by Celia Perez
Publisher: Sweet Candy Press
Collected from twenty years of zines, Ofrenda is the work of Chicago-based librarian Celia C. Perez. Cultural identity, loss, book love, and music nostalgia are just a few of places this books goes to.Collected zines include issues of I Dreamed I Was Assertive, Roots and Wings, Hickey Underworld, Sherman Sez (a Sherman Alexie fanzine), and many others.“open the pages of this anthology and discover all the ordinary, mundane things that make one person’s existence so extraordinary.“ -Bitch Media
I jumped at the chance to review this zine anthology as I have been a fan of Celia's I Dreamed I Was Assertive zine (plus - we share a name which is pretty awesome). I am so happy to have a collection of her work - so real and honest and immersed in nostalgia and beauty. In it are memories childhood and adulthood that are very much hers. It is a perspective only Celia herself could give us, not just because she is a person of color, but because it shows her individuality. That is what I love so much about zines - it is a point of view that the reader wouldn't get anywhere else because it is truth. There is no sugar coating and fiction, there is only the human experience. I truly recommend this collection and to check out anything Celia may create in the future as I am sure that we will only be left wanting more.
Celia C. Pérez was born in Judy Blume’s hometown to a father from Cuba and a mother from Mexico. When she was fourteen, she was certain her future was in professional wrestling. Instead, she grew up to be a librarian and a writer. She is working on a middle grade novel. While she has listened to many versions of “La Bamba,” her favorite is still the one by Los Lobos. She lives in Chicago.
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Author blog: https://pisforpocha.wordpress.com/
Purchase Ofrenda: http://www.sweetcandydistro.com/sweet-candy-press-books.html
The author is giving away a print copy of Ofrenda to a winner in the US!