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2015 Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards

2015 International Latino Book Awards

The Awards ceremony occurred on June 27th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis as part of the American Library Association 2015 Conference.

Over the last 17 years the Int’l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 246 honorees were well known authors like Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, F. Isabel Campoy, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Carlos Santana, Shelia E, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz.

Winners were from across the USA and from 17 countries outside the USA. Amazingly, sales of books by past ILBA winning authors have totaled more than 200 million copies! Winners have included many of the best-known Latino authors including Belinda Acosta, Roldofo Acuña, Alma Flor Ada, Ron Arias, José Antonio Buciaga, Denise Chavéz, Paulo Coelho, Dr. Camilo Cruz, Gabriel García Márquez, Reyna Grande, Juan Felipe Herrera, Oscar Hijuelos, Mario Vargas Llosa, Josefina López, Pablo Neruda, Ana Nogales, Jose-Luis Orozco, Luis Rodriguez, Alisa Valdes, and Victor Villaseñor.

Winners have also included well-known figures from other professions including entertainers like Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, and Cheech Marin, Jenni Rivera, Linda Ronstadt, and Rick Najera; Sports notables Oscar de la Hoya and Jorge Posada; Media figures like Martín Llorens, Jorge Ramos, Teresa Rodriguez, and Ray Suarez; Public servants like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Henry Cisneros; and Chefs like Paulina Abascal, Jose Garces, Pati Jinich, and Daisy Martinez.

The evening also unveiled the first Award Winning Author collector bags, the 2015 Award Winning Author pins, and a salute to past Award Winning Author Juan Felipe Herrera being named U.S. Poet Laurete, the first Latino to hold this honored position. The Awards also featured a musical performance by La Palabra. Latino Literacy Now has moved the Awards to coincide with the American Library Association’s Annual Conference because librarians realize that books for and about Latinos are what their readers are looking for. Latinos nationwide are twice as likely to use libraries as non-Latinos.

2015 is an amazing year for books for Latinos – and the market’s rapid growth is merely one reflection of how solid the market is. Latinos in the USA will purchase over $650 million in books in both English and Spanish. The number of books by and about Latinos has risen substantially. The bottom line is that books targeting Latinos are a growing segment because of the rapid growth of the market and the current gaps in relevant topics being presented.

The 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards are another reflection of the growing quality of books by and about Latinos. This year’s number of entries was 11% more than the previous record year. In order to handle this large number of books, the Awards had 192 judges, triple the number from 2013. The judges glowed about the quality of the entries. The Award sponsors included Libros Publishing as a Silver Sponsor and Bronze Sponsors Scholastic Books and VISA.

In recognition of the quality and variety of books now available, Latino Literacy Now, the organization that oversees the Awards, is carrying out the 2015 Award Winning Author Tour. Displays of the Finalists books and Award Winning Authors will be presented at events like American Library Association Convention; CABE, the largest Latino teacher conference in the USA; the Latino Book & Family Festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, & San Bernardino; LULAC Nat’l Convention; the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference; and other key events.

Latino Literacy Now, the producer of the ILBAs, is a nonprofit co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler that has also produced 57 Latino Book & Family Festivals around the USA attended by a combined 900,000+ people, and the Latino Books into Movies Awards. Award partners include Las Comadres de las Americas and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and is an affiliate of the American Library Association. More about the Awards can be found at www.LBFF.us and the 2016 entry form is now available.

Here are the winning books; their authors, illustrators & translators; the publsher; and the country of origin of the author:

Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards

The Largest Awards in the USA Celebrating Achievements in Latino Culture & Literature

A. CHILDREN, YOUTH, & YOUNG ADULT BOOK AWARDS
Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – English

First Place: Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván; Roaring Book Press; USA
Second Place: Maria and the Lost Calf, Kate Morejohn; Illustrated: Dwight Morejohn; Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc; Author:USA/Irish;Illustrator: USA/Spanish

Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book

First Place: ¡Jugemos al Fútbol y al Football!, René Colato Laínez; Santillana USA Publishing Company; El Salvador
Second Place: Lalo Loves to Help, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Honorable Mention: Grandma Lale’s Tamales: A Christmas Story, Nasario García; Rio Grande Books; USA

