BPL EVENT: An Afternoon with Sonia Manzano


As part of the Joy Agenda by the City of Boston, join the BPL for a discussion with Sonia Manzano—widely known for her role "Maria" on Sesame Street. She will also talk about her book Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, as well as share the wisdom she’s gleaned as an author and performer, with a focus on joy and as a part of our Repairing America Initiative. This talk also in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Boston Public Library President David Leonard will be providing the welcome.

This program will take place in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Lower Level of the Johnson Building at the Central Library in Copley Square. Registration is required. To attend in-person, please visit the link in the registration box on this calendar entry.

This program will also happen over Zoom webinar. To attend online, please visit this link to register.

About the book

Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving–and troubled. This is Sonia’s own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But–click!–when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life–the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia’s dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl’s resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Honors for Becoming Maria include being mentioned in the New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2015 and Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2015.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA 02115
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545621847
Availability: Not currently in store. Available to ship from distributor's warehouse.
Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

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