After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

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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