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Las Comadres para las Americas is proud to announce that our book, Count On Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships, was awarded first place in the Best Nonfiction: Multi-Author category. Congratulations to all the awardees and honorable mentions for this year’s International Latino Book Awards!

Again this year the New York City Comadres Network was the hostess for the 15th awards ceremony. Julia Abrantes, Maria, Ferrer, and Tess Tobin comprised the leadership team of volunteers who made such an important event a great success. Our comadre volunteers included Julie Aponte, Nicole Beauchamp, Glorya Cabrera, Elizabeth Conde, Melissa Diaz, Marilyn Figueroa, Miriam Molina, Ximena Paredes, Raquel Penzo, Irene Perez, Yani Perez, Anna Vasquez Howard, and Christy Yanis. Also thanks to Maria Rivas who could not join us due to illness. Alicia and Annie Perez from California also comprised part of the volunteer team.

¡Mil gracias to all!

Recognizing 15 Years of Literary Greatness Through the International Latino Book Awards

By Kirk Whisler

On May 30, 2013 before a capacity crowd at the Instituto Cervantes in midtown Manhattan, the most important awards celebrating achievements in Latino literature were presented to 190 deserving authors and publishers. The International Latino Book Awards, now in its 15th year, were presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres para las Americas and the Instituto Cervantes. Since the Awards were founded over a thousand books have been honored. The important new Award Winning Author logo was also unveiled. In 2012, Latinos in the USA spent over $500 million on books. They are sophisticated buyers of books in English and Spanish, as well adult and children books.

The Awards were sponsored this year by Premium Sponsor Libros Publishing and Gold Sponsor Scholastic. Bronze Sponsors are Atria/Simon & Schuster and Vaso Roto Ediciones. Additional support comes from the University of Arizona Press and Arte Público Press. The Awards, already the largest awards in the USA celebrating achievements in Latino literature, are leading a wave of cultural and economic development within the Latino community. Tony Plana served as the master of ceremonies for the event and the presenters included golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez, various national leaders within the Latino community, and book industry leaders.

Latino Literacy Now is a nonprofit co-founded by Edward James Olmos to promote literacy within the community in all forms: educational, financial, and reading. Since 1997 a total of 52 Latino Book & Family Festivals have been held around the USA within a combined attendance of 880,000. The nonprofit also conducts the Latino Books into Movies Awards in an effort to increase the number of Latino themed films that are produced.

Las Comadres para las Americas, a nonprofit organization, is an internationally known Latino organization empowering women to be actively engaged in the growing Latino communities through online and face to face networks. The organization’s mission is connecting and empowering Latinas everywhere through community building/networking, cultural preservation and celebration, learning, and technology.

Instituto Cervantes is a nonprofit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. Its mission is to promote the teaching of Spanish and to contribute to the advancement of the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Instituto Cervantes is present on five continents with more than 50 centers spread out across many different countries.

This year’s group of entries were judged by an outstanding group of over 60 notables including Julia L. Abrantes, Andrea Arroyo, Ruben Arvizu, Manuel Baca, Maribeth Bandas, Nicole A Ramos Beauchamp, Roberto Chavez, Barbara Bustillos Cogswell, Martí Cortinas, Alma L. Guajardo-Crossley, Rebecca Diaz, John Echeveste, Elisabeth Enenbach, Eddie Escobedo Jr., Hector Ericksen, Maria Fernandes, Maria Ferrer, José Galvez, Arturo Garcia, Denice Garcia, Gloria Garcia, Ignacio Gomez, Helen Gonzales, Myriam Grajales-Hall, Marcela Hede, Carla Herrera, Abraham Larrondo, Mimi Lozano, Arlene Martinez, Caron Martinez, Julio C. Mejia, Sara Melendez, Lisa Montes, Danny Morales, Julian Nava, Dr. Jess Nieto, Ana M. Patiño, Alice Perez, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro. Rafael Prieto, Maria S. Quezada, Maria de la Luz Reyes, Steve Richer, Edwin “Rodd” Rodriguez, Gloria Rodriguez, Guillermo Rojas, Sarah D. Amador Rusnak, Irene M. Sánchez, Melanie Slone, Jim Sullivan, Andres Tobar, John Valdez, Martin Valdez, Andy Valenzuela, Carlos Von Son, Magdalena Whisler, and Dr. Lea Ybarra. The awards were overseen by Kirk Whisler with major assistance from Nora de Hoyos Comstock PhD, Jim Sullivan, and Ana Patiño.

