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Mar. 14, 2002
DH-02-TK-019
Contacts: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Renowned Chicana Educator, Poet Pat Mora
Presents a Reading at California State University, Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA - Pat Mora, award-winning author of poetry, nonfiction and children's books, will present a reading from her family memoir, House of Houses at California State University, Dominguez Hills on Monday, March 18, 2002, at 1 p.m. in the Loker University Student Union. A book signing will follow the reading.

From the pages of non-fiction, to the text of her many children's books depicting the colors of life in her native Mexican-American culture, Mora draws from a rich background to offer a special perspective on the art of storytelling. "Storytellers are delicious," Mora insists as she describes the impact that books and family members made in her life. "Mom was a great reader and was willing to drive us to the library when my siblings and I were ready for a new batch of books. I learned the power of storytelling from my aunt who liked to read to us at night and to tell us stories in English and Spanish about growing up in Mexico."

For Mora, books and the images between the covers made an impact on her life that helped define her views on education and self-identity. She recalls: "Early in my life, books became pleasure places for me. The magic of words sang its song and has been entertaining and comforting and challenging me ever since. Books were always part of our bilingual home in El Paso, Texas, where I was born. When the desert wind howled outside, I felt safe in my bed with a book."

The Washington Post described Mora's acclaimed memoir House of Houses as "a textual feast…a regenerative act…and an eloquent bearer of the old truth that is through the senses that we apprehend love." The New York Times describes Mora's poems as "proudly bilingual." Her latest illustrated volume, Aunt Carmen's Book of Practical Saints is her fifth poetry collection. Mora has also published more than 15books for young readers and was instrumental in establishing April 30 as Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros, a celebration of children, reading and culture.

The public is encouraged to come and experience this special afternoon of storytelling by Pat Mora, followed by a book signing. You are invited to visit her website, http://www.patmora.com for more selections of her work.

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