The day has finally arrived!
I’ve followed my comadre, Aurora Anaya-Cerda’s incredible journey in realizing this dream and opening up this beautiful location in El Barrio and am just simply awed and inspired.
If you can’t make it today, no worries, you have the whole weekend to celebrate with La Casa Azul.
June 1, 6pm-8pm
Grand opening celebration!
La Casa Azul Bookstore will host its grand opening with a ribbon cutting, and the participation of authors, neighbors, campaign contributors and friends joining the celebration. The reception also includes a musical performance by the students of Mariachi Academy of New York and an art opening showcasing Artist Sol Aramendi photographs from the series “Tacto”.
June 2, 12pm
Sing along with ¡Acopladitos!
Musical storytelling with appealing music that parents would actually enjoy as much as their children!
June 3, 3pm
Reading with Nicholasa Mohr, author of “Nilda”
Nicholasa Mohr’s classic novel about life as an immigrant in New York City offers a poignant look at one young girl’s experiences. Issues of race, religion and machismo are realistically and movingly depicted in this groundbreaking coming-of-age novel that was one of the first by a Latina author to be hailed by the mainstream media.
To view the event listings for June (which are awesome!), visit the bookstore’s calendar website here.
ABOUT LA CASA AZUL:
In the height of the economic meltdown of 2008, Aurora Anaya-Cerda founded La Casa Azul Bookstore, an online resource promoting children’s literature, educational programing and literature by Latino writers. As an independent bookseller, Ms. Anaya-Cerda has hosted more than sixty literary events in East Harlem and throughout New York City with renowned authors such as Esmeralda Santiagoand Junot Díaz. She is the founder of the East Harlem Children’s Book Festival.
See you there!
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was provided for this post. I am a fellow comadre of Aurora and just want to support her in every way I can. All opinions are my own.