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Chiquis Rivera’s book versus the truth

It has been approximately a year and half since Jenni Rivera’s tragic passing, and her oldest daughter Chiquis Rivera is expected to release a rumor free book in November of 2014. Chiquis felt she needed her Tia Rosie’s permission to write the book, so she asked her Tia while on the latest episode of her Read More

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

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

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

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

Using technology to keep cultura alive

Latina mommy bloggers have set out on a mission this summer and that mission is to get your children reading. An article published by the New York Times in December, titled “For Young Latino Readers, An image is Missing,” set off the alarms alerting to this issue. See, it’s not that young Latino children don’t Read More

Meet Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa: Author and Afro-Latina


In Daughters of the Stone author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa uses storytelling and spirituality to skillfully portray her childhood, what inspires her and life growing up as an Afro-Puerto Rican. Llanos-Figueroa engaged in a Q&A via with Los Afro-Latinos to talk about her debut novel, growing up in Puerto Rico and the importance and power of storytelling. Read More

Want more Latino authors? Time to hit the bookstores

I want books.  Good books by and about Latinos.  Since Latinos comprise a large and growing part of the U.S. population, with increasingly significant purchasing power, I naturally assumed that these figures would have translated into a flood of new Latino to Latino products, like books.  But, as highlighted by a recent New York Times Read More

The bare facts behind the Barefoot Wine Spirit Part 2

Jennifer Wall

“Vino descalso is what they called it”, Michael Houlihan exclaimed with his hearty Northern Californian accent. “When they gave us a nickname I knew they loved it!” What Houlihan is referring to is the smashing success Barefoot Wine began to experience once it began to be marketed to Latino communities in the mid 1980s. This Read More

The bare facts behind the Barefoot Wine Spirit Part 1 (Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey)

“This is not a get rich quick plan,” said Michael Houlihan during our first phone conversation in November. “Too often people try them out and after awhile they fail.” What Houlihan says not untrue and does occur far too often. What he’s alluding to though are the stories readers will discover in his new book Read More