The Ballad of Huck & Miguel – a current retelling of Huck Finn’s adventure
February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meet author Tim DeRoche and illustrator Daniel Gonzalez, who’ve created a modern adventure based on an American classic: The Ballad of Huck & Miguel.
In this retelling of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, DeRoche dares to imagine that Huck Finn is alive today. Chased by his vengeful and psychotic father, Pap, Huck escapes down the concrete gash that is the Los Angeles River with his friend Miguel, a migrant who has been falsely accused of murder. Riding the dangerous waters of a rainstorm, the two fugitives meet a strange cast of Angelenos both animal and human who live down by the river. The Ballad of Huck & Miguel is a thrilling urban adventure, and an inspired tribute to one of the most beloved novels ever written.
DeRoche imagines the Los Angeles River as a dark, magical underworld inhabited by all sorts of extraordinary beasts and characters – a place where anything can happen. This is a story about America through the eyes of an outsider and an immigrant. The text is illustrated with woodcuts by Daniel Gonzalez, who finds beauty and hope in the darkest, dingiest corners of the American dream. Together, DeRoche and Gonzalez have crafted a tour de force that captures the feral, beating heart of a mythical Los Angeles where Twain himself would certainly have felt at home.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, this lecture is part of in|visible: Negotiating the US-Mexico Border @ ReflectSpace, an exhibition that explores physical, emotional and socioeconomic narratives across the US-Mexico border.
Copies of The Ballad of Huck & Miguel will be on sale (cash, check, credit). Please use Eventbrite.com to RSVP for the event and help the Friends of the Library determine the number of books to bring for sales and autographs. Search Tim DeRoche Friends of the Library.
Visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard Street at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the service desk. Handicapped parking is available on the east side of the building. Short term parking spaces are available on the east and south sides of the building. Metered parking is available on Harvard Street and on the west side of the building in Lot #10.