Reyna Grande “Posada Toy Drive”

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
reyna1Author Reyna Grande, writer of The Distance Between Us, Dancing with Butterflies, and Across a Hundred Mountains. She is originally from Guerrero, Mexico. At two years old, her father left for the U.S. to find work, and when she was four her mother headed north as well.… Read More

Pura Belpré Award Winners

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Belpre1The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. Established in 1996 the award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.   The… Read More

“VATOS” illustrated by José Galvez

Friday, January 10th, 2014
galvezDuring the holiday season of 2013, I came across a postcard that featured a photo by José Galvez. Over the years the photo got put away deep in my collection of stuff but when I came across it I realized that I could now highlight it here on OCGente.   The back of the postcard reads "One evening, Pulitzer Prize-winning… Read More

Latino Comics Expo – Aug 17 & 18

Friday, August 16th, 2013
latino_comics_expoThe Latino Comics Expo is the country's premiere convention dedicated to showcasing the Latino experience in comic books and related arts by gathering a wide spectrum of Latino creators, as well as works featuring Latino themes and culture. The event will be held on Saturday, August 17 & Sunday,… Read More

El Sol Poetry Event – Aug 10th

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
libreriaThe El Sol Science and Arts Academy Student Poetry Book Launch will be held at Librería Martinez de Chapman University in Downtown Santa Ana from 2:00-5:30pm.   Come celebrate the release of the latest collection of poetry written by the student poets of El Sol Academy… Read More

“Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha Vamos

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
alphabet_trucks_2013Author Samantha Vamos is currently revving up for the release of her latest  book "Alphabet Trucks" (Charlesbridge, 2013) which is also Illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke. It is a rhyming alphabet book about 26 different trucks from… Read More

Latino Leadership icon Juana Bordas

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
juanabordas2The latest Condor Book Tour features the new book "The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion and Contribution" by author Juana Bordas (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). Based on her personal experience as a longtime Latina leader, Juana Bordas… Read More

Alisa Lynn Valdes on Kickstarter

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
alisapichp2Alisa Valdes' groundbreaking bestselling novel "The Dirty Girls Social Club" about six diverse Latina friends, has turned to the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.   Valdes says "I wrote the book I wanted to… Read More

Reyna Grande off to a great start

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Author Reyna Grande is hoping the New Year is off to a great start for you. As for her she has began a new novel and will still be promoting her latest novel "The Distance Between Us." as the paperback version is set to be released in March and the Spanish edition in April.

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Arte Público Press & Latinoteca

Friday, December 7th, 2012
Arte Público Press is the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Their associated website Latinoteca is based at the University of Houston alonside, Read More