Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Listen to the Interview w/Josefina Lopez, author of HUNGRY WOMAN IN PARIS & REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

Best known for co-authoring the film Real Women Have Curves, Josefina is the recipient of a number of awards and accolades, including formal recognition from U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's 7th Annual "Women Making History" banquet in 1998 and a screenwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council in 2001. She, along with Real Women Have Curves co-author George La Voo, won the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting in 2002, The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Award from L.A. Mayor in 2003, and the Artist-in-Residency grant from the NEA/TCG for 2007. HUNGRY WOMAN IN PARIS is her first novel.

Friday, March 27, 2009

More Bookish Communities

If you haven't gotten your fill yet on the book social network or maybe you've outgrown www.shelfari.com, www.goodreads.com, www.librarything.com, www.booksprouts.com, www.readingtrails.com and the rest of the gang then here are some latecomers to the crowd:

filedby.com - Is a book community focused around authors and authors get really nice profile pages, however premium pages aren't free and as we know 'not free' isn't very cool in the web world. Yet they've got some publishers behind them and also offer less known authors a chance to really promote themselves. One drawback I found however, is when you sign up as a reader there is no way to import your book list but they're currently in public beta so let's hope they take care of that.
You can read the full press release here

shortcovers.com/ - This site is multifaceted and really well integrated, you can buy books, enjoy the book community, and also access snippets, reviews and more from your mobile or ereader as well as your desktop.
You can download the app here: shortcovers.com/mobile

Money 101

Math and money have never been my strong points although I have worked to get better at them. In light of the economy, penny pinching and being right (or write) brain hemisphere folks - I thought I would share this fantastic resource:

20 Free Online Finance Courses - Take Money Classes From the Comfort of Your Home via generation x finance

Libraries and Innovation

Inspired by this cool post on Library innovation/, here are libraries on Flickr.com:

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More on LookyBook: In Search of an Angel

Sadly, www.lookybook.com, closed its doors to the economy and in www.schoollibraryjournal.com, it's noted, "“We were fraught with the perfect storm of issues,” says cofounder Craig Frazier, also the author and illustrator of the "Stanley" series (Chronicle) of picture books for children. “While we had seed money to get started, it became difficult in this environment to get money. It would take an angel coming out of the woodwork to step up and reverse Lookybook's closure."

"If clicks were cash, however, the site, which opened its virtual doors in November 2007, may have flourished. It was attracting 55,000 users a month before shuttering, along with 14,000 subscribers, who used the site to peruse the roughly 550 children’s books, some of them decades old; share their favorites; store them on a virtual book shelf; and, of course, buy them from publishers."

and speaking of the economy and angels, I came across this site: www.jobangels.org earlier in the week and I am paying it forward.

Like Magnetic Poetry? Have Some Spare Time?

Then you'll enjoy playing around with this free online magnetic poetry: isnoop.net/toys/magwords.php

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Movies: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Noticia de un Secuestro

Salma Hayek to Star in Adaptation of Marquez's "Noticia de un Secuestro (News of a Kidnapping)

Where The Wild Things Are - The Movie

Chances are that if you are anything like me, you couldn't get enough of Where the Wild Things Are. I just came across the movie trailer, and it reminds me of The Neverending Story, which I couldn't get enough of either.

Part of me, is thrilled to see the film version and part of is me laments having my own version (the one in my childhood memories) be replaced or disturbed by the movie version.

You can read more about the movie here: Wake Up, the Where the Wild Things Are Trailer Is Here

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Post-Apocalyptic Novels

Ever since I read The Girl Who Owned a City (my cousin's copy) as a child, I've had a special place in my heart for books based on Post-Apocalyptic scenarios. Yes, I love gloom and doom.

And although the don't have Blindness listed here a great link to Discover 20 post-apocalyptic novels

* Photo credit: berzerkoX

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm a Nuyorican

Here's a great article on MTVs "I'm a Nuyorican," which has angered a lot of Puerto Ricans in the city for it's sad depiction of Nuyoricans.

