The 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards were held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City on June 5, 2012. The auditorium was packed with authors, family, friends, publishers, sponsors, readers, etc. The main sponsors were Libros Publishing, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster/Atria Books, The University of Arizona Press and the Arte Publico Press. Our hosts for the evening were Kirk Whisler and Jim Sullivan of Latino Literacy Now and Nora de Hoyos Comstock, President of Las Comadres Para las Americas.
And the winners are:
THE MARIPOSA AWARDS (for Best First Book)
Best First Book in English – OCOTILLO DREAMS by Melinda Palacio (Bilingual Review Press)
Best First Book in Spanish -- EL TIEMPO ENTRE COSTURAS: UNA NOVELA by Maria Dueñas (Atria Books)
BOOK AWARDS (various categories)
Best Children’s Education Book in English -- THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic)
Best Young Adult Fiction in English – THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS by Francisco X. Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books)
Best Young Adult Fiction in Spanish or Bilingual – EL SOŇADOR (THE DREAMER) by Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic)
Best Young Adult eBook English/Spanish – WHEN I AM SINGING TO YOU by Rebecca Burke
Best Self-Help Book in English – YOU ARE MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH by Gloria Rodriguez (DeAlmas Press) **This book also won the Best Spiritual/New Age Book in English award.
Best Popular Fiction in English – TRACES OF BLISS by Cecilia Velastegui (Libros Publishing)
Best Adventure/Drama Novel in English – THE LOST ANGEL: A NOVEL by Javier Sierra (Atria Books) **This book also won the Best Adventure/Drama Novel in Spanish award.
Best Historical Novel in English – THE TIME IN BETWEEN: A NOVEL by Maria Dueñas (Atria Books) **This book also tied for first place for the Best Historical Novel in Spanish award and the Mariposa Award for Best First Book in Spanish.
Best Historical Novel in Spanish or Bilingual – a Tie!
EL TIEMPO ENTRE COSTURAS: UNA NOVELA by Maria Dueñas (Atria Books)
FRANCISCO DE MIRANDA SOŇADOR DE ABSOLUTOS? By Victor Paz Otero (Villegas Editores)
Best Fiction eBook in English – THE MAP OF TIME: A NOVEL by Felix J. Palma (Atria Books)
For a complete list of the 2012 Winners, visit Latino Literacy Now -- click here.
And, mark your calendar for June 4, 2013, for the 15th Annual International Latino Book Awards. See you there.###
TRACES OF BLISS
THE MAP OF TIME