Arte Público Press Author Interview: Gwendolyn Zepeda

Best friends Maya and Annie learn about Latino and Vietnamese culture and family together.

Gwendolyn Zepeda: Author of Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays
Gwendolyn Zepeda: Author of Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays

In her new bilingual children’s book Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays/Los sábados y domingos de Maya y Annie, author Gwendolyn Zepeda brings us touches of Latino and Vietnamese culture as observed and enjoyed  by two elementary school girls. 

Annie enjoys eating dinner  at Maya’s house, where Maya’s mother serves tacos, rice and beans, tamales and Pozole. Along with Maya’s family, Annie attends a Posada in Maya’s neighborhood.

The girls spend time at Annie’s house as well. Annie’s father serves soup, rice, fish and Gai lan. Maya learns to eat with chopsticks. Along with Annie’s family, Maya attends a Vietnamese  New Year celebration. 

Initially, Maya’s  and Annie’s time together is limited to the weekends since they live in different neighborhoods and attend different schools.  Happily, this situation is about to change.

Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Gwendolyn Zepeda.  

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Eric Ladau

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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