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Events in April

Film screening: Outlawing Dolores Huerta

Thursday, April 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00

Join us as we celebrate a legendary activist, Dolores Huerta, on her 84th birthday by screening the documentary

Outlawing Dolores Huerta: The Tuscan Diaries

In 2006, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner and United Farm Workers Co-Founder Dolores Huerta visited Tucson High School in Arizona and delivered a speech.
As part of her speech, she stated “Republicans Hate Latinos.” The statement was used in 2010 by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and other Arizona Politicians to justify the passage of House Bill 2281-The Ethnic Studies Ban. Outlawing Doloreshas been produced with the intent to give a greater context to some of the cultural battles currently occurring in the United States, as of 2013. This is the first extended interview where Dolores Huerta addresses the 2006 comment directly.$5/ticket
Book reading by Renato Rosaldo, The Day of Shelly’s Death
Friday, April 11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
In these poems Renato Rosaldo focuses on the shock of his wife Shelly’s sudden death on October 11, 1981 in the Philippines. Shelly died after losing her footing and falling some sixty feet from a cliff into a swollen river. Rosaldo maintains a tight focus on the events of the day of her death. He explores his own experience as well as the imagined perspectives of many others. Free event.

Book Launch Party for Larry and Friends

Saturday, April 12, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Larry and Friends is a heartening story about immigration, diversity, friendship, and acceptance, envisioned by Ecuadorian-born, New-York-based illustrator Carla Torres, who partnered with Belgian-born, Venezuelan-raised, New-York-based writer Nat Jaspar to bring the project, funded on Kickstarter, to life.The protagonist is Larry the Dog who is a juggler from Brooklyn.The story recounts why the characters end up relocating to New York City and how they become friends with Larry. The tale is truly inspiring as the characters and illustrative style bring forth the brightest possibilities of the human spirit.

Free event, perfect for families with children ages 3-8!
Live music with MV Caldera
Saturday, April 12, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venezuelan world music singer, MV Caldera and her group will be singing to us from pop music to baladas! $10/ticket
The Peace Poet’s Listening Party
Friday, April 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Celebrate, dance and share with a few songs from State of the Art, the upcoming album by The Peace Poets.
Doors open at 6pm, performance begins at 7:30pm.
Free event!


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La Casa Azul Bookstore
143 E. 103rd St
El Barrio, NY 10029
(212) 426-2626
6 Train to 103rd Street
Store hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Mondays

Meet Esmeralda Santiago!
Monday, April 21st
6:00pm – 7:30pm
(book signing line begins at5:30pm).Copies of all of Esmeralda’s books will be available for sale. 

This event is in partnership with World Book Night, an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free paperbacks to light and non-readers.This year, copies of When I was Puerto Rican will be given away via a World Book Night publication!


Sonia Manzano
4th annual East Harlem Children’s Book Festival     

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:00am – 4:00pm 

Meet your favorite local authors and illustrators at this free event featuring storybooks, storytellers, book signings, music, art and dance! Produced by La Casa Azul Bookstore, the East Harlem’s Children Book Festival is a celebration of children, families, community, and literacy.
This is a free, rain-or-shine event that offers many additional fun activities throughout the day!
Guest readers include:
  • Sonia Manzano, author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, A box full of kittens, No Dogs Allowed
  • Carla Torres, illustrator of Larry and Friends
  • John Parra, Illustrator of Waiting for the Biblioburro, Round is a Tortilla, Green is a Chile Pepper and many more award winning titles!
  • Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor, author of Martina finds a shiny coin
  • Music by Acopladitos and a dance performance by Pasion Boliviana 

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