Sunday, April 26, 2015

Four La Bloga Writers Are Finalists for The International Latino Book Awards!


La Bloga writers represent!  Four of our Bloguistas, whose books have been published in 2014, have been recently named "finalists."  Now in its 16th year, the International Latino Book Awards were founded by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres para Las Americas, and the Instituto Cervantes.  Over a thousand books have been honored since its inception.  The awards, already the largest latino book award in the USA, celebrates achievements in Latino literature.  These awards are leading a wave of cultural and economic development within the Latino community (from the International Latino Book Award Website).

Today, it's a pleasure to list our finalists with descriptions of their books.  They are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Xánath Caraza, René Colato Laínez, Lydia Gil, and Daniel A. Olivas. Felicidades to all of you!


Xánath Caraza
Finalist, Poetry:  

Syllables of Wind/Sílabas de Viento
Description:  Argentine poet, Carlos J. Aldazábal describes Xánath Caraza’s new collection of poetry as “a type of invocation, a kind of silent mantra.”  With her gaze wandering across the land, the poet projects her sensitivity so as to celebrate or lament, to depart or return, in a cultural pendulum that allows her to express what we all have in common as human beings, the great themes of poetry (death, love, life) from her American and indigenous particularity” (Introduction).  

Caraza’s poetry reveals Mexican, Indigenous, African roots while also claiming a North American Midwest identity.  Her work underlines our literary transnational roots.   

Xánath Caraza reading from her book in Topeka, Kansas

René Colato Laínez:  Finalist, Children's Literature

Author René Colato Laínez
Description:  Carlos is not sure that football can be played with an oval-shaped ball.  Chris is not sure that it can be played with a round ball.  It may not be a good idea to play with a kid who is so different.  He doesn’t even know how to play this game!  Wait.  It looks kind of fun…Let’s give it a try!  Enjoy and celebrate the encounter of two cultures through their favorite sports!


Lydia Gil: Finalist, Children's Literature:  


Author Lydia Gil with students
Description:  Celeste is heartbroken when her grandmother dies.  But everything changes when a letter mysteriously comes in the mail—from grandma!  As letters continue to arrive from the beyond, each with a recipe from a favorite food her grandmother used to prepare, Celeste consoles herself by learning how to cook the dishes. 


Published in bilingual “flip” format by Arte Público Press, this middle grade novel celebrates the cultural traditions of the Spanish Caribbean, while tackling challenging subjects, such as trouble with friends and the death of a grandparent.  The book includes six traditional Cuban recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. 

Author Lydia Gil

Author, Daniel A. Olivas
Daniel A. Olivas
Finalist, Non-Fiction:  



Description:  In this candid and wide-ranging collection of personal essays and interviews, award-winning author, Daniel A. Olivas explores Latina/o literature at the dawn of the twenty-first century.  While his essays address a broad spectrum of topics from the Mexican-American experience to the Holocaust, Olivas always returns to and wrestles with queries that have no easy answers:  How does his identity as a Chicano reflect itself through his writing?  What issues and subjects are worth exploring?  Can literature affect political discourse and our daily lives? 
Olivas explores similar questions through almost a decade's worth of interviews with Latina/o authors. Dr. Frederick Aldama writes: "Wide-ranging, and yet laser-focused, Olivas gives us a total portrait of Latina/o letters today."  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

6 people doing great work


Today I only want to add my grito to the great things others are doing.

Mobilizing a Teen Army to Save the Planet

"14-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez calls himself an 'indigenous, environmental, eco hip-hop artist activist.' Anyone who supports green policy and climate change awareness will likely call him a hero.

"Despite his age, Martinez is a growing, influential voice in the climate change movement. The young Coloradoan has given TED Talks on his conservation efforts, addressed the United Nations on the global water crisis, and earned a 2013 United States Community Service award from President Obama.

"When he's not trekking across the globe to rile up his socially-conscious youth generation, he's at home producing anti-frakking rap videos. Martinez says he's not waiting around for his elders to enact change. The future can be now. Kids, it turns out, are listening to him. Working with his organization Earth Guardians, Martinez is rallying teens from across 25 countries to demand greener policy from our world's leaders."

Many of my generation once loved to rally, march, demonstrate and move to support Change. If you still feel that way, do whatever you can to support Martinez and Earth Guardians. He's what we once were. Better, really.


