Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Book: Perla by Carolina De Robertis


Perla is a new novel by by Carolina De Robertis, an Uruguayan writer whose family at immigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. Prior to completing her first novel, she worked in women’s rights organizations for ten years, on issues ranging from rape to immigration.

About Perla:
While house-sitting for her well-to-do parents, Buenos Aires college student Perla Correa is confronted by a strange intruder. Having recently ended a serious relationship with Gabriel when his well-­intentioned prying into her family background became threatening, Perla is now forced to examine the role her father, a high-ranking military officer, played in Argentina’s horrific state-sponsored terror of the 1970s–80s, as well as her mother’s complicity. Perla’s journey intersects with the fate of thousands of “the disappeared” (los desaparecidos) as she pores over the clues to her family’s past and realizes the way to her own future. A translator, short fiction writer, and novelist—her debut, The Invisible Mountain, was an international best seller—De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past. 
Watch an interview with Carolina De Robertis author of "Perla" - a novel that delves into the dark past of the Argentinian dictatorship below:

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Word to the Wise

Friday, March 09, 2012

Lit Links & Scoops

Organic sour jelly beans, yum - just in time for Easter!


Scholastic (remember their monthly book club school offerings? Sigh) debuts an app for kids that offers 5 free ebooks. It's called Storia and you can get here.


While in Switzerland, I picked up a Victorinox Swiss Army SwissCard as a gift for my best friend. I wish I had bought more it's the perfect gift for girls who love gadgets and slim purses.


Wowza. According to a recent study Consumers Need $150,000 a Year to Live Comfortably.


Fast Company has become one of my favorite reads, here's a must read for anyone marketing anything today: How To Market To Consumers With Social-Media ADD

The Book Blogger Convention has been brought into the BEA fold and is now an official part of the expo. You can get tickets for the BEA Bloggers & BlogWorld at BookExpo America (BEA) here.



What is really like to work at an agency: Where Is Sisyphus Today? He Works At An Agency

Storytelling Masterpiece Theater for Marketers - How to change the world with a story: Invisible Children's Kony 2012 Video About Uganda Conflict: The Making Of A Viral Masterpiece and here's where they get called out on the facts.
Are people using Sonar?
WTF is Pinterest? An infographic
Stop junk mail with a snap with this app.
The Albatros bookmark keeps up with you as you read.
A lot of people have been telling me about this book, I might have to read it myself. Someone pass me a brown paper bag book cover. 
I can't wait for the Hunger Games, Snow White, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows Spiderman and Batman movies to come out.
How to cite a tweet in a paper.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino 2012 Book Club Picks


This year’s chosen titles:


  • January:  Queen of America, A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown & Company)
  • February:  The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream by Mary Romero (New York University Press).  Additional conversation with Héctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • March:  The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo (Grand Central Publishing
  • April:  The Madness of Mama Carlota by Graciela Limón (Arte Público Press).  Additional conversations celebrating Dia de los Niños scheduled with Carmen Bernier-Grand, author of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Rita Rosa Ruesga, La Pinata/The Piñata (Scholastic en Español)
  • May:  Perla by Carolina de Robertis (Alfred A. Knopf).   Additional conversation scheduled with Linda Rodriguez, author of Every Last Secret (Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press)
  • June:  Traces of Bliss by Cecilia Velastegui (Libros Publishing). Additional conversation scheduled with Denise Vega, author of Rock On (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • July:  “Dude Month” with The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster).  Additional conversation scheduled with Robert Arellano, author of Curse the Name, A Novel (Akashic Books)
  • August:  “Paranormal Month” with The Claimed by Caridad Pineiro (Forever/Grand Central Publishing).  Additional conversations scheduled with Amanda Bonilla, author of Blood Before Sunrise (Signet Eclipse/Penguin) and Marta Acosta, author of The Dark Companion (TOR Teen/Macmillan)
  • September:  Hell or High Water by Joy Castro (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Adult).  Additional conversations scheduled with Alberto Manguel author of All Men Are Liars, translated by Miranda France (Riverhead Books)
  • October:  Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships by Las Comadres Para Las Americas and edited by Adriana López  (Atria, Simon and Schuster)
  • November:  The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster).  Additional conversations with Diana López, author of Choke (Scholastic Press) and  Malin Alegría, author of Cruzar El Limite/Border Town #1: Crossing the Line (Point/Scholastic Press)
  • December:  Better With You Here, A Novel by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Grand Central Publishing).  Additional conversation scheduled with Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, Lee & Low Books)


More information on Las Comadres and the Latino Book Club can be found at www.lascomadres.org

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Travelogue: Switzerland

I just got back from 8 days in Switzerland, where I was went to work on an innovation event with some of the brightest and most creative minds in Europe. I found Switzerland to be a beautifully idyllic place with friendly and courteous people.

Although the chocolate and cheese fondue were exquisite, one of the best things I ate was a "royal doner kebap box" which was a container layered with chicken, french fries and a variety of sauces, and lettuce and tomato. The German/Turkish kebap was unlike anything I've ever tasted. I had a great time shopping but it always make me sad to go so far and come across the same old things like H&M, Mango, Apple, and McDonalds. Oh, globalization, you stink!

One really cool place we ate at was Chasalp, where we had authentic Swiss food. It's located in the forest and has a rabbit viewing area where you can watch the rabbits as you eat. One cool thing about the place too was that they gave our table tons of postcards to fill out for friends back home, which they mailed for us.

Even though the round trip flight was 15 hours long in total, I got to catch up on a few movies and watched 50/50, My Week with Marilyn, Anonymous, and J. Edgar while flying over the expanse of the Atlantic.

Here are a few pictures from my adventures in Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland:


Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New Book: The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo

Executive Director of Latin Content & Programming for Billboard, Leila Cobo's second novel is out. It's called    
The Second Time We Met. Leila Cobo is one of those amazing people who rocks at everything: She's a Fulbright scholar, an accomplished pianist and mom, a contributor to NPR, and the Cali native is also the host of the television show Estudio Billboard. I loved Tell Me Something True and I'm not just saying that, being her former publicist.


The Second Time We Met - Adored and nurtured by his adoptive parents in California, Asher Stone has moved effortlessly through a nearly perfect life. He is on the verge of a professional soccer career-when a car accident throws his future into doubt. Suddenly, Asher begins to wonder about his past, and about the girl who gave him up for adoption in Colombia two decades ago. And so begins his search for a woman named Rita Ortiz.

From the teeming streets of Bogata to a tiny orphanage tucked into a hillside, Asher untangles the mystery of Rita's identity, her abrupt disappearance from her home, and the winding journey that followed. But as Asher comes closer to finding Rita, his own parents are faced with fears and doubts. And Rita must soon make her own momentous choice: stay hidden in her hard-earned new life, or meet the secret son who will bring painful memories-or the promise of a new beginning . . .

You can read Leila's blog here, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.



 
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