Lunchtime Author Google Hangout with Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh

Award-winning author and illlustrator Duncan Tonatiuh completes our 2015 L4LL Lunchtime Author Google Hangout series. Duncan shows us his forthcoming book Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras which is being released by Abrams in September.

I have read every book Duncan has written and illustrated, in part because his books, while marketed as children’s literature, deal with tough topics such as immigration, social justice, and equality. When I asked him about delving head first into these hot topics, he reveals it has as much to do with his passion for these themes as his younger readers who deserve more credit as sophisticated readers. His unique choice of subject matter is also being rewarded in the form of awards such as the forthcoming 2015 Américas Award which he will be sharing with his colleague Margarita Engle. Click here to read the blog post and view our earlier Author Lunchtime Google Hangout with Margarita.  Duncan tells us that the recognition is important because it gives his books visibility with librarians, teachers, and book stores who are looking for additions which maximize the exposure to kids.

This point connects with how Duncan has always been published by Abrams, a mainstream publishing house. While an exception among writers from diverse backgrounds who often times publish in small presses or self-publish, Duncan has been able to navigate the tricky politics of publishing, his talent and uniqueness being rewarded with more book deals, prizes, which perhaps will create opportunities for other diverse authors.

Our “Lunchtime Author Google Hangout” series is part of our 2015 Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Click on the video for food for thought and inspiration for any reader, writer, or student!

El autor/ilustrador galardonado Duncan Tonatiuh termina nuestra serie de conversaciones en Google Hangout con autores. Duncan compartió sus planes como un nuevo libro Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras que se publica en septiembre cuando también recibe un “Premio Américas” que comparte con su colega Margarita Engle. Detalla su relación de “vai-ven” con México donde nació y actualmente vive y los Estados Unidos donde hizo su carrera académica y profesional, además de su compromiso de seguir explorando temas candentes como la inmigración, la justicia social y la igualdad para su público de lectores jóvenes.

Nuestra serie de “Google Hangouts a la hora del almuerzo con autores” forma parte de nuestro L4LL Programa de lectura de verano para jóvenes latinos de 2015.

¡Lector, escritor o estudiante: click en el video para inspirarse con las palabras de Duncan!

Latinos over-index on YouTube. Rather than just search and play music or beauty videos, we hope Hispanics also turn to this outlet for educational purposes. Click to navigate to our Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) YouTube channel where we’re curating a video library of Latino children’s literature, including book video trailers and our Google Hangouts with authors.

Lunchtime Author Google Hangout with René Colato Laínez

 

Award-winning author René Colato Laínez. Courtesy: Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL)

Award-winning author René Colato Laínez. Courtesy: Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL)

Award winner René Colato Laínez continues our L4LL Lunchtime Author Google Hangout series. René shares all kinds of chisme on his forthcoming book Vámonos/Let’s Go which is illustrated by his friend Joe Cepeda and is being released on July 30th. A winner of various awards, including recognitions by the American Library Association (ALA), he is most proud of receiving a Premio Actitud.

Premios what? René educated me by telling me that it’s an award presented by La Prensa de Los Ángeles to Salvadorans whose work is making a positive impact and helping to change the negative stereotypes of poverty, gangs, and violence of El Salvador.

René was both in this Central American nation and immigrated as a young child to America. This led to one more important conversation: immigration. Like his peers, his children’s literature books are universal. But René unapologetically declares his mission as writing about the immigration experience specifically for immigrant children.

Our “Lunchtime Author Google Hangout” series is part of our 2015 Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Click on the video for food for thought and inspiration for any reader, writer, or student!

El autor galardonado René Colato Laínez continúa nuestra serie de conversaciones en Google Hangout con autores. René compartió sus planes: un nuevo libro Vámonos/Let’s Go ilustrado por su amigo Joe Cepeda que se publica el 30 de julio. Premiado por muchas organizaciones como la Asociación de Bibliotecas de América (ALA), se jacta de recibir el Premio Actitud por su trabajo para adelantar la comunidad y mejorar la imagen de los Salvadoreños. De niño Réne inmigró a los Estados Unidos. Por eso se ha comprometido a escribir del tema de la inmigración para un público de niños inmigrantes.

