Monday, October 08, 2012


WHEN: October 13, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
COST: Free!
WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747 (next to the Home Depot Center)
MORE INFORMATION: Visit the event’s official website. Complete schedule is here.

The Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival will be held on October 13 at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The planners are expecting over 40,000 attendees so don’t miss it! The Festival Floor Plan is available here. As La Bloga’s Rudy Ch. Garcia noted this weekend on his post, several of us at La Bloga will be guest authors serving as panelists covering such topics as getting published, writing in multiple genres, using multicultural literature at home and in the classroom, young adult fiction, and many more. Guest speakers range from Luis J. Rodriguez to Montserrat Fontes, Thelma Reyes to Victor Villaseñor, Alejandro Morales to Sandra Ramos O’Briant, Rudy Ch. Garcia to Amy Costales, to name but a few. And there will be music and food and Edward James Olmos, too! Visit here for a complete schedule.


◙ Journalist, poet and playwright Gregg Barrios offers a wonderfully insightful and engaging interview of Junot Díaz about his new collection of short fiction, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead), over at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Junot Díaz
◙ Speaking of the Los Angeles Review of Books, I recently interviewed Justin Torres for the LARB on the occasion of the paperback release of his award-winning debut novel, We the Animals (Mariner Books).

Justin Torres

◙ Over at the Los Angeles Times, Reed Johnson profiles the Director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, Chon Noriega, where Reed tries to find out if Noriega ever sleeps.

Chon Noriega

◙ Sarah Cortez has a beautiful new book out entitled Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (Texas Review Press). From the publisher: “This ground-breaking, mixed genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda. Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized. The journey continues to mid-twentieth century Houston, where what is done is as powerful as that which never happened.” For more about Sarah’s writing and upcoming events, visit her official website.

Sarah Cortez

◙ The hardest working man in Chicano literature, Rigoberto González, reviews Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s new short-story collection, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (Cinco Puntos Press), for the El Paso Times.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

◙ Mayra Calvani of the Examiner interviews our very own Sandra Ramos O’Briant regarding her debut novel, The Sandoval Sister’ Secret of Old Blood (La Gente Press).

Sandra Ramos O’Briant

◙ And late-breaking news: my interview with Sandra Cisneros regarding her new book, Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf), is now live at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sandra Cisneros
◙ That’s all for now. In the meantime, enjoy the intervening posts from mis compadres y comadres here on La Bloga. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!

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