Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Prestige of Getting Galleys

or why galleys are hot: Observer.com & Gawker

What's a galley, you ask?
Galley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On the Web

Shelfari.com has some new features on their ever-developing site. Check it out and friend me if you join: Literanista

Booktour.com, also has new features to zoom into, maps!

My good friend, Orli, wrote to me to tell me about a new children's book community called: Lookybook. She wrote also wrote a review on her tech blog.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Sizzling in the City

Boy is it hot, seriously hot and tomorrow will be no better. I'm chilling at home with the central air on high in every single room. I'm totally missing out on the 116th St. festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade but I can't say that I'm sorry. I hate crowds and chaos and with this heat, I'm getting on my own Boricuaness at home, thank you very much.

This morning I awoke from allergy medicine stupor and turned on the TV. Daisy Martinez was on and she was making Grilled Red Snapper, breadfruit tostones with ajilimojili sauce and Asparagus in Sour Orange vinaigrette.

My boyfriend who is Jamaican and Chinese loves red snapper, tostones and breadfruit. So I decided to make this today for dinner. I promptly jumped out of bed, had my cafe negro and headed off on my walk to my Pathmark. I figured I could get fresh fish there but took my chances finding the breadfruit for the tostones.

I've never had breadfruit tostones, only reg. ones so I really wanted to try these. I was also surprised to discover that breadfruit was same thing my mom referred to as panapen. I didn't realize we had this also but according to Daisy, it's a staple for most of the Caribbean. I also recently discovered that many people are taken aback by the thought of eating a fish with the head on, for most Caribbean this is par for the course.

Anyhow, suffice it to say - Pathmark had no breadfruit nor sour oranges so I bought plantains and regular oranges for my dish.

I also forgot to mention in my post about Jose Saramago that I also discovered this book: The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-hop and the Gods of New York by Michael Muhammad Knight.

It looks really interesting, especially since I've always heard proud references to the Fiver Percenters from people my older sister's age and up.

I will definitely have to look into it.

I also wanted to let every one that the International Latino Book Awards, were announced at this years' Book Expo America. View pics at the digital pressroom

You can download the list here or browse it at lbff.us.

America Libre was selected as the Best Novel-Adventure or Drama-English, via Raul Ramos.

Tomorrow, Long Beach beckons!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Serendipious

I've felt the need to come here and do a personal post for days now and just haven't found the time yet it's a call I can't continue to ignore.

My new job is going really well - I am frantically busy but happy, busy.
I'm also psyched about my upcoming vacation, we're going to Mexico for a week!

Recently, my coworker S. mentioned some brilliant Portuguese writer to me several times, one I had never heard of before. The other day I found myself at Borders browsing the new fiction and spotted a misplaced book on the table. The book was brilliantly and simply white. The name of the author rung a bell - José Saramago, it was the same writer he had mentioned to me.

I don't believe in coincidences - how was it that this book, Blindness (ironic, no?) - the one written by the man mentioned to me several times in a few different conversations came to land right in front of me, right in my path? I am not sure - but I picked it up and bought it with me and even the clerk validated my purchase by telling me how brilliant a book it was and then giving an extra 20 percent off.

It was meant to be and I hope that my mind is open enough to accept whatever message is within it for me to reap. I also hope I finish it before the movie comes out, which I heard is in the works.

Right now, I'm reading The Mistress's Daughter by A. M. Homes, which I've been wanting to read for over a year now. Being a 'lovechild' myself, the title intrigued me, and the book is written so articulately and by someone so self-aware and intelligent that I'm disappointed to already be coming upon the end. I think it's the author herself in the cover image of a blue-eyed, balck haired child, which haunts me. It's the spitting image of my sister as a child and the same features her sons have - the china doll hair and skin, the alarmingly blue eyes and that sad haunting look.

The past couple of days my allergies have been so bad that my head feels I'm trapped under water, my ears are clogged, my nose is stuffed and head aches. What's interesting is that I never had allergies when I was younger (except for dust) and I was very proud of that. Now I feel horrible and it's upsetting to realize that it's something as benign as allergies. The only respite I feel is delving into my books.

Peace,
Lit

Monday, June 02, 2008

Interview with Jaime Martinez Wood, Author of Rogelia's House of Magic

Via Blogcritics.org

Primera Pagina (An Anthology) by The Latino Writers Collective

From the press release:

This anthology includes poems by such established poets as Gloria Vando, editor of Helicon Nine Editions and winner of the Latino Literary Hal of Fame for her poetry collection Shadows & Supposes (Arte Publíco Press). Also included are former Taco Shop Poets member Tomás Riley of California, who was featured at the collective’s reading series in Kansas City last year, and Andrés Rodríguez, author of Night Song (Tía Chucha Press). Newer voices include Chato Villalobos, a Kansas City, Mo., police officer; Marcelo Xavier Trillo, a former gang leader and past intern to poet Jimmy Santiago Baca; Gabriela N. Lemmons, who has work forthcoming in Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta (Girlchild Press), and Angela Cervantes, a recent runner-up in The Missouri Review’s Audio Competition. Other contributors include José Faus, editor of the Kansas City Hispanic News, and Linda Rodriguez, author of the forthcoming I Don’t Know How to Cook Mexican Cookbook (Adams Media).

“This is a major first anthology of Latinos in a collective who both accept and defy their identities,” writes Rane Arroyo, vice president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and long-time Midwestern Latino author, in his preface to the book.
The Latino Writers Collective, based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, organizes and coordinates projects for the larger community, especially to showcase national and local Latino writers and provide role models and instruction to Latino youth. The collective sponsors an annual reading series in Kansas City and plans release of a performance CD later this year.


Primera Página is $16.95 in trade paperback, 173 pp., ISBN 978-0-9791291-1-7. For more information or to request a media review copy, please contact Ben Furnish at (816) 824-6138 or scapegoatpress@sbcglobal.net. This book is available to bookstores and libraries through Baker & Taylor.


More info here: http://www.latinowriterscollective.org/anthology.htm

 
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