Nuestra serie de “Google Hangouts a la hora del almuerzo con autores” forma parte de nuestro L4LL Programa de lectura de verano para jóvenes latinos de 2015.

¡Lector, escritor o estudiante: click en el video para inspirarse con las palabras de René!

Latinos over-index on YouTube. Rather than just search and play music or beauty videos, we hope Hispanics also turn to this outlet for educational purposes. Click to navigate to our Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) YouTube channel where we’re curating a video library of Latino children’s literature, including book video trailers and our Google Hangouts with authors.

Lunchtime Author Google Hangout with Margarita Engle

Award winner Margarita Engle kicked off our L4LL Lunchtime Author Google Hangout series. Margarita shared all kinds of chisme on her forthcoming book Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings and receiving the Américas Award this September at the Library of Congress (another L4LL friend author Duncan Tonatiuh is also being honored with this award). Margarita also openly talked about her passion and commitment to tell the stories of the “underdog” and why her characters may feature Hispanics, but she writes for all children.

Our “Lunchtime Author Google Hangout” series is part of our 2015 Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Click on the video for food for thought and inspiration for any reader, writer, or student!

La autora galardonada Margarita Engle comienza nuestra serie de conversaciones en Google Hangout con autores. Margarita compartió sus planes: un nuevo libro y premios, además de su compromiso de contar las historias de “los de abajo” con protagonistas hispanos pero escrito para un público universal.

Nuestra serie de “Google Hangouts a la hora del almuerzo con autores” forma parte de nuestro L4LL Programa de lectura de verano para jóvenes latinos de 2015.

¡Lector, escritor o estudiante: click en el video para inspirarse con las palabras de Margarita!

Latinos over-index on YouTube. Rather than just search and play music or beauty videos, we hope Hispanics also turn to this outlet for educational purposes. Click to navigate to our Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) YouTube channel where we’re curating a video library of Latino children’s literature, including book video trailers and our Google Hangouts with authors.

Google Hangout with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, author of the just released memoir Still Dreaming

By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

Join us today, as we hang out with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez–the Illinois Democrat who publishes this October his memoir Still Dreaming. Both critics and supporters call Congressman Gutiérrez a “maverick”–for bucking both Republicans and President Obama as he fights for issues, especially comprehensive immigration reform. Learn about his childhood in Chicago and Puerto Rico and his experiences working his way up through the Chicago city council to Congress–each a political minefield in its own right. In the telling of his story framed by the politics of the last 30 years, the Congressman shares a quintessential American story of (im)migration, hard work, and determination.

Click here to access this hangout today, Wednesday, October 9 from 12 noon to 12:30 PM EST.

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY:

The Congressman has donated copies of Still Dreaming to giveaway to two L4LL readers.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. ¡Suerte!

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VIDEO: Google+ Hangout with María Aguí Carter, Filmmaker of PBS’ Rebel

By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

María Aguí Carter is one of these people you just know you have to meet. I was fortunate to present with her this summer at the Smithsonian Museum. Talented, Latino high school students come to Washington from all over the country as part of this institution’s Young Ambassadors Program (YAP). Learning about and being exposed to different fields is the kind of exposure to people and contexts that can spark the curiosity of a young mind and help set an academic or professional goal.
María and I presented on a panel about media. María dazzled us with her story of the making of her feature PBS documentary “Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Civil War Soldier and Spy.”
Click below to watch the YouTube video of our thought-provoking Google+ Hangout on Air w/ María who tells us about Loreta Velazquez–a woman who cross dressed to fight for the Confederacy–and spy–during the American Civil War. Who was Loreta? Why did she fight? Despite writing a memoir (and she was one of the few women and Latinas to do so in the 19th century), why was her story silenced?

Click on the video to watch a 20 second YouTube trailer:

Getting the green light on a project is no easy task. But at PBS the filmmakers and producers must raise money.

Now add the mystery of her main character. Maybe you haven’t heard of Loreta Velazquez. I hadn’t. That’s because she has been virtually erased from history until contemporary historians and María, who began her decade-long journey to unearth the truth.