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – English

First Place: Draw!, Raúl Colón; Simon & Schuster; USA
First Place: I Pledge Allegiance, Pat Mora & Libby Martinez; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books; USA/Mexican-both authors
Second Place: I Know a Bear, Mariana Ruiz Johnson; Schwartz & Wade, Random House Children’s Books; Argentina
Second Place: Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas; East West Discovery Press; US, Latino
Honorable Mention: Soccer Star, Mina Javaherbin; Illustrator: Renato Alarcão; Candlewick Press; Brazil
Honorable Mention: Kibo and the Purple Dragon, Carmen Gil, Marta Munté; Cuento de Luz; Spain

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Bilingual

First Place: Dalia’s Wondrous Hair, Laura Lacámara; Arte Publico Press; born in Cuba
Second Place: How Chile Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Rio Grande Books; USA
Second Place: Howl of the Mission Owl | El Ulular de la Lechuza, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Honorable Mention: Dance Recital, Jill Barletti; Snowflake Stories, LLC; USA, German ethnicity
Honorable Mention: Moví la Mano | I Moved My Hand, Jorge Luján; Groundwood Books; México

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Spanish

First Place: Mariama: Diferente pero Igual, Jerónimo Cornelles/ Nívola Uyá; Cuento de Luz; Spain
Second Place: La Pequeña Amelia se Hace Mayor, Elisenda Roca; Illustrator: Paula Bonet; Combel Editorial; Spain
Honorable Mention: Cipariso, Marta Sanmamed; Sonja Wimmer; Cuento de Luz; Spain

Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – English

First Place: Separate is Never Equal, Duncan Tonatiuh; Abrams; Mexico
Second Place: Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván; Roaring Book Press; USA
Honorable Mention: Boy Zorro and the Bully, Kat Aragon; Lectura Books; USA

Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: ¡Mira qué Artista! Pablo Picasso, Patricia Geis; Combel Editorial; Spain
Second Place: Conoce a Pablo Picasso, Mónica Brown; Santillana USA Publishing Company; USA/ Perú
Honorable Mention: Conoce a Gabriel García Márquez, Mónica Brown; Santillana USA Publishing Company; USA/ Perú

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – English

First Place: Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter; Roaring Book Press; U.S.A Cuban ancestry
Second Place: Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas; East West Discovery Press; US, Latino
Honorable Mention: Fun and Fruit, María Teresa Barahona/ Edie Pijpers; Cuento de Luz; Spain

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Bilingual

First Place: Grandfather Ratoncito Pérez and the Apprentice Tooth Fairy, Virginia Walton Pilegard; Goat Mountain Books; USA
Second Place: Howl of the Mission Owl | El Ulular de la Lechuza, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Honorable Mention: Look How Lovely! | ¡Mira qué Lindo!, Marti Skarupa; ; Puerto Rico, Spanish

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish

First Place: ¡Por Favor!, Blas Miras & Virginia García; Dylar Ediciones; Spain
Second Place: ¡Gracias!, Blas Miras & Virginia García; Dylar Ediciones; Spain
Honorable Mention: ¡Esto es Mío!, Elisenda Roca; Illustrator: Cristina Losantos; Editorial Bambu; Spain

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – English

First Place: Tuesday Tucks Me In, Luis Carlos Montalván; Roaring Book Press; USA-Cuban & Puerto Rican

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Lalo Loves to Help, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Second Place: El Faro de las Almas, Ariel André Almada/ Zuzanna Celej; Cuento de Luz; Argentina
Honorable Mention: How Chile Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Rio Grande Books; USA

Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book

First Place: Letters from Heaven, Lydia Gil; Arte Publico Press; born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents
Second Place: Whiskers, Tails & Wings, Judy Goldman; Charlesbridge; Born in México, Ancestry Jewish

Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book

First Place: Caminar, Skila Brown; Candlewick Press; Brazil
Second Place: Los Pájaros no Tienen Fronteras, Edna Iturralde; Santillana USA Publishing Company; Ecuador
Honorable Mention: Ambassador, William Alexander; Simon & Schuster; USA

