Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Sonia Manzano

Monday, June 29, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Esplanade 305

One of America’s “most influential Hispanics” according to People en Español, Sonia Manzano—best known as the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on Sesame Street—has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as best performer in a children’s series. She is the author of the Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012 and hailed in a starred review in Booklist as a “wry . . . moving” novel. Manzano has also been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C.
Becoming Maria, Manzano’s latest book, is her coming-of-age memoir, the remarkable story of a girl plunged into a world she never expected. It’s the story of dreams—some of them nightmares, others visions of romance and escape. Set in the Bronx in the 1950s, it’s the tale of a family that is loving and troubled, and of the child who grew up to become a TV star. Sonia’s creative drive keeps her afloat despite the turbulence of her life and times—including the cramped, colorful world of her Latino neighborhood and an abusive and alcoholic father. Spiced with Nuyorican culture, heartache, and humor, the memoir paints a revealing portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:10pm PDT
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