Join us Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 12 noon to 12:30P EST for this thought-provoking Google+ Hangout on Air w/ María Aguí Carter who tells us about Loreta Velazquez — a woman who cross dressed to fight and spy for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. She is also one of only two Latina authors published in the U.S. in the 19th century. Who was Loreta? Why did she fight? Despite writing a memoir, why was her story silenced?

Click here to access the invitation and watch the live hangout at 12 noon! Click here to find a Rebel screening near you.

GIVEAWAY:

María is giving away an autographed copy of the Rebel DVD to 2 L4LL readers!

To enter this giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck!

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VIDEO: Hangout with Author Manuel Roig-Franzia


Google+ Hangout with Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio for L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

By: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

Amigos, we are happy to announce the L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books Google+ Hangout with Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio. Click here to view the Google+ event page where you will find a link to the hangout on Wednesday, 9/25/2013 from 12 noon to 12:30P EST.

Click below to watch the video:

The Giveaway:

Manuel is also generously offering 2 autographed copies of his book — one in English and the other in Spanish to two L4LL readers.

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us if you’d prefer a copy in English or Spanish (and make sure to leave a way for us to contact you!).

This giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013.

By entering this giveaway, you agree to the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books: Google+ Hangout with Manuel Roig-Franzia, author of The Rise of Marco Rubio

by Viviana Hurtado

I met Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia at a book party for The Rise of Marco Rubio. It was very fancy schmancy DC–a lotta business cards being exchanged and air kisses of government and media big wigs. This is Hollywood for Ugly People.

But then the V.I.P.s left and afterwards, Manuel joined a couple of stragglers (to not say groupies) and went for a late dinner and drinks.

Super down to earth, our group chatted late into the night, and I learned how observant to every last detail Manuel is–knowing for example that his favorite vintage of Pinot Grigio which is not on the menu is located in a secret compartment unknown to staff. Manuel’s curiosity, attention to detail, and old-fashioned, burn-shoe-leather-and-leave-no-stone-unturned-reporting prepared him well to write a critically-acclaimed and definitive biography of Marco Rubio.

This is important because Senator Rubio’s presidential ambitions are no secret. But in this media and political culture where the message is clearly controlled and defined by campaigns, publicists, parties, who really is the man who could become the first President of Latino ancestry? This is important because the interest of handlers may not necessarily be that of a whole country.

Delving deep into a past to illuminate the present and future, bringing out dimension, breadth, and depth is the job of a journalist, something increasingly rare in a culture that values blow-dried looks, quoting scanner traffic, and tweeting as reporting.

Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) is proud to announce our first Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books Google Hangout with Manuel who kicks off our Wednesday hangouts during this event from 12 noon to 12:30 PM EST. If you miss the hangout, check the L4LL YouTube channel where the interview will be archived.

UPDATE: This Google Hangout has been rescheduled. We’ll post the new time here when it is available. Thank you!

Welcome to L4LL’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

Dear friends, we are simply so excited to kick off our latest project, the Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books! We have so many great things planned this month that you should check in here every day this week (and month!) for updates about new products, printables, and opportunities.

Unlike our Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program, the HHM: Festival of Books is geared for adults, too, with special content to be posted throughout the month, as well as a reading list of some of our favorite biographies for adults about some famous – and some not so well known – Hispanic Americans.

We will also feature weekly Google hangouts with authors of the hottest and critically-acclaimed biographies about some of the most fascinating Hispanic Americans who have contributed, or are contributing, to our country.

First up this Wednesday, September 18 from 12 noon to 12:30pm EST is award-winning Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia and author of The Rise of Marco Rubio. Publisher’s Weekly writes:

“Readers in search of an in-depth and unbiased look at the young, dynamic Republican senator from Florida will be rewarded by this well-researched biography… the writing here is crisp and the research thorough.”

L4LL’s Viviana Hurtado interviews Roig-Franzia whose reporting gives insight into a person who is positioning himself to become our country’s first President of Latino descent.

Click on our Google+ page each Wednesday of Hispanic Heritage Month to access our Google hangout link and on the L4LL YouTube channel where it will be archived.

We hope you’ll join us!