May 18, 2010                                                                         Issue   #1



Los Angeles
13th Annual
Greenlee Plaza
California State University Los Angeles
October 09-10, 2010

   Book Awards

International Latino Book Awards
12th Annual · May 25
New York City

Please Support Our Sponsors



Barnes & Noble

Join Our Mailing List!

LBFF Team 2010-L.A.

~Jim Sullivan, Executive Director

Kirk Whisler, Secretary
Reyna Grande, Program Coordinator
~Dr. Roberto Cantu, Program Coordinator & CSULA Liason
~Delila Vasquez, Children’s Area Coordinator
~Dr. Lilia Sarmiento, Community Outreach




News & Events

Nominating Form

Congratulations to author Sonia Nazario for being given an honorary doctorate from Mt. Saint Mary’s College!

  Congratulations to author Mike Padilla for themike padilla publication of his first novel, The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina.
Book reading and signing:
6/22 Tuesday 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble – Encino
16461 Ventura Bl
Encino, CA 91436
  818-380-1636  818-380-1636                818-380-1636  818-380-1636       

melinda palacioCongratulations to poet Melinda Palacio, whose poetry collection, Folsom Lockdown, won the Kulupi Press 2009 ‘Sense of Place’ Award
 Congratulations to author Reyna Grande, whose book,  Acrossreyna grande a Hundred Mountains, was selected by Bookshop Santa Cruz for its community book club.
Reading and signing:

 May 21, 2010 at 7:30pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3903
(831) 423-090



Congratulations to author Manuel RamosNominating Form for the publication of his new novel, King of the Chicanos.
Reading & Signing
May 20, 2010 at 7:30
Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 Colfax Av
Denver, Co


Quick Links…


Preparations for the Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival are underway. We are preparing a wonderful line up of authors and panels, performers, and special appearances of celebrities and representatives of the Latino community. The festival will feature a main stage, a children’s area & stage, and three lecture halls/classrooms for our author  presentations.   

We hope to see you in Los Angeles this Fall.


LBFF Team 2010



Featured Authors
The upcoming Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival, to be held at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) on the weekend of October 09-10, will feature an outstanding lineup of Latino authors, including:
 sonia nazario
 Sonia Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has won numerous national journalism and book awards. In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enrique’s Journey, won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Nominating FormExcellence. Expanded into a book, Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller and won two book awards. It is now required reading for incoming freshmen at 31 colleges and dozens of high schools across the U.S. Nazario, who has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine, is at work on her next book. 


 stella pope duarte

Stella Pope Duarte is a critically acclaimed author, human rights advocate and college professor. Her works include: FragileNight, Let Their Spirits Dance, If I Die in Juárez and Women Who Live in Coffee Shops and Other Stories, a collection of stories which won first place in the 2008 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize Competition. In 2009 Ms. Duarte was awarded an American Book Award for If I Die in Juárez, as well as receiving a Pulitzer Prize Nomination. The novel was also awarded two Gold Medals in the category of “Multicultural Fiction,” by the spiritsForeword Book of the Year Award, and the Independent Publisher’s Book of the Year Award, as well as earning an Honorable Mention in the International Latino Book Awards. If I Die in Juárez was also named a “Top Pick” in the 2008 Southwest Books of the Year Award, and was the winner of the 2008 Arizona Book of the Year Award for “Best in Popular Fiction.”Ms. Duarte was born and raised in the Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix.


daniel olivas

Daniel Olivas is the author of six books including The Book of Want: A Novel (forthcoming 2011). He is editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles anywhere but L.A.fiction by Latino writers. Widely anthologized including in Sudden Fiction Latino (W. W. Norton), his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the El Paso Times, The Jewish Journal, La Bloga, among many other publications.  




luis rodriguez

Luis J. Rodriguez has fourteen books in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. He’s best known for the international best seller Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA. He is also founder/editor of Tia Chucha Press, with more than fifty cross cultural poetry books published, and cofounder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. Luis is also a community activist, longtime gang intervention expert, and freelance journalist. He’s a columnist for the always runningProgressive Magazine out of Madison, Wisconsin and a recurring honorary co-host on the “Front Page” talk show with Dominique DiPrima, KJLH-FM, Los Angeles. And he’s spent more than thirty years doing readings, talks, and workshops in prisons, juvenile lockups, universities, colleges, public & private schools, conferences, libraries, homeless shelters, churches, and more throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan.

 margo candela

Margo Candela is the author of Good-bye To All That (July, 2010), More Than This (2008), Life Over Easy (2007) goodbye to all thatand Underneath It All (2007). More Than This was a Target stores Breakout Book and an American Association of Publishers national book club selection at Borders Books. She was born and lives in Los Angeles.

