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   The Latina Book Club wishes all our readers a
Happy New Year!

We want to start 2017 by looking “beyond” what is normal.  Hence, our Book of the Month is IMAGINING: BEYOND PURPOSE & CREATIVITY by Carlos Aleman.  A book for everyone who wants to let their imagination take flight and to guide them to greater achievements in the New Year. 

We have an excerpt from Carlos’ book, but first let’s meet the man, the writer, the artist.

Q:  I love the song, The Girl From Ipanema. Sexiest elevator music ever! You and your wife like to travel. Is Brazil on your bucket list?
CARLOS ALEMAN:  Very funny! Happy that you liked my selection for the intermission music in the book. I might go to Brazil one day. I have an uncle that lives there. I've also had an interest in the Amazon rain forest for a long time. 

Q:  Let's sit at The Imaginary Cafe. What three artists would you like to chat with over wine and cheese? Could be writers/ painters/ sculptors/ dancers/ singers or other creative type.

CARLOS:  Since it's completely in the realm of the imagination, I would take the opportunity to chat with mostly deceased people like —oh, so many— let's blurt out a few and then narrow it down. Um, let's see...Stanley Kubrick, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, da Vinci, Michelangelo, John Lennon, Pablo Neruda, William Shakespeare, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso... Wait! I thought of some living people. Let's choose these three for the Imaginary Cafe: Takashi Murakami, Haruki Murakami, Junot Diaz. 

Q:  2017 is here. Our imaginations are free and eager to take flight. Any New Year's Resolutions you'd care to share?
CARLOS:  I have quite few things in the works, including some art exhibitions and a creativity workshop that I'm planning to teach. I resolve to inspire as many people as possible, causing them to get so excited about their vision and dreams that they might possibly have trouble sleeping because they're so eager to get up and get to work.

By Carlos Aleman

The old adage, love until it hurts, can be applied to the creative process. The more splendid, remarkable and interesting you find a subject, the better the chances that you’ll be inspired to approach it more fully, dedicating art and poetry to it or posting an opinion on a blog.

Even if you simply need to solve a conundrum that is not particularly interesting, respecting the complexity of the problem can shift your awareness to a more imaginative state. Have you ever heard of a teacher that made a certain subject ‘more fun and interesting?’ Don’t the students generally do better?

Even if you’re a hardened cynic of an artist, you take a long drag on a cigarette, spit on the ground, splatter paint on a canvas and declare ‘life is garbage—I will show everyone!’ You were probably once inspired by a philosopher, actor, activist, musician or friend that caused you to forever love the idea of being a hardened realist.

Righteous indignation may lead to finding a meaningful direction in life. Positive and negative energies can coalesce to take on a cause. You may even want to take a moment to think about the one thing that angers you most. It could very well lead to finding your purpose in life.

However, the means by which you arrive at the precise way you will accomplish your goals, the thing that fires your imagination, the ultimate fuel to defeat whatever injustice you perceive—will not come from anger, but hope and a deep love for something.###

Excerpt published with permission. All rights reserved by author.

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About the Author:  Carlos Delgado Alemán is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator, book cover designer (including the award-winning BATTLE FOR A SOUL by Manuel Melendez), digital product artist/prototyper and web designer.  An early e-book draft of his novel, AS HAPPY AS LING, was a finalist in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, the release in paperback of HAPPY THAT IT’S NOT TRUE was named one of the best novels of the year by the Latina Book Club. He was a judge in the 2014 National Association of Hispanic Publications’ José Martí Awards, and featured on WPBT’s (PBS) Art Loft. Carlos lives in Sunrise, FL with his wife, Jean and Shih-Tzu, Ewok.  Visit him at