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Happy Birthday, BOLERO!

My “book baby”, as one friend would say, turns 1-year-old this month! I’m happy to report that she (?) is healthy and thriving. Let me update you on all our activities:


Tuesday, Michael Sedano posted a review of BOLERO on La Bloga: http://labloga.blogspot.com/2012/06/review-banned-books-update-on-line.html

Today, Melinda Palacio, author of Ocotillo Dreams posted an interview of me on La Bloga: http://labloga.blogspot.com/2012/06/coast-to-coast-interview-with-toni.html

Melinda and I were on the First Book Panel at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference last week with Ramona Ausubel and Amy Franklin-Willis. Our moderator Barnaby Conrad III happened to read the very same excerpt that I read in my book trailer!


I’ll be doing a reading at the recently opened La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem on Monday, July 9th with fellow Macondistas Levi Romero, Ron Drummond, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez. The bookstore is normally closed on Mondays, but they’re opening it up just for us! We’ll be there 6-8PM. I’m so thrilled to be doing my first reading at this store, dedicated to Latino literature.


Earlier this month, BOLERO was named a Mariposa Award finalist and picked up an Honorable Mention. My baby is a high achiever!

I write this post while vacationing in beautiful hometown South El Monte, the setting and inspiration for the book. It’s been an amazing year, and I look forward to seeing BOLERO continue to blossom and find her way in the world.

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  1. Marytza

     /  June 22, 2012

    Happy Birthday, BOLERO!!!


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