La Bloga authors honored for their art

Nominations for The International Latino Book Awards came out this week, and they include four more(!) of La Bloga's contributors:

Children’s Picture Book – ¡Jugemos al Fútbol y al Football! by René Colato Laínez
Chapter Book – Letters from Heaven by Lydia Gil 
Nonfiction – Things We Don’t Talk About by Daniel A. Olivas 
Poetry – Syllables of Wind | Sílabas de Viento by Xánath Caraza

Also, my friend Matt de la Peña's book,The Living, was nominated for the Young Adult Fiction award. Matt, like René, is doing more than most Latino authors as far as creating books for Latino kids. Especially boys. Buy his books, give them to kids. Spread our words.

Es todo, hoy,
RudyG

Friday, April 24, 2015

Santa Barbara's New Poet Laureate, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Melinda Palacio

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle


Earlier this National Poetry Month, the city of Santa Barbara named its sixth Poet Laureate, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle. A historic and long overdue nomination, it was such a joy for all who know of her hard work as a poet and community activist to see her crowned the city's official Poet Laureate on April 7. When Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider called Sojourner to tell her the good news, Sojourner assumed that the mayor wanted to discuss a ballot initiative. Sojourner says it took her several hours to recover from the rush of adrenaline upon hearing the great news. I've known Sojourner for almost 15 years and she had always been labeled unofficially, "The People's Poet." As her friend and poetry colleague (we are both members of the Sunday Poets), I was especially proud to hear of her appointment.
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle crowned in laurels



In her previous occupation, Sojourner graduated from UC Berkeley's School of Law. Although she is not a lawyer, she remains a mediator, activist, and peace maker. Lucky for the community, she has returned to the occupation that occupies her heart, Poet. 


Sojourner helping student poets sell their handmade poetry books.
 Since the tender age of five, when she moved to North Carolina to live with her grandmother, her grandmother thrusted her onto the public stage by teaching her to memorize several poems and one day encouraging her to enter a talent show by reciting a poem. From that day, other students asked Sojourner to visit their class and recite her poem. Thus her career, as guest artist began at age 5 in North Carolina, after Sojourner spent an entire day visiting all the classrooms in a North Carolina school house for grades K-12 reciting her impressive performance. Now Sojourner recites and reads her own poems. As a poet-in-the-school, visiting poet and guest speaker, Sojourner teaches young students how to write poems and read them out loud. She says she espouses the "stand and deliver" technique and gives young students the opportunity to write poems and deliver them in public. She also teaches poetry workshops for adults and has taught several college level courses in the Department of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and is affiliated with the Center for Black Studies Research UCSB, which published her most recent poetry collection, Black Street.



Sunday Poets at the Book Den in Santa Barbara




Sojourner's energy and dedication to the community over the past 30 years is boundless. She is a poet, author of seven books, playwright, environmental educator, and activist. She is instrumental in the yearly tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. Her recent books are Black Street and the Mellow Yellow Global Umbrella, an electronic and audio book showcasing poems for young people. Over the next two years, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle joins past esteemed poets laureate Barry Spacks, David Starkey, Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost.


Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Melinda Palacio, Susan Chiavelli and Emma Trelles
After reading with Sunday Poets at the Book Den in Santa Barbara April 19
Sojourner Kincaid Rolle



A Space Where A Poem Ought Be

I’ve known of missing poems before
poems stronger than the suppressing hand
poems more powerful than the invisibility
poems that speak from the realm of the soul
from the place that needs no facade
the place unpalpable where the poem touches
a father’s unrenderable gaze
absent from the family photograph
frozen in clenched smile abstraction
hovering somewhere near the unfathomable
a hole where a heart once lay
cached between bone and muscle
a conduit for that which makes life livable
its beat but an echo its rhythm but a spasm of memory
hurt where a friendship once was
its demise never anticipated
its loss never contemplated
it measure infinite
space where a leg ought be
the missing limb but bits of flesh femur blood
soft shrapnel on a once abandoned war ground
the mined soil holding secret its maiming terror
nothing where something ought be
it is said that to which the missing was adjoined
the left behind
mourns its disattached
one sees the shining knee –
the favored other
there is emptiness longing
grief is spoken
and desire
– Sojourner Kincaid Rolle


UPCOMING Events for SK Rolle
Saturday, April 25 Sojourner Kincaid Rolle joins the Santa Barbara Poetry Series, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kerrwood Hall at Westmont College. The program includes Caitlyn Curran, Christine Penko, SK Rolle, together with the Westmont Chamber Singers under the direction of Grey Brothers.