 2010 Latino Book & Family Festival~Los Angeles




       Aurora Anaya-Cerda
samba dreamersLisa Alvarez
David Bueno-Hill
 Luna Calderon
Johanna Castillo
Linda Cortez
      Manuel Delgado
Nominating Form Alma Dominguez
     David Dominguez

 Nominating FormCarribean Fragoza

las ninas 



Nely Galan

Estella Gonzalez
Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Nominating FormStephen Gutierrez       Nominating Form               
     Myriam Gurba



Michelle Herrera Mulligan




      Yuri Lara

Laura Lacamara
rogelia's houseSandra Lopez  Nominating Form                     





 Gabriel Martinez

  Julio Martinez
  Juan Martinez
Nominating FormN       Nominating Form               


Nominating FormP                                 

Nominating Form                      
Manny Pacheco
Lucio Padilla



                                   Nominating Form Sam Quinones
forgotten hollywood 


Thelma Reyna
Carolina Rivera


Nominating FormS                      

dirty girls on top 

Alicia Anabel Santos
J F Seary
    Griselda Suarez   
  Ligiah Villaloboslonestar 

Nominating Form 





* List of Authors is subject to change. We will continue to update the list in the coming months.


  Feature Article:

The Journey of Becoming a Writer


By Randy Jurado Ertll

randy jurado ertllBecoming a writer is a journey of a lifetime. It may start in kindergarten or at time of retirement from the labor market. For me, it began in middle school when I was assigned to write an “essay.” I was intrigued by that word. The Free Online Dictionary states that the word essay means: “A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author.”

Through the years, I also learned that writing is an artistic way of expression. We cannot allow our teachers or others to discourage or put us down if they do not like our style of writing or even the message within what is written.

 Sometimes insensitive teachers may feel that an English Language Learner may not be able to write outstanding essays to be accepted into a top notch university. They misjudge the writing abilities of many students who recently arrived from other countries, such as Mexico , Guatemala , and El Salvador .  

Not much literature has been written about the Salvadoran community by Salvadoran American writers. Partly, it is due to the reason that the bulk of the Salvadoran immigration into the United States occurred in the 1980s and 1990s. The new generation of U.S. born Salvadorans (Salvadoran Americans) is fairly young.  I decided to write “Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience” (Rowman & Littlefield) so that our youth will have access to a book that they identify with and feel proud of. To be proud of their roots, history, and their community’s political struggles.  

Through my writing, I want to share with Latino and non Latino students that they can express their thoughts through the written word and that they can include respectful and constructive ideas that will help to improve our society. But even more powerful is the substance and content of what one writes about. Writing should make others think, create discussions, and help others see different points of views.

Writers have many responsibilities – one is to exercise their First Amendment rights. They must have an urge to express themselves and inform the world about what is happening in their home town or country. Even if certain writers critique their own government, this does not mean that they are unpatriotic. It means that they are exercising their right as people who spread ideas and provoke discussions of issues that are rarely discussed in mainstream media outlets — that may have a left- or right-wing bias. Writers must expose social injustices.

Therefore, writers who believe in the integrity of spreading news, now have the opportunity to express themselves through blogs. Writers are in fact becoming citizen journalists. Some aspiring writers can become well known through a Web site or blogs that are distributed worldwide through the Internet.

Due to the increased access of Internet, being a writer is no longer a dream or an illusion even for kids who come from poor neighborhoods. Some of these children are going to their local public library or community organization to e-mail, go on Face book, MySpace, Twitter, and many are even blogging.

Some kids are learning to design their own Web blogs where they can post or express themselves on any issues related to their families, school, and community. They can write and promote their own stories — on a first hand basis.  

