Marcos McPeek Villatoro discusses Speak of It: A Memoir

Marcos McPeek Villatoro

In Speak of It, Marcos McPeek Villatoro explores how he channeled his Latino roots to come to terms with the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a relative in his home in Appalachia, and he recounts his ensuing struggle with trauma and mental illness.
The son of a Salvadoran mother and Scotch Irish mechanic father, Marcos spent much of his life trying to break away from his Southern Appalachian past and the trauma experienced there and striving to get closer to his Salvadoran heritage. His journey includes steeping himself in the Spanish language and Latin American literature, especially the work of Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez; a stint in Nicaragua with Witness for Peace, followed by missionary work in Guatemala; and social-justice work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in Alabama. Each experience brought him closer to understanding where he came from and to forging an identity as a whole self in the wake of trauma.
Riveting, horrifying, moving, and inspiring, Speak of It is a testament to the healing power of language, books, and identity. (High Road Books)

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Speak of It: A Memoir By Marcos McPeek Villatoro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826365323
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Published: High Road Books - September 15th, 2023