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It was standing room only last night at the 15th Annual International Latino Book Awards sponsored by Latino Literacy Now and held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City during BookExpo America.  Actor Toni Plana was the Master of Ceremonies.  
There were 190 winners!  Some of the night's most notable winners included:

Sandra Ramos O'Briant whose THE SANDOVAL SISTERS' SECRET OF OLD BLOOD took first place in Best Novel, Historical Fiction-English and Best First Book, Fiction.

Another double winner was Carmen Tafolla's REBOZOS for Best Poetry Book-Bilingual and Best Arts Book-Bilingual.

Reyna Grande's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US won for Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book.

Cecilia Velastegui's MISSING IN MACHU PICCHU won for Best Novel, Adventure or Drama.

Melinda Palacio's HOW FIRE IS A STORY, WAITING won for Best Poetry Book - One Author, English.

and Founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas Nora Comstock's COUNT ON ME: TALES OF SISTERHOOD AND FIERCE FRIENDSHIPS, which won for Best Nonfiction-Multi Author!!

And, just so you don't think that only the women took home awards, Carlos Cisneros' THE LAND GRANT won for Best Mystery Novel, and Felix J. Palma's MAP OF THE SKY won for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novel.

Honorable Mention:  My friend Caridad Pineiro did not win for Best Romance Novel; she only got an "Honorable Mention."  Actually, no one won in that category.  Strange, I know.

Congratulations to all the winners, honorable mentions and finalists.   For a complete list of the winners visit Latino Literacy Now at


sramosobriant said…
Yay, Latina Book Club for this concise summary. Thank you for all your support and kindness over the past several months.
Unknown said…
Thanks for posting. I've been looking for the 2013 awards list. I've most of these and currently on THE SANDOVAL SISTERS (what a coincidence that the author commented). Very deserving books. Congratulations and well done to all finalists.
I can promise that the book Bridges by Gizelle Studevent will be the talk of Latino writers next year. The author won every award last year as a college senior at Penn St. She won Allstate Student of the Year Award and The Institute of Ethics Award. She is fluent in Spanish and I saw her on NBC news and a friend from Stanford told me that her cousin is a professor Benjamin Studevent at Harvard. The book is the talk of Harvard and Stanford book clubs Latino, Black and everyone else. I read it. rEAD THE DESCRIPTION ON aMAZON AND THEN gOOGLE HER NAME. The book is top ten in my 22 years of reading and writing.
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