An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros will be speaking on Los que No Pertenecen/Those Who Don't Belong at the International Book Fair this Saturday, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Javier Villafañe-Pabellon Azul. 

Her books are classics, and The House on Mango Street (1984) is on all YA reading lists.

I chose a quote from Caramelo to begin the chapter in my book on Leaving San Miguel:

That terrible ache and nostalgia for home when home is gone, and this isn’t it. And the sun so white like an onion. And who the hell thought of placing a city here with no large body of water anyway! In less than three hours we could be at the border, but where’s the border to the past, I ask you, where?
~ Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo

There is a reception for her at the U.S. Embassy Residence, to which I was invited, but unfortunately I will be out of town. I would have loved to meet her and to tell her how important her books are to the Los Angeles Public Library and what they have meant to me. 

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