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One Houston, One Book Literacy Discussion and Reading of The House on Mango Street

One Houston, One Book Literacy Discussion and Reading of The House on Mango Street In-Person

Join the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy (MOAL) and community partners to celebrate diverse stories for a diverse city! Invited literacy providers and guest readers will read aloud from featured books with discussions to follow.

MOAL Director Federico Salas-Isnardi sits in conversation with moderator and activist Tony Diaz. The featured title of this event is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

The House on Mango Street is considered a modern classic of Chicano literature. The book has been translated into over 20 languages and is required reading in many schools and universities across the United States. It was on The New York Times Best Seller list and is the recipient of several major literary awards, including the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. 

Saturday, July 8, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
1st Floor Events
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building
Age Group:
  Arts & Culture     Author Talks / Book Clubs     One Houston One Book  
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Writer and activist Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, is a Cultural Accelerator. He was the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

In 1998, he founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say (NP), Houston's first reading series for Latino authors. The group galvanized Houston's Community Cultural Capital to become a movement for civil rights, education, and representation.

When Arizona officials banned Mexican American Studies, Diaz and 4 veteran members of NP organized the 2012 Librotraficante Caravan to smuggle books from the banned curriculum back into Arizona.

He is author of The Aztec Love GodThe Tip of the Pyramid is the first in his series on Community Organizing.