I tell students to write from their heart, soul, and mind. To express themselves in an authentic manner. To not let anyone shatter their dreams of becoming excellent writers.

Keep writing. Write that opinion piece, write that poem, write that essay, even write a book for that matter. We need to instill in our youth to believe in themselves and to become productive citizens of our society by obtaining a quality education.

Becoming a writer is a lifelong journey. You need heart and courage to be a writer, therefore write con ganas de vivir (with a zest for life) and be ready to roll with the punches. Don’t let anyone discourage you. Believe in yourself.


EXHIBITORS: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.  Send yours in today to receive a special discount!


 New Interactive Floor Plan
Ready for L. A. Festival

Floor PlanGreenlee Plaza, on campus at California State University, is the ideal location for the 13th annual Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival. A beautiful setting, easily accessible from the I10 Freeway, directly served by multiple parking lots (A , B, C) and immediately adjacent to several classrooms and lecture halls that will serve as our breakout seminar areas, we couldn’t ask for a better spot.

And now you can access the floor plan, see who is exhibiting where, pick your booth(s), lock in, register and pay for your spot -  all online!

Visit the Los Angeles Interactive Floor Plan here. When you’ve found your location just follow the instructions to sign up. If you are a non-profit, government agency or are looking at multiple booth purchases, make sure you enter the correct code (listed on the instruction page) to get the published discounts.


Call for Volunteers
With so many authors, seminars, entertainment and folkloric dance competition taking place at the upcoming Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival at California State University Los Angeles the need for volunteers has never been greater.

We would like for this experience to be meaningful for all those who volunteer as well as productive for the organizing committee. To assure the success of our volunteer effort we are also looking for “Volunteer Coordinators” to give direction to our volunteers.

If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact our main office at  760-434-4484  760-434-4484 .


We are in need of prizes for the hourly raffle that will be held both days of the festival. If you own a business, consider donating an item or gift certificate. As a thank you, we will include the name of your business in our souvenir program.

If you are interested in donating an item, please email me directly to jim@LBFF.us.

Books are the pathway to a better future for our kids. Please join me in supporting this effort.
EJO & Child
 Edward James Olmos


Latino Literacy Now is a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of literacy in the Latino community and to promoting reading as a life long pursuit for personal and professional fulfillment.

Bookmark and Share
Safe Unsubscribe

This email was sent to randyertll@yahoo.com by jim@lbff.us.

Latino Literacy Now | 2777 Jefferson St. | Ste 200 | Carlsbad | CA | 92008
  1. Good post, keep

  2. With high-spend HDMI cable, you may transfer the best amount of
    bandwidth available. Not only could it have been crisp and
    clean but, no matter what number of times the disc was played,
    the style quality didn’t change. Rca output to hdmi input Other cables that happen for being also utilised in audio online video media gear are optical cables that are used mini dvi to rca last deliver gentle being the sign and coaxial cables.

    Home and commercial theaters now use these advanced devices in addition to HDMI cables to aid superior audio and video
    quality. Over each of the DMP-BDT100 will give you a great alternative to the harder pricey Panasonic 3D Blu-ray DVD Players.

  3. They need love and attention and have to regularly get
    their diaper changed, but that’s about it. It is actually in the perineum, which implies
    that when you rub this gland, it can certainly make
    men moan strapon with plugs excitement.
    Best pussy pocket Such backpacks are getting more plus more sophisticated
    as time goes by.

    In order to boost your desire and anticipation, your spouse
    should very slowly insert their finger or toy allowing the sphincter muscle to release.
    In fact, when your serious about solving your rapid ejaculation problem MUCH QUICKER,
    no better method exists over a pocket vagina.

  4. This cable is quite lightweight and flexible making it a perfect
    solution for stringing through ceilings or walls. If this may be the
    case how if you ever connect your player for your TV.
    Hdmi to component cable best buy There is usually
    a glossy black finish for that front panel that has a chrome
    like plastic lid for your disc tray.

    I was amazed at how easily the screen clipped into place and exactly
    how secure that it was afterwards. Multiple hdmi a rca steren use
    inputs means connection the house cinema equipment
    is not difficult and straight forward.

