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Latino books booming

The international book market has long been dominated by American (i.e. Stephen King) or British (J.K. Rowling) authors. But according to the International Latino Book Awards’ submissions this year, the market might be seeing an increase in books written by and for Latinos. In 2014 alone, Latinos have spent well over $500 million in books Read More

Frida Kahlo: More than pretty paintings


International Women’s Day 2014 was celebrated this past March 8th and in honor of the event famous women have been honored all over the media. When speaking of famous and strong women Frida Kahlo cannot be forgotten. She is, without a doubt, one of the strongest women Mexico has given birth to. Born July 6, Read More

Is calling something “White” an insult?

I was at a wedding reception when I saw her — a blonde woman trying in vain to get down with Kool & the Gang’s Jungle Boogie. A man seated near me gestured to the woman and pronounced her, “the whitest person I’ve ever seen.” We all knew what he meant, of course. She couldn’t Read More

Disservice to a generation of children: no Latino based books on New York Times annual list, again

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One of my fondest childhood memories is of being read to by my grandmother. In war ravaged El Salvador in the early 80s, electricity was never a guarantee especially during the military waged “toques de queda”. So, in order to pass the time and be comforted by being together, families, including mine would huddle together Read More

Undocumented Geeks Hacking For Immigration Reform


Via Kurt Wagner at Mashable It is hour 22 of a 24-hour hackathon, where coders join together to build new products and programs from scratch in a short amount of time. The scene is not uncommon in Silicon Valley. Every startup and tech company worth its weight in code has hosted at least one internal hackathon. Read More

The Latina, you’ve never heard of, who changed world history

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Another Hispanic Heritage Month has ended. Yes, there were lots of mentions of Cesar Chavez, as well as a few other well-known Latinos. But I’m always amazed that the name of one influential Latina is never brought up. I’m talking about La Malinche (1502–1527). Now, in Mexico, the story of La Malinche is a big Read More

The sky(and beyond) is the limit for “Captain Mama”

“Literature can open up limitless opportunities for Latino children especially for young girls.” —Graciela Tiscareño-Sato The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word, “hero”, as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities; a person who is greatly admired. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato fits this definition in every respect. The daughter of Mexican immigrants Read More

The Pilon and Molcajete (a short story inspired by Angel Callejas)


The mountainous terrain of Puerto Rico seemed to blossom overnight that day. The landscape was brown the day before and it was scorched by the sun causing fires to erupt along the southern border. The moon was full the previous night and its glow touched the mountains illuminating the night sky with a reddish hue Read More

Is it time for the American Latino Museum?

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Almost all major ethnicities in the U.S. have some sort of representation at the Smithsonian Institution except the rich history of what the U.S. Latinos have provided to this country. This is the reason why a group of Latino lawmakers have once again requested that Congress act on the piece of legislation they put together Read More

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia's Awesome Tamale Day

Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day is a book for children but speaks to readers of all ages. Sofia takes on the annual tradition of gathering the order xanax to make tamales. She’s joined by an endearing and humorous parrot, Pepe. I envision parents  sharing how their family’s traditions are similar, or contrast, as they read this Read More