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    After my home, Epiphany is the place that looms largest in my South El Monte life. It was where I attended elementary school, walking home with my sisters after school in our saddle shoes and plaid jumpers, me carrying my backpack over just one shoulder so as not to…

Only two days until the reading!

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Reading in El Monte this month

La Historia Society Museum will host three El Monte/South El Monte authors for a reading on Thursday, March 30 at 7PM. This will be Michael Jaime-Becerra, Salvador Plascencia, and myself. I am beyond excited! It will be my first time reading with either of these authors, both of whom I admire so much! Here is a little info on them. Check out their amazing books!

Michael Jaime-Becerra is the author of Every Night is Ladies’ Night and This Time Tomorrow. He is a winner of a California Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. Michael is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Salvador Plascencia is the author of The People of Paper. He is a winner of an NFAA Award, the Peter Neagoe Prize, and the Bard Fiction Prize. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont.

Reading for Hispanic Heritage Month

I’m late posting, but I did read these books the past month:

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Mexican Folk Tales by Anthony John Campos
Tales Our Abuelitas Told Us: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Illustrated by Felipe Dávalos, Viví Escrivá, Susan Guevara, and Leyla Torres
Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales, Selected by Neil Philip, Illustrated by Jacqueline Mair
Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktales by Mary-Joan Gerson, Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

As you can see I’ve been interested in Mexican folktales. These stories are fascinating! And the illustrations in the last three books are gorgeous! I highly recommend all these titles.

Next on my reading list:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (finally!)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

I will celebrate this month by reading books by Latino authors. I also aim to review the books on Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads, which is so important in getting them attention and which I don’t do often enough.First up, ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan! I very much enjoyed one of her other children’s books: ESPERANZA RISING. What books will you be reading?

International Latino Book Awards

The awards ceremony was hosted at Cal State Dominguez Hills on September 8. Check out the list of winners for a large list of books by Latinos that were published last year. There’s everything from children’s to fiction to nonfiction to poetry. You’re sure to find some great books to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month with.

I’m pleased to say that Latina Authors and Their Muses edited by Mayra Calvani, which I was interviewed in, won First Place for Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book!

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