Connect with SK Rolle on Facebook

Learn more about Santa Barbara's New Poet Laureate:
NPR interview
http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2015/04/santa-barbaras-new-poet-laureate-shares-her-words

Funkzone Podcast.http://www.funkzonepodcast.com/?p=279

and the tvhttps://vimeo.com/125071087

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DÍA in Houston - 2015 International Latino Book Awards List of Finalists - Cuba Events at the Bildner

Celebrating DÍA with poet Jorge Argueta 

and the Art of Maurice Sendak

Houston Public Library  / April 18, 2015

  

The International Latino Book Awards: Setting A High Cultural Standard
 By: Kirk Whisler
 
 
The 2015 International Latino Book Awards is a major reflection that the fastest growing group in the USA has truly arrived. The Awards are now the largest Latino cultural Awards in the USA and with the 246 finalists this year, it has honored the greatness of 1,914 authors and publishers over the past two decades. These Awards are a great reflection that books by and about Latinos are in high demand. In 2015 Latinos will purchase over $600 million in books in English and Spanish.     
In order to handle the large number of entries the 2015 Awards had 192 judges, 50% more than 2014. The judges glowed about the high quality of the entries – and that they covered so many topics so well. The Awards celebrates books in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Finalists are from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.
In recognition of the quality and variety of books now available, Latino Literacy Now, the organization that oversees the Awards, is also carrying out the Award Winning Author Tour. Displays of the Finalists books and Award Winning Authors will be presented at events like American Library Association Convention; the Latino Book & Family Festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino; key national Latino conference like the NCLR, LULAC, Expo Comida, and CABE; and other key events.
The Awards themselves will be held June 2in San Francisco as part of the ALA Conference. The Awards are produced by Latino Literacy Now, an organization co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler, and co-presented by Las Comadres de las Americas and Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos. Award sponsors include Silver Sponsor Libros Publishing and Bronze Sponsor Scholastic. 
Here’s a complete list of the finalists:

A CHILDREN, YOUTH, & YOUNG ADULT BOOK AWARDS Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – English Maria and the Lost Calf, Kate Morejohn; Illustrated: Dwight Morejohn, Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc 
Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván , Roaring Book Press
Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual Grandma Lale's Tamales: A Christmas Story, Nasario García, Rio Grande Books 
¡Jugemos al Fútbol y al Football!, René Colato Laínez, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Lalo Loves to Help, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing 
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – English Draw!, Raúl Colón, Simon & Schuster 
Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas, East West Discovery Press 
I Know a Bear, Mariana Ruiz Johnson, Schwartz & Wade, Random House Children’s Books 
I Pledge Allegiance, Pat Mora & Libby Martinez, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books 
Kibo and the Purple Dragon, Carmen Gil, Marta Munté, Cuento de Luz 
Soccer Star, Mina Javaherbin; Illustrator: Renato Alarcão, Candlewick Press 
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Bilingual Dalia’s Wondrous Hair, Laura Lacámara, Arte Publico Press 
Dance Recital, Jill Barletti, Snowflake Stories, LLC 
How Chile Came to Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya, Rio Grande Books 
Howl of the Mission Owl | El Ulular de la Lechuza, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing 
Moví la Mano/ I Moved My Hand, Jorge Luján, Groundwood Books
Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Spanish Cipariso, Marta Sanmamed; Sonja Wimmer, Cuento de Luz 
La Pequeña Amelia se Hace Mayor, Elisenda Roca; Illustrator: Paula Bonet, Combel Editorial Mariama: Diferente pero Igual, Jerónimo Cornelles/ Nívola Uyá, Cuento de Luz 
Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – English Boy Zorro and the Bully, Kat Aragon, Lectura Books 
Separate is Never Equal, Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams 
Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván, Roaring Book Press 
Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual Conoce a Gabriel García Márquez, Mónica Brown, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Conoce a Pablo Picasso, Mónica Brown, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
¡Mira qué Artista! Pablo Picasso, Patricia Geis, Combel Editorial 
Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – English Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas, East  West Discovery Press 
Fun and Fruit, María Teresa Barahona/ Edie Pijpers, Cuento de Luz 
Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter, Roaring Book Press 
Best Educational Children’s Picture Book Grandfather Ratoncito Pérez and the Apprentice Tooth Fairy, Virginia Walton Pilegard, Goat Mountain Books
Howl of the Mission Owl | El Ulular de la Lechuza, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing 
Look How Lovely! | ¡Mira qué Lindo!, Marti Skarupa, Marti Skarupa
Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual
¡Esto es Mío!, Elisenda Roca; Illustrator: Cristina Losantos, Editorial Bambu 
¡Gracias!, Blas Miras & Virginia García, Dylan Ediciones 
¡Por Favor!, Blas Miras & Virginia García, Dylan Ediciones Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – English Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván, Roaring Book Press
Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual
El Faro de las Almas, Ariel André Almada/ Zuzanna Celej, Cuento de Luz 
How Chile Came to Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya, Rio Grande Books 
Lalo Loves to Help, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing 
Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book Letters from Heaven, Lydia Gil, Arte Publico Press 
Whiskers, Tails & Wings, Judy Goldman, Charlesbridge 
Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book Ambassador, William Alexander, Simon & Schuster Caminar, Skila Brown, Candlewick Press 
Los pájaros no tienen fronteras, Edna Iturralde, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Best Educational Youth Chapter Book El Secreto de su Nombre, Rosana Acquaroni, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Enfrentando el Bullying, María Villegas; Illustrator: Iván Chacón, Villegas Editores 
Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book De Aquí para Allá: Cuentos Sobre Inmigrantes, Claudia Yelin, Everest, S.A., Editorial 
Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – English Island of Dreams, Jasminne Mendez, Floricanto Press The 16 Rule, Evelyn Gonzalez, Friesen Press 
Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – Spanish or Bilingual Micaela, Adalucía, Cholita Prints and Publishing Company The Adventures of Noldo and his Magical Scooter on The March with The St. Patrick’s Battalion, Armando Rendón, Starry Night Publishing 
Best Young Adult Fiction Book – English I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosín, Simon & Schuster 
Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas, Jay Neugeboren, Texas Tech University Press 
Silver People, Voices From the Panama Canal, Margarita Engle, Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt 
The Illuminated Forest, Edwin Fontánez, Exit Studio Publishing Co. 
The Living, Matt de la Peña, Random House Children’s Books 
The Secret Side of Empty, María E. Andreu, Running Press 
Best Young Adult Fiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual Micaela, Adalucía, Cholita Prints and Publishing Company 
No es Invisible, Marcus Sedgwick, Editorial Bambu 
Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book Kalimán en Jericó, Ángel Burgas, Editorial Bambu 
Best Educational Young Adult Book Barrio Writers: Empowering Teens Through Creative Writing, 5th Edition, Multiple Youth Authors; Project Editor: Sarah Rafael García, Lincoln Book Publishers 
