Carlos Valenzuela presents “Letters to Young Carlos”

(Tucson, AZ) Pima County Public Library's LGBTQ+ Services Committee continues its 25th anniversary Virtual Author Talk series with Carlos Valenzuela, who will discuss his book, Letters to Young Carlos. 

Saturday, May 21, 2022
10 to 11 am
Please register in advance online.

This event will be moderated by friends from Southern Arizona Senior Pride. After the discussion, there will be a moderated Q&A in the chat.

About Letters to Young Carlos

Carlos grew up in Douglas, Arizona, and his book, Letters to Young Carlos (en español Cartas al joven Carlos), while not an autobiography, shares the story of a boy much like him with the same name. In the 1950s, Carlos lives in a small town in Mexico and experiences his first love. The author describes his book as “a tender coming-of-age story set against a small town’s judgmental gossip, a homophobic Papa, and the church’s strict teachings. Carlos’ plight to self-acceptance resonates with gay or straight readers alike as he faces a world of love, heartbreak, betrayal, friendship and eventually rises above it all.”

Readers have praised the book for its honest and poignant portrayal of a young boy struggling with the challenges of coming out:

"Thought provoking and insightful for those of us who were privileged to grow up without prejudice. This book will make you feel for those who have had to break new ground just to honor themselves and stay true to their identity."

"What an amazing read. The words of Carlos bring the stories to life, the emotions pour out of every chapter. A beautifully written book straight from the heart."

"This book made me laugh, made me cry, and put me in the shoes of a gay young boy finding himself."


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