Award presenters at the 15th Annual Awards included Tony Plana, award winning actor & director, Master of Ceremonies; Becky Barrera, Scholastic, Hispanic Initiatives: Carmen Delibes, Instituto Cervantes, Library Director; Adriana Dominguez, Literary Agent, Full Circle Literary; José Ignacio Echeverría, President of the National Mexican Publishing Chamber (CANIEM); Frank Gomez, Educational Testing Service Executive; Marcela Landres, Editorial Consultant; Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Editor, Cosmopolitan Latina; Louis Muñoz, REFORMA Secretary; Chi Chi Rodriguez, Golf Hall of Famer; and Jose Luis Rodriguez, CEO, HITN KW. We very much appreciated their participation.

See the list of 2013 winners below!

2013 International Latino Book Awards Judges

Las Comadres para las Americas is proud to announce that our book, Count On Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships, was awarded first place in the Best Nonfiction: Multi-Author category. Congratulations to all the awardees and honorable mentions for this year’s International Latino Book Awards!

Other Comadre FINALISTS (look for their names and books, in bold red type, in the list of winners):
Alma Flor Ada, Malin Alegria, Joy Castro, Leila Cobo, Dora Currea, Christina Diaz Gonzales, Grace Flores Hughes, Reyna Grande, Sonia Manzano, Melinda Palacio, Annie Mary Perez, Caridad Piñeiro, Mary Romero, Lisa R. Ramírez, Sandra Ramos O’Briant, Peggy Robles Alvarado, Linda Rodriguez, Carmen Tafolla (3 First Places), Dr. Lorena Gonzalez and Lisa Trevino Cummins, Gwendolyn Zepeda, and Cecilia Velástegui.

Anthology: Nancy De Los Santos Reza, Josefina López, Margo De Leon, Laura De Anda, Susan Orosco, Bel Hernandez Castillo, Joanna Ilizaliturri Díaz, Rita Mosqueda Marmolejo, and Sylvia Mendoza.

The International Latino Book Awards were sponsored this year by Premium Sponsor Libros Publishing and Gold Sponsor Scholastic. Bronze Sponsors are Atria/Simon and Schuster and Vaso Roto Ediciones. Additional support comes from the University of Arizona Press and Arte Público Press.

The New York City Comadres were the hostesses for the 2013 International Latino Book Awards! They did a fabulous job welcoming our honored guests and managing the entire event. Our leadership team, Julia Abrantes, Maria Ferrer and Tess Tobin, was assisted by Julie Aponte, Nicole Beauchamp, Glorya Cabrera, Elizabeth Conde, Melissa Diaz, Marilyn Figueroa, Miriam Molina, Ximena Paredes, Raquel Penzo, Alicia Perez (CA), Annie Perez (CA), Irene Perez, Yani Perez, Anna Vasquez Howard, and Christy Yanis. Could not have done it without you, querida comadres! Kirk Whisler, Jim Sullivan and I thank you…

Con cariño,
Nora de Hoyos Comstock

2013 International Latino Book Award Winners in the following categories:

  • Children, Youth, and Young Adult
  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • eBooks and Audio
  • Portuguese
  • Design
  • Translation
  • Mariposa
A. CHILDREN, YOUTH, & YOUNG ADULT BOOK AWARDS

Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – English
FIRST PLACE — LightKeepers to the Rescue!, Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli; A Caribbean Experience Con Amor, USA
SECOND PLACE — Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day, Albert Monreal Quihuis; Albert Monreal Quihuis, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico, Rudolfo Anaya; Rio Grande Books, USA

Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Conoce a Simón Bolívar, Edna Iturralde; Alfaguara Grupo Santillana, USA/Ecuador
HONORABLE MENTION — Pelito: The Move • La Mudanza, Abraham Urias; Lito Publishing, El Salvador

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – English
FIRST PLACE — The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pat Mora; Illustrators: Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher; Random House Children’s Books, USA
SECOND PLACE — Grandpa Lolo’s Navajo Saddle Blanket, Nasario García; University of New Mexico Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Walking Through a World of Aromas, Ariel Andrés Almada; Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer; Cuento de Luz, Spain
HONORABLE MENTION — Mom Goes to War, Irene Aparici; Illustrator: Mónica Carretero; Cuento de Luz, Spain
HONORABLE MENTION — LightKeepers to the Rescue!, Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli; A Caribbean Experience Con Amor, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Life is Beautiful!, Ana Eulate; Illustrator: Nívola Uyá; Cuento de Luz

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Guacamole, Jorge Argueta & Margarita Sada; Groundwood Books, El Salvador (Native Salvadoran & Pipil Nahua Indian)
SECOND PLACE — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú
HONORABLE MENTION — Periquito, The Story of Little Parakeet, Georgette Baker; Cantemos

Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book – Spanish
FIRST PLACE — Cocorina y El Puchero Mágico, Mar Pavón; Illustrator: Mónica Carretero; Cuento de Luz, Spain
SECOND PLACE — Egipto, Pau Joan Hernández; Fernando Vicente; Editorial Combel
HONORABLE MENTION — Soy Feliz, Alberto Agraso & Mony Dojeiji; Walking for Peace Publishing, USA

Best Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book
FIRST PLACE — Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, Duncan Tonatiuh; Abrams Books For Young Readers, Mexico
SECOND PLACE — Conoce a Miguel de Cervantes, Edna Iturralde; Alfaguara Grupo Santillana, USA/Ecuador
HONORABLE MENTION — La Malinche, Francisco Serrano; Groundwood Books, Mexico/Canada

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – English
FIRST PLACE — Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster, Susan Hood; Simon & Schuster, Books for Young Readers, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — LightKeepers to the Rescue!, Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli; A Caribbean Experience Con Amor, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Mom Goes to War, Irene Aparici; Illustrator: Mónica Carretero; Cuento de Luz, Spain

Best Educational Children’s Picture Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — ¡Nos Divertimos con la Ciencia!, Ángels Navarro; Editorial Combel
SECOND PLACE — Colores Everywhere!, Madeleine Budnick; Trinity University Press, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Hello Círculos!, Madeleine Budnick; Trinity University Press, USA

Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book
FIRST PLACE — The Sky of Afghanistan, Ana Eulate; Illustrator: Sonja Wimmer; Cuento de Luz, Spain
SECOND PLACE — Mom Goes to War, Irene Aparici; Illustrator: Mónica Carretero; Cuento de Luz, Spain
HONORABLE MENTION — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú

Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book
FIRST PLACE — Border Town #1: Crossing the Line, Malin Alegria; Scholastic Books, USA
SECOND PLACE — Pueblo Fronterizo No 1: Cruzar el Limite, Malin Alegria; Scholastic Books, USA

Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book – English
FIRST PLACE — Love, Amalia, Alma Flor Ada; Simon & Schuster, Books for Young Readers, Cuba
SECOND PLACE — Calling Him Dad, Virginia Kamhi; WPR Books, USA

Best Youth Chapter Fiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Oro, Incienso y Mirra, Ariel González Calzada; Floricanto Press, Cuba

Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book
FIRST PLACE — Calling Him Dad, Virginia Kamhi; WPR Books, USA

