House on Mango Street to be a community reading event

September 3, 2012 by  

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, Bakersfield’s ‘One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern’ organization has chosen the book ‘House on Mango Street’ as the book to read for its 10th anniversary celebration.

The book, by Sandra Cisneros, illustrates the dynamics between generations, family history, culture and independence as Esperanza, a young Latina girl, comes of age in a deprived neighborhood in Chicago.

Kristie Coons, coordinator of the organization, said:

“What excites me most about each One Book read is the invitation extended to all to think about and discuss the powerful ideas in one great book, and apply them to our lives in Kern County.

“This community-wide conversation helps us hurdle the geographic, economic, cultural and racial barriers that often divide us.”

Published in 1984, the book is told by the author in a series of vignettes and has been a staple in schools from elementary to college for many years. The picture book ‘Hair’, by the same author, is recommended for younger ages.

The community reading event kicks off at the Noriega house in Bakersfield on September 13, proceeded by an exciting two months of arts events, book discussions, and cultural events. It ends with a free talk by the author at California State University, Bakersfield on November 8.

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern is an organization designed to promote reading in the home and as a community. Aspiring authors should note that print companies are a great way to self-publish books.