Connecting Latinas All Over the World through Literature

July 2016: Diana Lopez, Carmen Rita


Las Comadres & Friends along with National LatinoLit Book Club
presents Conversations with Las Comadres

July Teleconference & Book of the Month

Nothing Up My Sleeve by Diana LopezNothing Up My Sleeve, by Diana Lopez, published by Kensington Press along with Nothing Too Real by Carmen Rita, published by Kensington Press.



About the Book:

Sixth graders Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon a new magic shop in town and can’t wait to spend their summer mastering cool tricks to gain access to the Vault, a key holders-only back room bound to hold all kinds of secrets. And once they get in, they set their sights even higher: a huge competition at the end of the summer. They work on their card tricks, sleights,
and vanishing acts, trying to come up with the most awesome routines possible….Problem is, the trip is expensive, and it’s money that each guy’s family just doesn’t have.To make things worse, the shop-owners’ daughter, Ariel (who just so happens to be last year’s competition winner), will do anything to make sure the boys don’t come out on top. Even pit them against one another. Will they make it to the competition?  And if so, at what cost?

About the Author:

DianaLopezAuthorPhotoDiana Lopez is the author of the novels Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, Choke, andConfetti Girl, which won the 2012 William Allen White Award. She is the editor of the journal Huizache and the managing director of CentroVictoria, an organization devoted to promoting Mexican American literature. She lives in South Texas and teaches at the University of Houston-Victoria.


never too real_finalNothing Up My Sleeve, by Diana Lopez, published by Kensington Press along with Nothing Too Real by Carmen Rita, published by Kensington Press.


About the Book:


Cat, Magda, Gabi, and Luz. They’ve helped each other up the ladder with unshakable encouragement—and raw honesty—since forever. But lately, trouble is throwing everything these formidable women thought they knew into doubt.

When outspoken Cat’s high-flying T.V. career crashes and burns, she’s got to figure out which dream she wants to keep alive the most—her own, or someone else’s. Gorgeous venture capitalist Magda defied her traditional family to make her own way—in her personal life and her career—but an unexpected crisis could finally shatter her chance to resolve the past.

As a therapist, sensitive, supportive Gabi has all the answers. But when her own world falls apart, can she turn her compassion—and her trademark tough love—on herself? And proud, wealthy Luz thought she knew everything about her upper-class family background—until a revelation she never saw coming threatens to be the one legacy she can’t afford.

Now all four women will have to face the truths that make them vulnerable and the failings that give them strength to discover who they really are—and what real happiness means.

About the Author:

carmenrita200Carmen Rita is CEO and founder of Malecon Productions, a multi-media content company. She is one of the only Latinas on American television to host a daily national news program, CNBC’s On the Money, and has been a national advice columnist for Glamour, Latina, Essence and Good Housekeeping as well as an expert with NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, CBS This Morning and a regular on ABC’s The View. A native New Yorker, Rita has been a guest of the White House as a member of President Obama’s ‘Business For-ward’ initiative to further African-American, Latino and Asian business owners. She’s been a faculty professor at New York University, serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations.


Author website:

Twitter: @CarmenSense


Publishing House Page:

Video of Carmen Rita’s interview with Lynda Baquero


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