One Larkin Center
About the Event: The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library will feature Sandra Cisneros as its guest speaker for the Spring Gala. All proceeds will go to the foundation and their various patrons, such as their hope to enable a Homework Help program for high school students.
About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen.
PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:
"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."
"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."
—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”
“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.”
— The Washington Post Book World
"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
— The Arkansas International