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Thalia Kids' Book Club: Julia Alvarez' Tia Lola series in conversation with Sonia Manzano
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 10/16/2011 at Symphony Space.

The author of How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In The Time of the Butterflies talks about her smart, funny and playful series that chronicles the flamboyant antics of the one-of-a-kind Tia Lola, a compassionate and nutty aunt, whose flair for creativity and spunky personality set the stage for wacky adventures.

+ About the Artists

Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American poet, essayist and fiction writer best known for her novels How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (selected by New York libraries as one of the 21 new classics for the 21st century) and In the Time of Butterflies (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Her most recent books for adults are the novel Saving the World and the non-fiction book One Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA. She has also published numerous books for children and young adults, including The Secret Footprints, Before We Were Free, Finding Miracles and Return to Sender, which was a recipient of the Pura Belpre and Americas Awards, and the Tio Lola series. The latest book in the Tia Lola series How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over was released in September. She is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.


Sonia Manzano is known to millions of children and parents through her role as Maria on Sesame Street, a character she has played since 1971. Her theatre credits include The Exonerated and the original production of Godspell. She has won fifteen Emmy Awards as a writer for Sesame Street, received the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Award, and in 2005 was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Notre Dame University. Closer to home, she is proud to have been inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame. She has written for the Peabody Award-winning Nickelodean series Little Bill, is the author of the picture books No Dogs Allowed! and A Box Full of Kittens. No Dogs Allowed!  has been turned into a musical. She is currently working on two new books.

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