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

University of Nebraska Press, June 2011

Winner, 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize
for Nonfiction

"It's a beautiful book, well-reported and important in scope."
--Michelle Seaton, Judge, Grub Street Book Prize

"...lively narrative, detailed description, and engaging scenes that render her subjects--a schoolteacher, fishermen, activists--three-dimensional."
--Publishers Weekly

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"Call's graceful movement between cultures demonstrates her considerable skills as a writer, and especially as a translator. For indeed she has a translator's ear... Wendy Call's book is at once a portrait and a piece of that resistance, and a warning to the rest of the citizens of our global village."
The Iowa Review

"The rapid prominence of a global economy does not come without its struggles.... A deep study of the effects of this rapid change, No Word for Welcome is an excellent study of these factors that are affecting smaller communities all around the world."
Midwest Book Review

“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

“A terrific read. Wendy Call has reported passionately and written sensitively about the people of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—one of Mexico’s great cultural repositories—at a crossroads in their history. That there
are no easy answers to the dilemmas of modernity and cultural authenticity is the painful conclusion she draws us to, in one engaging episode after another.”
Alma Guillermoprieto

"Call’s new book, No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy, is the result of a decade of research. No Word For Welcome is written with an attention to narrative and prose that is rare among non-fiction works. It is not only highly informative, but also engaging and personal. In light of current attempts by the US government to enter into NAFTA-like free trade agreements with nations around the world, the people of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec have much to teach us about the human side of globalization."
Hamid Khan, KPFK, Los Angeles

“Wendy Call has a big, pertinent story to tell—globalization—and she does a marvelous job of bringing it to life. On every level, the work succeeds. She
has merged an enormous amount of investigation with a graceful belletristic tone, ferreting out the subject’s contradictions and complexities. It’s a beautiful job.”
Phillip Lopate

You can order No Word for Welcome at the University of Nebraska Press website, or from your favorite independent bookstore.



See Wendy Call's events page for details on upcoming readings and other events.

Listen to five radio interviews with the author about her book, No Word for Welcome:

KPFK, Los Angeles, June 2011 (20 minutes)

"Conversations," Seattle, July 2011 (10 minutes)

Public Radio International's "The World," Boston, August 2011 (8 minutes)

Shelagh Shapiro's "Write the Book," September 2011 (60 minutes)

Iowa Public Radio's "Exchanges," October 2011 (25 minutes)

Please contact Wendy (see button at the bottom of this page) for more information about speaking engagements. For media inquiries, please contact gail leondar public relations.

Photo above: Museum, Templo Mayor, Mexico City, 2004
Photo below: Juana García's sons
and nephew, San Francisco la Paz, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, 2001