Thursday, August 31, 2006

Gracias, Google!

Google is truly a girl's best friend!

Google: These books are free (from ZDNet News)

Google Book Search now offers PDF files of scanned books that can be downloaded and printed for free, Google announced on Wednesday.

Readers can find the books by choosing the "Full view books" option on the Google Book Search home page before they activate their search. Once they have chosen a book from the results page, a download button is clearly visible on the top-right corner of the page.

The PDFs are offered only for those books that fall into the public domain and are intended for personal use.

"We use very conservative rules to comply with international copyright laws," Google spokeswoman Megan Lamb said.

A book's availability depends on the country from which the user is accessing the site. Google blocks users from works that are not yet in the public domain for their country, Lamb said.
A carefully worded note on usage from Google, included as the first page of each downloaded PDF file, explains what "public domain" means and how it can vary by country. Google also notes that users are responsible for following their own country's copyright laws.
"Make noncommercial use of the file. Refrain from automated querying. Maintain attribution. Keep it legal," Google lists as usage guidelines.

The bottom-right corner of every PDF book page contains a "Digitized by Google" watermark.
While Google Book Search limits the amount of copyright text a person can view in one session, Google has been criticized for the project, which entails scanning entire works, many protected by copyright, in order to make them searchable online. Microsoft began a similar project but has offered an opt-in method for publishers rather than an opt-out one.

Partners in Google's project to digitize library books in the United States and the United Kingdom include the University of California, Harvard University, University of Michigan, The New York Public Library, Oxford University and Stanford University.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Who’s Who in U.S. Spanish-Language Publishing—The Faces Behind the Books

From Criticas Magazine:

by Adriana Lopez — August 15, 2006

U.S. Spanish-language publishers and editors have been around since long before the Latin crossover boom began. But over the last several years, a new dynamic has emerged, forged by imprints such as Rayo and Vintage Español and the sophisticated distribution of Spanish houses such as Planeta and Santillana in Miami. The rise of Spanish-language programs cropping up all over from domestic houses means that editors must work even harder to find that next best seller and vie for competitive and limited shelving space in the marketplace. Houses are now allowing Spanish-language editors opportunities to take risks to reach the sometimes ambiguous Hispanic reader, nearly impossible a decade ago. In most cases, there’s money for acquisitions, marketing, and a support staff. Still, there are many obstacles: expensive translations, which increase cover prices; limited media to publicize or market authors who either don’t speak English for the mainstream or Spanish for Hispanic media; and the tricky art of deciding what book is culturally relevant for the U.S. Latino market.

Meet the Spanish-language book editors—fourteen hailing from multiple generations and making up a tossed salad of nationalities to counterbalance the stifling wave of English-only advocates and the lack of Spanish-speaking colleagues. Críticas set out to spotlight some of the market’s most innovative talents. But, of course, this is not the whole enchilada. For every editor mentioned here, there’s another Hispanic talent working close to them or at a competing publisher across the nation.

Read more here:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Love In The Time Of Cholera: The Movie

Source: Variety
Thursday, August 24th, 2006

John Leguizamo, Hector Elizondo and Fernanda Montenegro have joined the cast of the romantic drama, Love in the Time of Cholera for New Line Cinema.

Mike Newell is directing the film, already starring Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt and Giovanna Mezzogiorno; it's the big screen adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez book.

The film will follow the tale of a man in romantic pursuit of a woman over five decades, says Variety.Production on Love in the Time of Cholera is scheduled to begin September 4th in Cartagena, Colombia, and London; no release date has been set.

Monday, August 28, 2006

New Book: Ines of My Soul: A Novel

Ines of My Soul: A Novel by Isabel Allende

Book Description

Born into a poor family in Spain, Inés, a seamstress, finds herself condemned to a life of hard work without reward or hope for the future. It is the sixteenth century, the beginning of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, and when her shiftless husband disappears to the New World, Inés uses the opportunity to search for him as an excuse to flee her stifling homeland and seek adventure.

After her treacherous journey takes her to Peru, she learns that her husband has died in battle. Soon she begins a fiery love affair with a man who will change the course of her life: Pedro de Valdivia, war hero and field marshal to the famed Francisco Pizarro.
Valdivia's dream is to succeed where other Spaniards have failed: to become the conquerer of Chile.

The natives of Chile are fearsome warriors, and the land is rumored to be barren of gold, but this suits Valdivia, who seeks only honor and glory. Together the lovers Inés Suárez and Pedro de Valdivia will build the new city of Santiago, and they will wage a bloody, ruthless war against the indigenous Chileans—the fierce local Indians led by the chief Michimalonko, and the even fiercer Mapuche from the south. The horrific struggle will change them forever, pulling each of them toward their separate destinies.

