Join us celebrating the recently published work of our very own local author, Meggan Laxalt Mackey, in a presentation and book signing event! Enjoy light pintxos and drinks as we learn more from Meggan about her new book, “Lekuak, the Basque Places of Boise, Idaho.” Her book will also be available for purchase at this event.
This event is free and open to the public.
From the Author:
Lekuak is a cultural journey through Boise, Idaho from a unique
perspective: that of the indelible mark Basque immigrants from
Euskal Herria, the Basque Country, and their descendants, have
made on the City of Boise. This journey is not only through parts
of the city’s landscape, but also through generations past,
present, and future.
Lekuak means “places” in the Basque language. It traces how
Basque places in Boise reflect the transformation of ethnic
identity through successive generations. Today, the Basque
places of Boise still remarkably represent Old World values that
the first generation of immigrants from the Basque Country
brought with them. These unique Basque places reveal at least
one common thread: the Basque community or neighborhood, the auzoa. In the Old World,
maintenance of an auzoa was highly dependent upon communal work, or auzolan. This principle helped Basque immigrants resettle their lives in new places, or “new soil,”and continues into today.