Best Educational Youth Chapter Book

First Place: Enfrentando el Bullying, María Villegas; Illustrator: Iván Chacón; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Second Place: El Secreto de su Nombre, Rosana Acquaroni; Santillana USA Publishing Company; Spain

Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book

First Place: De Aquí para Allá: Cuentos Sobre Inmigrantes, Claudia Yelin; Everest, S.A., Editorial; Argentina

Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – English

First Place: Island of Dreams, Jasminne Mendez; Floricanto Press; United States and Dominican Reublic
Second Place: The 16 Rule, Evelyn Gonzalez; Friesen Press; USA

Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Micaela, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company; Perú
Second Place: The Adventures of Noldo and his Magical Scooter on The March with The St. Patrick’s Battalion, Armando Rendón; Starry Night Publishing; USA

Best Young Adult Fiction Book – English

First Place: I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosín; Simon & Schuster; USA
Second Place: Janet Breceda Wright, María E. Andreu; Running Press; Born in Spain, Ancestry: Argentina
Honorable Mention: Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas, Jay Neugeboren; Texas Tech University Press; USA-American Citizen
Honorable Mention: The Illuminated Forest, Edwin Fontánez; Exit Studio Publishing Co.; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: The Living, Matt de la Peña; Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books; USA /Mexican
Honorable Mention: Silver People: Voices From the Panama Canal, Margarita Engle; Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt; Cuban-American

Best Young Adult Fiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Micaela, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company; Perú
Second Place: No es Invisible, Marcus Sedgwick; Editorial Bambu;

Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book
First Place: Kalimán en Jericó, Ángel Burgas; Editorial Bambu; Spain

Best Educational Young Adult Book

First Place: Micaela, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company; Perú
Barrio Writers: Empowering Teens Through Creative Writing, 5th Edition, Multiple Youth Authors; Project Editor: Sarah Rafael García; Lincoln Book Publishers; USA, Diverse Backgrounds, Mexican-American
Second Place: Most Inspirational Young Adult Book
First Place: The Sparrow and The Frog | El Gorrión y La Rana, Jerry Gómez Shor Jr.; Jerry Gómez Shor; Perú
Second Place: Dream to Achieve, Joseph Gutiz; New Trends Press; USA

Best Book Written by a Youth

First Place: De Donde Vengo Yo, Students of Christ the King Elementary School; Creative Ink Publishing, Inc.; Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua0

B NONFICTION AWARDS

Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book

First Place: With a Book in their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships Across the Centuries, Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, Editor; University of New Mexico Press; Spain
Second Place: Blood in the Fields, Julia Reynolds; Chicago Review Press; United States
Honorable Mention: Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez; Beating Windward Press; Havana, Cuba
Honorable Mention: Dragons in the Land of the Condor, Ignacio López-Calvo; University of Arizona Press;
Honorable Mention: Inheritance Discovering the Richness of the Latino Culture and Family, Lorena Garza Gonzalez; Urban Strategies; USA
Honorable Mention: Things We Do Not Talk About, Daniel A. Olivas; San Diego State University Press; USA Chicano
Honorable Mention: Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother, Roberto Cintli Rodríguez; University of Arizona Press; U.S/ Latino

Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – English

First Place: Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez; Beating Windward Press; Havana, Cuba
Second Place: The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana; Little, Brown & Company; México
Second Place: A Turquoise Life: One Woman’s Triumphant Journey, Diann Kissell & Kathy Bird; Dog Ear Publishing; Diann:Latina; Kathy: USA-Puerto Rican,spanish
Honorable Mention: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor; The University of Nebraska Press; USA, ancestry: Guatemala
Honorable Mention: Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy, Victor Villaseñor; Waterfront Digital Press; USA mexican-american

Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – Spanish

First Place: Creando Puentes de Comprension, Lucía De García; Xlibris; Colombia, South America
Second Place: Mis 15 Abuelas, Genie Milgrom; Create Space Independent Publishing; Cuba / Spain-Portugal ancestry
Honorable Mention: Un Milagro de Dios en las Manos de una Madre, Catalina Prieto; CBH Books; Colombia

Best Autobiography By A Well Known Person

First Place: The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana; Little, Brown & Company; México
Second Place: The Beat of My Own Drum, Sheila E. with Wendy Holden; Atria Books; US (Mexican/Creole)

