July's book club will discuss Anne Born's latest book: If You Stand Here: A Pilgrim's Tour of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for Designated Favourite in Travel Writing!

"Pilgrims have been coming from all over the world to Spain for over 12 centuries to venerate the remains of the Apostle St James the Greater and his two followers, Atanasio and Teodoro. The relics are housed in the crypt of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is the largest Romanesque cathedral in Spain. This book will not focus on the exact size of the building or all the dates of all the various building programs. It will place you on the very spot in the Cathedral where something marvellous happened in the history of this extraordinary space. It will invite you to imagine the new archbishop saying Mass for the first time, the music director playing new music at the organ, or a local poet who stops in one late afternoon to say some prayers.

If you stand here, you will be standing…

• where the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon watched the Botafumeiro swing in 1499,

• where the Italian prince, Cosimo de Medici III entered the Cathedral in 1669,

• where the poet Federico García Lorca visited with his classmates from the University of Granada in 1916,

• where American writer Edith Wharton gazed at the Pórtico de la Gloria sculpture at sunset in 1925,

• or where the archbishop ran for his life when an angry mob set fire to the Cathedral roof in 1117.

Each of these events still reverberates in the air in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – and all you have to do to experience it is to stand here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Born is an award-winning, New York and Michigan-based writer who has been writing stories and poetry since childhood. She is the author of “Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim.” Her short essay on the call to the Camino is included in "It's About Time," by Johnnie Walker (Redemptorist Pastoral Publications, 2019). Anne holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Chicago. She is also a photographer, specialising in photos of the Way of St James in Spain, the Camino de Santiago. She has been a featured performer in several New York venues with Inspired Word NYC and at the New York Transit Museum." 

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