2020 Selected Title

Virtual Author Event


Meet the Author Erika Sánchez on Zoom.

We are thrilled to let you know that the long-awaited One Book One Valley 2020 Finale event will be held virtually on two separate occasion:

This is a free virtual event,everyone is welcome!

Visit Zoom.com, select “Join A Meeting” from the top nav and type in the ID# below.

Thursday, September 17 | 6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID# 816 8559 3018


Saturday, September 19 | 6 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID# 886 1327 0605

During these events, Erika Sánchez, author of “I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” will host a virtual Book Discussion via Zoom including a Q&A session. She will also sign 100 bookplates that will be sent to us for people to place inside their own copies of the book.

If you have not yet had a chance to read “I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” it is available for check out at Vail Public Library in both Spanish and English or even more, you can check out a digital copy of the book via OverDrive or buy your own copy at the Bookowrm of Edwards.


mexican-daughter“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sanchez


Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

About the Author

erika-sc3a1nchez-publicity-photo-photo-credit-robyn-lindemannERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ

She is a poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar, a CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and a Bread Loaf Scholar. Most recently, she was a columnist for Cosmo for Latinas and has written for Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed. As a daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Erika has always been determined to defy borders of any kind. Find her on the Web at ErikaLSanchez.com and on Twitter at @ErikaLSanchez.

The book is drawn from Erika Sánchez’s own experience as a Mexican American daughter of undocumented immigrants. I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story about identity, family, poverty, and secrets, featuring a strong female protagonist, a plot packed with mystery, and a humorous voice that addresses stereotypes and defies expectations.

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