ASYLUM: A Child's Perspective and an Adult's Perspective


RSVP | via ZOOM | All proceeds from the sale of My Secret Wish will go to Immigrant Families Together

Join us for a special reading of two books featuring the story of asylum seekers and their journey to freedom: My Secret Wish and The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the BorderBoth authors from each book will read, talk, and discuss the perspectives of asylum from a child and adult. Three copies of MY SECRET WISH will be raffled off during the event! 

Based on a true story, MY SECRET WISH explores the many challenges for a family seeking asylum, particularly now, during this difficult political time. What does it mean for the mother of two young boys, one of whom has been threatened by gangs, to make the difficult decision to come to America, when America has all but closed its doors. But determination and love are the catalysts, which motivate Mama to go on, with much hope in her heart, the same hope the young boys secretly wish for. Beautifully illustrated and translated by Elizabeth Balaguer, who will read the Spanish version of the book. Cover art by Rae Weyn Gonzalez.

*All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Immigrant Families Together. Buy copies of MY SECRET WISH when you RSVP here.

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

*Buy a copy of The Book of Rosy below


Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department at City College, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Several of her children’s and poetry books have been published, and RONIT AND JAMIL, A Palestinian/Israeli ROMEO AND JULIET in verse was published by Harper Collins in 2017, and was named among the35 books to have on your radar for 2017. BEA, a picture book, was a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Children’s Fiction, and HOMER THE LITTLE STRAY CAT, was named among the best of the indie presses for picture books. RONIT AND JAMIL is a 2018 Sydney Taylor notable book. She is the winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction contest for WHY NO GOODBYE, published in 2019. She teaches graduate and undergraduate children’s writing.  Follow her: twitter@RonitandJamil and follow her blog:

Elizabeth Balaguer, born in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is awriter, with specialties in children's literature, translation, and illustration.She holds a bachelors degree in Graphic Design from the State University ofNew York Fashion Institute of Design and Technology and a Masters Degree inSpanish from the City University - City College of New York.Her books have been published by Editors Manatí and Santillana.Amongst her publications, mentionable works include: Trucando, Mi Carnaval /My CarnivalEl Cuco /The BoogeymanEl secreto de sonreír / The Secret ofSmilling¡Yo no estoy perdido! Mi oruga no quiere comer / My Cartepillar Doesn’tWant to Eat, and La gallina de la abuela Catalina / Grandmother Catalina’s Hen, and Iris la traviesa y su perro tres colores / El pañito mágico.

Rosayra Pablo Cruz es madre de cuatro hijos. Era dueña de una pequeña tienda de ropa en Guatemala antes de llegar a los Estados Unidos. Ahora que vive en Nueva York, es la copresidenta de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros de su hijo mayor y está activa en su iglesia y comunidad.

Julie Schwietert Collazo es una escritora, editora y traductora bilingue (inglés-español), y ex terapeuta de artes creativas. Ha co-escrito y editado un libro sobre el Papa Francisco, que ha sido traducido a más de una docena de idiomas y es un bestseller en Italia. Su trabajo ha aparecido en varios medios de comunicación, incluyendo OutsideScientific AmericanDiscoverLatinaThe Guardian y Time, y ha contribuido a varios libros. Vive en Nueva York.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm
via ZOOM
New York, NY 10032
The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062941923
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Published: HarperOne - June 2nd, 2020

The Book of Rosy \ El libro de Rosy (Spanish edition): La historia de una madre separada de sus hijos en la frontera Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062941961
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Published: HarperCollins Espanol - June 2nd, 2020