Arte Público Press January Author Of The Month: Dr. Virginia Sánchez-Korrol

Seven-year-old Teresita observes and experiences life in her neighborhood as she eagerly awaits the arrival of her gift bearing Uncle Ramón.

Photo of Dr. Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Author of A Surprise for Teresita
Dr. Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, author of A Surprise for Teresita

In her new bilingual children’s book A Surprise for Teresita/Una sorpresa para Teresita, author Dr. Virginia Sánchez-Korrol takes us back to the Cuban/Puerto Rican South Bronx neighborhood of her youth.

Seven -year-old Teresita dutifully obeys her mother’s instructions to play in front of her apartment building while awaiting the arrival of her Uncle Ramón. Although the neighborhood is busy, crowded and sometimes noisy, there is a familiar and reassuring rhythm to all of the activities. Teresita’s neighbors are her extended family.

Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Sánchez-Korrol.

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Eric Ladau


NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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