Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More on Banned Books

More resources and info:
Banned Books Week in the News (via Shelf Awareness)

"'Dangerous' books are a big reason to keep reading," noted the Winston-Salem, N.C., Journal In the Asbury Park, N.J., Press, librarian Marian R. Bauman wrote, "Books are not evil and do not harm anyone."

A Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press editorial advised, "Read, do not ban, books.""SoCal rediscovers banned books" was the headline in the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, followed Monday by "Banned Books Week--does it matter?" and David Ulin's "Banned Books Week a thorny issue."

BiblioBuffet, the online literary salon, features several pieces about Banned Books Week, including one by SIBA's Nicki Leone, also managing editor and contributor of A Reading Life; a letter from Lauren Roberts, editor-in-chief; a column by author Lev Raphael; and a contribution from literary critic Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.

Inevitably, the Sarah Palin controversy has been invoked in many articles, including this from the Christian Science Monitor: "Given the recent public scuffle over Sarah Palin’s conversations while mayor with a Wasilla librarian about the possibility of banning books, there probably couldn't be a better moment for the American Library Association's Banned Books Week."

"Oh, those evil books," cautioned the Albany, N.Y., Times Union. "Banning books is not a way to run a country," according to the Contra Costa Times. "Transparency and censorship issues are nonpartisan."The American Thinker offered an opposing viewpoint: "Apparently 99% of Books Have Been 'Banned'!"

Explore Banned Books Week further through these resources:
Banned Books Week events
Banned Books Week basics
Frequently challenged books
How to support Banned Books Week
2008 Banned Books Week Press Kit
Dealing with challenges
2009 Banned Books Week will be held on September 26–October 3

Challenged books include:

Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Paula by Isabel Allende
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Great list here: www.deletecensorship.org and lots of info here: www.forbiddenlibrary.com

Monday, September 29, 2008

Viva Reading Banned Books


Friday, September 26, 2008

Election coverage

I forgot to add in my earlier post that tonight we officially kick-off election '08 with the first debate.

Check out Catalina Magazine's new red & blue blogs: www.catalinamagazine.com

Here's another one I'm following:thatminoritything.com

Hachette Book Group has put together a cool selection of books just ripe for voters: www.hachettebookgroupusa.com

and in case you missed the embarrassment of VP choice that is Sarah Palin, here you go: andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

Que Llueva

Que llueva, que llueva
La Virgen de la Cueva
Los pajaritos cantan,
Las nubes se levantan.
¡Que sí, que no,
que caiga un chaparrón!

Que siga lloviendo,
Los pájaros corriendo
Florezca la pradera
Al sol de la primavera.
¡Que sí, que no,
que llueva a chaparrón,
que no me moje yo!

Remember that one? More Spanish songs can be found here:
Spanish Songs of Musical Spanish - audio samples of 10 Spanish songs of various length in RealAudio. interactive sound puzzle and at Cancionero.com - lyrics of English and Spanish songs with guitar chords. via Teaching with Music

I first discovered this cool site that's brimming with knowledge in late 2007 when I was doing research for AOL and it launched. Finding Dulcinea's guides offer readers more than 400 narrated guides to hand-selected, credible Web sites, presented in context, with insights and research strategies and it has guides in Spanish too. Consider it a virtual librarian. Keep the quest alive...This neoteric NY-based aims to end search engine fatigue with its manifest of web guides. Enter a search term and it will give you fine-tuned results distilled by its team of researchers from the net, who tell you where to look. It also divides its content into three subsections; i.e., web guides, beyond the headlines, and netcetara, which features entertaining tidbits and juicier subjects. "Finding Dulcinea" is a reference to the fictional, beautiful peasant queen who fuels Don Quixote's quest in the classic tale. Sweet! Check out www.encontrandodulcinea.com too.

From www.shelf-awareness.com
Boing Boing showcased Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project, which "picks books out of collections whose spines, when placed in sequence, can be made into a sentence or story."

Look at your own bookshelves. Stack a story. Play Magnetic Poetry with books. [I thought this was cute and reminded me of when I passive-aggressively left out books on my desk to send some messages, like the The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't by Robert I. Sutton and Working With You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster (so glad I'm there anymore]

Bloodsucking booksellers. Plans have been announced for a vampire novel trilogy by film director Guillermo del Toro (co-written with Chuck Hogan). The Guardian observed that del Toro "is set to tap what has become a rich vein of new vampire fiction . . . joining the current vogue for bloodsucking blockbusters."

