District 99 Honors Local National Book Award Finalist

In 2017, Erika L. Sanchez received notification many authors dream of earning; the National Book Foundation named her a finalist for National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The Cicero resident and author earned the prestigious nod for her book “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.”

In response to the honor, the Town of Cicero’s Board of Trustees officially congratulated her with a special recognition presented during an Oct. 12 event at Unity Junior High focused on promoting reading. The event was coordinated between District 99 and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee.

“Sanchez’s book about a young Hispanic girl who struggles to become a writer despite the pressures from her parents and their desire she do something else is an important contribution to Chicagoland’s literary scene and one worthy of great honor nationwide,” Town President Larry Dominick said. “We are proud of her work and congratulate her for all she has done.”

Aside from her recent novel, Sanchez is also a writer for “Cosmopolitan for Latinas” magazine, and has written for Rolling Stone Magazine, Salon, and the prestigious literary journal The Paris Review. Along with her novel, Sanchez released a poetry collection, “Lessons on Expulsion” in 2017.

“To honor an author, one who is nationally recognized and lives right in our own neighborhood, is among my favorite experiences while serving these kids as Board President,” said Tom Tomschin, president of District 99 Board of Education.