WENDY CALL / No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 7:30pm



Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's “little waist,” a place long known for its strong women, spirited marketplaces, and deep sense of independence. She also landed in the middle of a ferocious battle over plans to industrialize the region, where most people still fish, farm, and work in the forests. In the decade that followed her first visit, Call witnessed farmland being paved for new highways, oil spilling into rivers, and forests burning down. Through it all, local people fought to protect their lands and their livelihoods—and their very lives. 
Call’s story, No Word for Welcome, invites readers into the homes, classrooms, storefronts, and fishing boats of the isthmus, as well as the mahogany-paneled high-rise offices of those striving to control the region. With timely and invaluable insights into the development battle, Call shows that the people who have suffered most from economic globalization have some of the clearest ideas about how we can all survive it.


“Fascinating. Beautifully written. Deeply researched. With sensitivity and respect, Wendy Call has written about the modernization of a centuries-old community. It’s a story happening everywhere, including our own backyard. This is a book written with humility, bravery, and wisdom, and honors those who trusted the writer with their incredible stories.” -- Sandra Cisneros


Wendy Call is a recent Writer in Residence at Harborview Medical Center, Hedgebrook, New College of Florida and Seattle University. She is co-editor of Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide. Before becoming a full-time writer, editor and translator in 2000, she devoted a decade to grassroots organizing on international development issues.


This talk is co-sponsored by the International Development Exchange (IDEX), a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty by providing long-term grants and access to resources to locally run organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803235106
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - June 1st, 2011

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University Cover Image
By Mark Kramer (Editor), Wendy Call (Editor)
ISBN: 9780452287556
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Published: Plume Books - February 1st, 2007