Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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 LatinoStories.com 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 LatinoStories.com 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.
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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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