True Life: I'm A Nuyorican Video

"The Women of El Barrio, an advocacy group of Puerto Rican women, have also spoken out on the TV episode, calling it "a disgraceful representation of an entire body of people."

At Latina.com, blogger Mariela Rosario wrote, "To showcase Nuyoricans only as a struggling, victimized and ignorant community is a huge mistake on MTV’s part.""

Read MTV not getting 'Nuyorican' love

You can also let America know this is not who 'we' are: Sign Petition: www.facebook.com/group

Friday, March 20, 2009

Lookybook Bids Adieu

I'm not sure what happened but I got this in my email tonight:

Regrettably, we have come to the last page in our adventure together. Thank you for your enthusiasm, support, and patronage.There’s a brand new frontier ahead. Please continue to support the creators and publishers of fine children’s picture books by exploring all the new and inventive ways they will be brought to you.
So long from the Lookybook crew.
—Craig Frazier
Lookybook CEO/Founder

Some of you may remember that Lookybook was a fantastic UK-based book community built around children's picture books that you could interactively flip through.

It was named one of Time's 50 Best Websites of 2008.

Update: Lookybook closed simply due to lack of resources.

Sounds of El Barrio

Some cool music for your listening pleasure:

My brother's band: Atabey

Dose: DoseOnFire

Thursday, March 19, 2009

US & Cuba Project Saves Rare Hemingway Papers Digitally

I saw this yesterday and wanted to pass it along:

"An important collection of papers belonging to the American writer Ernest Hemingway has been saved for posterity, thanks to a unique joint rescue mission involving communist Cuba and the United States....

Phase one is now complete - 3,197 pages of documents have been restored and then scanned on to digital archives."

A look inside Ernest Hemingway's Cuban home
via news.bbc.co.uk

Poetry: Textflow

Through a recent newsletter from poets.org I discovered textflows.com, which enables users to animate text and create visual displays of poetry or prose and even speeches in a whole way!

You can view more flows here or sign up for the Beta to compose your own soon.

Very cool!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bookstores on Flickr

Bookstores near and far:

Created with flickr slideshow.

Monday, March 16, 2009

El Barrio Herstory/March Event: "Powerful Womyn, Powerful Words"

Celebrating Women's Herstory Month:

Don't miss it!

Alina Galliano
Elisha Miranda
Glenys Javier
Letisha Marrero
Marcela Poveda
Michelle Herrera Mulligan
Raven Blackstone
Rhonda Cox
Shirley Velasquez
Sofia Quintero
Sujeiry Gonzalez
Vanessa Martir
Veronica Caicedo

Saturday March 28, 2009

6pm - 8pm

East Harlem Cafe
1651 Lexington Ave (@ 104th St.) El Barrio, NY 10029


Free event-RSVP suggested: lacasaazulbookstore@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prequel to The Shadow of The Wind Coming This Summer

Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafon can rejoice, if you loved The Shadow of the Wind as much as I did and have been waiting since patiently like me, you will rejoice at the news that the prequel is due out in stores this May!

You can watch the book trailer here in English

"THE ANGEL'S GAME was massive in Spain. 600,000 copies were sold in the first week, and it went straight in at number one. Spain's first print run was one million copies and the launch was the largest ever seen. The book has sold almost 1.6 million copies in Spain to date and has also been number 1 in Italy, Germany, Portugal, Norway and much of Latin America."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Two More Posthumous Novels from Roberto Bolaño

Good news for fans of the late Chilean novelist, Roberto Bolaño, it seems that two more novels have been discovered amongst his papers:

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Celebrating Womenhood - Where were you when you had your first period?

Today being International Women's Day I wanted to bring attention to a very special book: My Little Red Book By Rachel Kauder Nalebuff.

