**Postponed to Next Year** Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano (Community Classroom)

2015 02 Nov
7:00pm - 9:00pm
**Postponed to Next Year** Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano (Community Classroom)

Eduardo Galeano, world-renowned Uruguayan journalist and best known for his 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent died at age 74 on April 13 2015. On that day, the world lost a leading voice of the Latin American left. His work had influenced many including the Zapatistas and their struggle for autonomy and self-determination.

In mourning this great loss, we want to pay tribute to Eduardo Galeano and his contributions to society with a series of exciting, mind opening events in the next several months leading up to the first anniversary of his death.

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent first published in 1971 was in the spotlight in 2009 when the late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez gave a copy of Open Veins to Barack Obama, before the world's press at a summit meeting in Trinidad. As reported by the BBC, Hugo Chávez told the reporters at the summit that "This book is a monument in our Latin American history. It allows us to learn history, and we have to build on this history."

Open Veins is as much about Latin America as about Europe and North America, it is as much about the past as the present. In a world suffering from amnesia, we would like to start our tribute with remembering, remembering the past and connecting to the present. As Galeano once said "History never really says goodbye. History says, see you later."

Our first tribute will take place in the format of a Community Classroom with an extensive discussion of Open Veins each Monday in November (5 sessions). Within this context, the classroom will attempt to achieve the following goals:

  • to get together and talk about ideas
  • to share responses including emotional responses to Open Veins; what does it mean to us now?
  • to build a community with people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in participating in this type of discussion and are willing to do the work
  • to exercise critical thinking and asking critical questions
  • to brainstorm action ideas for change

Interested in participating?

We kindly ask you must register for this classroom prior to October 26 in order for us to make sure we have a minimum number of participants to carry out this class: Min. 8, Max. 12.

Classroom Details:

Remembering: Open Veins of Latin America, a Tribute to Eduardo Galeano
Date/Time: TBA
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Fee: Pay What You Can.

The fee ensures your commitment to attend the entire 5 sessions and reflects our time to prepare and deliver these 5 sessions. There will be 3 facilitators in every session but only one will lead a discussion with the help of the other 2 at a time. There will occasionally be guest speakers. The fee will also help the bookstore  cover the costs of the book as well as costs associated with space rental.

Bonus! Registered participants will have an option of receiving 5% discount for your purchase of any books for the duration of this classroom!


  • In person: Octopus Bookstore Glebe: 116 Third Ave. or Centretown: 251 Bank St. 2nd floor or
  • by Phone: 613-233-2589 or 613-688-0752

Number of participants: Min. 8, Max. 12.

Please complete your registration process including fee payment by Monday, October 26.

For more info or questions, please e-mail events@octopusbooks.ca or call 613-688-0752

I’m a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all, and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to forgetfulness.” - Eduardo Galeano

About Open Veins:

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende’s inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

"I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Galeano’s vision is unswerving, surgical and yet immensely generous and humane. This book, written more than thirty years ago, contains profound lessons for contemporary India. Eduardo Galeano ought to be a household name in this country." — Arundhati Roy, author of Capitalism: A Ghost StoryField Notes on Democracy: Listening to GrasshoppersThe God of Small Things and many others.

More About Eduardo Galeano (1940–2015):

Eduardo Galeano is the author of Days and Nights of Love and War (winner of the 1978 Casa de las Americas Prize), The Book of Embraces, and the highly acclaimed Memory of Fire trilogy.

Read an Obituary of Eduardo Galeano on Jacobin Magazine by Alan West-Durán: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/eduardo-galeano-obituary-open-veins/.

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