Inés of My Soul is a work of breathtaking scope: meticulously researched, it engagingly dramatizes the known events of Inés Suárez's life, crafting them into a novel full of the narrative brilliance and passion readers have come to expect from Isabel Allende.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Two Latino Films to see this Weekend:


In Madrid, prostitutes Caye (Candela Pena) and Zule (Micaela Nevarez) meet when Zule, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, steals one of Caye's customers for a lower fee, but when she finds Zule badly beaten in her apartment, they quickly become friends.

Trailer & Clips:



Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family who runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her fifteenth-birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer Limo she hopes will carry her on her special day. But a few months before the celebration, Magdalena falls pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceanera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her. Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with her great-great uncle, Tomas, an old man who makes his living by selling champurrado--a Mexican hot drink--in the street. Already living with him is Carlos, Magdalena's cousin, a tough cholo who was thrown out by his parents. Carlos does not disguise his disapproval of Magdalena's arrival.

The back house rental where Tomas has lived happily for many years is on a property that was recently purchased by an affluent white gay couple--pioneers of gentrification in the neighborhood. Inevitably, worlds collide when they become entangled in the lives of their tenants. As Magdalena's pregnancy grows more visible, she, Carlos, and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders. But the economics of the neighborhood are turning against them. Ultimately, this precipitates a crisis that threatens their way of life.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

New Book: The "Godfather of Jackson Heights" Puts It in Print

Jackson Heights Chronicles By Orlando Tobon

From his cameo role in Maria Full of Grace the hardest working & most generous man in Little Columbia (Queens, NYC) writes his tale.

Book Description (from

From his small travel agency tucked away in an area of New York City known as Little Colombia, the "Godfather of Jackson Heights" does far more than make travel arrangements.

Fernando Padrón is a social service fixer to many of the tens of thousands of Latino immigrants living in his neighborhood. Tax accountant, job hunter, fund-raiser, and missing persons detective are just some of his roles. Fernando also earned the title of Undertaker for the Mules after helping families repatriate the remains of the dozens who die every year smuggling drugs into New York when drug-filled capsules in their stomachs explode.

The riveting experiences shared in this collection of connected stories are based on the author's life. In scenes at once fascinating, inspiring, and heartbreaking, Orlando Tobón reveals not only what it means to be an immigrant, but also what it means to be an American.

Censorship is Always Bad (in my book)

Miami school board wants Cuba book off its shelves (From Yahoo News)

Miami's school board decided to appeal a ruling ordering its libraries to reinstate a children's book about Cuba, which exiles claim paints an overly rosy picture of the communist-run island.

"We will (appeal) all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary," said Frank Bolanos, one of the main leaders of the campaign to ban "A Visit to Cuba" from schools, and who has taken up the issue in his campaign for a state senate seat.

The Miami school board on Tuesday decided 5-2 to appeal an earlier ruling by a judge who ordered schools to return the controversial book to its shelves.

The school board had removed the children's book from schools after a parent complained it fails to describe the tough conditions in Cuba, where he said children are indoctrinated and food was rationed.

But in July, a federal judge ordered the book back on school shelves, saying the board could not use its authority to suppress ideas it did not share.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sharply criticized the Miami school board.
"If we removed every book that offends one person, or even a group of people, our school library shelves would be nearly empty," said ACLU spokesman Brandon Hensler.

He said the ACLU, which had sued against the withdrawal of the books, is prepared to continue litigating. "We are confident that free speech will prevail at all levels."

The book, aimed at children aged five to seven, contains color pictures of people, buildings and landscapes in Cuba, and simple sentences, such as one that says "the people work, eat and study like you."

Published in English and Spanish, it is part of a series of books about different countries.
Miami is home to numerous Cuban-Americans, many of whom risked their lives to flee their Caribbean island homeland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Damn, We Have to be Urged to get Library Cards?

George Lopez Urges Families to Get Library Cards

September is national Library Card Sign-up Month

Chicago, IL--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--August 22, 2006--Actor-comedian and author George Lopez joins the American Library Association (ALA) and hundreds of libraries across the country this September promoting Library Card Sign-up Month. Lopez is the official spokesman for this national observance, which serves as a time to remind parents that the best back-to-school tool for their child is a library card.

Lopez stars in the hit ABC comedy series “George Lopez” and was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics In America” by TIME magazine in August 2005. He lives with his wife and 10-year-old daughter in Los Angeles and has his library card from the Los Angeles Public Library.

“Ensuring our children get the best education possible is no laughing matter. Reading fuels our dreams and goals for the future,” Lopez said. “From homework help to book clubs, libraries are where it’s at. Your library card is your ticket to a world of opportunities. Get it, and use it at your library.” Visit to see five things George Lopez likes about his library card.

Why buy when you can borrow? According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation, parents will spend over $17 billion on back-to-school supplies. A library card provides free access to the more than $1 billion worth of materials – including DVDs, CDs, books, and online resources – bought by public libraries annually.

“No parent can afford to overlook the great resources freely available in our nation’s libraries,” said ALA President Leslie Burger. “Libraries help level the playing field for people of all ages and backgrounds. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.”

