Written by new OC Weekly intern Mary Carreon. Hola, Mary!
Beloved Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros graced Libreria Martinez this past Saturday afternoon, with the legendary bookstore filled with over 250 Cisneros fans. Store owner Rueben Martinez stated that he had seen his store so full before, which was partly true: after all, the last time Cisneros came to do a booksigning for him, Martinez had to host the reading at the Orange County High School of the Performing Arts.
Cisneros is always a ball of energy, and she delighted the crowd by reading a short story from her new book, Have You Seen Marie? During a brief question-and-answer session, Cisneros stated she's currently writing several new books, including a collection of "lost" essays with the tentative title, Writing in My Pajamas; Have You Seen Marie?, an adult picture book; a children's book titled, Bravo, Bruno; and several other collaborative projects including a screenplay of her iconic The House on Mango Street.
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After her reading, I was fortunate enough to share a few words with her and get my copy of The House on Mango Street signed. After thanking her for coming to Orange County, she replied that Santa Ana is one of her favorite cities to travel to because of all the culture it has to offer. No plans on when she'll return, but a word of advice: make your reservation in advance, as her events book up fast.