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Video: Latina book editor shares insights on how to get published in today’s book industry

Video: Latina book editor shares insights on how to get published in today’s book industry

LatinaLista — “We don’t need more Latino authors. We need more Latino acquisition editors.” It’s a bold statement by a woman by the name of Marcela Landres but one that reveals the crux of the problem as to why Latino writers are so underrepresented among the major publishing houses. It’s a problem Landres knows intimately

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Video: A frank discussion about contemporary Latino fiction between Luis Alberto Urrea and Cristina Henriquez

LatinaLista — It’s not often that an established Latino author interviews a rising Latina author before an appreciative audience but that’s what happened during the 2012 Chicago Humanities Festival. 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis Alberto Urrea, sat down with Cristina Henríquez, the author of


Video: Reading Out Loud — books banned by Arizona educators

LatinaLista — It’s another school year and another opportunity for those who want to ‘whitewash’ students’ curriculum to go at it. The most offensive form of school whitewashing is banning books by ethnic authors. Because the books reflect an underlying reality that isn’t considered the norm — by those deemed in charge of student literature


Group of public school librarians ‘light the way’ for Latino readers with annual bilingual reading list

LatinaLista — Ever since the New York Times‘ article highlighting the lack of Latino characters in children’s books, there’s been a heightened awareness to find and get books by and about Latinos into the hands of Latino children. A first-of-its-kind online Latino summer book program was launched this summer and, according to their press release,


Video: Author creates debut novel inspired by popular Latin American board game Lotería

LatinaLista — Mario Alberto Zambrano didn’t grow up having dreams of being a successful author. Rather, his dream was to appear on stage — as a ballerina. It was a dream this Houston, Texas native more than accomplished receiving his first dance contract at 17 and touring the world dancing with several dance companies from


Video: Writing historical debut novel not enough for Latina writer; she had to compose a ‘book score’ too

LatinaLista — Author Roma Calatayud-Stocks loves history, music and writing. It’s a combination that yielded an award-winning, and unusual, debut novel in 2012 for the Minneapolis native — a historical story with its own musical score, composed by Calatayud-Stocks. A Song in My Heart, the first in a planned trilogy series, is about a woman