Americans check out more than 2 billion items and visit their public libraries more than 1.3 billion times each year. Learn more about why your library card is the smartest card of all by visiting

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

8/23 NYC: Word for Word presents This Is Not Chick Lit

from Flavorpill:

Word for Word presents This Is Not Chick Lit feat. Jennifer Egan and Lynne Tillman

when: Wed 8.23 (12:30-1:45pm)
where: Bryant Park Reading Room (btwn 5th & 6th Aves & W 40th & 42nd Sts) map
price: FREE!

As an alternative to reading "Page Six" over takeout, spend your lunch hour at Bryant Park taking in the Word for Word reading series' brand of intellectual stimulation.

This week sees Elizabeth Merrick, editor of This Is Not Chick Lit and founder of the furloughed Grace Reading Series, host an afternoon with contributing writers who've done more than pen a roman à clef. Jennifer Egan, 2001 National Book Award finalist and author of twice-upon-a-time-novel The Keep, and Lynne Tillman, tenured scribe of the New York love/hate story No Lease on Life, are among the women reading original works of fiction. (

Viral blogging Contest: Literanista's down

I am participating in a blogging experiment hosted at To enter the contest, put up this blurb, image, and trackback and you are entered to win the following prize package.

$200 Amazon gift certificate
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Nalini Singh Berkley / September 2006

Welcome to a future where emotion is a crime and powers of the mind clash brutally against those of the heart.

Sascha Duncan is one of the Psy, a psychic race that has cut off its emotions in an effort to prevent murderous insanity. Those who feel are punished by having their brains wiped clean, their personalities and memories destroyed.

Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, a shapeshifter who craves sensation, lives for touch. When their separate worlds collide in the serial murders of Changeling women, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities…or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.


New Book: Crystelle Mourning

My former Hunter College English professor has a new novel out.

Check it out: Crystelle Mourning by Eisa Nefertari Ulen

From the Publisher

Crystelle has a well-employed fiancé and a life in New York City that most young professionals would envy. She has come a long way from skipping rope on the cracked sidewalks of the rough Philadelphia neighborhood where she was raised by a loving mother and grandfather. She experienced good times and bad in equal measure in a community where people worked, played, and sometimes fought hard too. She didn't leave the past behind her though. A ghost from those West Philly days haunts her, a spirit whose presence in her dreams is as welcome as it is unsettling.

That spirit is Jimmie, her high school sweetheart -- the one who she watched get gunned down one hot, unforgettable night all those years ago.

Unnerved by her dreams of Jimmie and the suspicion that she may be pregnant, Crystelle takes a train back to her old neighborhood to reconnect with friends and family. There, with the help of Jimmie's mother -- a woman who Crystelle loves like family and who makes a prison visit to the young man who murdered her son -- Crystelle comes to grips with the memory that haunts her and learns the power of forgiveness and the need to move on.

With its deeply resonant depictions of urban African American life and the cultural forces that challenge and sustain their communities, Crystelle Mourning is a triumphant, lyrical beginning to a bright new talent in fiction.

Quill 2006 Awards Nominees Anounced: Vote now!

The Quills, an initiative launched with the support of Reed Business Information and NBC, is an industry-qualified “consumers choice” awards program for books. The Quills celebrates the best adult and children's books of the year in 20 popular categories, including Book of the Year, plus an committee-selected award for best Book to Film.

Vote now for your favorite nominees. Voting will continue through Sept. 30. Winners will be announced at the Quills awards ceremony Oct. 10 in New York City.

Here are the 2006 nominees in a few of the major categories. For the complete list, log on to

Debut Author Of Year

William Alexander for The $64 Tomato (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Julie Powell for Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Little, Brown)
Raymond Khoury for The Last Templar (Dutton)
Debra Dean for The Madonnas of Leningrad: A Novel (William Morrow)
Mike Leonard for The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family (Ballantine Books)

General Fiction
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (Random House)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (William Morrow)
The March by E.L. Doctorow (Random House)
Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky (Alfred A. Knopf)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

History/Current Events/Politics
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale)
The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr (Random House)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer James L. Swanson (William Morrow)
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (Doubleday)
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper (HarperCollins)
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan (William Morrow)
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields (Henry Holt)
The Tender Bar: A Memoir J. R. Moehringer (Hyperion)
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (Alfred A. Knopf)

Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Scholastic/Chicken House)
Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud (Miramax)

Children's Illustrated Book
Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins)
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/Geringer)
John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith (Hyperion)
Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy, illus. by Audrey Colman (Dutton)
Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon)

Donate: Diabetes & Hispanics Making a Difference

My sister is walking on October 15, 2006, on behalf of my nephew and my mom, in the NYC JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Please help support her team, Damian's Angels, and donate what you can.
Visit the team page:

and donate here:

Help Make A Difference

Each mile, each dollar Danny's Angels raises will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every year more than 210,000 people (many of hispanic & African American backgrounds) die because of diabetes, and this disease costs over $130 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.

With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of each and every person affected by this tragic disease!


