Claudia Castro Luna, on Killing Marías & Día de los Muertos

If you haven’t been in the store for a while, now’s a wonderful time to visit. Claudia Castro Luna has built this beautiful in-store altar for Día de los Muertos. The altar will remain through Sunday, Nov. 5. On Saturday, Nov. 4, Claudia will be in the store to celebrate the launch of her newest book, Killing Marías, a collection honoring the disappeared women of Juárez, Mexico.

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“The idea,” Castro Luna writes, “is that anyone who comes to the store, or attends the reading, and wishes to write a note, a name, a poem, in remembrance of someone they’ve lost and loved, has a place to do so. Everyone is also invited to remember and honor a poet or writer whom they love and who is no longer alive.”

For those unfamiliar with the holiday, she adds, “Día de los Muertos is a day to remember the departed and to be in communion with loved ones no longer of this earth. It has its origins in Aztec tradition, and it is celebrated in Mexico and countries in Mesoamerica.”