Best Biography – English

First Place: The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Richard Blanco; HarperCollins Publishers; United States, Cuban Ancenstry
Second Place: Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of A Nicaraguan War Child, Ileana Araguti; New Trends Press; Nicaragua
Honorable Mention: Leaving Little Havana: A Memoir of Miami’s Cuban Ghetto, Cecilia M. Fernandez; Beating Windward Press; Havana, Cuba
Honorable Mention: La Belle Créole, Alina García-Lapuerta; Chicago Review Press; Cuba
Honorable Mention: Beach Mexican; Assimilation & Identity In Redondo Beach, Alex Moreno Areyan; The History Press; USA, Mexican-American
Honorable Mention: A Century of Pachangas, Betty Serra; Floricanto Press; USA; Nicaragua-heritage,legacy
Honorable Mention: S Street Rising, Ruben Castaneda; Bloomsbury Publishing; USA Mexican American
Honorable Mention: Journey Beneath My Skin, La Palabra; 2D House Publishing; Cuba

Best Biography – Spanish

First Place: Una Gesta Admirable: Vida y Obra de Don Hernando Caicedo, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Second Place: Confidencias a Mis Hijos y a Mis Nietos, Alfonso Dávila Ortiz; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Honorable Mention: Jean Voilier, Cuando el Sol Reposa en el Abismo, Célia Bertin; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Francia

Best History Book – English

First Place: From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front, Elizabeth R. Escobedo; University of North Carolina Press; USA
Second Place: The Ghosts of Hero Street, Carlos Harrison; Berkley Caliber; Panama/Panamanian-American
Honorable Mention: Latinos at the Golden Gate: Creating Community and Identity in San Francisco, Tomás F. Summers Sandoval Jr.; University of North Carolina Press; USA
Honorable Mention: Revolutionary Cuba: A History, Luis Martínez-Fernández; University Press of Florida;
Honorable Mention: Helen Miller Bailey, Rita Joiner Soza; Xlibris; USA/ French

Best History Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Bernalillo: Yesterday’s Sunshine Today’s Shadows, Nasario García; Rio Grande Books; USA
Second Place: El Gimnasio Moderno en la Vida Colombiana, 1914 – 2014, Gonzalo Mallarino Botero & Gonzalo Mallarino Florez; Villegas Editores; Colombia

Best Political/Current Affairs Book

First Place: The Dangerous Divide, Peter Eichstaedt; Chicago Review Press; United States
Second Place: America! Don’t You Know Me? I’m Your Native Son: Geronimo, Carlos Melendrez; Starry Night Publishing; USA Mexican American
Honorable Mention: Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of A Nicaraguan War Child, Ileana Araguti; New Trends Press; Nicaragua

Best Business Book

First Place: C.I. Jeans, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores;
Second Place: Cerro Matoso: 30 años Creciendo Junto a Colombia, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Honorable Mention: Mirando los Negocios al Revés, Jorge l. Boza Olivari; Irresistible Publishing House; USA/perú

Best Arts Book – English

First Place: Luis Cruz Azaceta, Alejandro Anreus; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; Havana, Cuba
Second Place: View From The Pier, Herman Sillas; WPR Publishing; USA/Mexican

Best Arts Book – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Árboles de Tamoanchan, Daniel Lezama; Vaso Roto Ediciones; México-Estados Unidos
Second Place: Luis Roldán, Carolina Ponce De León; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Honorable Mention: Unveiling Motion and Emotion, Anabella Lenzu; Anabella Lenzu; Argentina

Best Gift Book

First Place: View From The Pier, Herman Sillas; WPR Publishing; USA/Mexican
Second Place: The Beauty of Being a Woman, Rosie Ochoa; Dancing Dandelians by Createspace; Mexican-American
Honorable Mention: Parques Naturales de Colombia, Julia Miranda; Artist: Andrea Vélez; Villegas Editores;

Best Cookbook

First Place: Sabores Yucatecos: Un Recorrido Culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; WPR Publishing; Mexico & USA

