La Casa Azul Bookstore opened it's doors on Friday, June 1 for a weekend celebration.
Authors, neighbors, friends and contributors were all treated to a weekend of readings, signings and fun.
The Latina Book Club has been a long-time supporter of Aurora and La Casa Azul Bookstore, and
we are glad to finally be able to "sit" with her for a chat. Welcome, Aurora!
|Photo by Laura Booth, 2012|
Telemundo was filming you as you got the bookstore ready. Did that make you nervous, more determined as they watched you behind the scenes? Tell us a funny story of an incident that happened while they were filming.
Yes, Telemundo did a four segment story on the bookstore’s build our process – and it was awesome! It was a wonderful way to share the progress with our fans. Because we were on a tight deadline to record the segments by a certain time, I didn’t have time to be nervous. I had to make sure the work was complete by the time the camera crew arrived for each taping. It was like being on a makeover show, I had a lot of fun and learned about how those shows really work.
What are some of the activities you are planning for La Casa Azul? Is there a calendar?
In July, we have book talks, author signings, art workshops, live music presentations, cooking classes for children and a writers conference. The entire event schedule is online. Click here for calendar.
How do you find time and energy to juggle a job, the bookstore, the children's book festival and your other projects?
|Surrounded by bookcovers|
How was your 2nd Annual Harlem Children's Book Festival? What authors participated?
The festival was amazing! We had a wonderful turn out, over 900 people attended. Our store served as a storytelling stage for local and national authors who took time out of their day to read to children. We also had several theatrical performances and a music recital by the students from Lexington Academy. It was a great day to celebrate books in El Barrio.
Is La Casa Azul (Online) Bookstore still open?
Si! Customers can still purchase books online. The address is http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/.
What are some books/ authors you recommend for summer reading?
I recommend all of the books in our “El Barrio Reads” list, it’s the list of best sellers from our inaugural month! The list of books from Fiction (*OCOTILLO DREAMS by Melinda Palacio), Young Adult (CHULITO by Charles Rice Gonzales), Children's (KIKI KOKI by Ed Rodriguez) and Biography/Memoir (A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez) are posted online. For a complete list of books in all categories, click here.
|Photo by Laura Booth, 2012|
1443 East 103rd Street (at Lexington Avenue)
East Harlem NY 10029
Open Tuesday through Sunday
For hours, calendar and schedule of events, visit them at http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/.
To read The Latina Book Club's coverage of the Opening Day, click here.
*OCOTILLO DREAMS is The Latina Book Club's Book of the Month for July. Read a synopsis by clicking here.
FINAL NOTE: Make sure to check in monthly at La Casa Azul Bookstore. Aurora has lots of fun things planned. For example, La Casa Azul Bookstore just celebrated Frida Kahlo's birthday with a Dress-like-Frida Party. Can you guess who won first prize? Like I said, check in monthly.