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"Tense, atmospheric, and beautifully written, Mexican Gothic will carry readers back in time to 1950s Mexico where a dark secret looms large, insidiously winding its way through the pages. A spellbinding, suspenseful, immersive read!"

—Chanel Cleeton, author of The Last Train to Key West


Thursday, September 8:

Big Read Kick-Off: “5 Things to Know About Mexican Gothic” (video recording)

Dr. Jessica Mercado

Department of English, Purdue University

Location: West Lafayette Public Library


September 12, 19, & 26:

Mexican Gothic Undergraduate Book Club (Dicussion)

Led by Maggie Myers (Dept. of English) and Alex Anderson (Dept. of English)

Location: BRNG 1260

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM


Thursday, September 15:

Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca (2020) (Twitter Watch Party)

Time: 7:00 PM

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Thursday, September 22:

“Setting the Scene in Mexican Gothic: Society, Culture, and Politics of Early 20th-Century Mexico” (video recording)

Prof. Cara Kinnally

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Purdue University

Location: Grand Reading Room, Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Purdue

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM


Wednesday, September 28:

“Colonial Pasts, Postcolonial Presents” with transcript (Podcast 1)

Featuring: Débora M. Borba (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese), Jehu Laniog (Dept. of Anthropology), Marybeth Perdomo (Dept. of English), and Alex Anderson (Dept. of English)


Thursday, October 6:

Mending the Mind with Mycelial Medicine: Highlights from the Betsy Gordon Psychoactive Substances Research Collection (Pop-Up Exhibit)

With Stephanie Schmitz, Betsy Gordon Archivist for Psychoactive Substances Research, and Kristin Leaman, Assistant Professor of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies

Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, HSSE Library, 4th floor

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM


Wednesday, October 12:

“Monsters and Mayhem” (Kahoot Trivia Night)

Time: 7:00 PM

Our “Monsters and Mayhem” Trivia Night will require two different, easy-to-use platforms: Zoom and Kahoot. Click here for specific instructions on how to join the fun!


Thursday, October 20:

“Monstrous Growths: Mushrooms and Mexican Gothic(Zoom)

Dr. Susanne Gruss

Professor of English Literature and Culture

University of Cologne

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

Register through Eventbrite to get the Zoom link on the morning of the event.


Wednesday, October 26:

“Gothic Feminisms and the Female Gothic” with transcript (Podcast 2)      

Featuring: Veronica Ahmed (Depts. of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Frankie Knuckles (Dept. of Philosophy), Narim Kim (Dept. of English), and Alex Anderson (Dept. of English) 


November 1, 3, 8, & 10:

Wabash Lifetime Learning Association’s Mexican Gothic minicourse (Discussion)

Featuring: Erika Gotfredson (Dept. of English) and Alex Anderson (Dept. of English)

Location: St. Andrew’s UMC

Time: 9:00-10:15 AM


Wednesday, November 2:

Big Read Capstone: “A (Virtual) Conversation with Silvia Moreno-Garcia” (Q&A)

Location: Hiler Theater, WALC 1055, Purdue University

Time: 7:30-8:30 PM

The Capstone is free and open to the public. No registation required. Refreshments will be provided.

The first 90 people who do register through Eventbrite, however, will receive a bookplate signed by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! [Note: all bookplates have been claimed.]

Can't attend? No problem. Watch our livestream.



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