Books NJ, Maslow Reading Series, and ILBA

Much to report from last month! Who's Ju was officially released in paperback on June 1. (Woohoo!) A few days later, I had the pleasure of sharing Ju's story with a group of bright sixth-graders at a middle school in Bergen County. I also participated in Books NJ, an excellent outdoor literary festival hosted by the Paramus Public Library.

Later in the month, I had a blast visiting Wilkes University to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Creative Writing Graduate Program. I was one of seven alums featured in the Maslow Reading Series Playwrights Night. Not only did I have the opportunity to present a cutting of my script Hielo, but I got to read roles in a few of the other plays as well. Such a fun night! And it was great to see the faces of fellow alums and former mentors who taught me so much about writing plays and fiction.

Finally, last week I had the honor of attending the  2015 International Latino Book Awards ceremony held in conjunction with the ALA Conference in San Francisco. It was so powerful being in the same room with so many talented Latino authors. These awards are coordinated by Latino Literacy Now, Las Comadres Para Las Amercias, and REFORMA - three organizations that are doing so much to promote our 500+ years of diverse narratives. I'm thrilled that Who's Ju came in first for Best Young Adult eBook and that my comadre Maria Ferrer was the one to present my category and hand me the award. My book also tied for second place for Best First Book, Children/Youth. I'm truly grateful to be included on the list of honorees found here.