One Book One Barrio


La Casa Azul Bookstore’s community-wide reading campaign to promote literacy and foster community through literature in East Harlem. 

In 1998, Nancy Pearl from the Washington Center for the Book in the Seattle Public Library, launched the campaign “If All Seattle Read the Same Book,” designed to unite the community of readers under the same book.
The goal of the campaign was to encourage the public to read one particular book and to participate in several educational and literature-based programs associated with the chosen book. Today, countless libraries, schools and bookstores across the United States have adopted their own version of “One Book” with the same enthusiasm and vision as it’s original campaign.

La Casa Azul Bookstore is honored to name The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, by Sonia Manzano as the very first book of the  One Book, One Barrio project.

One Book, One Barrio!

One Book, One Barrio will take over East Harlem with the critically acclaimed novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano. The star of Sonia Manzano’s latest work  Evelyn Serrano, a young girl growing up in East Harlem in 1969, finds herself in the quest to reconcile with her Puerto Rican heritage, all the while history is being made right outside her door in the streets of El Barrio.
In the summer of 1969, The Young Lords, a group of activists that sought to bring basic rights to the forgotten community of Harlem, organizes their first action known as the “Garbage Offensive.” In this bold move, The Young Lords, with the help of the community gathered piles of uncollected garbage that the Sanitation Department refused to pick up from the streets of El Barrio and set them ablaze on large street intersections of the city to protest the inequalities and neglect the community of Harlem was subject to. This urgency for change that prompted groups such as The Young Lords to rise is the same that would push Evelyn to find her voice and pride in her community. Evelyn Serrano is moved by the brave activist group and with the support of her abuela, joins the movement that captivated a generation of Latinos in East Harlem.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano, not only draws attention to the pressures of growing up Latina but also captures the essence of a powerful time in the history of East Harlem.

Timeline for One Book, One Barrio!
These events are possible with your involvement and support, let’s get inspired and make history through literature and let’s make sure everyone in Harlem picks up their very own copy of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.
Ready, set, go!

Launch of One Book, One Barrio
Saturday, June 7, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm 

La Casa Azul Bookstore welcomes Sonia Manzano for a day to celebrate her literary contributions with a book reading, and signing of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

July 2014
We honor the legacy of the Young Lords Party with film screenings about this group of young Latinos that changed history.

August 2014
With the closing of summer, we will open our back patio and host a festival with music, dancing and piraguas.

September 2014
In the Fall, we celebrate our abuelitos on National Grandparent’s Day.

November 2015
Join us for a book discussions of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano.


About the author: 
Sonia Manzano has been a presense on Public Television since the 1970’s. Raised in the South Bronx, she attended the High School of Performing Arts. A scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and in her junior year, she came to New York to star in the original production of the off-Broadway show, Godspell.
Within a year Sonia was cast as “Maria” on Sesame Street. After ten years as an actress, Sonia began writing scripts for the series and has fifteen Emmy Awards as part of the Sesame Street writing staff. Sonia also wrote for the Peabody Award winning children’s series, Little Bill, for Nickelodeon and for a short time wrote a parenting column for the Sesame Workshop web site called Talking Outloud. She returned to the New York stage starring in The Vagina Monologues and The Exonerated.Sonia has received awards from , The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington DC, and The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and she recieved an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Nortre Dame University in 2004. Closer to home, she was inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame in 2005.

Sonia was twice nominated for an Emmy Award as “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series.” For more information please visit her website