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The Latina Book Club congratulates ALL the Winners and Finalists of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. The Awards are produced annually by Latino Literacy Now, and were presented on Saturday, June 27th, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel during this year’s American Library Association's Annual Conference.

2015 ILBA Winners, Finalists and Presenters

I was happy to be part of the Las Comadres Para Las Americas Team that helped present the awards, and especially proud to be able to present the Best Young Adult eBook Award to my friend author Dania Ramos for WHO’S JU? (Northampton House Press). 

It was a spectacular evening, complete with a special salute to past award winning author Juan Felipe Herrera, who was named U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress.  He is the first Latino to hold this honored position in 78 years.

Other notable winners included:

MICAELA by Adalucia (Cholito Prints and Publishing Company) which won three awards including Best Educational Young Adult.

TUESDAY TUCKS ME IN by Luis Carlos Montalvan (Roaring Book Press) which also won three awards including Best Inspirational Book.  (The author bought his service dog Tuesday to the awards.)

!A ESTUDIAR CARAJO! by Ana Maria Gonzalez (Editorial Santuarco) won for Best Latino Focused Fiction Books – Spanish.

THE CITY OF PALACES by Michael Nava (Terrace Books) won for Best Latino Focused Fiction Books – English.

DESERT HEAT by Elizabeth Reyes (Atria Books) won for Best Novel – Romance.

LETTER FROM HEAVEN/ CARTAS DEL CIELO by Lydia Gil (Arte Publico Press) won for Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book.

RIPPER by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins) won for Best Novel – Mystery.

For the full list of the winners, click here.

For more information about Latino Literacy Now, visit them at  Note, that the application for the 2016 awards is available now. (Good luck!)

For more information about Las Comadres Para Las Americas, visit them at and

For more book reviews and author interviews, continue to visit The Latina Book Club weekly at

Again, Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!###


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