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Chicana Author Sandra Cisneros Illuminates Life With Day of the Dead Altar for Her Mother

"We can be certain love exists," Sandra Cisneros wrote to her readers, "because its power transcends death." The acclaimed Chicana author is contemplating the fragility and ferocity of life anew as Día de los Muertos nears. The Mexican cultural tradition brings her to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach for a celebratory Selena-themed gala on Friday. The altar Cisneros made for her late mother Elvira Cordero Cisneros named "A Room of Her Own" will be previewed at the event for the museum's first-ever Day of the Dead art and altar exhibit that runs after until November 29. The famed author of The House on Mango Street also just released a new book this month titled A House of My Own to rave reviews. Cisneros is making a special appearance at Friday's Fotos y Recuerdos fundraiser for MOLAA and a special, but sold out book reading on Saturday at the Museum. The Weekly interviewed her about Day of the Dead and her new book ahead of this weekend's event.

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