My Broken Language

My Broken Language is Quiara Alegría Hudes' musical memoir of searching for her own voice while coming of age in 1980s and 1990s Philadelphia, as she strives to become an artist and tell the stories of her family and community.

Young readers will join the conversation with youth companion titles Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (grades 6-9) and Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (K-4).

A seven-week program season will feature dozens of free events—both virtually and in-person at neighborhood libraries—including book circles, panel discussions, art, music, writing, and movement workshops, performances, and family and children's activities.

Hundreds of community partners contribute resources to help ensure a successful season of One Book, One Philadelphia. We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their invaluable support of this beloved city tradition that engages thousands of readers.

The official One Book public reading period lasts from January to April, 2022. Programming begins on April 27, with a Kickoff Event at the Parkway Central Library featuring Quiara Alegría Hudes in conversation with Lilliam Rivera.

Primary Sponsors

  • The Field
  • The Lenfest Foundation
  • PECO. An Exelon Company.


Media Partners

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