Quiara Alegría Hudes with Jon M. Chu
A self-described ‘writer, wife, mother of two, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, USA,’ Quiara Alegría Hudes is also an award-winning creator of musicals and playwright with the hit musical, In the Heights, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Water by the Spoonful among her credits. She is virtually here this evening with her bracing, captivating autobiography, My Broken Language: A Memoir (One World).
“Every line of this book is poetry. From North Philly to all of us, Hudes showers us with aché, teaching us what it looks like to find languages of survival in a country with a ‘panoply of invisibilities.’ Hudes paints unforgettable moments on every page for mothers and daughters and all spiritually curious and existential human beings. This story is about Latinas. But it is also about all of us.”—Maria Hinojosa.
“Wise, graceful, and devastatingly beautiful, Hudes’s memoir gives voice to the complicated cultural collisions and gentle rebellions that seed a life. I was inspired and moved by the resilient spirit of Hudes and the Perez women, who through joy and great heartbreak manage to conjure a remarkable world in and beyond their Philly barrio.”—Lynn Nottage.
“Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories.”—Lin-Manuel Miranda.
For this program, Quiara Alegría Hudes will be joined by director/screenwriter Jon M. Chu, whose film adaptation of In the Heights is scheduled for June 18 release. (This June will also see publication of a big illustrated book, In the Heights: Finding Home, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter).
Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company and The Seattle Public Library.