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La Plaza; Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Michele Serros

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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Michele Serros
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LP 211

Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Michele Serros was still a student at Santa Monica College when her first book of poetry and short stories, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, was published. Newsweek recently named Serros, 36, "one of the top young women to watch for in the new century." Serros also made the Los Angeles Times bestsellers' list with her newest collection of fiction, How to be a Chicana Role Model. She reflects with host Ilan Stavans on her decision to become a writer and discusses her new book, a young adult fiction novel, tentatively titled Notes for a Medium Brown Girl.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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