Best Reference Book

First Place: Detalles Maestros: Manual de Dibujo, Procedimientos y Detalles, Carlos Alfonso Cubillos; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Second Place: Monologues for Latino/a Actors, Micha Espinosa, Editor; Smith and Kraus; USA-Mexican/American
Honorable Mention: How I Found my 15 Grandmothers, Genie Milgrom; Create Space Independent Publishing; Cuba/Spain

Best Health Book

First Place: Diabetes Sin Problemas, Frank Suárez; Metabolic Press; Puerto Rico

Best Parenting/Family Book

First Place: Querido Papá, Alicia Araujo-Elatassi; Be Bookhouse; U.S Latina
Second Place: La Jefa de la Casa: Tu Guía Esencial para Manejar la Casa y la Familia de Hoy, Claudia Caporal; Penguin Group; Venezuela

Best Women’s Issues Book

First Place: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor; The University of Nebraska Press; USA, ancestry: Guatemala
Second Place: La Jefa de la Casa: Tu Guía Esencial para Manejar la Casa y la Familia de Hoy, Claudia Caporal; Penguin Group; Venezuela
Honorable Mention: Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir, Julie Guardado; Create Space Independent Publishing; USA

Best Religious Book

First Place: Revenge of a Catholic Schoolboy, Victor Villaseñor; Waterfront Digital Press; USA mexican-american
Second Place: El Vino del Místico: El Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship; India
Honorable Mention: Francisco: Canto de una Criatura, Alda Merini; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Halia
Honorable Mention: Regresar a Jesús de Nazaret, Rafael Luciani; PPC, Editorial y Distribuidora, S.A.; Venezuela

Best Spiritual/New Age Book

First Place: El Vino del Místico: El Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship; India
Second Place: El Poder Del Corazón, Baptist de Pape; Atria Books; Netherlands

Best Travel Book

First Place: Colombia Horizontes, Photographer: Felipe Luque; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia

Best Sports/Recreation Book

First Place: James: En la Cima del Mundo, Jorge Barraza; Ediciones B. Colombia; Argentina

Best Nonfiction – Multi-Author

First Place: Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles, Catherine Kurland, Enrique Lamadrid; University of New Mexico Press; USA
Second Place: Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, Jennifer De Leon, Editor; The University of Nebraska Press; USA, ancestry: Guatemala
Honorable Mention: Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland, Spencer Herrera, Levi Romero, & Robert Kaiser; University of New Mexico Press; USA

Best Graphic NonFiction Book

First Place: A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States, Ilan Stavans; Illustrator: Lalo Alcaraz; Basic Books;

C FICTION AWARDS
Best Latino Focused Fiction Book – English

First Place: The City of Palaces, Michael Nava; Terrace Books; CA,USA; Mexican descent
Second Place: Raw Man, Fred Rivera; A Word With You Press; USA, Mexican descent
Second Place: The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henríquez; Alfred A. Knopf Publishing; USA/Panama
Second Place: A Falling Star, Chantel Acevedo; Carolina Wren Press; Born in the US; 1st generation Cuban
Honorable Mention: The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya; University of New Mexico Press; USA

Best Latino Focused Fiction Book – Spanish

First Place: !A Estudiar, Carajo!, Ana María González; Editorial Santuario; Dominican Republic
Second Place: Trasfondos, Fernando Olszanski & José Castro Urioste; Ars Communis Editorial; Argentina y Perú
Honorable Mention: Revancha en Los Angeles, Alicia Alarcón; Mio House Publishing; México
Honorable Mention: El Sendero de las Guerrillas, Martín Balarezo García; Gematext, Inc.; Perú

Most Inspirational Fiction Book

First Place: Remedy for a Broken Angel, Toni Ann Johnson; Nortia Press; USA
Second Place: En el Umbral de tu Voz, Dalia Stella González; Terranova Editores; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: Un Buen Hijo de P, Ismael Cala; Random House; Vintage Español; Cuba

Best Popular Fiction – English

First Place: Finder of Lost Objects, Susie Hara; Ithuriel’s Spear; US, Syrian-Jewish-American
First Place: The King and Queen of Comezón, Denise Chávez; University of Oklahoma Press; US-Mexican American
Honorable Mention: The Book of I, Jorge Armenteros; Jaded Ibis Press; Cuba