Monday, August 21, 2006

News: 70th death anniversary of Spanish writer Garcia Lorca

A homage was celebrated yesterday next to the grave which he is thought to be buried. The event was marked by the polemical possible exhumation of his corpse.

It is 70 years since poet and dramatist Federico garcia Lorca was murdered. Such anniversary was celebrated in Afacar, Granada, in the grave where he is thought to have been buried.

70th death anniversary is to be witnessed in Cuba too as a group of writers are going to remember the writer in the Spanish American Centre of Culture un La Habana.

The main poet of the generation of the 27th and one of the most important of the 20th century died when his talent was in its prime. Two months after being shot by dictator Franco´s troops he had just finished one of his most well-known poem book “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” and “Divan de Tamarit.”

Nevertheless, Lorca´s homage has been marked by the debate of the exhumation of his remains. Garcia Lorca´s family have always been opposed to the opening of the grave.

From: © eitb24

Friday, August 18, 2006

NYC: 2006 Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival

2006 Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival Tomorrow
Saturday, August 19th, 4:30 PM

LITERARY FESTIVAL: Head over to Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn for the NY Writers 2006 Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival.

Take a picnic and enjoy readings from Jhumpa Lahiri, Sapphire, Jacqueline Johnson and Lorenzo Pace, as well as readings from young writers in the organizations, plus free workshops

For more info or directions visit:

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News: Bloggers are less likely to be white

Interesting article, reprinted for Top Tech News, July 20, 2006.

By Walaika K. Haskins

"This idea of expressing yourself creatively is really just about being an exhibitionist in some way," said Daren Siddall, an analyst at Gartner. "They want to tell people who they are, what their interests are and who their friends are. That's what the majority of blogging is about, especially among young people."

After just a few years on the Internet landscape blogs have become an influential force in the technology industry and even politics. Scads of people read the online diaries, but, what do we really know about bloggers? The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a survey on Wednesday that has the answers.

Cyberspace is riddled with some 12 million blogs with a readership numbering roughly 57 million people, the researchers revealed in the "Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet's New Storytellers" report. Bloggers themselves tend to be young and racially diverse, unpublished and accustomed to using the Web to catalogue their personal successes and travails.

"Blogs are as individual as the people who keep them, but this survey shows that most bloggers are primarily interested n creative, personal expression," said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at The Pew Internet & American Life Project

The survey is based on in-depth interviews of 233 bloggers conducted between July 2005 and February 2006. Additional data was gathered from November 2005 to April 2006 in telephone surveys of 7,012 adults (including 4,753 Internet users).

Who's Blogging

Equal numbers of men and women blog, but 54 percent of blogs are written by the under thirty set, the survey found. Unlike the general Internet population, bloggers are less likely to be white. While 74 percent of Internet users are white, only 60 percent of bloggers are white. Conversely, though 11 percent and 9 percent of English-speaking Hispanics and African-Americans, respectively, surf the 'Net, 19 percent of bloggers are English-speaking Latinos and 11 percent are of African heritage.

"Blogs have given those who perhaps don't feel that their issues, thoughts or opinions are addressed in the mainstream media, an outlet to express themselves in some way," said Daren Siddall, an analyst at Gartner research.

About half of bloggers, 51 percent, live in the suburbs. Another 36 percent live in urban areas and only 13 percent live in rural areas.

The vast majority, 84 percent, of bloggers said they go online every day. Ninty-five percent get their news online, with about half turning to other blogs as their news source. And they spend an average of five hours updating their blog each week.

What They Blog

The media tends to focus on a small subset of well-known "A-list" sites that receive a high volume of visitors. These blogs tend to focus on politics or other hot button topics such as technology. For these bloggers, a blog is more than just a hobby, it is a job.

However, according to the survey, the majority of bloggers, 76 percent, said the reason they have a blog is to record their personal experiences and share them with others, and 64 percent reported that they wanted to share their knowledge and skills with others.

Most bloggers said the write about a myriad of different topics, but about 37 percent focus on "my life and experiences", with only 11 percent of bloggers said they concentrate on politics and the government, and 4 percent blog about technology. A scant 7 percent of respondents focus on entertainment and 6 percent use their blog to discuss sports. And, just 34 percent of bloggers look at blogging as a form of journalism.

Looking at the level of participation overall in U.S. elections, it is not surprising that few bloggers focus on politics, Siddall pointed out. Although people have political views, it is not the principle motivation in most people's lives. And, they probably do not want to spend their personal time creating political content. There will be other things that drive them to blog.

"This idea of expressing yourself creatively is really just about being an exhibitionist in some way," he said. "They want to tell people who they are, what their interests are and who their friends are. That's what the majority of blogging is about, especially among young people.
Blogging has changed the way people use the Internet, Siddall said. "It has had an impact and will continue to." According to the survey, 62 percent of bloggers said they did not have a personal Web site before launching their blog. That is a telling statistic that indicates that blogging has changed how people use the Internet, Slidell explained. The Internet is much more interactive for them now.

