Author to speak

Laurel Corona, historical novelist and professor of humanities at San Diego City College, will discuss “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.  She will also give talks on Tuesday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, and at 6 p.m. at Book Passage in the S.F. Ferry Building.  

The waning years of the 15th century marked the end of what had once been a successful coexistence of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the Iberian Peninsula, culminating with the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. Corona’s presentation at the JCL will blend discussion of her historical novel with her research into medieval Jewish Iberia, focusing particularly on the lives of the women who held the community together. The events at the library (, and at Book Passage ( are free. The event at the JCC ( is $15.