Best Popular Fiction – Spanish

First Place: La Casa en que Vivo no Tiene Dirección, Hugo Rodríguez Díaz; País Invisible-editores; Puerto Rico
Second Place: Tras Esas Gafas de Sol, María Bird Picó; Publicaciones Te Pienso; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: Detránsito, Martha B. Bátiz Zuk; Terranova Editores; Mexico City
Honorable Mention: Adicta, Zane; Atria Books; US

Best Novel – Adventure or Drama – English

First Place: The Schwarzschild Radius, Gustavo Florentin; Curiosity Quills Press; USA/Paraguay
Second Place: Steven Isn’t Normal, Marco A. Vasquez; Floricanto Press; USA/México
Second Place: The Awakening of Miss Prim, Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera; Atria Books; Spain
Second Place: Parisian Promises, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Honorable Mention: Lili of Peru, David C. Edmonds; Peace Corps Writers; USA Anglo

Best Novel – Adventure or Drama – Spanish

First Place: El Sendero de las Guerrillas, Martín Balarezo García; Gematext, Inc.; Perú
Second Place: Casi Siempre Fue Abril, Hiram Sánchez Martínez; Ediciones Hache Silente; USA

Best Novel – Historical Fiction – English

First Place: Dying Freedom, Insurrection 1810, Rubén Acosta Vallejo; Palibrio; México
Second Place: The City of Palaces, Michael Nava; Terrace Books; CA,USA; Mexican descent
Honorable Mention: Parisian Promises, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing; Ecuador-Basque
Honorable Mention: Legends of the Californios, Raquel Perez; Outskirts Press; American of Mexican descent

Best Novel – Historical Fiction – Spanish

First Place: Santa María del Diablo, Gustavo Arango; Ediciones B. Colombia; Colombia- USA
Second Place: No Habrá Primavera en Abril, Luis Alejandro Polanco; Pasadizo; república dominicana
Honorable Mention: Misión Olvido, María Dueñas; Atria Books; Spain

Best Novel – Mystery

First Place: Ripper, Isabel Allende; HarperCollins Publishers; Chile
Second Place: Night of the Jaguar, Joe Gannon; Minotaur Books; St. Martin’s Press; USA
Honorable Mention: The Schwarzschild Radius, Gustavo Florentin; Curiosity Quills Press; USA/Paraguay
Honorable Mention: Battle for a Soul, Manuel A. Meléndez; Aignos Publishing, Inc.; Puerto Rico

Best Novel – Fantasy/Sci-Fi

First Place: Rise of the Black Rose, Land of Enchantment Trilogy #3, Belinda Vasquez Garcia; Magic Prose; USA
Second Place: A Taste of Honey, Rocky Barilla; Rosquete Press; U.S.A
Honorable Mention: Born in the Wayeb: Book One of the Mayan Chronicles, Lee. E. Cart; Ek’ Balam Press; USA/USA-lived in Mexico for 7+ years
Honorable Mention: Adelitas’s Secret, Christopher Cloud; Christopher Cloud; USA

Best Novel – Romance

First Place: Desert Heat, Elizabeth Reyes; Atria Books; US(Mexico)
Second Place: Born To Sing, Donna Del Oro; Extasy Books; USA/ Hispanic

Best Poetry Book – One Author – English

First Place: The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, Willie Perdomo; Penguin Group (USA); USA, Puerto Rican ancestry
Second Place: The Small Claim of Bones, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez; Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingüe; U.S.A Mexican Ancestry
Honorable Mention: Comprehending Forever, Rich Villar; Aquarius Press; US, Cuban ancestry

Best Poetry Book – One Author – Bilingual

First Place: Sagrada Familia, Johanny Vázquez-Paz; Isla Negra Editores; Puerto Rico
Second Place: Decreación, Anne Carson; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Canadá
Honorable Mention: Así Habló Penélope, Tino Villanueva; Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Franklin; United States (Mexican ancestry)

