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Four Latina bloggers band together to promote Latino literary talent to Latino readers and mainstream book publishers

LatinaLista — Last weekend, I received an email from a longtime reader whom I ‘virtually’ met several years ago when he was working on his book. His book, now published and award-winning, was being offered for free downloads on Amazon for just a short time. The author wrote me asking to download his book for

First Latino to win prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a homeboy from the U.S.-Mexico border

LatinaLista — In a prestigious literary competition where more than 350 novels and short-story collections by American authors published in the U.S. in 2012 were evaluated by a three-judge panel, a 58-year-old former priest walked away with the $15,000 prize — he’s also the first Latino to win the honored award in the 32-year history

President’s announcement for pre-school for every child is perfect timing for renewed push of national bilingual literacy program

LatinaLista — President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he plans on working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America is welcome news in the Latino community that has historically struggled with low literacy rates. In states such as California and Texas, Latino students account for more than 50

2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) Xanath Caraza: LatinoStories had the pleasure of reviewing her first major poetry collection, and it did not disappoint. Caraza’s Mayan, Spanish, and English gem shines as it conjures the magic of words. Expect to hear her name more and more in the coming years, as this revolutionary poet makes waves in the literary world.

LibroLuz: Oklahoma author weaves state’s harsh immigration laws into storyline challenging moral duty

By Sara Martínez LatinaLista Rilla Askew is an Oklahoma author with a heart of gold and a way with a story. Her latest novel, Kind of Kin, places an Oklahoma family at the center of the vortex that was unleashed with the implementation of harsh immigration laws that foreshadowed harsher laws in Arizona and other


LibroLuz: Comadres share “Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships”

LatinaLista — Before the rise of mami bloggers and the Latino blogosphere there was Las Comadres. Officially known as Las Comadres Para Las Americas, the Austin-based group has been connecting Latinas of all ages and professions across the nation since early 2000, both online and off. Spearheading the growth of this vast network has been