Best Young Adult Fiction Book
FIRST PLACE — When The Guns Fell Silent, Edna Iturralde; WPR Publishing, Ecuador
SECOND PLACE — A Thunderous Whisper, Christina Diaz Gonzales; Random House Children’s Books, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz; Simon & Schuster, Books for Young Readers, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, Sonia Manzano; Scholastic Books, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Ciudad de Huérfanos, Avi; Editorial Bambu

Best Young Adult Nonfiction Book
FIRST PLACE — The Pregnancy Project, Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer; Simon & Schuster, Books for Young Readers, USA

Best Educational Young Adult Book
FIRST PLACE — Puberman El Enfrentamiento, Maria Villegas & Jennie Kent; Illustrator: Ivan Chacon; Villegas Editores
SECOND PLACE — Lectura de textos: Análisis e Interpretación. Narrativa, Poesía, Drama y Ensayo. Siglo XX, Eugenia Muñoz; Pearson Learning Solutions; USA/Colombian Ancestry

Most Inspirational Young Adult Book
FIRST PLACE — The Day of Yesterday, Edna Iturralde; WPR Publishing, Ecuador
SECOND PLACE — El Sendero Hacia el Exito!, Daniel Ramirez
HONORABLE MENTION — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú

 

B. NONFICTION AWARDS

Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book
FIRST PLACE — The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
FIRST PLACE — We Became Mexican American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream, Carlos B. Gil; Xlibris, USA
SECOND PLACE — The Shadow Catcher, Hipolito Acosta; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Latino Theatre Initiative, Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005, Chantal Rodriguez; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream, Mary Romero; New York University Press, USA

Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – English
FIRST PLACE — Island of Bones: Essays, Joy Castro; The University of Nebraska Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — 8 Ways to Say “I Love My Life!”, Nancy De Los Santos Reza, Josefina López, Margo De Leon, Laura De Anda, Susan Orosco, Bel Hernandez Castillo, Joanna Ilizaliturri Díaz, & Rita Mosqueda Marmolejo. Edited by Sylvia Mendoza; Arte Público Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Dulcified: Sweetened by the Education of Life, Lisa R. Ramírez; TP Rewards; USA of Mexican ancestry
HONORABLE MENTION — A Tale of Survival, Grace Flores-Hughes; Author House, USA

Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Palabras Calladas, José Álvarez; Editorial Voces De Hoy, Cuba
SECOND PLACE — Poder de Mujer, Mariela Dabbah; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Las Semillas Del Exito, César Lacayo; Producciones Intercelac, Nicaragua

Best Biography – English
FIRST PLACE — We Became Mexican American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream, Carlos B. Gil; Xlibris, USA
SECOND PLACE — A Mango for the Teacher, Deborah Frisch; Xicalango Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Something Fierce, Carmen Aguirre; Douglas & McIntyre, USA

Best Biography – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — En Busca de Mi Destino, Irma Reyes Herrera; Xlibris, Guatemala
SECOND PLACE — Caminando por la Paz: Un Camino Interior, Mony Dojeiji & Alberto Agraso; Walking for Peace Publishing, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Mi Vida Junto a El Cristo de Espaldas, Tomás Fundora & Ariel González Calzada; Floricanto Press, Cuba

Best History Book – English
FIRST PLACE — The Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, Agustin Gurza; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA
SECOND PLACE — The Latino Theatre Initiative, Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005, Chantal Rodriguez; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA

Best History Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — La Calle del Héroe, Marc Wilson; University of Oklahoma Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Conquistadoras: Mujeres Heroinas de la Conquista de América, Carlos B. Vega; Janaway Publishing Inc, Spain
HONORABLE MENTION — Boquete Centenario: Florilegio Poético – Histórico, Markela Rojer de Ballesteros; Universidad de Panamá

Best Political/Current Affairs Book
FIRST PLACE — De la Sombra a la Luz: Imágenes del Secuestro, Mario Ayerbe González & Fernando Soto Aparicio; Jose Marcelino Triana Perdomo
SECOND PLACE — Colombia Un País de Oportunidades, Adriana Llano Restrepo; Illustrator: Benjamin Villegas; Villegas Editores
HONORABLE MENTION — Cuando Los Chinos Hablan, Ana Fuentes; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA

Best Business Book
FIRST PLACE — Poder de Mujer, Mariela Dabbah; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA/Argentina

Best Arts Book – English
FIRST PLACE — Rafael Ferrer, Deborah Cullen; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA

Best Arts Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Rebozos, Carmen Tafolla; Wings Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Jacanamijoy, Alvaro Medina; Illustrator: Carlos Jacanamijoy; Villegas Editores
HONORABLE MENTION — Floricanto en Aztlan, Alurista; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Mexico

Best Gift Book
FIRST PLACE — Rebozos, Carmen Tafolla; Wings Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — María, Jorge Isaacs; Illustrator: Sylvia Patiño; editorSPatino
HONORABLE MENTION — Floricanto en Aztlan, Alurista; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Mexico

Best Cookbook
FIRST PLACE — Sabores Yucatecos: A Culinary Tour of The Yucatán, Katherine A. Diaz, Gilberto Cetina, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; WPR Publishing, Mexico/USA
SECOND PLACE — Cocina & Diplomacia, Mariana Espinosa De Silva; Photographer: Greg Powers; Villegas Editores

Best Reference Book – English
FIRST PLACE — The Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, Agustin Gurza; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA
SECOND PLACE — The Latino Theatre Initiative, Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005, Chantal Rodriguez; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA

Best Reference Book – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Libro de Emblemas Imagen y Palabra en el Barroco, Fabio Ramirez S. J. & Juan David Giraldo; Villegas Editores
SECOND PLACE — A-Z Las Palabras de la Arquitectura, Benjamin Barney-Caldas; Illustrator: Sylvia Patiño; editorSPatino
HONORABLE MENTION — La Familia y El Dinero ¡Hecho Fácil!, Elaine King; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA

Best Self-Help Book
FIRST PLACE — Como Tratar Con Gente Difícil, Becky Krinsty, Mexico
SECOND PLACE — Poder de Mujer, Mariela Dabbah; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — El Sendero Hacia el Exito!, Daniel Ramirez
HONORABLE MENTION — Nuevo Comienzo, Carlos Flores; Evolution Publishing House, USA

Best Health Book
FIRST PLACE — El Cerebro y El Mito Del Yo, Rodolfo R. Llinas; Villegas Editores
SECOND PLACE — Get a Bangin’ Body: The City Gym Boys’ Ultimate Body Weight Workout for Men and Women, Charles LaSalle; Avery, Cuban American
HONORABLE MENTION — Vive la Vida de Tus Sueños, Martín Llorens; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA

Best Parenting/Family Book
FIRST PLACE — La Familia y El Dinero ¡Hecho Fácil!, Elaine King; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA/Peru
SECOND PLACE — Palabras Calladas, José Álvarez; Editorial Voces De Hoy, Cuba

Best Women’s Issues Book
FIRST PLACE — Looking for Esperanza, Adriana Páramo; Benu Press, Colombia
SECOND PLACE — Dulcified: Sweetened by the Education of Life, Lisa R. Ramírez; TP Rewards, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Poder de Mujer, Mariela Dabbah; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — 8 Ways to Say “I Love My Life!”, Nancy De Los Santos Reza, Josefina López, Margo De Leon, Laura De Anda, Susan Orosco, Bel Hernandez Castillo, Joanna Ilizaliturri Díaz, & Rita Mosqueda Marmolejo. Edited by Sylvia Mendoza; Arte Público Press, USA

Best Religious Book
FIRST PLACE — La Segunda Venida de Cristo, Vol. II, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship, India

Best Spiritual/New Age Book
FIRST PLACE — Vive la Vida de Tus Sueños, Martín Llorens; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA/Argentina
SECOND PLACE — Caminando por la Paz: Un Camino Interior, Mony Dojeiji & Alberto Agraso; Walking for Peace Publishing, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — La Segunda Venida de Cristo, Vol. II, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship, India