Best Poetry Book – One Author – Spanish

First Place: Poesía Eres Tú, F. Isabel Campoy; Santillana USA Publishing Company; Spain
Second Place: De Mariposas y Mantis, Silvia Siller; Illustrator: Carmen Elena Trigueros; URPI Editores; México – Nicaragua
Honorable Mention: Soles Manchados, Pilar Vélez; Snow Fountain Press; Colombia
Honorable Mention: Syllables of Wind | Sílabas de Viento, Xánath Caraza; Mammoth Publications ; Mexico, Chicana-indiguenous Mexican

Best Poetry Book – Multi-Author

First Place: La Doble Sombra, Antonio Tello y José Di Marco; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Argentina
Second Place: Goodbye, Mexico, Sarah Cortez; Texas Review Press; USA Mexican American

Best Fiction – Multi-Author

First Place: Trasfondos, Fernando Olszanski & José Castro Urioste; Ars Communis Editorial; Argentina y Perú

D EBOOKS & AUDIO AWARDS
Best Young Adult eBook

First Place: Who’s Ju?, Dania Ramos; Northampton House Press; USA, Mainland (birth); Puerto Rico(ancestry)
Second Place: De Aquí para Allá: Cuentos Sobre Inmigrantes, Claudia Yelin; Everest, S.A., Editorial; Argentina

Best eBook – Nonfiction

First Place: Birth of a New J: A Cathartic Memoir, Julie Guardado; Create Space Independent Publishing; USA
Second Place: Raising Bilingual Children, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas; Atria Books; Puerto Rico, USA
Honorable Mention: Volver a Ser Feliz, Patricia Gaviria; Moviendo Energias; Colombia

E PORTUGUESE AWARDS
Best Book – Fiction in Portuguese (Originally in Portuguese)

First Place: Once Upon a Time in Rio, Francisco Azevedo; Atria Books; Brazil
Second Place: A Segunda Vinda De Cristo à Terra, João Cerqueira; Estaçaõ Imaginária; Portugal

Best Children’s Picture Book in Portuguese (Originally in another language)

First Place: Maria and the Lost Calf, Kate Morejohn; Illustrated: Dwight Morejohn; Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc; Author:USA/Irish;Illustrator: USA/Spanish
Second Place: Dance Recital, Jill Barletti; Snowflake Stories, LLC; USA, German ethnicity

Best Book – Nonfiction in Portuguese (Originally in another language)

First Place: Tracks in the Amazon, Gary Neeleman & Rose Neeleman; University of Utah Press; USA
Second Place: Intuição: Orientação da Alma para as Decisões de Vida, Sri Daya Mata; Self-Realization Fellowship; United States; American
Honorable Mention: Jornada para a Autorrealização, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship; India

F DESIGN AWARDS
Best Latino Focused Book Design

First Place: How Chile Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otero; Rio Grande Books; USA
Second Place: Sabores Yucatecos: Un Recorrido Culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; Illustrator: David Mir; WPR Publishing; Mexico & USA

Best Cover Design

First Place: Ciencias Naturales: Imágenes de Flora y Fauna, Fabio Ramírez, S.J.; Photographer: Andrés Mauricio López; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Second Place: Las Flores del Mal, Charles Baudelaire; Photographer, Victor Ramírez y Fiona Morrison; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Francés

Best Cover Illustration

First Place: View From The Pier, Herman Sillas; WPR Publishing; USA/Mexican
Second Place: Micaela, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company; Perú

Best Cover Photo

First Place: Colombia Horizontes, Photographer: Felipe Luque; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Second Place: Inheritance Discovering the Richness of the Latino Culture and Family, Lorena Garza Gonzalez; Urban Strategies; USA
Honorable Mention: Dream to Achieve, Joseph Gutiz; New Trends Press; USA

Best Interior Design

First Place: Fotografía en Antioquia, Jaime Osorio Gómez; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores;
Second Place: Poesía Eres Tú, F. Isabel Campoy; Designer: Jaqueline Rivera/ Grafi(k)a LLC; Santillana USA Publishing Company; Spain
Honorable Mention: How Chile Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otero; Rio Grande Books; USA

Best Use of Photos Inside the Book

First Place: Parques Naturales de Colombia, Julia Miranda; Designer: Benjamín Villegas; Villegas Editores; Colombia

