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421Latinidad - 12/12: Best Books of 2012

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      Latinidad – 12/12: Best Books of 2012

      Contents:
      1. Saludos
      2. The Latinidad List
      3. Resources: Seeking Multiculti Stories
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      1. Saludos

      Not sure what to buy your loved ones for the holidays? The Latinidad
      List below features my picks for the year's best Latino books; all would
      make superb gifts. As you head out to do your shopping, be sure to
      include La Casa Azul Bookstore on your itinerary, either the brick and
      mortar store at 143 East 103rd Street in New York City or online at:

      http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/

      If you're not familiar with La Casa Azul Bookstore, here's a video that
      shares its backstory:

      http://tinyurl.com/dyz3lu7

      To nominate a book for next year's list, please e-mail me at
      marcelalandres@.... Note that I'm seeking nominations only
      for books to be published in 2013.

      Helping Latinos get published,
      Marcela Landres
      marcelalandres@...
      http://www.marcelalandres.com/

      2. The Latinidad List

      Literary Fiction – Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique
      Fans of the classics in general and Cervantes in particular will devour
      this lovingly crafted tribute filled with passion and adventure.

      Memoir – Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White by Lila Quintero Weaver
      Vivid rendering of the civil rights movement conveyed with the
      innocence and openness of a wise child.

      Poetry – When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
      An unexpected male muse extracts visceral yet clear-eyed poems from
      a perceptive poet who saw too much at a tender age.

      Debut Nonfiction– Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion
      Industry by Elena Romero
      Mix journalism, history, and pop culture then add a hefty dose of
      scholarly swagger to create this eminently readable book that defies
      categorization.

      Suspense – Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
      If Margaret Atwood were Latina, this eerily believable depiction of
      where U.S. immigration policy is heading is the novel she would have
      written instead of The Handmaid's Tale.

      Cookbook – Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty,
      Earthy to Spicy by Angelo Sosa
      Foodies who want to kick up their repertoire a notch will appreciate the
      sophisticated yet simple-to-prepare recipes and Sosa's elemental
      approach to interpreting and combining tastes.

      Women's Fiction – The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo
      This engrossing page-turner with a smooth, quick pace, instantly
      relatable characters, and a spot on ending belongs on every nightstand.

      Young Adult – The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
      Perfectly conveys the voice of a teen boy who captures your heart and
      who you will miss the second you put down the book.

      Middle Grade - Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
      by Eva Salinas
      Kids and their parents are sure to be impressed by this enthusiastic,
      illustrated celebration of Latino ingenuity.

      Children's Picture Book – My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
      A refreshingly Dad-centric story that is deservedly destined to be
      read and reread.

      3. Resources
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      HOW EDITORS THINK
      "I read How Editors Think in one sitting and was engaged from beginning to
      end. It is well written, highly informative, and humorous—I found myself
      laughing out-loud in a few spots! Thanks for sharing the secrets of the trade."
      —Mayra Lazara Dole, author of Down to the Bone

      Inspired by my experience as a former Simon & Schuster editor, How Editors
      Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You reveals what it really takes to get
      published. For more information, visit:
      http://www.marcelalandres.com/E-book.html
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      CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP
      Deadline: December 22
      The PSA Chapbook Fellowship offers $1000 and publication by The
      Poetry Society of America. For more information, visit
      http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/
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      $6540 POEM PRIZE
      Deadline: December 31
      The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize offers $6450, publication in the
      Moth magazine, and a two-night stay at Ballymaloe House in County Cork,
      Ireland. For more information, visit http://www.themothmagazine.com/
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      SHORT STORY COLLECTION COMPETITION
      Deadline: December 31
      The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition offers $1000 and
      publication by Dzanc Books. For more information, visit
      http://www.dzancbooks.org/
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      MICRO-FICTION CONTEST
      Deadline: December 31
      The Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest offers $1500, publication
      in River Styx, and a case of Schlafly microbrewed beer. For more
      information, visit http://www.riverstyx.org/
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      $2000 NONFICTION PRIZE
      Submission Period: January 1-January 31
      The Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize offers $2000 and publication in the
      Crazyhorse literary journal. For more information, visit
      http://www.crazyhorsejournal.org/
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      CLASSICAL POETRY COMPETITION
      Deadline: January 1
      A prize of $1000 and publication in the annual anthology of the Society
      of Classical Poets is given for a group of poems that incorporate meter
      and rhyme. For more information, visit http://classicalpoets.org/
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      JENTEL ARTIST RESIDENCY
      Deadline: January 15
      The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers residencies and a $400
      stipend to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Past
      residents include Lorraine Lopez, Frank Ortega, and Pilar Gomez-Ibanez.
      For more information, visit http://www.jentelarts.org/
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      SEEKING MULTICULTI STORIES
      Deadline: February 1
      The Bellevue Literary Review is seeking submissions of previously
      unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue
      on multiculturalism, A Mosaic of Voices. For more information, visit
      http://tinyurl.com/97cphul
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      GRAPHIC MEMOIR PRIZE
      Deadline: February 16
      The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir offers $100 and publication
      in Memoir (and) literary journal. For more information, visit
      http://memoirjournal.squarespace.com/
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      INDIE BOOK AWARDS
      Deadline: February 22
      The Next Generation Indie Book Awards honors the most exceptional
      independently published books in 60 different categories. Small presses,
      mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book
      publishers, and self-published authors are welcome to submit. For
      more information, visit http://www.indiebookawards.com/
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      KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ONLY WHEN SHARED
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      --Henry Ward Beecher"

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      Marcela Landres
      Author of the e-book "How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You"
      http://www.marcelalandres.com/