Micaela, Adalucía, Cholita Prints and Publishing Company 
Most Inspirational Young Adult Book Dream to Achieve, Joseph Gutiz, New Trends Press The Sparrow and The Frog | El Gorrión y La Rana, Jerry Gómez Shor Jr., Jerry Gómez Shor 
Best Book Written by a Youth De Donde Vengo Yo, Students of Christ the King Elementary School, Creative Ink Publishing, Inc. 
B NONFICTION AWARDS Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Blood in the Fields, Julia Reynolds, Chicago Review Press 
Dragons in the Land of the Condor, Ignacio López-Calvo, University of Arizona Press 
Inheritance Discovering the Richness of the Latino Culture and Family, Lorena Garza Gonzalez, Urban Strategies Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez, Beating Windward Press 
Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother, Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, University of Arizona Press 
Things We Don’t Talk About, Daniel A. Olivas, San Diego State University Press 
With a Book in their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships Across the Centuries, Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, Editor, University of New Mexico Press 
Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – English A Turquoise Life: One Woman’s Triumphant Journey, Diann Kissell & Kathy Bird, Dog Ear Publishing 
Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez, Beating Windward Press 
Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy, Victor Villaseñor, Waterfront Digital Press 
The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana, Little, Brown & Company 
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor, The University of Nebraska Press
Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual Creando Puentes de Comprension, Lucía De García, Xlibris 
Mis 15 Abuelas, Genie Milgrom, Create Space Independent Publishing 
Un Milagro de Dios en las Manos de una Madre, Catalina Prieto, CBH Books 
Best Autobiography By A Well Known Person The Beat of My Own Drum, Sheila E. with Wendy Holden, Atria Books 
The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana, Little, Brown & Company 
Best Biography – English A Century of Pachangas, Betty Serra, Floricanto Press
Beach Mexican; Assimilation & Identity In Redondo Beach, Alex Moreno Areyan, The History Press Journey Beneath My Skin, La Palabra, 2D House Publishing 
La Belle Créole, Alina García-Lapuerta, Chicago Review Press 
Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez, Beating Windward Press S 
Street Rising, Ruben Castaneda, Bloomsbury Publishing 
Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of A Nicaraguan War Child, Ileana Araguti, New Trends Press 
The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Richard Blanco, HarperCollins Publishers 
Best Biography – Spanish or Bilingual Confidencias a Mis Hijos y a Mis Nietos, Alfonso Dávila Ortiz, Villegas Editores Jean Voilier, Cuando el sol reposa en el abismo, Célia Bertin, Vaso Roto Ediciones 
Una Gesta Admirable: Vida y Obra de Don Hernando Caicedo, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
Best History Book – English From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front, Elizabeth R. Escobedo, University of North Carolina Press 
Helen Miller Bailey, Rita Joiner Soza, Xlibris 
Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco, Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr., University of North Carolina Press 
Revolutionary Cuba: A History, Luis Martínez-Fernández, University Press of Florida 
The Ghosts of Hero Street, Carlos Harrison, Berkley Caliber 
Best History Book – Spanish or Bilingual Bernalillo: Yesterday’s Sunshine Today’s Shadows, Nasario García, Rio Grande Books 
El Gimnasio Moderno en la Vida Colombiana, 1914 - 2014, Gonzalo Mallarino Botero & Gonzalo Mallarino Florez, Villegas Editores 
Best Political/Current Affairs Book America! Don’t You Know Me? I’m Your Native Son: Geronimo, Carlos Melendrez, Starry Night Publishing 
Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of A Nicaraguan War Child, Ileana Araguti, New Trends Press The Dangerous Divide, Peter Eichstaedt, Chicago Review Press 
Best Business Book C.I. Jeans, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
Cerro Matoso: 30 años Creciendo Junto a Colombia, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
Mirando los Negocios al Revés, Jorge l. Boza Olivari, Irresistible Publishing House 
Best Arts Book – English Luis Cruz Azaceta, Alejandro Anreus, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center View From The Pier, Herman Sillas, WPR Publishing  
Best Arts Book – Spanish or Bilingual
Árboles de Tamoanchan, Daniel Lezama, Vaso Roto Ediciones Luis Roldán, Carolina Ponce De León; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores Unveiling Motion and Emotion, Anabella Lenzu, Anabella Lenzu 
Best Gift Book Parques Naturales de Colombia, Julia Miranda; Artist: Andrea Vélez, Villegas Editores 
The Beauty of Being a Woman, Rosie Ochoa, Dancing Dandelians by Createspace 
View From The Pier, Herman Sillas, WPR Publishing 
Best Cookbook Sabores Yucatecos: Un Recorrido Culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr., WPR Publishing 
Best Reference Book Detalles Maestros: Manual de Dibujo, Procedimientos y Detalles, Carlos Alfonso Cubillos, Villegas Editores 
How I Found my 15 Grandmothers, Genie Milgrom, Create Space Independent Publishing Monologues for Latino/a Actors: A Resource Guide to the Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights for Actors and Teachers, Micha Espinosa, Editor, Smith and Kraus 
Best Health Book Diabetes Sin Problemas, Frank Suárez, Metabolic Press 
Best Parenting/Family Book Querido Papá, Alicia Araujo-Elatassi, Be Bookhouse 