Bloggers get involved in content, Siddall said, pointing to survey findings that 44 percent of bloggers have taken online content, such as songs, text or images, and remixed it to reflect their own artistic vision. A whopping 77 percent, researchers said, have shared the results of their creativity online, including artwork, photos, stories and videos. Only 26 percent of average Internet users have done something similar.

"The fact that they post photos and videos or take content from other sources and mash it up to create something new," Siddall said. "It's much more of a creative outlet for people and that's a big change in the way people used the Web."

"It is also a publishing tool where people can go and create their own little world in which they can show all the content they like, photos, videos, podcasts and anything they like," Siddall continued. "They can spread the word about what they're up to their friends and family and the entire Web. So clearly it has evolved that type of keeping in contact with friends and family. It has evolved beyond the simple e-mail to a publishing type of environment."

News: Selecciones Celebrates 35 Years

Selecciones Celebrates 35 Years With the Introduction of New Editorial Franchise Issue and Event Generation Latino: Hispanic Teens Who Are Changing the World, Sponsored by McDonald's

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Selecciones, the world's best-selling Spanish-language magazine, celebrates a major milestone this year -- 35 years since the debut of its first U.S. edition. Since its launch in 1971, the magazine has been a leading voice in world news, topical health issues, parenting advice, and celebrity exclusives, specifically targeting U.S. Hispanic families.

Selecciones will commemorate its 35th anniversary during Hispanic Heritage Month by introducing an annual signature franchise issue and event, "Generation Latino: Hispanic Teens Who Are Changing the World." The pages of the magazine will come to life at a special awards luncheon and media event in Miami on October 4 honoring seven extraordinary Hispanic teens for their talents, accomplishments and unsurpassed contributions to their communities. Seven of today's most prominent newsmakers -- TV personalities, musicians, athletes, and political leaders -- will also be on-hand to present each teen with an award and will deliver their own personal stories of obstacles, successes and achievements.

As the event's Platinum sponsor, McDonald's, will present each teen with a $2,500 scholarship, reinforcing its commitment and continued support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities(R)/ Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources(R) RMHC(R)/HACER(R) scholarship program. Since the program began in 1985, more than 12,000 Hispanic students have received more than $14 million dollars in scholarships to support their education.

"Hispanic teens account for 38% of the U.S. Hispanic population. What better way to celebrate our anniversary than with the future leaders of tomorrow," says Selecciones publisher Elizabeth Bradley. "We are thrilled to offer advertisers this innovative and integrated franchise opportunity."

"McDonald's is pleased to partner with Selecciones on this great event celebrating a group of very talented Hispanic students," said Rick Marroquin, Director of Marketing, McDonald's USA. "For many years McDonald's has been a big supporter of education and we are pleased to help these students pursue their dreams through higher education," added Marroquin.

Selecciones' first Spanish-language global edition launched in Cuba in 1940 by Reader's Digest founders Dewitt and Lila Wallace. Today, Selecciones and its sister publications reach a global audience of nearly 10 million throughout more than 10 Latin American countries.

"Our readers have been extremely brand loyal for the past 35 years," says Selecciones editor-in-chief Genevieve Marlin-Fernandez. "U.S. Hispanics turn to Selecciones for its cultural relevance and original editorial content. But even more so, they embrace the magazine because it connects them to their families across the globe."

During Hispanic Heritage month, the magazine will also reproduce its original 1940 and 1971 vintage covers for the October issue creating a collector's edition, "then-and-now" retrospective for in-book advertisers. Additionally, Selecciones will launch multi-tiered advertiser and consumer initiatives including customized retail programs, brand-building grassroots events and innovative distribution opportunities throughout top-Hispanic targeted cities.

Over the past six years, the U.S. based Selecciones' total circulation has increased an impressive 87% -- from 200,000 to 375,000, currently reaching more than three million U.S. Hispanics. The brand continues to prove strong, year over year, with an average yearly circulation growth of 11%. Additionally, its annual subscription price of $20.56 has held steady for the past six years.

"The magazine's global imprint has been a driving force in subscriptions and newsstand sales for the past three and a half decades," says Bradley. "Selecciones is everywhere people speak Spanish.

News: Chrysler Group Hosts Legendary Poet Nikki Giovanni

Chrysler Group Hosts Legendary Poet Nikki Giovanni at National
Association of Black Journalists' 31st Annual Convention

* Chrysler Group celebrates its 12th anniversary of "Spirit in the
Word" poetry program

* More than 500 African-American journalists from across the country

* Giovanni signs more than 300 books following the event

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The 31st Annual National
Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) Convention kicked off on Wednesday,
August 16 in Indianapolis with Chrysler Group hosting its "Spirit in the Word"
poetry program featuring world-renowned writer and poet, Nikki Giovanni. In its
12th year, Chrysler Group's "Spirit in the Word" program attracted over 500 NABJ
journalists from across the nation.

