Public Lecture and Book Signing

Shamans, Jesuits, and Rebels: Encounters in the New World

Presented by Lori Eshleman, Author

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Free and open to the public

About the Program
ASU author Lori Eshleman will discuss the main characters in her historical novel, Pachacuti: World Overturned: a medicine man, a Jesuit, and a rebellious Spanish girl. She explores how their personal struggles embody complex issues of race, gender, politics and religion, after a revolt in 18th century South America raises hopes of a reversal of fortunes between the Spanish and Native Americans. The concept of a world overturned is expressed by the Quichua word Pachacuti--meaning “world-turning”--a cyclical view of time in which the world starts over again and again. The Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in the 16th century was itself seen as a Pachacuti by the native people of the Andes, and the expectation lived on that another Pachacuti would undo the conquest. This presentation raises universal questions that are still relevant in today’s world of revolts, racial tensions, religious conflicts, and gender inequities. The novel is inspired by both personal experience in Ecuador and extensive research in Spanish chronicles, travel narratives, folk songs, and works of anthropology, history, and religion. The program will include views of the novel’s exotic setting in the Andes and the baroque city of Quito, a reading and book signing.

About Lori Eshleman
Lori Eshleman has a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Minnesota and is an Instructor at Arizona State University in the College of Letters and Sciences. She teaches English and Interdisciplinary Studies, and has taught many courses in Medieval art, Mexican art, and art of the Americas. She lives in Tempe, Arizona, and has lived and traveled extensively in Ecuador. Her research and teaching interests focus on cultural encounter and hybridity. This is her first historical novel.