Tu Guía Esencial para Manejar la Casa y la Familia de Hoy: La Jefa de la Casa, Claudia Caporal, Penguin Group 
Best Women’s Issues Book Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir, Julie Guardado, Create Space Independent Publishing 
Tu Guía Esencial para Manejar la Casa y la Familia de Hoy: La Jefa de la Casa, Claudia Caporal, Penguin Group 
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor, The University of Nebraska Press 
Best Religious Book El vino del místico: El Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam, Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship 
Francisco: Canto de una Criatura, Alda Merini, Vaso Roto Ediciones 
Regresar a Jesús de Nazaret, Rafael Luciani, PPC, Editorial y Distribuidora, S.A. 
Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy, Victor Villaseñor, Waterfront Digital Press 
Best Travel Book Colombia Horizontes, Photographer: Felipe Luque; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
Best Sports/Recreation Book James: En la Cima del Mundo, Jorge Barraza, Ediciones B. Colombia 
Best Nonfiction - Multi-Author Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles, Catherine Kurland, Enrique Lamadrid, University of New Mexico Press 
Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland, Spencer Herrera, Levi Romero, & Robert Kaiser, University of New Mexico Press 
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor, The University of Nebraska Press 
Best Graphic NonFiction Book A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States, Ilan Stavans; Illustrator: Lalo Alcaraz, Basic Books 
C FICTION AWARDS 
Best Latino Focused Fiction Book – English A Falling Star, Chantel Acevedo, Carolina Wren Press 
Raw Man, Fred Rivera, A Word With You Press 
The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henríquez, Alfred A. Knopf Publishing 
The City of Palaces, Michael Nava, Terrace Books 
The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya, University of New Mexico Press
Best Latino Focused Fiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual !A Estudiar, Carajo!, Ana María González, Editorial Santuario 
El sendero de las guerillas, Martín Balarezo García, Gematext, Inc. 
Revancha en Los Angeles, Alicia Alarcón, Mio House Publishing Trasfondos, Fernando Olszanski & José Castro Urioste, Ars Communis Editorial 
Most Inspirational Fiction Book En El Umbral De Tu Voz, Dalia Stella González, Terranova Editores Remedy for a Broken Angel, Toni Ann Johnson, Nortia Press Un Buen Hijo de P, Ismael Cala, Random House; Vintage Español 
Best Popular Fiction – English 
Finder of Lost Objects, Susie Hara, Ithuriel’s Spear
The Book of I, Jorge Armenteros, Jaded Ibis Press
The King and Queen of Comezón, Denise Chávez, University of Oklahoma Press
Best Popular Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual 
Adicta, Zane, Atria Books 
Detránsito, Martha B. Bátiz Zuk, Terranova Editores
La casa en que vivo no tiene dirección, Hugo Rodríguez Díaz, País Invisible-editores
Tras esas gafas de sol, María Bird Picó, Publicaciones Te Pienso  
Best Novel - Adventure or Drama – English Lili of Peru, David C. Edmonds, Peace Corps Writers Parisian Promises, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing Steven Isn’t Normal, Marco A. Vasquez, Floricanto Press The Awakening of Miss Prim, Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, Atria Books 
The Schwarzchild Radius, Gustavo Florentin, Curiosity Quills Press 
Best Novel - Adventure or Drama – Spanish or Bilingual Casi Siempre Fue Abril, Hiram Martinez, Ediciones Hache 
Silente El sendero de las guerillas, Martín Balarezo García, Gematext, Inc.
Best Novel - Historical Fiction – English Dying Freedom, Insurrection 1810, Rubén Acosta Vallejo, Palibrio Legends of the Californios, Raquel Perez, Outskirts Press Parisian Promises, Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing  
The City of Palaces, Michael Nava, Terrace Books 
Best Novel - Historical Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual 
Misión Olvido, María Dueñas, Atria Books
No Habrá Primavera en Abril, Luis Alejandro Polanco, Pasadizo Santa María del Diablo, Gustavo Arango, Ediciones B. Colombia 
Best Novel - Mystery 
Battle for a Soul, Manuel A. Meléndez, Aignos Publishing, Inc. 
Night of the Jaguar, Joe Gannon, Minotaur Books; St. Martin’s Press Ripper, Isabel Allende, HarperCollins Publishers 
The Schwarzchild Radius, Gustavo Florentin, Curiosity Quills Press 
Best Novel - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
A Taste of Honey, Rocky Barilla, Rosquete Press 
Adelitas’s Secret, Christopher Cloud, Christopher Cloud 
Born in the Wayeb: Book One of the Mayan Chronicles, Lee. E. Cart, Ek’ Balam Press 
Rise of the Black Rose, Land of Enchantment Trilogy #3, Belinda Vasquez Garcia, Magic Prose 
Best Novel - Romance Born To Sing, Donna Del Oro, Extasy Books 
Desert Heat, Elizabeth Reyes, Atria Books
Best Poetry Book - One Author – English Comprehending Forever, Rich Villar, Aquarius Press The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, Willie Perdomo, Penguin Group (USA) 
The Small Claim of Bones, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingüe
Best Poetry Book - One Author – Bilingual
Así Habló Penélope
, Tino Villanueva, Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Franklin Decreación, Anne Carson, Vaso Roto Ediciones Sagrada Familia, Johanny Vázquez-Paz, Isla Negra Editores
Best Poetry Book - One Author – Spanish De Mariposas y Mantis, Silvia Siller; Illustrator: Carmen Elena Trigueros, URPI Editores 
Poesía eres tú, F. Isabel Campoy, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Soles Manchados, Pilar Vélez, Snow Fountain Press 
Syllables of Wind | Sílabas de Viento, Xánath Caraza, Mammoth Publications 
Best Poetry Book - Multi-Author Goodbye, Mexico, Sarah Cortez, Texas Review Press 
La Doble Sombra, Antonio Tello y José Di Marco, Vaso Roto Ediciones 
