5th Annual Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club Underway

A compelling, eclectic lineup of books headline the 5th annual National Latino Book Club, a yearlong event produced by Las Comadres Para Las Americas.

New York, NY and Austin, TX; February 27, 2012 — A compelling, eclectic lineup of books — from historical fiction to mystery thrillers to the paranormal — headline the 5th annual National Latino Book Club, a yearlong event produced by Las Comadres Para Las Americas, a national Latina organization, and now underway.

The Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club, one of the first such national groups, annually selects new English-language releases by Latina authors to discuss during monthly local and web events with its more than 1200 members. The Latino Book Clubs are currently active in 15 cities and open to the public. The national organization also produces conversations for members with the titles’ authors and other special guests.

Sixteen Comadres Book Club committee members chose this year’s list, which spans fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature from member companies of the Association of American Publishers. New elements for 2012 are special theme months: one is dedicated to paranormal subjects and another, “Dude Month,” will feature male authors.

According to Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, President and CEO, Las Comadres, “We have been delighted to hear from numerous people who credit the Book Club with introducing them to the works of Latino and Latina authors they might not otherwise have discovered. This year’s list is being greeted by a record number of enthusiastic, engaged Book Club members. In response, Las Comadres is working to find more ways to support authors and launch more Book Clubs across the U.S.”

This year’s chosen titles: (note: titles may change by release date).

January: Queen of America, A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown & Company)

February: The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream by Mary Romero (New York University Press). Additional conversation with Héctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

March: The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo (Grand Central Publishing)

April: The Madness of Mama Carlota by Graciela Limón (Arte Público Press). Additional conversations celebrating Dia de los Niños scheduled with Carmen Bernier-Grand, author of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Rita Rosa Ruesga, La Pinata/The Piñata (Scholastic en Español)

May: Perla by Carolina de Robertis (Alfred A. Knopf). Additional conversation scheduled with Linda Rodriguez, author of Every Last Secret (Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press)

June: Traces of Bliss by Cecilia Velastegui (Libros Publishing). Additional conversation scheduled with Denise Vega, author of Rock On (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

July: “Dude Month” with The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster). Additional conversation scheduled with Robert Arellano, author of Curse the Name, A Novel (Akashic Books)

August: “Paranormal Month” with The Claimed by Caridad Pineiro (Forever/Grand Central Publishing). Additional conversations scheduled with Amanda Bonilla, author of Blood Before Sunrise (Signet Eclipse/Penguin) and Marta Acosta, author of The Dark Companion (TOR Teen/Macmillan)

September: Hell or High Water by Joy Castro (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Adult). Additional conversations scheduled with Alberto Manguel author ofAll Men Are Liars, translated by Miranda France (Riverhead Books)

October: Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships by Las Comadres Para Las Americas and edited by Adriana López (Atria, Simon and Schuster)

November: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster). Additional conversations with Diana López, author of Choke(Scholastic Press) and Malin Alegría, author of Cruzar El Limite/Border Town #1: Crossing the Line (Point/Scholastic Press)

December: Better With You HereA Novel by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Grand Central Publishing). Additional conversation scheduled with Guadalupe Garcia McCall, author of Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, Lee & Low Books)

About the Latino Book Club and Las Comadres

The Latino Book Club was founded in 2008 with the purpose of promoting current year publications of Latina/o books. The group has networks in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Texas. Plans are underway to expand into all city markets with Las Comadres members. The club is open to the public.

Las Comadres is a nationwide grassroots-based group of Latinas that was launched informally in April 2000 in Austin, TX. The national networks were created in 2003 and have now grown to over 100 U.S. cities. Its 15,000 strong membership keeps Latinas connected via email networks, teleconferences and monthly potluck events in individual cities. More information on Las Comadres and the Latino Book Club can be found atwww.lascomadres.org

About AAP

The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association for the US publishing industry, representing nearly 300 organizations that are the premier publishers of commercial, educational, professional and scholarly content in all formats.

AAP and its members are active in promoting the joy of reading, literacy, the freedom to read and freedom to publish. They work with community libraries and other groups around the country to raise awareness of book titles and authors, including activities specifically produced through the AAP Publishing Latino Voices for America Taskforce. Additionally, AAP and its members offer a number of initiatives, including a job bank and special events, to increase diversity in the publishing community.

AAP contact:

Las Comadres contact:

Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Las Comadres Para Las Americas

noracomstockphd@lascomadres.org and 512-928-8780

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