2013 Community Read

The 2013 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo will include a variety of CALS events, including two opportunities to hear from the featured author. Make sure to check out the website of our event partner, Centre County Reads, for a full rundown of their community read events as well!

Listen to our undergraduate intern, Shannon Brace, review Caramelo on WPSU's BookMark.

March

Caramelo in the Classroom: Approaches to Teaching Ethnic American Literatures
March 14
4:00-5:30 PM--60 Willard Building

The discussion will feature three panelists--Lorraine Lopez, award-winning Latina writer and Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, as well as Penn State professors Toni Jensen and Tina Chen--as well as a general discussion between the panelists and the audience. More information about the event can be found here.

Lorraine Lopez Reading
March 14
7:30-9:00 PM--Foster Auditorium, Paterno/Pattee Library

Lorraine Lopez, award-winning Latina writer and Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will give a reading of a recent work-in-progress. Professor Lopez’s short story collection, Soy la AvonLady and Other Stories (2002) won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri, was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novel The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters was a Borders/Las Comadres Selection for the month of November in 2008.  In 2010, her short story collection Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories was a Finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Prize.  Lopez’s recent publications include a novel, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (2011), and a collection of essays, The Other Latin@: Writing against a Singular Identity (2012), coedited with Blas Falconer.

April

Deadline, "Artifact" Writing Contest
April 1

Centre County Reads, with the support of the Center for American Literary Studies, is pleased to announce the Artifact Writing Contest. This contest is part of the 2013 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of bestselling author Sandra Cisnero’s Caramelo, a coming-of-age novel that features an inherited artifact—a rebozo, or shawl—that ties family generations together. 

 

 

 

 

Enter your best writing related to an “artifact” in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Short Nonfiction
  • Best Entry for a Writer Under 18


$200 Grand Prize and additional prizes for winners in each category.

Entries due by April 1. Send your entry to calswritingcontest@gmail.com Be sure to include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, and a brief biography. Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library. Sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State. View our winners and read their winning entries here.

An Evening with Sandra Cisneros
April 15
7:00-9:00 PM, State Theatre

Please join co-sponsors the Center for American Literary Studies and Centre County Reads for an evening discussion with prize-winning author Sandra Cisneros.  Cisneros is the author of the novels Caramelo (Knopf, 2002) and The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991), as well as Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories(Random House, 1991) and two poetry collections, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1990) and My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman, 1987 / Random House, 1992). Her books have been awarded the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award, the  PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction, the Anisfield–Wolf Book Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and many other honors. She is the 2013 Steven Fisher Writer-in-Residence at  Penn State and her much-celebrated novel Caramelo is the 2013 CALS/CCR “Community Read” Selection.  Sandra Cisneros will talk about the genesis of Caramelo and then respond to questions from the audience about her work. Everyone welcome!

Sandra Cisneros Reading (Steven Fisher Writer-in-Residence for 2013) 
April 17
7:30-9:00 PM, Room 117, HUB

Sandra Cisneros is the author of the novels Caramelo (Knopf, 2002) and The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991), as well as Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991) and two poetry collections, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1990) and My Wicked Wicked Ways(Third Woman, 1987 / Random House, 1992). Her books have been awarded the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award, the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction, the Anisfield–Wolf Book Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and many other honors. Cisneros is the recipient of numerous awards including two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships for fiction and poetry and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She is president and founder of the Macondo Foundation, a socially engaged organization for writers, and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, a grant-giving institution serving Texas writers. Cisneros has worked as a teacher and a counselor to high school dropouts, an instructor of creative writing, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is writer-in-residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.