February 4 – 1:30 a.m., Antigua Restaurant, 58th & Burnham
Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box by Juan Felipe Herrera  (Young adult fiction)

"When the Twin Towers fell, New York City was blanketed by dust. On the Lower East Side, Yolanda, the cinnamon girl, makes her manda, her promise. She vows to gather as much of the dust as she can. Maybe if she can return it to Ground Zero, she can comfort all the voices. Maybe that will help Uncle DJ open his eyes again. As tragedies from her past mix in the air of an unthinkable present, Yolanda searches for hope. Maybe it’s buried somewhere in the silvery dust of Alphabet City. From U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera comes the story of one teen’s emotional journey in the days after 9/11, and a personal look at the culture of Loisaida, the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This emotional and stirring novel won the Américas Award and is written in a unique and arresting style." 

-  from Publisher’s notes on the cover via

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April 1 – Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende  (historical fiction)

June 3 – Maria, Daughter of Immigrants by Maria Antonietta Berriozabal   (Memoir / Autobiography)

August 5 – Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea  (Fiction)

October 7 – Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  (Memoir / Autobiography)