SKYLIT: Donna Miscolta, “LIVING COLOR” w/ Alex Espinoza

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, latinx, skylit by skylightbooks on October 19th, 2020

We first meet Angie Rubio at age five, being scolded by her kindergarten teacher for not knowing how to skip properly.

Set in California in the 1960s and '70s, Living Color takes Angie year by year from kindergarten through high school, offering a portrait of the artist as a shy, awkward Mexican-American girl.

Taking place against the backdrop of the Cold War and civil rights eras--the Cuban missile crisis, the Watts riots, Beatlemania, the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics--Living Color also surveys the milestones of American girlhood. We see Brownies, slumber parties, training bras, cheerleader tryouts, and proms through the eyes of a "brown, skinny, and bespectacled" Latina who soon learns that pageant winners as well as high school cheerleaders are always white.

Donna Miscolta's new book traces Angie's formation as a writer, from the child who loves Scrabble and jots down new words she learns in a notebook to the teenager publishing controversial opinions about success and belonging, a person whose voice is now "loud-enough-to-be-heard."

Miscolta is in conversation with fellow author Alex Espinoza.

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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