  5. AUDIO QUALITY: Like it connection, you’re given many options to
    plug the audio. Below, is really a simple
    self-help secrets and techniques for stick to in conjunction with great hints and guidelines that you follow when searching with an HDMI cable.

    Rca and hdmi To rca Converter amazon try cable Here
    we shall see many of its professionals and cons
    in detail.

    Next, try Composite and S-Video of course, if those
    aren’t effective, utilize the RCA. Unlike DVI, HDMI sends equally video and
    audio clip indicators simultaneously and adjusts automatically for your most efficient route.

  6. Hi admin !! I read your articles everyday and i must say you have high quality articles here.
    Your blog deserves to go viral. You need initial traffic only.
    How to go viral fast? Search for; forbesden’s tools

  7. Interesting post. You should use social sites to
    increase traffic and make your site go viral. There
    are tools which automate this time consuming process.Visitors can flood your website in no time, just
    type in google for:
    Rixisosa’s Social Automation

  8. Hello admin do you need unlimited content for your page ?
    What if you could copy article from other sources, make it
    unique and publish on your blog – i know the right
    tool for you, just search in google:
    Ziakdra’s article tool

  9. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it

    Have a look at my web-site :: clash of lords 2 cheats; Teri,

  10. I read a lot of interesting posts here. Probably you spend a lot
    of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is
    an online tool that creates high quality, SEO friendly posts in minutes, just search in google – laranitas free content source

  11. I read a lot of interesting content here. Probably you spend a lot of time writing, i
    know how to save you a lot of time, there is an online tool that creates readable, google friendly articles in minutes, just type in google – k2seotips unlimited content

  12. The main gain to jailbreaking an i – Phone five is the
    ability to turn it right into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
    This is used to identify a user when unlocking the phone.
    On Friday, when the i – Phone 5 was released, it was discovered that Verizon i – Phones were SIM-unlocked.

    My site … crime city cheats ipad 2013

  13. It’s hard to find your page in google. I found it
    on 17 spot, you should build quality backlinks , it will help you to
    increase traffic. I know how to help you, just search in google – k2 seo tips
    and tricks

  14. Johnk650 says:

    hi!,I really like your writing so so much! proportion we communicate more about your post on AOL? I need a specialist on this space to unravel my problem. Maybe that’s you! Looking ahead to see you. kekccegeacek

  15. Hello, My name is Luis Mateo, director of Mateo Y Los Bachateros. The purpose of this email is to solicit business for our band. My band consist of a total of 8 members. We play bachata, merenque, cumbia, and salsa. . If you want a sultry selection of Latin music, our band can delivery the sound your event needs. My contact information is listed towards the end of this email if have questions on charges that I can customize based on your needs. Below list a few clubs and/or summer events our bands has played. -Chicago’s Puerto Rican Festival in Humboldt Park since 2006on Call me at the number below and I’ll quote you a price based on details from our discussion. Luis Mateo Director of Mateo Y Los Bachateros 773.680.5343 my EMAIL luis_mateo12@yahoo.com this video is june 14 at PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL 1 song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHRe2POkjuEfeature=youtube_gdata_player 2 song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQIubHmXoss&feature=youtube_gdata_player 3 songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz7G1Jx4CHg&feature=youtube_gdata_player 4 song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrlXT8gfh8w&feature=youtube_gdata_player 5 song https://www.youtube.com

  16. Thanks a lot for offering men and women with an exceptionally great opportunity to study articles and weblog posts from this site. It might be really excellent and too , stuffed having a great time for me personally and my office mates to search your web site at the least 3 times in seven days to discover out the fresh factors you have. And absolutely, I’m typically joyful with each of the terrific tactics served by you. Specified two ideas within this post are simply the most successful we?ˉve ever had.

