Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sundry Sunday

Liz Vega
Faithful La Bloga readers know Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th-October 15th. Personally, I celebrate Hispanic Heritage from October 15th-September 15th and celebrate other heritages the month that everyone else celebrates Hispanic Heritage.
But for those of you who do not not follow my calendar and thanks to Hachette Book Group, La Bloga is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month Book Giveaway Contest, HHMBGC for short. One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a set of five books!

The five books are:
Zumba® By Beto Perez , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson ISBN: 0446546127
Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante ISBN: 0446581623
Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta ISBN: 044654051X
Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo ISBN: 0446519367
Amigoland By Oscar Casares ISBN: 0316159697

The lucky winner will be the first person who e-mails me at and answers the following five questions, three of them from this past week's columns:

1) Who translated into Spanish, Junot Diaz's pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

2) Which of these comics came first, La Cucaracha, Love and Rockets series, or Love and Rockets Volume 2?

3) Name one text that the Department of Education in Puerto Rico has banned from the 11th grade public high school curriculum on the basis of "coarse and vulgar" language?

4) What is your full name?

5) What is the address to which Hachette Book Group should send you the set of five books?

Again, I repeat, the first person to contact me via e-mail at and answer the questions correctly will be selected as the winner of the HHMBGC.

Now for something completely different but still about books....

Happening this week, Sept.28-Oct.3, 2009, is the 4th Annual San Diego City College Int'l Book Fair.

For a detailed schedule of the weeks events, workshops, and signings visit the fair's website.

The bookfair will feature Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly and the nationally syndicated column, "Ask a Mexican!", and many authors like Ana Castillo, poet Marilyn Chin, and La Bloga's very own Olga García Echeverría will be reading from Lavanderia.

Softcover 334 pgs 5 1/2 X 8ISBN #9780981602066

LAVANDERIA: A MIXED LOAD OF WOMEN, WASH, AND WORD Published By: San Diego City Works Press. Edited By: Donna J. Watson, Michelle Sierra, and Lucia Gbaya-Kanga

"This anthology initiates us into one of the most sacred domestic rituals of our mundane world—the purging of physical and psychic stains, or the art and work of doing laundry. The writers' voices rise above the sounds of washing machines, non-televised daytime dramas, and laughter. Removing the clothespins from their mouths, these women reveal their secrets, fears, loves, and regrets in poem and story form. As finely detailed as the vintage sleeve of a rummage sale find, the work in "Lavanderia" brings the circle closer to home as you find yourself nodding and remembering and thanking every woman who ever sat next to you in a laundromat and made conversation. "

For those of you in the L.A./O.C. area that missed the National Free Museum Day sponsored by the Smithsonian yesterday then mark your calendars for next weekend when 24 Los Angeles and Orange County Museums participate in the fifth annual "Museums Free-For-All" Saturday-Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2009.

The following museums invite visitors free of charge.*
Participating Museums:
Armory Center for the Arts - Both Days
The Autry National Center - October 4th ONLY
Bowers Museum - October 4th Only
California African American Museum - Both Days
California Heritage Museum - October 3rd Only
California Science Center - Both Days
Craft and Folk Art Museum - Both Days
Fowler Museum at UCLA - Both Days
The Getty Center - Both Days
The Getty Villa**- Both Days
The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live - October 4th Only
Hammer Museum at UCLA - October 4th Only
Japanese American National Museum - October 3rd Only
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial - October 3rd
The Museum of Contemporary Art,Los Angeles (MOCA) - October 4th Only
Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) - Both Days
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - October 4th Only
Norton Simon Museum - October 4th Only
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - Both Days
Orange County Museum of Art - Both Days
The Paley Center for Media - Both Days
Santa Monica Museum of Art - October 3rd Only
Skirball Cultural Center - October 4th Only
The Studio for Southern California History - Both Days
*Regular parking fees apply. General museum admission only. May not apply to ticketed exhibitions.**Timed tickets are required. Visit
Museums Free for All

Y porque es Domingo y Aún Hay Más and I know the palabras of La Bloga reverberate far and wide...from the West to the East, here's something for those of you in the NYC area.
Mark your calendars and check out From the Page to the Stage: Poetas and Writers--A no holds barred celebration of Queer Latin@ poets and writers who experiment with style and breathe life into their words including Janis Astor Delvalle, Devon Gallegos, Rigoberto González, Karen Jaime, Mariposa, Ignacio Rivera, Roberto Santiago and Charlie Vázquez.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
841 Barretto Street
Bronx, NY


Al rato,

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