Sophia N. Lee & Isabel Roxas “Holding On” Book Discussion

Join in an in-person event with author Sophia N. Lee and illustrator Isabel Roxas in celebration of their book “Holding On.”


August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
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August 31 @ 6:30 pm
River Falls Public Library
140 Union St.
River Falls, WI 54022
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September 1 @ 7:00 pm
North Folk Winery
43150 Blackhawk Rd
Harris, MN 55032
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September 2 @ 10:00 am
Lake Country Booksellers
4766 Washington Sq
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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September 2 @ 7:00 pm
Zenith Bookstore
318 N Central Ave
Duluth, MN 55807
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September 3 @ 1:00 pm
The Bookstore @ Fitgers
600 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

September 19 @ 6:00 pm
Savannah Book Festival

About the Author:

Sophia N. Lee grew up in the Philippines. She wanted to be many things growing up: doctor, teacher, ballerina, ninja, crime-fighting international spy, wizard, time traveler, journalist, and lawyer. She likes to think she can be all these things and more through writing. She looks a lot like her lola Benita, but she inherited her love for writing from her lola Josefina, who worked as a principal and an English teacher. She is the author of Soaring SaturdaysWhat Things Mean, which won a Scholastic Asian Book Award’s grand prize; and Holding On. Learn more about her at

About the Book:

A young girl in the Philippines uses music to connect with her grandmother as her memory fades in this warm and moving picture book perfect for fans of Pixar’s Coco.

There is always singing in Lola’s house. Sammy Davis Jr. in the morning, Dean Martin in the afternoon, and all throughout the evening, old Tagalog love songs from Nora Aunor, Basil Valdez, and more. Lola always says: “If you want to hold on, you gotta sing your songs.”

Her granddaughter tucks these sounds and Lola’s wisdom deep within her heart. And when Lola starts slipping into silence and stillness, she helps Lola hold on, piece by piece, with the joy and music that Lola taught her.

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