• Latina author Julia Alvarez participates in live webcast interview

    LatinaLista -- The number of Latina book authors who have been able to break the proverbial glass wall of the publishing industry and get noticed enough to be propelled onto mainstream reading lists has always been too low. Because of that reason, it's not unusual for many Latinos to never be able...

  • A mother’s gift helps a boy endure a long journey

    By Elizabeth Lopez LatinaLista My Shoes and I by René Colato Laínez, and published by Boyds Mills Press, is an inspiring story about a boy named Mario and the journey he makes with his father across three borders to the United States from El Salvador. Shortly before their trip, Mario receives a...

  • Exposing the truths, half-truths and myths about Latinos and Latino culture

    By Glenda Oviedo Latina Lista What if you are Anglo and your neighbor is Latino? Or what if it turns out you are dating a Latina or your boss is Latino? Actor and 2008 "Dancing with the Stars" finalist, Cristian de la Fuente, found a hilarious way to tell America what they...

  • Mariposas: A poetry anthology from a queer Latino perspective

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista Writing poetry is an intimate endeavor. Reading it can feel equally intimate when a poem is well written and resonates with its reader. Many poetry fans may never pick up Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry for fear that its themes would not resonate with them....

  • Free new e-book targets Latinas with inspirational stories and advice

    LatinaLista -- What do you get when you ask some successful Latinas their professional insights on subjects near and dear to their hearts? In this case, you get a new E-book titled The New Latina Guide to a Fabulous 2011 Year! The brainchild of New Latina founder, Angelica Perez-Litwin, the e-book features...

  • Creating a new life doesn’t mean changing your name

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista The book "My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River" by Jane Medina is a vivid portrait of a young boy's personal experience in a new country. Through bilingual poetic prose, the author manages to capture the constant struggles a Mexican family endures while crossing over...

  • A young girl brings her dreams across the border

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista Jane Medina's "The Dream on Blanca's Wall" is an outstanding bilingual collection of poems from Blanca's point of view. Similarly to Medina's previous notable book "My Name is Jorge", this poetic collection presents the female perspective on the universal struggles to fit into a new society and country....

  • Unleashing the magic of a child’s imagination

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista Benjamin, Daniel and Alejandra love spending time with their abuelos at their farm on the weekends. They especially look forward to Grandpa's special breakfasts and working together outdoors doing chores. On one particular visit, Benjamin claims to see something on the burnt tortilla Grandpa Luis serves him. He...

  • Ricky Martin: A Humble Artist with a Passion for Music

    By Angela Villanueva LatinaLista.net Enrique Martin Morales or Ricky Martin, as most of us know him, has always been a very private man. Constantly battling rumors that he was gay, he would always respond with a "no comment" when posed the question. If pressed, he would simply say it was a private...

  • A young athlete’s dream turns into Olympic Gold

    By Alma Ramos-McDermott LatinaLista How does a poor Mexican-American kid pull himself out of the slums to win a 2006 Beijing Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling? In bold, descriptive language, Henry Cejudo tells his story in the book "American Victory," published by Penguin Books. In the autobiography, Henry shares memories of...

  • University librarians dust off Mexican cookbook collection to make and share dishes celebrating Latino cuisine

    LatinaLista.net --  When it comes to family recipes, most cooks can pull out a recipe handed down from their grandmothers. But it's not often that someone can claim a recipe made by great or great-great grandmothers. Unfortunately, most of the recipes from bygone generations have been lost, unless they were written, bound...

  • Going vegan — Latina-style

    LatinaLista   It wasn't that long ago that any Latina who announced to family and friends that she was a vegan -- people who don't eat meat, eggs or dairy products -- would immediately receive one of three things: shocked looks accompanied by the sign of the cross, have a candle lit...

  • Aztec Calendar coloring book brings dead language back to life

    LatinaLista -- For most Latino families, one way to keep a connection to the family culture is to speak Spanish in the home. Research shows that generationally-speaking, it gets harder and harder to do. Usually, people end up taking Spanish in school or watching Spanish-language TV to keep language skills up to...

