By Children’s Librarian Mary Margaret Mercado, Sam Lena-South Tucson Library
Every year, Pima County Public Library celebrates Mexican-American authors and culture at the Tucson Festival of Books. This year the Library’s Nuestras Raíces committee has a jam-packed schedule in the Pima County Public Library tent!
Match wits with syndicated political cartoonist and satirist Lalo Alcaraz. Meet the woman behind Sesame Street’s beloved María, Sonia Manzano. Shake it up with Mario T. García and Felipe Fernández-Armesto as they unveil the missing Latino face in U.S. history.
Too intense? How about listening to a culinary love song? World-renowned Mexican chef Margarita Carillo Arronte shares the beguiling flavors wafting from her hot pink extravaganza: Mexico: The Cookbook.
Feeling a little nostalgic for the Old Pueblo? Borderlands Theater Ensemble recreates the dynamic pulse of the lost but not forgotten Tucson barrio “La Calle.” Or take an armchair tour of iconic Southside storefronts as seen through the eyes of a graphic designer and architect—sisters Alexandra and Sharayah Jimenez.
Poets and writers abound. Festival favorite and award-wining author Luis Alberto Urrea discusses what it’s like growing up Latino, and local and national poets join in tribute to the late, great poet Francisco X. Alarcón.
Grab a Festival schedule and drag los vecinos (the neighbors), la familia, los abuelos (the grandparents) y los bukis (the kids) down to the U of A campus for a free, fun-filled weekend you will never forget. ¡Nos Vemos! See you there!
Visit us at the Pima County Public Library tent on the UA Mall all throughout the weekend!
March 12 & 13, 2016, 10am to 5pm. Parking is free!
Here's the Nuestras Raices schedule online.
Download the printable schedule for Nuestras Raíces: