Back in the Bronx featuring Sonia Manzano
Saturday, June 18, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Bronx Museum welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, formerly “Maria” of Sesame Street, for a special reading of her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Manzano will share personal anecdotes about her upbringing in the borough, read excerpts, and sign copies of the book.


Free admission for Bronx Museum members; $10 for non-members

Lunch by David Greco’s Arthur Avenue Caterers is included.


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Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a loving and yet deeply troubled Latino family with her new young adult memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. Sonia’s story starts with her earliest memories, hiding from an alcoholic father and a rotating cast of noisy and sometimes frightening relatives.  Sonia turns to the TV and to her own creative drive to escape from her painful reality.  A school trip to see West Side Story on Broadway opens a new world of possibilities for Sonia and she realizes she must leave the barrio behind to pursue her acting dreams. Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx paints a heartbreakingly humorous portrait of a resilient little girl who becomes her own strong, successful woman and inspires millions.


Sonia Manzano has touched the lives of millions with the role of Maria on Sesame Street. Sonia has won fifteen Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of many books including award-winning and critically acclaimed middle grade novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Sonia lives in New York City.

Image credits: (Left) Cover image for "Becoming Maria." (Right) Image by Edward Pagan.




Public and Community Enagement Programs are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. 


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