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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…

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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…

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Video: Latina writer taps into her Cuban heritage to create a ‘novel’ twist about the fate of Fidel Castro and Cuba

LatinaLista — For Cuban exile Elizabeth Huergo, and other political refugees from the Communist island, Fidel Castro is a person who single-handedly changed their lives and their destinies. So, those of them who daydream of what happens to their homeland when Castro dies can be forgiven for wishing that the inevitable comes sooner rather than…

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Summer reading program for Latino children launches online

LatinaLista — To children, summer may mean vacation from going to school but to most parents it has never meant a vacation from learning. One of the easiest ways to continue learning throughout the summer has been through reading programs at the local public libraries. Unfortunately, due to those irritating cutbacks, a lot of libraries…

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Bilingual literacy site gears up for summer with free downloadable ebooks, coloring pages and activity sheets

LatinaLista — It won’t be long before kids are out of school for the summer and parents will be wondering not just how to keep them entertained but keep learning. One way could be through reading — bilingual stories. Read Conmigo is a bilingual literacy program, sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, launched in 2011 that provides…

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