Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 6:00p -
Boston Public Library (Online)
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual & Streaming
Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with American Inspiration series by American Ancestors NEHGS, Porter Square Books, and the GBH Forum Network for an online conversation with Quiara Alegría Hudes, author of My Broken Language: A Memoir. Author and Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will moderate this program, which is part of the BPL's Repairing America Series.
People who are interested in attending are kindly asked to check the Event website for forthcoming information, including registration instructions.
An inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging from a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright.
In this remarkable memoir Quiara Alegría Hudes tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish. Hudes has since found her language, and in this powerful, heralded work, “her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton. Hudes will be joined by journalist Maria Hinojosa, whose work has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.
Please check the Event website later for information on how this book may be purchased from one of our community bookstore partners, Porter Square Books.
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a writer, wife, mother of two, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA. Hailed for their exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They include the Broadway hit In the Heights and the Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Water by the Spoonful. She founded the online gallery Emancipated Stories.
Maria Hinojosa is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author of Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America. She is also anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by PRX and co-host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick.
The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.