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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.
Sandra's New Book - Puro Amor - Is Here
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Annual Benefit Luncheon
April 11, 2019
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
University of Arizona Poetry Center
On Being with Krista Tippett
Día de los Muertos Celebration in partnership with Centro Tyrone Guzman