Best Travel Book
FIRST PLACE — José María Gutiérrez De Alba, Impresiones de un Viaje a America, Diario Ilustrado de Viajes por Colombia 1871-1873, Jose Maria Gutierrez De Alba; Villegas Editores

Best Nonfiction – Multi-Author
FIRST PLACE — Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships, Las Comadres Para Las Americas; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
SECOND PLACE — Power of The Spirit: A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California, Joe Machado, Ferreira Moreno, José Do Couto Rodrigues; Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc, Portugal
SECOND PLACE — The Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, Agustin Gurza; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Inheritance: Discovering the Richness of the Latino Culture and Family, Dr. Lorena G. Gonzalez & Lisa Trevino Cummins; Urban Strategies, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Power of One: The Story of the Border Angels, Enrique Morones & Richard Griswule del Castillo; San Diego State University Press, USA

 

C. FICTION AWARDS

Best Latino Focused Fiction Book
FIRST PLACE — The Block Captain’s Daughter, Demetria Martínez; University of Oklahoma Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Pig Behind the Bear, Maria Nieto; Berkeley Press: Floricanto Press, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, Francisco Haghenbeck; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA

Best Popular Fiction
FIRST PLACE — The Second Time We Met, Leila Cobo; Grand Central Publishing, Colombia
SECOND PLACE — Better with You Here, Gwendolyn Zepeda; Grand Central Publishing, USA / Mexican American
HONORABLE MENTION — Missing in Machu Picchu, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing, Ecuador

Best Novel – Adventure or Drama
FIRST PLACE — Missing in Machu Picchu, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing, Ecuador
HONORABLE MENTION — Seeking Tierra Santa: Summer Terror in Texas, Michael M. Pacheco; Create Space, USA

Best Novel – Historical Fiction – English
FIRST PLACE — The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood, Sandra Ramos O’Briant; La Gente Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Malena, Edgardo David Holzman; Nortia Press, Argentina
SECOND PLACE — Dos Santos, Fernando de Aragón; Lepican Publishing, Puerto Rico

Best Novel – Historical Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Caminos: La Odisea de una Familia Española en América Después de la Guerra Civil Española, Carlos B. Vega; Janaway Publishing Inc, Books Division, Spain

Best Novel – Mystery
FIRST PLACE — The Land Grant, Carlos Cisneros; Arte Público Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Hell or High Water, Joy Castro; St. Martin’s Press: Thomas Dunne Books, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Every Last Secret, Linda Rodriguez; St. Martin’s Press: Minotaur Books, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Missing in Machu Picchu, Cecilia Velástegui; Libros Publishing, Ecuador

Best Novel – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
FIRST PLACE — Map of the Sky, Felix J. Palma; Nick Caistor; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
SECOND PLACE — Mortal Flesh: The Last Hero of Pompeii, Ana Maria Costa Alongi; Sigillum Publishers, Argentina
SECOND PLACE — The Witch Narratives Reincarnation (Land of Enchantment #1), Belinda Vasquez Garcia; Magic Prose, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Closet of Discarded Dreams, Rudy Ch. Garcia; Damnation Books LLC, USA

Best Novel – Romance
SECOND PLACE — Amor Eterno a Través de Las Dimensiones, Mery Larrinua; LuLu Press, Inc., Colombia
HONORABLE MENTION — The Lost, Caridad Piñeiro; Grand Central Publishing, Cuba

Best Poetry Book – One Author – English
FIRST PLACE — How Fire is a Story, Waiting, Melinda Palacio; Tia Chucha Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella, Maria Aponte; Aponte-Gonzales Production, Puerto Rico/USA

Best Poetry Book – One Author – Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Rebozos, Carmen Tafolla; Wings Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Homage to the Warrior Women • Homenaje A Las Guerreras, Peggy Robles Alvarado; Create Space, USA, Puerto Rican & Dominican parents
HONORABLE MENTION — Potrillo, Charles Wright; Vaso Roto Ediciones, Mexico

