Random House Canada). Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.
Carmen Aguirre has lived many lives, all of them to the full. At age six she was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life as a Latina in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a generous-hearted man she couldn’t fully love. In her early twenties she fought to find her voice as an actor and to break away from the stereotypical roles thrust upon her—Housekeeper, Hotel Maid, Mexican Hooker #1 – all while navigating the complex paths of lust and heartbreak.
As she grew in her career, Aguirre became a writer, a director, an actor, and then a mother, but among her multi-faceted identities was another that was unbearable to embrace yet impossible to escape: the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada’s most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault that shook her world, Aguirre decided it was time to meet the man. Aguirre interweaves her account of overcoming the attack with a host of stories of life and love, telling a story of strength and survival.
Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based, multiple-award-winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written twenty-five plays and is currently working on three new ones. Her first book, the critically acclaimed Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC Canada Reads in 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller. Carmen has eighty film, TV and stage acting credits, and is a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop facilitator. She is a graduate of Studio 58.
Host Claudia Garcia de la Huerta came to Winnipeg with her parents as political refugees from Chile in 1975. A graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program, she enjoyed a decade long career with the CBC as a host/producer that eventually took her to Toronto. After returning to Winnipeg and taking a break from broadcasting, Claudia answered the call to be part of building a brand new Golden West Radio station devoted entirely to Classical and Jazz music. She is now the Program Director at Classic 107.