  • Flamenco comes alive through vivid photos and simple storytelling

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista   The world of flamenco performance is beautifully depicted in this illustrative photo essay entitled ¡OLÉ! Flamenco by George Ancona and published by Lee & Low Books. Ancona manages to convey a true love of the ancient and international music and dance of flamenco. The book commences by...

  • Troubled lives teach teens lessons for life

    By Alma Ramos-McDermott LatinaLista What will Beto do now that he has walked away from the only home he's ever known? It's a question that will keep readers engaged as they follow Beto's journey in the young adult novel "A good long way" by René Saldaña Jr. and published by Arte Publico...

  • Julian Samora: The man who brought Latino Studies to campus curricula

    By Sarah Dahlen LatinaLista The Mexican-American experience is widely considered to be a worthwhile field of academic inquiry, to the extent that today's college student may not be aware of the struggles involved in arriving at such widespread recognition. This is why Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino...

  • A bilingual approach to hearing sounds

    By Aracelli Astorga LatinaLista In the Spanish-language book, Con mis oidos, by Mariana I. Pellegrino, with illustrations by Mariana Nemitz, children are introduced to the many wonderful things people can hear by using our ears -- school bells ringing, birds singing, ocean waves splashing. The book's text is made up of simple...

  • A child’s excuses create one “monster” after another

    By Martha Rico LatinaLista "But a monster might take me away forever!" is the line Roberto uses each time his mother asks him to do a specific chore in the bilingual tale titled No Time for Monsters/No Hay Tiempo para Monstruos by Spelile Rivas and illustrated by Valeria Cervantes. Roberto is a...

  • Border professor publishes book to show true picture of impact from Juarez violence

    LatinaLista: "I was born in Ciudad Juarez. I have lived here for many years. It is not a city of thugs; it is a city of hospitable people, hardworking men and women able to leave sweat and breathe every day in their workplaces; ordinary persons seeking to provide, through honest means, a...

  • Competition warms a chilled friendship between two friends

    By Lisa Lopez LatinaLista On a scorching hot day, somewhere in a small town in Texas, extreme thirst and competitive snow cone sales lead readers to a colorful adventure in the bilingual tale of The Battle of the Snow Cones/La Guerra de las Raspas by Lupe Ruiz-Flores. Ten-year-old Elena is an imaginative...

  • Stirring up excitement for organic cuisine leads Latina chef to new heights

    LatinaLista Chef Denise Portillo shows it takes talent, perseverance and vision to overcome challenges on the way to creating a Bella (beautiful) business. Denise Portillo believes in doing what you love even if it comes with challenges - lots of them. It was that sentiment that spurred this single Latina mother to...

  • Online book club wants to help turn the page on talking about race

    LatinaLista -- The rise in attacks on Hispanic immigrants, the declaration by Glen Beck of "taking back the Civil Rights movement" and the verbal bashing and stabbing of Muslims are but a few examples of how race continues to be a divisive and contentious subject in this nation. While individual communities have...

  • A Soccer Mom with a “Bloody Twist”

    By Ana Maria Hanssen LatinaLista Mystery author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera creates an award-winning series based on the Golden Rule of writing -- write what you know. For award-winning author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, "in order to be a writer you have to be a reader." And it seems like in order to be a successful...

  • The book isn’t closed on Laredo’s quest for a city bookstore

    LatinaLista -- There may yet be a happy ending to the city of Laredo's quest to have a bookstore in their town. If you remember, the town lost their last bookstore, B. Dalton, when the national chain felt they needed to take their retail concept in another direction that didn't fit with...

  • In Her Own Words: Cuban-American detective Lupe Solano’s latest case takes a “Bloody Twist”

    Carolina Garcia-Aguilera LatinaLista (Author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera provides Latina Lista readers with a special overview of what her latest mystery, "Bloody Twist," is all about -- in her own words.)   Bloody Twist is the seventh novel in the Lupe Solano series. Two years after having been shot (Bitter Sugar, 2001) Miami based,...