Friday, September 22, 2006

Events and an Opportunity

Manuel Ramos

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, San Antonio celebrates with an all day event at the central library downtown on Saturday, 23 september 2006. Here's the program:

10:00 AM
Testimonios: How the Library Changed My Life

Sandra Cisneros leads this panel discussion, as writers and community leaders José García de Lara; Elizabeth de la Portilla, Ph.D.; Gregg Barrios; John Philip Santos; Norma Alarcón, Ph.D.; Dennis Martínez; Norma Cantú, Ph.D.; and Edward Schumacher-Matos discuss the role the library plays in their lives. Location: Auditorium, 1st Floor
2:00 PM
Latino Voices: Carmen Tafolla

Author of Sonnets and Salsa. Free presentation highlighting Latino authors Xavier Garza and Carmen Tafolla. Presented by the Texas Center for the Book. Location: Auditorium, 1st Floor
2:00 PM

Using traditional, brightly-colored fabrics, mothers in Guatemala make their children little stuffed toys knows as animalitos. Come enjoy a few animal stories and make a paper animalito of your own. This is a Family Fun program—all ages welcome.
2:30 PM
Visit with real professional wrestlers from American Championship Wrestlers. Learn about their training, their moves and how to become a wrestler.

Saturday, October 14th at 7:30 pm - Stories for all Seasons: Peyote Tales. Storyteller Renee Fajardo and Photojournalist Todd Pierson share their research on the unique perspective of the Peyote Way. West Side Books, 3434 W 32nd Ave, Denver, Colorado 80211 303 480-0220

Palabra Pura
promotes literary expression in more than one tongue through a monthly bilingual poetry reading featuring Chicano and Latino artists. With an aim to foster dialogue through literature in Chicago and beyond, each evening pairs a local poet with a visiting writer along with an open mic to engage the interaction of diverse voices, ideas, and aesthetics. The readings are held the third Wednesday of every month (except August and December) throughout 2006. Upcoming Events: October 18: Richard Blanco & Achy Obejas November 15: Ada Limon. Go to the Guild Complex website for more info.

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur who discovered how hard it is to get published is behind the new Sobol Award for unpublished novelists. The rewards are great for the top three writers: first prize of $100,000, first runner up award of $25,000, $10,000 for the second runner up. Plus seven $1,000 prizes for the rest of the longlist. The submission process begins now and runs through the end of the year. For more information: However, be aware that this "contest" requires an $85 registration fee - very high in my experience.

This just in -- Librería Martínez presents Orange County Housecleaners, Photos by Frank Cancian, September 24, 2006, 3:00 PM

The Orange County Housecleaners book features Julieta Noemi (Mimi) Lopez, Esperanza Mejia, Leidi Mejia, Tina Parker, Sharon Risley, Victoria Rua, and Sara Velazquez. In this book seven women tell their life stories. Each one of them began with her childhood and talked about whatever she thought was important in her life. All women work or recently worked as housecleaners.

Libreria Martinez, 1110 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA 714-973-7900

That's it for me -- I'm way too busy for a guy my age so this week's post is quick. My La Bloga comrades have all produced excellent posts this week. Make sure you scroll down or use the links to the left to look over their contributions.


1 comment:

Paco said...

Coolness. I'll be in San Antonio then, pues yo tendra que pasar por esos eventos con mis sobrinos.

It's amazing how much of our history and culture I've picked up at these events. The way we're "taught" history in our schools, it's like selective amnesia in the US textbooks. They try to almost delete the Mexican War, in my book as a kid they even tried to make it out like Anglos brought civilization to the heathen darkies south of the border. No mention of the fact that the US invaded Mexico in the first place to spread slavery there, which Mexico had banned in Texas and the SW-- I guess it doesn't fit in well with the usual Manifest Destiny BS about how much more civilized the Anglos were, does it?!!

One of the Heritage celebrations a while ago around Tucson, they actually went through talking about the Treaty of Cahuenga and the main one concluding the Mexican War itself.

That's the first time I ever heard about all the lies we're still fed even today in the media. Spanish got specific protection as a language *for public use* in the post-Mexican War treaties, and that means to be used in the offices and schools, and governments as well as in old-fashioned town councils. So all this crap from the Anglos about how using Spanish in school is evil, all this BS where they'd beat us for using Spanish on the playground? They're just a bunch of moron lawbreakers themselves-- Spanish is equal as English under the laws governing the Texas and SW annexation.

Es asi amigo, es la verdad que los Anglos desesperadamente temieron que averiguariamos, y ahorita no pueden mas escoger la verdad de nosotros. No voy a aguantar nunca mas las quejas idioticas de los racistas aqui!