“Death In the Family is not a Dia de los Muertos book with cultural references and sugar skulls. I love many of those and get to learn about a holiday I was not formally raised with. But I was raised with Death.
In fact, Death has been a profound and amazing teacher for me and talking about her is an important part of who I am as well as how I was raised. When I first learned about Dia I already knew the shape of the holiday. My father taught me a Mexican sensibility in how he related to death and how death featured in our life.
In Death in the Family I talk about different experiences of death in a family setting. This is a book to open up conversations about death in your own family and bring the ones back into powerful memory who have dropped the body and become one with everything.” – Maya Gonzalez
Watch the Video:
(Join Maya on a rainy day in San Francisco as she reads some excerpts from two of her upcoming bilingual (english/spanish) children’s books. Death in the Family, written and illustrated by Maya, and When We Love Someone We Sing to Them written by Ernesto Martinez, mentored & illustrated by Maya.)