The evening included Giovanni speaking about issues important to the
black community and reciting one of her most famous works, "Ego Tripping." She
also shared the history behind her latest children's book "Rosa," which has won
honors as a special tribute to the late civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Giovanni
ended the evening by personalizing and signing more than 300 of her books for a
group of inspired journalists.The "Spirit in the Word" event has been a poetry
contest at minority journalism conferences throughout the U.S. (Native American,
Hispanic, Asian and African-American) by the Chrysler Group.

The program previously invited participants to read and perform their
works, in an effort to further the art of poetry. The poetry program began in
Detroit in 1994. At that time, 47 journalists and poets attended the event. This
year, Chrysler Group decided to share a poetry legend with the NABJ members in
lieu of hosting a contest."Since its inception in 1994, Chrysler Group's 'Spirit
in the Word' poetry program has provided opportunities for aspiring poets to
tell their story, share their passions and celebrate their culture," said Frank
Fountain, DaimlerChrysler Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public
Policy (Auburn Hills).

"This year, Chrysler Group and NABJ members had the chance to enjoy
and celebrate Nikki Giovanni, a spoken-word legend who has inspired generations
of people and cultures through her written work."Giovanni's honors include the
NAACP Image Award for literature in 1998 and the Langston Hughes Award for
Distinguished Contributions to Arts and letters in 1996. Several magazines have
named Giovanni Woman of the Year, including Essence, Mademoiselle, and Ladies
Home Journal.

Source: Chrysler Group

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Behold the Many: A Novel

Okay, she's not Hispanic but I am looking forward to reading this book, from one of my favorite authors, Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Her book, Blu's Hanging, was one of the most poignant and moving books I have ever read. Her unique voice, filled with angst of being held between lines of the melting pot of Hawaiian cultures is very relative to those of our own.

Behold the Many: A Novel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

From Booklist

A mystical, magical, and, at times, macabre world unfolds in Yamanaka's elegiac tale of three sisters outcast from their family and society in turn-of-the-century Hawaii. Reminiscent of Father Damien's leper colony on the island of Molokai, Oahu's St. Joseph's orphanage is a bleak haven of last resort for children afflicted with the tuberculosis that is devastating the Kalihi Valley.

As first Leah, then Aki, and finally Anah contract the disease, the sisters are banished by their monstrous father and forsaken by their powerless mother, left to fend for themselves under the callous negligence of the orphanage's nuns. Of the three sisters, only Anah will survive, but when she leaves St. Joseph's on her eighteenth birthday, she, her future husband, and their burgeoning family are destined to be haunted by the ghosts of Anah's long-dead siblings and the boy who once loved her.

Redolent with the island's lush and languid atmosphere, Yamanaka's richly atmospheric novel paints a chillingly spectral portrait of souls tormented by love and guilt.

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Dreaming about blogging

I had two weird dreams last night. The first was that I owned Britney Spears' former house, don't know why or where that one came from, and the second, was that I was working on my blog. Very weird. I have tons of work so I will write more later!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


At TWO Locations!

828 Broadway (212) 473-1452

Strand Annex at 95 Fulton (212) 732-6070

Fabulous values on great reads. Books priced at $2.95 and up.

Stock rotated throughout the weekend.
Call the stores or check online for special weekend hours.

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-473-1452

New Book: The Scroll of Seduction, A Novel by Gioconda Belli

Gioconda Belli was born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1948. Belli was involved in the Nicaraguan Revolution from a very young age and occupied important positions in the Sandinista Party and the Nicaraguan Writer’s Union. She won the Casa de las Americas Prize in 1978 for her poetry book Line of Fire, and the prize for the Best Political Novel of the Year in Germany in 1989 for her novel The Inhabited Woman.

Her memoir The Country Under My Skin was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2003. She resigned from the Sandinista Party in 1993 and divides her time between Nicaragua and Los Angeles. She is married to Charles Castaldi and has four children. Her most recent novel, The Scroll of Seduction, will be published in English by Rayo in September 2006.

The Scroll of Seduction, A Novel
From Publishers Weekly:

How crazy was Juana La Loca, the Spanish queen who allegedly would not stop kissing her husband, Philippe the Handsome, even after he died? A Madrid professor enlists the help of a student and a silk dress to find out in the latest from Nicaraguan poet-memoirist-novelist Belli (The Country Under My Skin). While touring the Escorial, 17-year-old Lucia, a Latin American–born orphan attending a Madrid Catholic boarding school, meets Manuel, a 40-something professor who draws Lucia into his obsession with 16th-century Juana. Soon, Manuel dresses Lucia like Juana, and, as he seduces (and eventually impregnates) her, she channels Juana's spirit, allowing Belli to create—in sensuous detail—a turbulent, emotion-driven version of events that is at odds with historians' accounts of Juana's schizophrenia.

