She may have spent four years gallivanting through Russia, China, and Cuba fueled by little more than a sense of adventure, a devil-may-care attitude, and a few divine interventions (or well-timed bottles of vodka) to keep her out of trouble a saga she recounts in her first book, Around the Bloc but the toughest journey Stephanie Elizondo Griest ever took was the one that started, appropriately enough, at home. The daughter of a second-generation Mexican-American mother and an Anglo father from the cornfields of Kansas, this self-proclaimed bad Mexican grew up in the South Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi until she traded her barbacoa for borscht. Her travels forced her to confront what it meant to be a brown girl on the borderlands. Tonight, the ever-prolific Griest reads from Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines, her just-published memoir of a prodigal daughters journey through Mexico: the people she encountered, the stories she heard, and changes she experienced.
Wed., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2008