Virtual event: Author Cristina Henríquez to discuss immigration & ‘The Book of Unknown Americans’

Join your neighbors on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 pm for a virtual interview and Q&A session with Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans, to kick off this summer’s Many Voices, Many Stories community reading program.

Hosted through Zoom, the virtual event will begin with a talk from the author, and attendees will be able to submit questions through the chat feature for the Q&A portion that will follow.

“I think when you start reading these [immigration] stories, it breaks down those walls and those stereotypes. And you start to see: They have the same kind of hopes, the same kind of fears, the same kind of dreams that I have or that anybody has for themselves, for their kids, for their lives.”

—Cristina Henríquez on the Unknown Americans Project

About the author

Cristina Henríquez is the author of The Book of Unknown Americans—which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year—as well as The World In Half and Come Together, Fall Apart. Cristina earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Illinois. More about the author »

Nora with two copies of The Book of Unknown Americans

About The Book of Unknown Americans

Early Childhood Specialist Nora (pictured right) suggests: “Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans explores the power of love through the, often marginalized, lens of the immigrant experience. This heartbreaking novel humanizes a population of people who come to this country hoping for a better way of life and are often forced to live in the shadows.”

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Print formats available: book (English and Spanish editions), large print book, audiobook

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About Many Voices, Many Stories

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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