Juana, as Belli depicts her, was a passionate woman who fell victim to power-hungry relatives, and whose eccentric behavior may have been symptoms of bipolar disorder. (As Belli explains in an author's note, "any woman with a strong sense of self, confronted by the abuse and the arbitrary injustices she had to withstand, forced to accept her powerlessness in the face of an authoritarian system, would become depressed.") Belli's insights into Spanish culture prove provocative, aided by Dillman's faultless translation. (Sept.).

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Shameless plug for my friend's Zoe's Book!

Tonight! Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00PM
at the Borders in the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle.

Meet NYC author and Blogger, Zoë Rice, reading from her new book, Pick Me Up.

From Booklist:

Pick Me Up. Rice, Zoe (author). June 2006. 288p.
NAL, paperback, $12.95

REVIEW. Chick-lit takes on the New York art scene in Rice’s enjoyable debut. Gallery director Izzy Duncan is beginning to make her mark at the Emerson Bond Gallery. When the gallery’s eccentric benefactor suddenly dies, Izzy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. She thinks her new boss may just be her Prince Charming, and her ardor overrides her concern over the direction he’s taking the gallery.

Meanwhile, she’s working overtime to get back in the good graces of a new artist she inadvertently offended. There’s a Sex in the City vibe to this novel that will attract some readers, and a sentimental side that will appeal to the true romantics. Izzy is entrenched in the glamorous world of artists and celebrities, but her own hopes and problems seem realistic. This book is bound to please young women seeking the same sort of fulfillment in their work and love lives that Izzy is.

"Essence of Latinas - Relaxation" The 2006 Ntl Tour

Relax, rejuvinate, & rejoice. It's on us.

Join us for our 4th Annual “Essence of Latinas” tour, title-sponsored by Volvo Cars of North America, Deloitte, Eden Foods, and Southwet Airlines. This year, our nationwide tour caters to your mind, body and soul by spoiling you with complimentary spa and beauty treatments, and quality time with your favorite Latina authors and celebrities!

Cities visited:
Houston, TX – May 8
Miami, FL - June 13, with Sonia Manzano
Atlanta, GA – June 27, with authorBerta Platas
Dallas, TX – July 31, with author Caridad Pineiro!
Los Angeles, CA – with authors Mary Castillo, Reyna Grande, Sylvia Mendoza, and Lara Rios!
San Francisco , CA – August 11 – 4:30 to 7 p.m.Join us for an intro to Yoga, CATALINA style, at
Greenpath Yoga!
New York City, NY – Sept 20 – 4:30 to 7 p.m.,A Hispanic Heritage Month event at
Studio Dante Meet: the cast of The People's Court, including star Judge Marilyn Milian!
Philadelphia. PA – Oct. 17 – 4:30 to 7 p.m.,Location: The luxurious
Adolf Beiker Spa, at the prestigious Rickenhouse Hotel, with Author Caridad Pineiro!
Cicero & Chicago, IL – Nov 13 – 4:30 to 7 p.m., with the authors of the novel Sister Chicas!

Get on the list! Receive an invitation to all CATALINA signature events by subscribing to our fat free

To R.S.V.P. now for any event listed, e-mail your name and city to

*The Essence of Latinas tour is a proud partner of The Heart Truth campaign—a national campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

A list of winners of the 2006 Latino Book Awards:


Latino Literary Now, a non-profit organization supporting literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, seeks to recognize the many positive contributions being made to the world of Latino literature via the International Latino Book Awards. The 8th annual awards, given on May 20 at The Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, were presented in conjunction with the 2006 BookExpoAmerica. These awards honor literary excellence in a variety of categories.

The 2006 Latino Book Awards judging panel included: Frank Cota-Robles Newton, Virgie Kamhi, Dennis Hernandez Emilio Sanchez, Ignacio Gomez, Roberto Chavez, John Valdez, Manuel Murrieta, Andy Valenzuela, Arturo Garcia, Felipe Casillas, Nora Sandoval, Veronica Murguia, Christian DeAnda, Georgette Baker, Jess Nieto, Jesus Menera, Kathy Diaz, Jose Galvez, Magdalena Whisler, Melanie Sloane, Maria Romero, Myriam Grajales-Hall, Gloria Garcia, Aida R. Vasquez, John Echeveste, Yolanda Nava and John Reza.

Read entire list here:

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Martha Acosta

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Martha Acosta from Simon & Schuster, Inc.


Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover.

Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

A Latina, Ivy league alumni, vampire? Any one read this yet?

Call for Papers! The Keeping Brown Literature Booming Project

“The editors of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature (Longman, 2005) and are accepting previously published scholarly essays, books, book reviews, and interviews that focus on U.S. Latino literature, to which contributors hold rights.

The purpose of the project is to revive and keep alive scholarly and analytical works that were published in the past but may not be so easily accessible (e.g., the work is out of print or it may have been originally published for a limited audience).

