When I Was Puerto Rican: Read-a-Long (One Book, One New York)


The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, New York Magazine and Vulture recently launched launched One Book, One New York - a reading initiative where New Yorkers get to pick the ONE BOOK they all want to read together. The winning book is celebrated through a series of author events, talks and workshops in libraries and bookstores around the city. The first winner of this initiative was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 

Now the second selection is here and we have a Latinx book as a candidate! When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago is a classic memoir that follows Santiago’s life  moving to NYC from Puerto Rico, and her journey from welfare to Harvard.

The other four candidates are: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, White Tears by Hari Kunzru and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

VOTE for one of these five books all through the month of April and follow the conversation at #OneBookNY. The winning book will be revealed on May 3rd.

To celebrate Santiago’s nomination I will be doing a read-a-long over the next two weeks of When I Was Puerto Rican on Twitter, you can follow along and participate too!