An Afternoon with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

On Saturday, September 30th, Biblioteca Criolla was the proud host of author, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa’ new book “Daughters of the Stone” This is a lyrical powerful debut novel about a family of Afro–Puerto Rican women detailing their physical and spiritual journey.  

"Beautifully written saga of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican descent that shows all of their power, resilience and vulnerability. The stone in the title, along with some powers of magic are passed along from female to female among the descendants of Fela, an African women sold into slavery in Puerto Rico. Relationships between mothers and daughters are fully explored here with all the complications that entails. While some turn their back on the magic and "old ways" of their ancestors, the stories and the stone always endure and the generations are brought full circle in their journey."
--Uptown Literati

This book launch was very unique for it was also a debut art exhibit for local artist Miosoty Estrella and musician, Hector Peralta. The program was educational & entertaining.

Our guest author read experts of her book and presented the audience with digital slides of pictures that corresponded with the timespan of the book. The audience was captivated by her readings and the explanations of her presentation.  

Local artist, Miosoty Estrella spoke of her body of works and her inspiration for this special exhibition. Her inspiration…roots and yearning of her country Santo Domingo.

Local musician, Hector Peralta played softly the congas while the author read experts of her book and then accompanied Miosoty Estrella who also sang beautiful.   

The program generated a very enthusiastic crowd to the sum of approximately 30 plus people. The program extended from 12:30 pm to approximately 3:30 pm. 

SPONSORS:
•    Haas Media
•    Los Afro-Latinos

Special THANKS:  
Sonia Araujo, Assistant Director for her unyielding support in this program.  Johaina Velez for providing me with the assistance needed for a program of this magnitude.  I could have NOT done it without her valuable assistance.  

•    The Jersey City Free Public Library Maintenance Department, Ms. Teresa Fairly and in particular Mr. Jason Hall for putting up the new paintings up
•    Ileana Scott for cleaning after our program. Also for bringing and making sure that we had all the necessary equipment and things requested
•    JCFPL Security guard for lending a hand

 

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