Celia C. Pérez will talk about her award-winning book "The First Rule of Punk", one of The Seattle Public Library's 2018-2019 Global Reading Challenge selections, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library's garage for $8. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event.

"The First Rule of Punk" follows the adventures of 12-year-old Malú as she moves to a Chicago and learns more about the intersection of Latinx and punk music culture. Malú expresses herself in zines, and the book features this art form heavily.   

There will be a display featuring some of the Library's Zine Archive and Publishing Project (ZAPP) collection at the event. Copies of the book will be available to purchase from Third Place Books.

About the Author

Pérez is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Cuban father.  Her debut book for young readers, "The First Rule of Punk," was a 2018 Pure Belpré Award Honor Book, a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards honor book, a winner of the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, and a Junior Library Guild selection. The book was noted in several best-of-the-year lists, including NPR's Best Books of 2017 and School Library Journal's Best of 2017.

Originally from Miami, Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her family. In addition to writing for young readers, she is a community college librarian.

About Global Reading Challenge
The Global Reading Challenge is a reading incentive program for 4th and 5th graders in partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Students form teams and read 10 books, then take part in a trivia competition to determine the winner for the city of Seattle.

Global Reading Challenge events are made possible by the generosity of The Northwest Literacy Foundation, The Ballard and Fremont Rotaries, Toni Myers and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. The Foundation is made up of thousands of people in our community who give gifts large and small to support our libraries, and we could not do this without them.