Fifteen Candles

Monday, August 06, 2007

More than 400,000 American Latinas turn 15 every year, the majority of them marking the event with a lavish party called a quinceañera. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez examines the history and significance of this coming-of-age ritual as she follows one Queens girl planning her special day.

Purchase Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA at

Event: Julia Alvarez will be speaking and signing books
Monday, August 6 at 7 pm
Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street

Weigh in: How did you celebrate your coming-of-age?


Julia Alvarez
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.