Del Toro's effort joins "another epic, apocalyptic vampire trilogy published next year, Justin Cronin's The Passage." The publishing industry's vampiric feeding frenzy comes in the profitable wake "of a bloodsucking bookshop invasion which is proving very lucrative to the book industry. From Elizabeth Kostova's novel The Historian to Laurell K. Hamilton's paranormal romance series Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter and teen vampire queen Stephenie Meyer, the genre is flying off the shelves. Bram Stoker would be proud." ooh, can't wait! Love Del Toro (he's pure magic) and vamps]

From www.lacasaazulbookstore.com
Mark your calendarios, these authors are coming to NYC!

Junot Diaz and Lin Manuel Miranda
Monday September 29, 7pm
NoMAA Artist Salon, 3940 Broadway at E. 165th Street

Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Tuesday, September 30
Idlewild Bookstore at 7 pm, 12 W.19th St.(near 5th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 8
Book Culture at 7 pm, 536 W. 112th Street - Upper West Side.

Irete Lazo
Tuesday October 21
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd Street
Wednesday October 22
Hueman Cafe & Books 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd Between 124th/125th St.

Bill Santiago
Wednesday October 22 at 7 p.m.
East Harlem Cafe, 153 East 104th Street (Lexington Ave)

and lastly if you're free on Sunday, check out the Open Air Book Fair:

The Housing Works Annual Open Air Book Fair give you then chance to sort through tens of thousands of old books, records, and CDs. Collect those hidden gems for merely $1 and then hibernate for the winter with your new stack of used books. There is also clothing sold by the bag. [note: date changed due to expected weather]

Click here for more info.

via www.freenyc.net

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bring on the Rain

I love rainy days!

Here is another video book site I forgot to add: www.expandedbooks.com

From Latino Loop:

Batanga.com and Six Degrees Records have partnered to create the Batanga Hispanic Heritage Sampler, a one-month long promotion featuring 10 free songs available for download on iTunes. CeU, Ojos de Brujo, Pacifika and Beto Villares are among the Six Degrees artists featured on the compilation. Batanga's Hispanic Heritage Sampler

Call for Submissions: What Made You a Feminist? at www.feministing.com

I finished reading my copy of Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya last night on the bus ride home. The book is basically older than I am but when I started reading it I felt instantly stirred and inspired to write my own "journey." Last night as I finished it, I fought back the tears of the sad ending and thought to myself what a lovely, deep book. I loved Antonio's touching relationship with La Grande (or Ultima) and I loved how he questions God, evil and places his faith in Nature and the very knowledgeable curandera.

Check out Authors & Musicians on Obama at Why Obama.

Why Obama is a series of guest essays by musicians and authors, where they share their support for Democratic United States presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama and offer arguments why he needs to be elected president of the United States.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Authors Sign On for Books4Barack

More interesting bits from around the net:

Honoring Judy Blume at Blumesday - Los Angeles Times I can remember feeling like "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"? was written expressly for me - there was something about that book that just spoke to every prepubescent female child.

Google Books Now Embeddable & On Reading Well

7 Online Resources To Help You Improve Your Writing

and the Big Huge Thesaurus

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

News You Can Use

My youngest brother flew out to Las Vegas yesterday. Minutes after we dropped him off the airport was evacuated and later we learned someone had found grenades in someone's bag. They turned out to be replica grenades but I was shaken for the whole day. What's become of the world we live in?

Some clippings from around the net to get our minds of things like that:

Google Unveils Book Preview Tool

The UpSouth Book Festival Returns to Harlem

Moby Dick Hits the Smallest Screen Do you read on your iPhone? Email Galleycat and let them know.

Meet Your 2008 MacArthur Genius Award Fellows (FishbowlNY)

'State of the Blogosphere' Report (Technorati)

Via Girlie Girl Army:

"Slacker Uprising Michael Moores newest film is available for free online. It is the first time ever that a major featurelength film is debuting as a free download on the internet – legally. Watch it."

"Actor allegedly beatcat to death in jealous rage and calls it an accident. Then Andrea Peyser supports cat abuse; Click here: FELONIOUS BALL OF FUR DESERVED EVERY BLOW New York Post. It is really dangerous that a paper would think it is okay to support and encourage ANY form of animal abuse."

I hate animal cruelty - if you abuse an innocent animal you are a criminal and deserve to go to jail!