  17. Extremely interesting article post. Your post is extremely interesting. I enjoyed this post. This article is fantastic! I have to say that after continually reading awful as in, same old ideas, little quality content, etc. blog posts on other sites, it’s nice to actually read something that has some thought put into it. It’s a pleasure to read quality content, especially after continually seeing rehashed crap that writers and bloggers are putting out nowadays. It’s always nice when I come across content that actually has value, I’ve been seeing a ton of subpar writing attempts recently. Anyhow, thanks again and I’ll check back frequently to see what else you have to offer. I’ll check back in the future to see what else you have up your sleeve. Keep up the good work! BTW, I like your site design, but your header image was only loading half way for me. P.S. Your header is messed up a bit in IE. The problem could be on my end but I thought you might want to look into that.

  18. Hi guys, sorry so much OT, but I wish to know, what do you know about polish castel’s shape? In my judgment it’s tragic, so maybe we have some potentiality to do with it… What is your public opinion?

  19. Come meet and listen to author David Bueno-Hill on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Pan American Bank from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

    Get more details here:

    Jesse Torres
    President and CEO
    Pan American Bank
    Los Angeles, CA 90063

  20. Oh wow, that is great

  21. I can’t wait to see what new Arizona state law will be passed next!

  22. fantastic website lplease compose a lot more frequently

  23. I so enjoyed your blog. Great posts! Please continue posting such good cotent.

  24. Book marked yuor web blog. Are grateful for giving. Definitely really worth enough time clear of my personal tests.

  25. I have been reading the articles on this website for the first time. This is my first comment. Your blog has been very useful for me and it provides very good content.

  26. Great to determine you back. And again through an interesting article.

  27. I¡¯ve already bookmark this article and will definitely refer this article to all my close friends and colleagues. Thanks for posting!

  28. Hi, there. This really is a quite amazing webpage and some great thoughts inside your article. I’ll be to come back. Thanks for that excellent written content. From the way, why not listing your website in our E-Commerce directory and get a back again link from us?

  29. hi, excellent blog, and also a excellent read! one for my bookmarks

  30. Hey there..Great Website you’ve here! Just wanna leave a short info to suit your needs about how you can blow the girl’s mind at the up coming Bbq-Party! http://bit.ly/a4bHnl

  31. I already knew about most of this, but having said that, I still found it informative. Great work!

  32. Ha!Hey!Hah!. That’s interesting. That’s the fourth time I’ve seensomething along those lines. interesting.

  33. I’m behind you right through this. You have a right to your own view, and you ought never let other people tell you anything different. Good on you!

  34. All extremely true, but I don’t take that view myself. I will go along with the more conventional view. But I without doubt support your right to say what you want. Cool anyway.

  35. Fascinating…and I agree with all of it. Keep up the great work…I will certainly be back shortly

  36. Hey, interesting post, but WordPress breaks it up on my monitor. Maybe it’s the theme you have installed. Have you considered a different CMS?

  37. I thought that was extremeley interesting. Thanks for the cool content. I’ll keep following this.

  38. Hey…thanks for that. Great post. I’ll be checking back tomorrow for more updates. Thanks!

  39. Interesting. It’s the same here in New Zealand. Can be very annoying, but that’s life in the 21st century.

  40. Heck, I was very blown away with that. I told my partner and she agreed with me. I would love to hear whatever else you have on this. Excellent!

  41. Ha!Hey!Hah!. That’s amusing. That’s the fourth time I’ve foundsomething similar. interesting.

  42. another great article! thanks a lot. been reading for about a week now

  43. Good infomation here, thanks.

  44. Enjoyed your site and had to let you know I subscribed it. Also is this wordpress? I really like the way its set up. Thanks and keep the updates coming!

  45. Lord, is you let me understand the “outside people person, there is day,” this sentence. Thank you!

  46. That’s great. I’m from Chicago and see the same thing. Anyway, I’m gonna back soon.

  47. Thanks for your various information, your blog isn’t like all the other spammy and poorly written blogs. you got a bookmark from me!

  48. I just want to say fast hi and want to say thanks for this good I keep trying to find through the web for some kind of enlightenedletter. like that, or at least a website. That coveredwhat i want to
    Thanks a lot.

  49. Superb Information, thanks for your fine Article. Really great topic to write about on my Site. I might set a link from another site. single mother scholarships

  50. Howdy, your site is on air in the radio! Good job mate. Your posts are truly great and bookmarked. Regards

Leave a Reply to Clelia Hougland Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>