May 31, 2013


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