Latino Authors on the Web

Mario Acevedo
Marta Acosta
Daniel Alarcon
Malin Alegria
Julia Alvarez
Francisco Aragon
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Sandra Rodriguez Barron
Richard Blanco
Margo Candela
James Cañón
Ana Castillo
Mary Castillo
Joy Castro
Sandra Cisneros
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Kathleen De Azevedo
Martín Espada
Guy Garcia
Magdalena Gómez
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Christine Granados
Reyna Grande
Cristina Henriquez
Miriam Herrera
Rene Colato Lainez
Josefina Lopez
Demetria Martinez
Cherríe Moraga
Pat Mora
Manuel Munoz
Sonia Nazario
Mirta Ojito
Daniel A. Olivas
Cecile Pineda
Manuel Ramos
John Rechy
Daniel Reveles
Alberto Riós
Luis J. Rodriguez
Elaine Romero
Rene Saldana Jr.
Eduardo Santiago
Gary Soto
Michelle Serros
Sergio Troncoso
Luis Alberto Urrea
Gloria Vando
Alma Luz Villanueva
Victor Villasenor
Edgardo Vega Yunqué

Monday, September 22, 2008

We the People...The Power is Yours! Represent!

Find more videos like this on Voto Latino

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Young Adult Authors for Obama - New Community

Young adult authors for Obama - I love niche sites like this!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


A great article on how to get more free stuff.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Trailers

For those of you who don't know a "book trailer is a film or video advertisement for a book which employs techniques similar to those of movie trailers." Via Wikipedia - Book Trailers

They're just as funny and sometimes theatrical as your usual trailer except these get you amped up for a good read.

Check out some neat places to watch for new, upcoming reads:

http://www.bookvideos.tv, they also have their own YouTube channel

I love this one too: www.americareadsspanish.tv

Book trailers on blip.tv
Book Trailers by Tucson-Pima Public Library teens
* Digital Booktalks
Many book trailers are created by students
Google Video
Search by typing in "movie trailer" with quotation mark
Book Review Videos:
Mixed bag of book videos:

Here's a video of a book I have on to-read pile: One Drop

Update: Jena sent me a message w/another good one: www.vidlit.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ay, bendito! - Not!

John McCain makes Spanish gaffs during interview

Just as bad as Bush, I say. Can someone show him where Spain is located? It's kinda hard to miss especially for someone who's been in Congress as long he has - he should know a lot better. I mean that's fourth grade geography. Shame on you and anyone who votes for you!

An Evening w/Bestselling Author Julia Alvarez - NYC Parks

originally uploaded by Jesus Chairez.

An Evening with Bestselling Author Julia Alvarez
Friday, September 19, 2008
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Arts, Culture, and Fun and the Northern Mahattan Arts Alliance presents an evening with best-selling author Julia Alvarez as she discusses her latest book, Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA.

This even is free and open to the public; to RSVP please sent an email to artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 408-0243.
Highbridge Park - Zone 3
Highbridge Recreation Center (2301 Amsterdam Avenue at West 173rd Street)Manhattan

Via nycgovparks.org

Visit www.juliaalvarez.com
More NYC Latino events here:www.nydailynews.com/latino

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff!

I celebrate Hispanic Heritage on the daily but for those of you who need a reminder - everyone else celebrates from September 15th-October 15th.

"Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402." Via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are a ton of festivities to share and enjoy in the orgullo!

The Library of Congress has a great site: www.loc.gov/topics/hispanicheritage
The National Education Association:
Hispanic Heritage Month on Biography.com

Nordstrom (one of my favorite stores) is also doing its own thing: Extranews.net Check it out here: www.nordstrom.com/hispanicheritagemonth.com.

In terms of books, take a look '08 Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List from publishers.org.

Hachette Book Group USA is getting in on the action and helping bloggers celebrate with good books too!

Check out these sites for chances to win Hachette Books for the holiday:

Good Luck and siempre pa'lante, mi gente!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Last call for First Book Got You Hooked!

The First Book's "What Book Got You Hooked?" literacy awareness campaignis in its second season.

"Time is running out to visit the First Book website, write about the book that got you hooked on reading, and vote for the state that you'd like to see receive 50,000 new books for low-income youth. The voting ends at midnight on September 15th, after which First Book will tally the results and post on their website the name of the winning state as well as a list of the Top 50 books that got readers hooked."

Via Shelftalker

Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's On - Obama '08

I just bought a cute and geeky Obama t-shirt and I've got my Obama '08 button all ready to rock on election day.

Goodnight Bush!

Friday, September 12, 2008

True Blood - This is going to be Good!

Last weekend, I caught HBO's new series True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Now as we know from the The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, vampires are all the rage now - and I think they have been since Buffy made it cool to fall in love with a creature of the night.

Well, anyhow, the first episode of True Blood, as really engrossing. Sookie, the main character can read other people's thoughts and the town is full of misfits and is racially charged in the same way that Planet of the Apes and Star Trek eluded to racism and cultural stereotypes. The vampire, Bill, who is smitten with Sookie - asks "if he may call on her' in a Southern drawl that reminded me of Patrick Swayze in North and South. She doesn't know what that means - since she's not hundreds of years old - that moment was so sweet, shoo - even I was smitten.

