September 12, 2013 Library to Host 2013 Américas Award for Children's and Young-Adult Literature

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Author and Emmy Award-winning actress Sonia Manzano, known to millions of Americans as “Maria” on Sesame Street, will receive the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 23, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The award is administered by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) at Vanderbilt University and jointly sponsored by the Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies. The Library of Congress Hispanic Division and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress host the event, which is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made through the Hispanic Division at (202) 707-6404. A reception will follow the presentation.

Manzano is being honored for her book “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” (Scholastic Press, 2012). The book is set in New York’s “El Barrio” in 1969, where Manzano was raised, and inspired by her own childhood.

The Américas Award recognizes outstanding U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore or selected non-fiction published the previous year. The work must “authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. More information about the Américas Award and CLASP can be found at External and at External.

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