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Great Basin College invites the community to attend local author Vince Juaristi’s book signing of his latest work titled, “Basque Firsts, People Who Changed the World,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
A moderated discussion with Juaristi will be held in the GBC Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. A performance by the Great Basin Basque Dancers will also be featured on stage, followed by the book signing in Leonard Center for Student Life Bookstore foyer. Coffee and dessert will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Juaristi, a native of Elko, Nev., earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He is the CEO of a management consulting company in Alexandria, VA. He is also the author of “Back to Bizkaia: A Basque- American Memoir.”
According the University of Nevada Press, “Basque Firsts” covers the many contributions Basque men and women have made throughout history in fields such as navigation, education, science, politics and more. Too often these achievements have been overlooked.
“Naturally, I study and write about the Basque because my dad was Basque, and his daddy before him, and so of course, I’m Basque too,” said Juaristi. “But I write about the Basque also because their tradition of oral history, in this day and age, risks losing so much of who they are – their stories, their language, their culture.”
When asked what step proved to be the most difficult while writing “Basque Firsts,” Juaristi responded with research.
“I wanted to rely as much as possible on primary sources – letters, diaries, personal testimony, interviews – and quite often such rich, wonderful information is not readily available,” said Juaristi.
“You have to search for it, dig for it, often in dusty boxes or wrestle it from the hands of librarians or governments that might not want to relinquish it. For the research on “Basque Firsts,” I pulled letters and diaries from archives in Spain and the Philippines, from historical libraries in California and London, and from countless hours of sit-down interviews. It was hard work, but in the end, well worth it.”
Juaristi’s newest book along with his previous book, “Back to Bizkaia” is now for sale in the Great Basin College Bookstore and will be available for purchase during the event.
All proceeds from the book sale go towards the Juaristi Scholarship program for Nevada students.
“Elko is my home; for me, the heart and hub of Basque culture in America
Whatever money comes from the book – as I did with my first book – I’m so very happy to give to kids in Nevada. So far I’ve given out 75 scholarships, and plan to give out many more.”
For more information about the book signing, contact Angie de Braga, Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at 775-753-2231.
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