5th Annual Houston Librofest

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5th Annual Houston Librofest
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5th Annual Houston Librofest says
Julissa Arce is the featured author at LibroFEST! Hear Julissa’s personally inspirational story of how she achieved the American Dream while being an undocumented immigrant. Ms. Arce is being featured on HBO Latino one-hour special series, Habla y Vota, on September 16.

Other presenters include Gracie Saenz (former Houston City Council member), poet Javier O. Huerta, and children's author Rene Colato Laínez.

This Event is free and open to the public.

Learn More: http://houstonlibrary.org/hispanic-heritage-month

"My (Underground) American Dream" by Julissa Arce

For an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American Dream? Julissa Arce shares her story in a riveting memoir.

When she was 11 years old Julissa Arce left Mexico and came to the United States on a tourist visa to be reunited with her parents, who dreamed the journey would secure her a better life. When her visa expired at the age of 15, she became an undocumented immigrant. Thus began her underground xistence, a decades long game of cat and mouse, tremendous family sacrifice, and fear of exposure. After the Texas Dream Act made a college degree possible, Julissa's top grades and leadership positions landed her an internship at Goldman Sachs, which led to a full time position--one of the most coveted jobs on Wall Street. Soon she was a Vice President, a rare Hispanic woman in a sea of suits and ties, yet still guarding her "underground" secret. In telling her personal story of separation, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce shifts the immigrant conversation, and changes the perception of what it means to be an undocumented immigrant.
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By: Julissa Arce