Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda
Thursday, March 20 @ 7 PM
Word Up – 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
Born in Harlem and raised (mostly) in Inwood to Dominican parents, award-winning journalist, cultural activist, and documentary filmmaker Raquel Cepeda is the author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina. Equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry, the book also looks at what it means to be Latina today.
Raquel Cepeda is currently in production on Deconstructing Latina, a documentary focusing on a group of troubled teenage girls in a suicide prevention program who are transformed through an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing. Cepeda’s writings have been widely anthologized and her byline has been featured in media outlets include the New York Times, Associated Press, the Village Voice, MTV News, CNN.com, and many others. Visit Cepeda at http://www.djalirancher.com.
Join Raquel Cepeda and Word Up in celebrating the paperback release of Bird of Paradise.