I can see myself becoming addicted to this show just like HBO got on me Carnivàle and then somewhat with Big Love. Did anyone watch it? Thoughts?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

Seven years ago, started off as a beautiful, sunny morning with not a cloud in sky - it was a day that would change the lives of New Yorkers and Americans everywhere forever.

We will not forget what we lost that day and today we honor the innocent who lost their lives, the brave who tried to rescue them and our heroes everywhere who came to help.

Photos: Seven Years Later via abcnews.go.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maxine Hong Kinston Honored for Immigrant Tale

The National Book Foundation will honor Maxine Hong Kingston with the 2008 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on Nov. 19th.

"Hong Kingston won an NBA in 1981, in the general nonfiction category, for her interwoved tale of Chinese immigrants in America, China Men. According to the National Book Foundation, Hong Kingston "has employed a range of literary styles and stories in her work to create a startling new approach to immigrant memoir and fiction and influence two generations of American writers.""

Via http://www.publishersweekly.com

I think it's so crucial to have multicultural literature in our lives, especially stories of immigrants that transcend race & time and speak to universal experiences of all displaced people.

Don't know where the candidates stand?

Check out this cool site, http://www.politicaliq.com, where you can check the candidates' stance on over 130 issues. Don't let anyone pull the wool over your eyes!

I just finished reading Mike's Election Guide By Michael Moore and I'm getting one for everyone I care about...

Touchscreen e-reader Anyone?

OOOh! This looks really cool, move over Kindle, perhaps? Plastic Logic's sleek, slim, touchscreen e-reader via Boing Boing.

Not that I need yet another gadget but this one looks thinner than the Air Mac and it's got a touchscreen!

Although, I'm not too keen about the 8.5x11 size of it, it won't fit in smaller handbags

The Daffodil Project - Free bulbs for NYC to honor 9/11

The Daffodil Project serves as a living memorial to 9/11. They will once again distribute over 300,000 daffodil bulbs to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Check back for the complete schedule for the daffodil distributions complete with date, time, and locations.
Sign up for 2008 Daffodil bulbs

Crime Lit Welcomes Boricua Author, Daniel Serrano

I mentioned Daniel Serrano before here. He's the hot, new author of Gunmetal Black. He's also a NYC-based attorney, East Harlem pana, and a marathon runner! Not too shabby, my friend.

The www.nypost.com has a great feature on him today, "Gunmetal Black," a Spanglish action-packed thriller winning raves and comparisons to "Carlito's Way."

Read an Read an excerpt of Gunmetal Black

Strand Annex - last call


The Annex lease was extended for one more month... so head down to 95 Fulton Street where ALL STOCK is 50% OFF!

Strand Book Annex
95 Fulton Street
(3 blocks east of Broadway)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Brooklyn Book Festival

Not to be missed: Brooklyn Book Festival!
Sunday, September 14

Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza

Booker Shortlist Announced



Here's a new one for you! You don't often see me rant or post about myself here but here we go!

Things that annoy me:

Rude, selfish, inconsiderate people. Let's tag on unappreciative, entitled, pushy and bad-mannered too.
Unkempt people, really would it be too much trouble to keep yourself up?
People who can't be bothered to say hello to you or offer up a smile.
People who invade your personal space.
Bloggers who don't post an email address. hello?

Things I like:

Flowers for no reason.
Walking in the rain, walking period.
Seeing a movie on opening night.
Getting dressed up to the nines.
Sleeping with my cats.
A book you don't want to end.
People who are frank.

Things I am afraid of:

Driving, well maybe just parking
Being forgotten
Losing things
My relatives dying
Being Poor

Things I am proud of:

My ability to cook elaborately good and huge meals
Being a Harlem girl AND a college graduate
Being fluent in multiple languages
Not forgetting my roots
My poetry

Why Google Rocks!

In addition to being a researcher's dream, they just up the ante with not a only cool new browser: Google Chrome via Lifehacker but now digitize newspaper archives (via NY Times).

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's Been Too Long

I've been dreading this post because honestly I don't have a 'good' excuse for posting. Some might say any reason is valid as long as it's genuine but personally I hate excuses - you know how that saying goes.

I can't say I've been up to much except work and lots of it. I'm not sure if I'm bummed by the end of summer or just life in general but this weekend - I slept through Saturday! No seriously - I went to bed Friday around 3am (okay, it was Saturday by then) and woke up Sunday feeling brand new! LOL!

I know -that isn't normal but my mom always did call me a dormilona . She always asked me "Are you sure Morpheus isn't in love with you?" and then she would tell me the story about the Greek god of sleep.

I will post more, I promise. I better start keeping a list and saving posts for lazy days.
* Pic via Lipsticklife.net
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