Best Poetry Book – One Author – Spanish
FIRST PLACE — Floricanto en Aztlan, Alurista; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Mexico
SECOND PLACE — Conjuro, Xánath Caraza; Mammoth Publications, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Alusiones, Eduardo Félix Medrano-Salas; Editorial Betania, Bolivia

Best Poetry Book – Multi-Author
FIRST PLACE — La Escuela de Wallace Stevens, Harold Bloom; Vaso Roto Ediciones, Mexico
SECOND PLACE — Women Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriqueña Poets, Anita Vélez – Mitchell, Gloria Vando, & Anika Paris; Editor: Linda Rodriguez; Scapegoat Press, USA/Puerto Rico

 

D. eBOOKS & AUDIO AWARDS

Best Children’s Picture eBook
FIRST PLACE — Animals in Our Neighborhood • Animales de Nuestro Vecindario, David Lindgren & Dora Currea; Lindgren-Currea Family Project, Colombia/USA

Best eBook – Nonfiction
FIRST PLACE — Cuando Los Chinos Hablan, Ana Fuentes; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA/Spain
SECOND PLACE — Boquete Centenario: Florilegio Poético – Histórico, Markela Rojer de Ballesteros; Universidad de Panamá

Best eBook – Fiction
FIRST PLACE — Roachkiller and Other Stories, Richie Narvaez; Beyond the Page Publishing, USA

 

E. PORTUGUESE AWARDS

Best Young Adult Book in Portuguese
FIRST PLACE — O Sangue de Tua Tinta, Daniel Spíndola Riberio; Thesaurus Editora de Brasília, Brazil

Best Book – Nonfiction in Portuguese
FIRST PLACE — “Só o Amor”, Sri Daya Mata; Self-Realization Fellowship, India
SECOND PLACE — Não Existe Crime Perfeito, Marcos Linhares; Thesaurus Editora de Brasília, Brazil
HONORABLE MENTION — Viva Sem Medo (Living Fearlessly), Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship, India

Best Book – Fiction in Portuguese
FIRST PLACE — Surtei!, Cleunice de Arruda Castro; Thesaurus Editora de Brasília, Brazil
SECOND PLACE — O Gestor, O Político e O Ladrão, Judivan J. Vieira; Thesaurus Editora de Brasília, Brazil
HONORABLE MENTION — Almagesto: Contos Anímicos, Adriana Kortlandt; Thesaurus Editora de Brasília, Brazil

 

F. DESIGN AWARDS

Best Cover Design
FIRST PLACE — Mario Velez, Luis Fernando Valencia; Illustrator: Mario Velez; Villegas Editores
SECOND PLACE — Homage to the Warrior Women • Homenaje A Las Guerreras, Peggy Robles Alvarado, Pepper Negron, & Carmelo Dominguez; Create Space, USA/Puerto Rican & Dominican parents
HONORABLE MENTION — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú

Best Cover Illustration
FIRST PLACE — Dentro de mi Imaginación, Marta Arteaga; Zuzanna Celej; Cuento de Luz, Spain
SECOND PLACE — Bonita es la Vida!, Nívola Uyá; Cuento de Luz, Spain
HONORABLE MENTION — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú

Best Cover Photo
FIRST PLACE — Dulcified: Sweetened by the Education of Life, Lisa R. Ramírez; TP Rewards, USA

Best Interior Design
FIRST PLACE — La Mentira de Vermeer, Michael Taylor; Illustrator: Josep Baga; Vaso Roto Ediciones, USA/Spain
SECOND PLACE — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú

Best Use of Photos Inside the Book
FIRST PLACE — Caminando Colombia, Andres Hurtado Garcia; Villegas Editores
SECOND PLACE — Sabores Yucatecos: A Culinary Tour of The Yucatán, Katherine A. Diaz, Gilberto Cetina, & Gilberto Cetina, Jr.; WPR Publishing, Mexico/USA

