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Book Club & RPCV Getogether

3/18/14 Tue (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Cafe Valparaiso
1403 Solano Ave., Albany
Contact:Jayma Brown (jaymaghana@earthlink.net)


Join us for Chilean food at Valparaiso (http://www.cafevalparaiso.com/) 1403 Solano Avenue in Albany as we discuss Waiting for Snow written by Thomas J. Scanlon. The author relates through letters home to family and friends about his experiences as a “charter volunteer” in Chile in 1962.

Café Valparaiso, is not exactly in a BART friendly location, but does have great food (with vegan and gluten free options). It is only at a few blocks from San Pablo Ave. For those interested in going by BART, advance arrangements can be made for pick-up at a nearby station. Entrees include: Chorrillana, Sopa Marinera, Rotisserie Chicken and Pastel de Choclo Vegetariano.

More about the book: A memoir in letters by one of the first forty-five volunteers to go abroad after the Peace Corps was chartered by Congress in 1961; The Washington Post declared "Hundreds of books have been written [about the Peace Corps]. . . . Tom Scanlon’s is among the finest." Written to friends and family during two years in Chile, his letters describe a volunteer’s life and viewpoint. It offers a bright look at a different world, one endangered by the Cold War yet snow inspired by new idealism and hope among young people. As the first Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver declares in a foreword, "Waiting for the Snow reminds us of the enormous greatness that can happen when ordinary people do what is good and right."