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I knew it was no big cosa that my mom had her shirtsleeves rolled up long ago in the bank business of Santo Domingo, where she is from, and later in Nueva York. After taking some years off while her precious brats drove her bananas, she gladly jumped back into the working world—a path matching those of many Latino women I know here and abroad. So Georgetown University professor Barbara Mujica is right on target with her lecture dispelling myths about Latinas being homebound homebodies, “Latin American Women at Work: Myths and Realities.” Mujica, a professor of Spanish and author or co-author of more than 50 books, will discuss how contemporary writers are toppling that stereotype through novels and nonfiction—with a special eye on books by Rigoberta Menchu, Laura Esquivel, and Isabel Allende. The real bonus, however, will be the chance to listen to a thoughtful discussion about Latino women writers by someone who didn’t discover they existed only last week through the Washington Post Book World. You go, chica. At 12:30 p.m. at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Bello Auditorium, 1300 New York Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 942 8278. (Tom Stabile)