OneBook LBK

2018 OneBook: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

OneBook LBK is a community-wide reading program of LHUCA sparking creative and meaningful discussion. Participants read the selected book and are encouraged to form groups or clubs to discuss issues and topics the book raises. Readers can register their own groups and meet independently. Readers are also encouraged to attend group discussions hosted by LHUCA and OneBook Community Partners.

LHUCA Community Book Club Dates:

  • October 20: 1p.m. at LHUCA

    • Talk and discussion with Zach Hernandez
      Zach Hernandez is currently pursuing his Ph.D at Texas Tech University. His studies specialize in Latinx and Mexican/Mexican-American Literature. He received his master's in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Austin. Currently, he teaches English at Texas Tech and serves as the associate editor for The West Texas Historical Review. He has spoken at several academic conferences on Mexican American, Chicanx, and Latinx Literature, as well as completed extensive research and written on Bless Me, Ultima.

      Light book-themed refreshments will be served.

  • November 10: 1 p.m. at LHUCA

    • Bless Me, Ultima's Medicinal Plants (A hands-on workshop with Joe Arredondo)

      Join Joe Arredondo, local art gallerist, herbalist and cook, for an afternoon survey of Ultima’s herb remedies. This workshop will explore the healing properties of herbs mentioned in the book Bless Me, Ultima, such as yerba del manso and osha and consider medicinal plants found on the Llano Estacado. Then participants will have the opportunity to handle and process herbal remedies for themselves. Ehinacea tinctures and tonics by Joe, and aloe plants will also be available for sale at this event.

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      Light book-themed refreshments will be served.

  • November 17th: 2 p.m. at LHUCA

    • People and the Plains (A Discussion with Deborah Bigness of Lubbock Lake Landmark)

      For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have inhabited the Southern High Plains or Llano Estacado. They have witnessed the great herds of mammoth and bison in the landscape, traveled its great distances, and survived and thrived on the seemingly limitless prairie. Cultures grew and flourished only to be replaced by newer cultures that flourished in their own times. And always, the grasslands remained – shaping the people who lived on them. 

      Join Deborah Bigness, Manager of Site Operations at the Lubbock Lake Landmark, on a journey through time to explore the paths of people on the Plains to better understand the Llano as it is presented in Bless Me, Ultima. Deborah has spent her career working in cultural organizations including the Landmark, the Lubbock Arts Alliance, and the Oklahoma Theater Center.

      Light book-themed refreshments will be served.

  • December 7: First Friday Art Trail

    • Make and Take Art Activity - Ultima’s Scapular

  • December 15: 11:30 a.m. at LHUCA

    • Screening of Bless Me, Ultima – The Opera and Discussion with Creator Hector Armienta

      Bless Me, Ultima – The Opera, by Hector Armienta is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel. The opera, which recently had its world premiere in New Mexico and west coast premiere in California, has had sold out performances. Join us as we screen this masterful rendering of the Rudolfo Anaya’s epic novel and then discuss the opera’s creation and interpretation of the story with creator Hector Armienta.

      Hector Armienta, a nationally recognized composer, focuses on creating work that explores the Mexican and Mexican-American cultural experience. His awards and commissions include those from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony, Opera Southwest, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Western Stage Theater. His work for orchestra, theater, and opera has received support from five NEA grants in artistic excellence. As an opera and music theater composer, he draws on stories and music that represent his bi-cultural roots. His music theater trilogy, Aguas Ancestrales/Ancient Waters, is such an example. Inspired by the life of Mr. Armienta’s grandmother, the trilogy draws upon the natural and spiritual element of water. Parts of the trilogy have been performed by Opera Pacific, Western Stage Theater, The York Theater in New York, Philadelphia’s Center City Opera, and most recently in Barcelona Spain.

      Mr. Armienta is also the founder and director of Opera Cultura, whose mission is to explore music theater and opera through a cross-cultural lens. He holds a BM degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Upcoming projects include Zorro – A Mariachi Opera.


      Light book-themed refreshments will be served. Opera screening time is one hour and 45 minutes. Discussion will last up to one hour.

Our community partners also have OneBook LBK Book Clubs that you can join!

  • TTU Libraries

  • TTU Press

  • Latino Lubbock

  • Caviel Museum of African American History/ Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council

For more information call LHUCA at (806) 762-8606 or email Jordan Canal at

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