Festival Feature: Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano: Sesame Street Star’s Favorite Author is Alice Munro

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Book featured at this year’s Festival: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

1. Have you ever presented at the South Dakota Festival of Books before? If so, tell us your favorite memory.

I had the opportunity to read my pictures books to children at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It was a wonderful, eye opening experience.

2. What is the earliest memory you have of books and/or reading?

I was thrilled when I realized I could read all the bra and girdle ads on the subway train when I was a kid in the Bronx.

3. Who is your favorite author and why?

My favorite author is Alice Munro. Her stories are sly, surprising and quietly take you into the depths of the human heart.

4. If you have to give one piece of succinct advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

The only way to write is to rewrite.

5. Tell us one fact about Sonia Manzano that nobody knows.

My life will be an open book when my memoir is published by Scholastic in 2015.

6. What was the greatest moment of your literary career?

The greatest moment of my literary career was when The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano was selected as a Pura Belpre Honor.

7. Describe the feeling you had when you first held a finished, published copy of a book you had written.

Elation followed by terror that I’d find a horrible sentence I wouldn’t be able to change.

8. What is the best movie adaptation of a book you have ever seen? The worst?

Perhaps the best movie adaptation was Emma Thompson’s version of Sense and Sensibility. The worst was Angela’s Ashes because it lacked Frank McCourt humor.

9. Write a haiku that describes Sonia Manzano as a writer.

I’ll pass on this one!

10. What is the strangest question you have ever been asked related to your career as an author or your writings?

If not the strangest, this is the most common and inexplicable question. “Where do you get your ideas?”

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