Best Fiction - Multi-Author Trasfondos, Fernando Olszanski & José Castro Urioste, Ars Communis Editorial
D EBOOKS & AUDIO AWARDS
Best Young Adult eBook De Aquí para Allá: Cuentos Sobre Inmigrantes, Claudia Yelin, Everest, S.A., Editorial Who’s  Ju?, Dania Ramos, Northampton House Press 
Best eBook - Nonfiction Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir, Julie Guardado, Create Space Independent Publishing Raising Bilingual Children, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, Atria Books Volver a Ser Feliz, Patricia Gaviria, Moviendo Energias 
E PORTUGUESE AWARDS
 Best Book - Fiction in Portuguese (Originally in Portuguese) A Segunda Vinda De Cristo à Terra, João Cerqueira, Estaçaõ Imaginária 
Once Upon a Time in Rio, Francisco Azevedo, Atria Books 
Best Children’s Picture Book in Portuguese (Originally in another language) Dance Recital, Jill Barletti, Snowflake Stories, LLC Maria and the Lost Calf, Kate Morejohn; Illustrated: Dwight Morejohn, Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc 
Best Book – Nonfiction in Portuguese (Originally in another language) Intuição: Orientação da Alma para as Decisões de Vida, Sri Daya Mata, Self-Realization Fellowship Jornada para a autorrealização, Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship Tracks in the Amazon, Gary Neeleman & Rose Neeleman, University of Utah Press 
F DESIGN AWARDS
Best Latino Focused Book Design How Chile Came to Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otoro, Rio Grande Books 
Sabores Yucatecos: Un Recorrido Culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; Illustrator: David Mir, WPR Publishing 
Best Cover Design Ciencias Naturales: Imágenes de Flora y Fauna, Fabio Ramírez, S.J.; Photographer: Andrés Mauricio López, Villegas Editores 
Las flores del mal, Charles Baudelaire; Photographer, Victor Ramírez y Fiona Morrison, Vaso Roto Ediciones 
Best Cover Illustration Micaela, Adalucía, Cholita Prints and Publishing Company View From The Pier, Herman Sillas, WPR Publishing 
Best Cover Photo Colombia Horizontes, Photographer: Felipe Luque; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores Dream to Achieve, Joseph Gutiz, New Trends Press 
Inheritance Discovering the Richness of the Latino Culture and Family, Lorena Garza Gonzalez, Urban Strategies 
Best Interior Design Fotografía en Antioquia, Jaime Osorio Gómez; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
How Chile Came to Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otoro, Rio Grande Books 
Poesía eres tú, F. Isabel Campoy; Designer: Jaqueline Rivera/ Grafi(k)a LLC, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
Best Use of Photos Inside the Book Parques Naturales de Colombia, Julia Miranda; Designer: Benjamín Villegas, Villegas Editores 
Best Use of Illustrations Inside the Book Ciencias Naturales: Imágenes de Flora y Fauna, Fabio Ramírez, S.J. & Juan David Giraldo; Photographer: Andrés Mauricio López, Villegas Editores 
How Chile Came to Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otoro, Rio Grande Books 
G TRANSLATION AWARDS 
Best Children’s Picture Book Translation - Spanish to English Avian Kingdom Feathered: Neither Night nor Day, Karen Chacek, Translator: Sonia Verjovsky, TechStudios, LL 
Best Children’s Picture Book Translation - English to Spanish Conoce a Gabriel García Márquez, Mónica Brown/ Translator: Isabel C. Mendoza, Santillana USA Publishing Company 
El Gato Ensombrerado, Dr. Seuss; Translator: Georgina Lazaro and Teresa Maiwer, Random House Books for Young Readers 
Secretos en la Nieve, Virginia Kroll/ Nívola Uyá; Translator: Jimena Licitra, Cuento de Luz 
Best Nonfiction Book Translation - English to Spanish Decreación, Anne Carson; Translator: Jeannette L. Clariond, Vaso Roto Ediciones 
El vino del místico: El Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam, Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship Sabores Yucatecos: Un recorrido culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; Translator: Marissa Marrufo, WPR Publishing 
Best Fiction Book Translation - Spanish to English The Heart Has Its Reasons, María Dueñas, Atria Books 
Best Fiction Book Translation - English to Spanish Así Habló Penélope, Tino Villanueva; Translator: Nuria Brufau Alvira, Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Franklin 
H THE MARIPOSA AWARDS 
Best First Book - Children & Youth – English Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas, East West Discovery Press 
The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, Janet Balletta, WRB Publishing 
The Wild Chihuahuas of Mexico, Traude Gomez Rhine, Tampico Press Books 
Who’s  Ju?, Dania Ramos, Northampton House Press 
Best First Book - Children & Youth – Spanish or Bilingual La Flor Mágica, Emanuel Franco, La Pereza Ediciones 
Los Cuentos para Soñar de mi Nana Luna, Nora Girón-Dolce,  Nora Glizon 
Best First Book - Nonfiction – English Raising Bilingual Children, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, Atria 
Books The Beat of My Own Heart, Sheila E. with Wendy Holden, Atria Books 
The Flesh-and-Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales, Marc García-Martínez, The San Diego State University 
View From The Pier, Herman Sillas, WPR Publishing 
Best First Book - Fiction – English
Covering the Sun with My Hand, Theresa Varela, Aignos Publishing, Inc. 
Divine Sight, Eduarda Amondragon, Create Space Independent Publishing Raw Man, Fred Rivera, A Word With You Press The 16 Rule, Evelyn Gonzalez, Friesen Press 
Best First Book - Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual Coleccionista de Almas, Bertha Jacobson, Bertha Jacobson 
En El Umbral De Tu Voz, Dalia Stella González, Terranova Editores 
La casa en que vivo no tiene dirección, Hugo Rodríguez Díaz, País Invisible-editores 
Tras esas gafas de sol, María Bird Picó, Publicaciones Te Pienso

