Friday, May 14, 2010

It's Latino Books Month --That Means Free Books for You!

Hello Meltingpot Readers,

I love it when other people make my life easier and the people at Hachette Book Group are doing just that by celebrating Latino Books Month.

Never heard of Latino Books Month? You thought May was the Mixed Race Experience Month? Well it is that too, but the folks in the publishing industry think Latino books deserve some celebrations of their own, so Latino Books Month has been created.

What does that mean for you? It means that one lucky Meltingpot reader will win not one, not two, but three books of their choosing, from the following titles written by Latino authors and published by Hachette Publishing Group.

Try to Remember by Iris Gomez

Hot (broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter By Kathy Cano-Murillo

Little Nuggets of Wisdom By Chuy Bravo, with Tom Brunelle

Lone Star Legend By Gwendolyn Zepeda

Into the Beautiful North By Luis Alberto Urrea

Amigoland By Oscar Casares

It's a great selection of books as some of these are debut titles, there's a mix of fiction and non-fiction and the range of subject matter is as diverse as the Latino community itself.

So, without further ado, if you want to win three new books by Latino authors, leave a comment with the name of your favorite Latino author by Sunday at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday. And sorry, because I'm not the one sending out the books, only folks in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply.

Make it a great weekend.



jenwoohoo said...

Hmmm, that's a tough call, both by how one defines "Latino" and the sheer number of possibilities!

My fave author lately is Mayra Santos-Febres, who is from/based in Puerto Rico and writes primarily in Spanish. Other favorites that are Latino in the categorical sense of being of Hispanic heritage but live/generally write in English include Judith Ortiz Cofer and Loida Maritza PĂ©rez. All three are AMAZING!

Thanks for listing recent works, Lori. I'll put some of them on my summer reading list!

Martine said...

I love Pablo Neruda. His work is serious without taking itself so seriously.

Dee said...

I remember reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. I liked that the story was told in vignettes and features a variety of characters from the south side of Chicago. Everyone from blacks, whites, nuns and of course, Latinos are prevalent in this book.

I read a lot of stories by Gary Soto in grade school as well.

nilki said...

To name one Latino author as a favorite is impossible, so I'll go with the one author that changed my life as a writer: Miguel Angel Asturias

Great giveaway and great blog! I'm now following you-glad to have found you!


Regina said...

I love Sandra Cisneros. I read "The House on Mango Street" in college and I still love it today!

Also, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I love love love "One Hundred years of Solitude".

Also, Pablo Neruda.

Thanks for the great new list of books!

evelyn.n.alfred said...

Sandra Ciscneros is probably my favorite, but Carlos Maria Dominguez wrote this book called THE HOUSE OF PAPER that I really enjoyed...and then there's Margarita Engle too, for her poetry.

Shuggie said...

One of the most memorable books I've read written by a Latino Author is "Our House in the Last World" by Oscar Hijuelos. The engaging story of the tribulations of an immigrant Cuban family in NYC's Spanish Harlem.

The Golden Papaya said...

So about the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummonde de Andrade, or Peruvian Cesar Vallejo? Or Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose lyrics certainly qualify as poetry.