The genius behind the book, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, amazingly was still in high school when the idea of collecting women's stories about getting their period for the first time. Rachel is heading to Yale next year. She is also donating all the proceeds of My Little Red Book to women’s health charities so that it may benefit girls beyond its readers.

"The accounts range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). The contributors include well-known women writers (Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar), alongside today's teens. And while the authors differ in race, faith, or cultural background, their stories share a common bond: they are all accessible, deeply honest, and highly informative."

I think this is an absolutely phenomenal idea - I mean don't we all have our own story and don't you wish your mom, or grandmother or sister or any other woman had shared hers with you too?

You can browse the book here:

Visit http://www.mylittleredbook.net/ to learn more or submit your own story
Read the stories
Watchthe video stories
Sign-up for the e-newsletter.
You can also join the group discussion on www.facebook.com

Help the movement do more

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion from TED '08

I found this the other day and love her accent and how funny she is!

Learn more here: www.ted.com/isabel_allende.html

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" Being Made into a Movie

Read more here: www.variety.com

BLESS ME, ULTIMA has been challenged/banned historically and is also a novel on former First Lady Laura Bush's Top 10 Reading List for All Ages.

Jon Stewart on Twitter

On the nation's recent Twitter craze:

“For the uninitiated, here’s how Twitter works — I have no f------ idea.”

Pretty funny!

via Techmeme

Monday, March 02, 2009

Bookstores in the Bronx

I decided to look into the bookstore ratio thing a bit more and it seems that in the borough of the Bronx, population 1,373,659 across 42 square miles, the stats are even sadder.

Using the IndieBound Goggle mash-up app, no indie bookstores are located in the Bronx. As seen here:

That one bookstore in the bottom left corner is in Manhattan. So I checked agaisnt Google Business locator in Maps, and I found only 3 major bookstores, some college bookstores and a few Christian retailers.

Contrast that against the total population of the bourough with the fact that "50.7% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (23.3% of Bronx's population were Puerto Ricans) and at least 524,410 residents were born abroad/overseas, according to Wikipedia.org.

If the Bronx is really on the up and up, I think we need more bookstores in that area.

The 2009 Best Translated Book Awards

In case you missed it there was a great article, Latin lit shines at first translation awards in the NY Daily News last week.

Two of the finalist were Chilean Roberto Bolaño’s posthumous "2666" translated from Spanish byNatasha Wimmer, and "Senselessness" by Salvadoran Horacio Castellanos Moya and translated by Katherine Silver.

From the article: ""Translation of Spanish-language literature is leading the way of this whole translation boom we’re seeing right now.""

"...readers may find translations of contemporary works more appealing because the U.S. has been "overrun by writing programs and commercialism ... a similarity in writing."

Do you agree? What's you favorite translated work or author?

You can click here to download the official awards press release.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

John Leguizamo's Work in Progress

John Leguizamo has a new show and tickets are only $20!

The show opened Friday, Feb. 27th and runs through March 11th.

Now I've seen most of his one-man shows ("Mambo Mouth, the Tony-nominated Sexaholix (later taped for HBO; Emmy Award) and Freak: A Semi Demi Quasi Pseudo Autobiography") and movies and I can tell you he's fantastically funny (and loony). In fact, in one scene during one of the shows I forget, which he jumped off the stage and sat in my lap.

Apparently the show is literally a work in progress since this is description on the site:

"Yo, wat up?
Wat’s crackin?
Me that’s what.

I’m retooling, reworking, redoing a brand new show. Help, me help you get some anti recession. And anti depression hilarity. Come on down and be a part of history in the making.

Watch me trip up and mess up and you can twitter it to your friends, " I saw john f*&#k up. Ha! ha!" I'm not mad atcha. No haters allowed. Nor hating allowed. Help me come up with a title for my new show.

Come on down and represent. Watch me put down. Cause you know I can. "

You can buy tickets at www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444, or visit the Barrow Street Theatre Box Office.
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