The editors will publish these works in and thus make these resources available to an international audience that includes faculty, students, and individuals from disadvantaged educational or financial backgrounds who cannot so easily access other sources. “

SOURCE: More information in English / Mas informacíon en Ingles

Viva Pedro: NYC Pedro Aldomovar Film Festival

VIVA PEDRO will opened in New York on Aug. 8th, and next in Los Angeles, and expand throughout the United States this Fall. The theatrical re-release will introduce new audiences to Almodóvar and at the same time present the films to his many fans in the manner which they are meant to be seen and appreciated.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN(originally released in 1988 )
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER(originally released in 1999)
TALK TO HER(originally released in 2002)
FLOWER OF MY SECRET(originally released in Spain in 1995 and the United States in 1996)
LIVE FLESH*(originally released in Spain in 1996 and the United States in1997)
LAW OF DESIRE(originally released in 1987)
MATADOR(originally released in Spain in 1986 and the United States in 1988)
BAD EDUCATION(originally released in 2004)

Brand new prints have been made of all eight films. Several of these titles have not been shown in theaters since their original release. All of the films have been withdrawn from the DVD marketplace to accommodate their theatrical re-release (while MATADOR and LAW OF DESIRE have never been released on DVD). This banner year for Almodóvar will conclude with the nationwide release of his newest film VOLVER, opening in New York and Los Angeles on November 3rd and playing throughout America during the year end holiday season.
View the preview in Quicktime or Windows Media Player

Monday, August 14, 2006

Recommended Readings

Sisters of Caliban: Contemporary Women Poets of Caribbean, edited by M.J. Fenwick.
The Maria Paradox, by Rosa Maria Gil,
Boricuas, edited by Robert Santiago.
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. by Iyanla Vanzant
Just Because I'm Latin Doesn't Mean I Mambo, By Juan Roberto Job
The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America, by Ilan Stavans
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, By Steven Covey
Conversations with God, By Gene Neil Welch
Hoyt Street, By Mary Helen Ponce
Woman Hollering Creek, By Sandra Cisneros
Borderlands/La Frontera, By Gloria Anzalúa
My First White Friend -- Confessions on Race, Love, and Forgiveness, published by Viking Penguin
Americanos, edited by James Olmos, Lea Ybarra and Manuel Monterrey
Y no se leo trago la tierra , by Tomas Rivera
Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, by Miguel Algarin, editor
Always Running , by Luis J. Rodriguez
AmeRican Laviera
Barrio Boy, by Ernesto Galarza
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza , by Gloria Anzaldua
Chants, by Pat Mora
City of Night, by John Rechy
Down These Main Streets, by Piri Thomas
Dreaming in Cuban: A Novel, by Cristina Garcia
Drink Cultura: Chicanismo , by Jose Antonio Burciaga
Drown, by Junot Diaz
El sol y los de abajo, by Jose Montoya
Emplumada , by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Estampas del Valle, by Rolando Hinolosa
Face of an Angel, by Denise Chavez
Floricanto en Aztlan , by Alurista (Alberto Urrista)
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez
Hoyt Street: An Autobiography , by Mary Helen Ponce
Latin Jazz, by Virgil Suarez
Martin and Meditatons on the South Valley , by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Mi Lucha por la tierra, by Reyes Lopez Tijerina
Mist Vaigas and the Dead Naturalist, by Kathleen J. Alcal‡
Mother Tongue , by Demetria Martinez
Next Year in Cuba: A Cubano's Coming-of-Age in America , by Gustavo Perez Firmat
Nilda , by Nicholasa Mohr
Paradise , by Elena Castedo
Pocho by Jose Antonio Villarreal
Puerto Rican Obituary , by Pedro Pietri
Rain of Gold , by Victor E. Villaseñor
Restless Serpents , by Bernice Zamora
Short Eyes, by Miguel Fiñero
Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Snake Poems: An Aztec lnvocation, by Francisco X. Alarcon
Snaps, by Victor Hernandez (Cruz)
Song of the Hummingbird, by Graciela Limon
Spiks, by Pedro Juan Soto
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, by Oscar Zeta Acosta
The Balad of Rocky Ruiz, by ManueI Ramos
The Bements of San Joaquin, by Gary Soto
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
The House on the Lagoon, by Rosario Ferre
The Magic of Blood, by Dagoberto GiIb
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love , by Oscar Hijuelos
The Ordinary Seaman , by Francisco Goldman
Un Trip Through the Mind Jail , by Raul Salinas
With a Pistol in His Hand, by Americo Paredes
When I Was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago
Where a Nickel Costs a Dime Willie Perdomo
Yo Soy Joaquin, by RodoIfo (Corky) Gonzalez

House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Drown by Junot Diaz
Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinones
Music of the Mills by Luis Rodriguez Rodriguez
Did I miss any?

Book Trends: Chica Lit?

"Chica lit" fills a niche for Latinas By Kerry Lengel
The Arizona Republic

How do you feel about Chica Lit?

Favorite Bestseller's Lists

Sometimes, it's just hard to know what book to buy, I've found that certain bestseller's lists don't reflect the actual quality of the books listed but instead the power of the publishing house behind it. So, instead I go here to find new and interesting books to read:

Have any good ones I missed?
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