Until then, Feliz Navidad and Happy New Year. ---maria
I cannot understand why so many folks are blogging about the lack of Spanish writers being represented in the NY Times final list.
See you in 2014. -- Alan Weinberg
The Latino Community and I are upset because we haven't seen our authors, our books on the New York Times list for years. And we can't believe that in all these years the New York Times has not found ONE worthy Latino author/book to include.
It's promising that you have your eyes on Lorena Fernandez, Theresa Varela and Junot Diaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008.
And I am happy that you took a look at The Latina Book Club site and others to see what books Latinos --and non-Latinos! -- are reading and talking about.
The Latina Book Club started its own Books of the Year list this December. It includes all the exciting books we read and authors we interviewed who had great tales to tell.
May I suggest you also keep eyes on Sandra Cisneros, Alex Espinoza, Reyna Grande, Elizabeth Huergo, Jonathan Marcantoni and Cecilia Velastegui to name a few. (Check out our list for more authors to watch!)
Please do check out these other sites for book suggestions:
La Casa Azul Bookstore in Harlem, Aurora Anaya-Cerda, whom The White House recognized as a Champion of Change this year, is doing a great job of highlighting the Latino writer and community events so much so that La Casa Azul is now a must-see for NYC visitors.
And, let's not forget to mention the Latino book awards sites. Have you heard of the Pura Belpre Awards from the American Library Association or the International Latino Book Awards from the Latino Literacy Now organization? Below are their links for your perusal:
Alan, I'd welcome the opportunity to continue our dialogue about Latino authors and books. If you are in New York City, I would like to invite you to meet members of Las Comadres Book Club or take you on a tour of La Casa Azul. I can also introduce you to one of the organizers of the annual Latino Writers Conference --Marcela Landres-- who also helped launch the Brooklyn Book Festival.
There are a great many Latino authors and books being published yearly. The Latina Book Club and others in the Latino community want to ensure that the New York Times is taking note. If you need books or more reviewers, let us know and we will help.
Thank you very much for writing me and letting me know that you and the New York Times ARE looking at Latino authors. My fingers are crossed for 2014 being the year a Latino makes your list.
Best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Holiday!
PS-- do take me up on my offer for books, meeting book club members and the tour of La Casa Azul.
They ARE looking! Let’s keep the dialogue open. Let’s be constructive and positive.
Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!