Best Use of Illustrations Inside the Book
FIRST PLACE — Micaela: Despertar en Poesía • Waking Up to Poetry, Adalucía; Cholita Prints and Publishing Company, Perú
SECOND PLACE — Periquito, The Story of Little Parakeet, Georgette Baker; Cantemos

 

G. TRANSLATION AWARDS

Best Children’s Picture Book Translation – Spanish to English
FIRST PLACE — Walking Through a World of Aromas, Ariel Andrés Almada; Jon Brokenbrow; Cuento de Luz, Spain
SECOND PLACE — Jungle Tales, Horacio Quiroga; Translator: Jeff Zorrilla, Argentina

Best Nonfiction Book Translation – Spanish to English
FIRST PLACE — La Arqueología del Viento • The Wind’s Archeology, Luis Alberto Ambroggio; Translator: Naomi Ayala; Vaso Roto Ediciones, Argentina/Puerto Rico
SECOND PLACE — Oblivion, Héctor Abad; Translator: Anne Mclean & Rosalind Harvey; Farrar Straus Giroux, UK/Canada

Best Nonfiction Book Translation – English to Spanish
FIRST PLACE — America’s Chapters of Freedom in English and Spanish: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, The Gettysburg Address. 2nd Edition., Carlos B. Vega; Janaway Publishing Inc., Books Division, Spain
SECOND PLACE — El Cazador de Sombras, Hipolito Acosta; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — La Segunda Venida de Cristo, Vol. II, Paramahansa Yogananda; Self-Realization Fellowship, India

Best Fiction Book Translation – Spanish to English
FIRST PLACE — The Dream of The Celt, Mario Vargas Llosa; Translator: Edith Grossman; Farrar Straus Giroux, USA
SECOND PLACE — Traveler of The Century, Andrés Neuman; Translators: Nick Caistor & Lorena Garcia; Farrar Straus Giroux, UK
HONORABLE MENTION — The Polish Boxer, Eduardo Halfon; Translators: Daniel Hahn, Ollie Brock, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, & Anne McLean; Bellevue Literacy Press, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The Map of the Sky, Felix J. Palma; Nick Caistor; Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Time Commences in Xibalbá, Luis de Lión; Translator: Nathan C. Henne; University of Arizona Press, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — Woes of the True Policeman, Roberto Bolaño; Translator: Natasha Wimmer; Farrar Straus Giroux; USA

 

H. THE MARIPOSA AWARDS

Best First Book – Children & Youth
FIRST PLACE — I Am Happy, Alberto Agraso & Mony Dojeiji; Walking for Peace Publishing, Spain/Canada

Best First Book – Nonfiction – English
FIRST PLACE — Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador, Irina Carlota Silber; Rutgers University Press, Argentina
SECOND PLACE — Clay Hills and Mud Pies, Annie Mary Perez; Floricanto Press, USA

Best First Book – Nonfiction – Spanish or Bilingual
FIRST PLACE — Cuando Los Chinos Hablan, Ana Fuentes; C.A. Press Libros en Español, Penguin Group, USA/Spain
SECOND PLACE — El Sendero Hacia el Exito!, Daniel Ramirez

Best First Book – Fiction – English
FIRST PLACE — The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood, Sandra Ramos O’Briant; La Gente Press, USA
SECOND PLACE — Along These Highways, Rene S. Perez II; University of Arizona Press, USA
HONORABLE MENTION — The House of Order: Stories, John Paul Jaramillo; Anaphora Literary Press, USA

Best First Book – Fiction – Spanish or Bilingual
SECOND PLACE — Cuerpo Mortal: El Ultimo Héroe de Pompeya, Ana Maria Costa Alongi; Sigillum Publishers, Argentina
HONORABLE MENTION — Conjuro, Xánath Caraza; Mammoth Publications, USA

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