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These are my friends and readers over in Alaska. Pictured here are 8th and 7th graders from Chevak School in Chevak, Alaska.

To arrange an appearance, contact Stuart Bernstein at stuart@stuartbernstein.com

Photo by Keith Dannemiller

Photo by Keith Dannemiller

Sandra's New Book - Puro Amor - Is Here

Hello everyone!

Sandra's new book Puro Amor is available in book stores! You can also order by clicking here.

This beautiful chapbook is bilingual and contains several illustrations—line drawings by Sandra herself! Liliana Valenzuela, an award-winning poet and acclaimed Spanish translator, provides the translation for the book.

Sandra has a fondness for animals and this little gem of a story makes that abundantly clear. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.”

Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. “…because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.”

Sandra Wins PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature

The prestigious prize is awarded annually to “a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents the highest level of achievement in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama, and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.”

This year’s judges were writers Alexander Chee, Edwidge Danticat, and Valeria Luiselli. They explained: “Sandra Cisneros has said that she writes because ‘the world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning.’ In a formidable and awe-inspiring body of work, which includes fiction, memoir, and poetry, Cisneros brings us astounding and lyrical voices from burning, maligned, devastated, as well as reassembled houses, and nations. It’s hard to imagine navigating our world today without her stories and her voice guiding us towards needed much reclamation and endurance.”

To read more about the award, click here.


Upcoming Events 


Raleigh, North Carolina

February 23, 2019

NC Book Festival

7 pm: CAM Raleigh

409 West Martin Street

Raleigh, NC 27603

Event is sold out, but there will be a book signing after that is open to everyone.


New York

February 24, 2019

Puro Amor Book Signing at the Brooklyn Museum

3:30 pm: Brooklyn Museum, Gift Shop

200 Eastern Pkwy

Brooklyn, NY 11238

February 26, 2019

2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony

7 pm: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

566 LaGuardia Pl

New York, NY 10012

Tickets available here.


Chicago, Illinois

March 1, 2019

National Museum of Mexican Art Vocalo x WBEZ Podcast Passport Present: Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa

7:30 pm: National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street

Chicago, IL 60608

Event is sold out but will be recorded for broadcast on Latino USA.

Dallas, Texas

April 10

Wesley-Rankin Community Center 

Annual Benefit Luncheon


Waco, Texas

April 11, 2019

Baylor University

6 pm, Paul Powell Chapel

1100 South 3rd Street

Waco, TX 76798

Event sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media. Free and open to the public.

San Antonio, TX

April 27, 2019

King William Parade

9 am: King William Fair

122 Madison St

San Antonio, TX 78204

For ticket info, visit the King William Fair website here.


Princeton, New Jersey

May 18, 2019

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Discussion of Mango Suite Project with Derek Bermel, followed by short performance of excerpts

Pre-concert talk with Rossen Milanov and Derek Bermel, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Concert featuring Mango Suite followed by reception, 4:00 PM

Tucson, Arizona

University of Arizona Poetry Center

October 23-26


Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 30

On Being with Krista Tippett

Día de los Muertos Celebration in partnership with Centro Tyrone Guzman