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The Growing Latino Literary Market

The Growing Latino Literary Market

Annika Darling It is estimated that Latinos in the U.S. will purchase over $500 million in books this year – in both English and Spanish. This is a reflection of how rapidly the Latino literary world is growing, a trend not only seen in readership but in the growing quality and quantity of books


Latina Cake Maker Creates Incredible (Edible) Art

Annika Darling In seven years, Hope Looney has seen her cake business skyrocket. In her first year Looney made 30 wedding cakes. This year, she will make 425. Looney is the owner of JCakes, a gourmet custom-order bakery in North Haven, CT. Being a business owner comes with numerous challenges, says Looney, but being


Latina Executives Join In To Raise Funds For Domestic Violence Victims In one of the few all-women golf tournaments in the state, more than 100 golfers hit the links last week to show their support for domestic violence survivors and the programs that assist them. Together, golfers and sponsors brought in $33,000 during the event. Proceeds will be divided evenly between Community Renewal Team and


UCONN Study: Puerto Rican Foods Preserve Cultural Identity A long-term study by two ethno-botanists demonstrated that people retain culinary customs years after they migrate, and identified key foods that are emblematic of a community’s culinary conservation. The two-part study by UConn alum David W. Taylor ’94 (CLAS), now an assistant professor of biology at the University of Portland, and his former professor


The Latina Who Is Opera’s New ‘It Girl’

By Annika Darling “The music I sing comes to me as a beautiful, sublime gift.” ~Isabel Leonard At 32 years old Isabel Leonard is one of the world’s most in-demand mezzo-sopranos. CBC Music recently crowned her opera’s new “it girl.” This raven-haired beauty’s next performance will be Saturday, July 12, wherein she will take


The Connecticut Latino Behind The ‘Borinqueneers’ Bill

Brian Woodman, Jr. Frank Medina, grew up in Bridgeport, CT and still remembers when he first learned about the legendary ‘Borinqueneers.’ It was from his grandfather, who served in the 65th Infantry Regiment. Medina remembered the story of the valiant unit, which fought in some of the fiercest battles in WWI, II and the