Best Use of Illustrations Inside the Book

First Place: How Chile Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Designer: Nicolas Otero; Rio Grande Books; USA
Second Place: Ciencias Naturales: Imágenes de Flora y Fauna, Fabio Ramírez, S.J. & Juan David Giraldo; Photographer: Andrés Mauricio López; Villegas Editores; Colombia
Honorable Mention: Soccer Star, Mina Javaherbin; Illustrator: Renato Alarcão; Candlewick Press; Brazil

G TRANSLATION AWARDS
Best Children’s Picture Book Translation – Spanish to English

First Place: Avian Kingdom Feathered: Neither Night nor Day, Karen Chacek, Translator: Sonia Verjovsky; TechStudios, LLC; Mexico

Best Children’s Picture Book Translation – English to Spanish

First Place: Conoce a Gabriel García Márquez, Mónica Brown/ Translator: Isabel C. Mendoza; Santillana USA Publishing Company; USA/ Perú
Second Place: El Gato Ensombrerado, Dr. Seuss; Translator: Georgina Lazaro and Teresa Mlawer; Random House Books for Young Readers ;
Honorable Mention: Secretos en la Nieve, Virginia Kroll/ Nívola Uyá; Translator: Jimena Licitra; Cuento de Luz; United States

Best Nonfiction Book Translation – English to Spanish

First Place: Decreación, Anne Carson; Translator: Jeannette L. Clariond; Vaso Roto Ediciones; Canadá
Second Place: El Vino del Místico: El Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship; India
Sabores Yucatecos: Un Recorrido Culinario a Yucatán, Gilberto Cetina, Katharine A. Díaz, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; Translator: Marissa Marrufo; WPR Publishing; Mexico
& USA
Honorable Mention:

Best Fiction Book Translation – Spanish to English

First Place: The Heart Has Its Reasons, María Dueñas; Atria Books; Spain

Best Fiction Book Translation – English to Spanish

First Place: Así Habló Penélope, Tino Villanueva; Translator: Nuria Brufau Alvira; Universidad de Alcalá, Instituto Franklin; United States (Mexican ancestry)

H THE MARIPOSA AWARDS
Best First Book – Children & Youth – English

First Place: The Wild Chihuahuas of Mexico, Traude Gomez Rhine; Tampico Press Books; USA-Mexican
Second Place: Who’s Ju?, Dania Ramos; Northampton House Press; USA, Mainland (birth); Puerto Rico(ancestry)
Second Place: The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, Janet Balletta; WRB Publishing; American of Colombian & PR descent
Honorable Mention: Endeavour’s Long Journey, John D. Olivas; East West Discovery Press; US, Latino

Best First Book – Children & Youth – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: Los Cuentos para Soñar de mi Nana Luna, Nora Girón-Dolce; Ramos Editores; mexico
Second Place: La Flor Mágica, Emanuel Franco; La Pereza Ediciones; México

Best First Book – Nonfiction – English

First Place: The Beat of My Own Drum, Sheila E. with Wendy Holden; Atria Books; US (Mexican/Creole)
Second Place: Raising Bilingual Children, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas; Atria Books; Puerto Rico, USA
Honorable Mention: View From The Pier, Herman Sillas; WPR Publishing; USA/Mexican
Honorable Mention: The Flesh-and-Blood Aesthetics of Alejandro Morales: Disease, Sex, and Figuration, Marc García-Martínez; San Diego State University Press; USA

Best First Book – Fiction – English

First Place: Raw Man, Fred Rivera; A Word With You Press; USA, Mexican descent
Second Place: Covering the Sun with My Hand, Theresa Varela; Aignos Publishing, Inc.; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: Divine Sight, Eduarda Amondragon; Create Space Independent Publishing; USA/ Mexican-American
Honorable Mention: The 16 Rule, Evelyn Gonzalez; Friesen Press; USA

Best First Book – Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual

First Place: En el Umbral de tu Voz, Dalia Stella González; Terranova Editores; Puerto Rico
Second Place: La Casa en que Vivo no Tiene Dirección, Hugo Rodríguez Díaz; País Invisible-editores; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: Tras Esas Gafas de Sol, María Bird Picó; Publicaciones Te Pienso; Puerto Rico
Honorable Mention: Coleccionista de Almas, Bertha Jacobson; Bertha Jacobson; México

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