But some of the archetypes in the narrative dreamed up by Alegria’s non-Latino editors… sounded like they’d been dreamed up by non-Latino editors. For instance, they described a character who sounded Dominican, from the Upper West Side in New York, but whose family owned a Mexican restaurant. Alegria said to a certain extent, she knew she had to work with the stereotypes the publisher presented to her.
“There were some details that I accepted from them and others that I totally ignored. Because I thought that if I was going to write a quince story I was going to just write the craziest story I could think of, with the girl having to wear a secondhand dress, that was her cousin’s that was made in Tijuana….her family was forcing her to do this, but she really didn’t want to.”
House of Brides announces the date of the highly anticipated Halloween Midnight Madness Sale. The sale is October 28th and is available at all 10 bridal salons. Salons are opening one hour early at 11:00 am until Midnight, excluding the Chicago store. The Chicago location is open from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm with the last appointment at 9:00 pm. The Halloween Midnight Madness Sale offers once in lifetime sales on wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, special occasion gowns, and Quinceanera gowns. There are additional storewide savings on headpieces and veils, flower girl dresses and accessories.
Cevallos is Dominican and Mexican and has navigated diverse groups of friends in public and private school in the San Francisco Bay Area. There aren’t many mainstream representations of Latinos that resonate with her cross-cultural experiences.
The wedding dress showcased in the Halloween Midnight Madness Sale is from Allure Bridals 2011 Collection. This ball gown is created from layers of soft organza. The ruched bodice features a sweetheart neckline with Swarovski crystals and a pearl brooch accent. This dress will be available to view and try-on at the sale event, at select locations.
It is one of the best placements an author can get, especially if they’re trying to reach rural communities that don’t have many brick and mortar booksellers, or Kindle buyers. But Alegria has also found enduring success through overwhelming grassroots support. They fly Alegria into town to speak to auditoriums and libraries packed with students. She dresses up in a ruffled quinceanera dress, white gloves, and a tiara, and acts out the book’s characters for her readings.
The original idea for “Estrella’s Quinceanera” came from a publishing house. Alegria was commissioned to write a book that would reach Latino teens. The book centers on a quintessential coming-of-age experience for many Latinos; the traditional party that happens when a girl turns 15.