Sweet 15

Changing Hands Bookstore's an old hand at connecting real life and book life, reminding us that reading is part of enjoying the world. In that funkified, life-affirming tradition, the Julia Alvarez author event kicks off with a quinceañera fashion show by Azteca Wedding Plaza. After the tiaras, spangles, and big skirts go by, the focus shifts to Alvarez's nonfiction work Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA.

Alvarez, best known for her novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, spent her early childhood in the Dominican Republic and now lives and teaches in Vermont, an equally foreign and intriguing place.

Tue., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., 2008
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson