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UO Prof Pens Children's Book About The Mexican Serenade Tradition With an LGBTQ Twist

Ernesto J. Martinez

University of Oregon literature professor Ernesto Javier Martinez wrote a children's book called "When You Love Someone You Sing To Them".  

The story is about a young Mexican American boy who learns from his father, a musician, about the tradition of serenading in their family. The boy asks his father if a boy can sing to another boy. There's also a short film, La Serenata, based on the story.

Martinez speaks with Jill Torres and Carolina Arredondo Sanchez Lira on KLCC's Ahora Si. 

Credit University of Oregon
UO Literature Professor Ernesto Martinez.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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