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Upcoming Cuba Events at the Bildner Center



The Cuban Revolution of 1959 made many promises, but if they could be condensed into one formulation it would be the promise of "a future.” All Cubans would join in the march forward in time to a socialist future of equality and communal prosperity. To be sure, the first thirty years of the revolution followed a twisting path rather than an expressway toward that future. However, the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent withdrawal of Cuba’s economic safety net from its communist allies created a crisis beyond extreme material hardship. The so called Special Period fomented a crisis in the nature of revolutionary time.
ECONOMIC CONTEXT: "Cuba's Economic Adjustment in the early 90s"
Mario González-Corzo, Lehman College, CUNY
"Contact Zones: Cuban Art and Institutions under the Special Period"
Ernesto Menéndez-Conde, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Dr. Menéndez-Conde will discuss the ‘contact zones’ between artists and institutions during the Special period, focusing on three main challenges faced by Cuban artists: 1) The problem of the social function or art, an unresolved conflict posited by young artists in their confrontations with institutions during the late eighties; 2) the need for finding a space in the international art market; and 3) the need of conciliating new artistic trends and contemporary aesthetic debates within the new context of economic crisis and widespread skepticism towards both the future of socialism and the historical leadership of the Cuban Revolution.
"Cuestionando la utopía"
Iliana Cepero, New York University
Dr. Cepero will approach the documentary and conceptual photographic practices of 1990s Cuba through the work of Ramón Pacheco, Cristóbal Herrera, Ricardo G. Elías, Carlos Garaicoa, Manuel Piña, among others. Cuban photographers of those years used the camera as a critical tool to document the malaise of the society at the time, pervaded by scarcity, hopelessness and isolation. They foregrounded social issues that have been considered taboo in previous decades, such as poverty, racism, and migration. The urban landscape was approached as an archaeological ruin that expressed the conflict between political failure and architectural utopia. Photographic images from the Special Period also set to deconstruct post-revolutionary national history through the questioning of the photographic tradition of the so-called epic photography of the 1960s.
Moderator: Ana María Hernández, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
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Mario A. González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College, CUNY. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors.
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Ernesto Menéndez-Conde (Ph.D., Duke University) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at LaGuardia Community College. He is the Editor in Chief of ArtExperience:NYC, an online art magazine. His areas of research are related to contemporary Cuban art, aesthetic ideologies, and theories of the image. He has published in journals and magazines in New York City, Spain, Havana, and Miami.
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Iliana Cepero (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a Cuban art historian, curator, and art critic. Her dissertation on visual propaganda in Argentina under Peronism (1946-1955) was awarded in 2012 with the Fifth Annual Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Photography Research from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her professional career includes curatorial work at the Fototeca de Cuba and at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. She was also assistant curator of the Montreal Biennal in 2007, and co-curated the exhibition "Cuba: Art and History. From 1868 to today" held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2008. She has written and lectured extensively on Cuban art and photography. She has taught courses on Latin American art and photography at the New School, Hunter College, and NYU.
 
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Update on the Cuban Economy and US-Cuba Relations

SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, June 1, 2015

The one-day colloquium organized by Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies features specialists from the University of Havana, CUNY, and other academic institutions. Themes: Update on Cuban reforms; impact of shifts in US-Cuba relations, public sector reform, local development and decentralization, cooperatives and self-employment, agricultural, currency issues.
Registration is required.
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