Friday, April 11, 2008

Café Cultura

A flyer from Café Cultura, the long-standing and very popular series of spoken word performances. This event is set for April 11 at the Inner City Parish, 9th and Galapago, Denver. Café Cultura Open Mic happens the second Friday of every month. More info:; 720-436-1830.

Junot Díaz, a 39-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who moved to New Jersey as a boy, won the Pulitzer prize for fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead, 2007)

The novel, which also won the National Book Critics Award, revolves about Oscar, an obese comics fan growing up in Paterson, N.J., and his dysfunctional Dominican family, going back to the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship.

Read more here ...

Prior to Díaz, the only U.S. Latino writer to ever receive the Pulitzer Prize in literature was Oscar Hijuelos, for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, (Farrar, Straus, 1989).

Michael Ramirez won in the editorial cartooning category. Ramirez is a senior editor and the editorial cartoonist for Investor's Business Daily's editorial page, Issues & Insights. He has won several awards during his career, including a previous Pulitzer in 1994, the UCI Medal from the University of California, Irvine and the Sigma Delta Chi Awards in 1995 and 1997. He has been the editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles Times, the Commercial Appeal and USA Today, and is nationally syndicated in over 450 newspapers around the world.

April 27, Noon – 4:00 pm
Free general admission to the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum. Enjoy hands-on art activities, storytelling, and live dance and music performances throughout the day. Introduced in Mexico in 1924, Día de los Niños is now celebrated in more than 120 countries as a way to recognize the important role of children in the community and to promote a sense of understanding among young people of all nations.


Dr. Laura E. Gómez will sign and read at the Denver Book Mall, 32 Broadway (between 1st and Ellsworth Avenues) at 3:00 on Sunday, April 27, 2008. She will discuss Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (NYU Press, 2007). The book traces origins of Mexican Americans as a racial group in the U.S. The title of her presentation is Shifting Meanings of Race and Law. The book focuses on the experience of “the first Mexican Americans” -- the 115,000 Mexicans who became American citizens by virtue of the peace treaty that ended the U.S. war with Mexico in 1848. This event is a presentation by Who Else! Books, one of the shops in the Denver Book Mall.

Another flyer, this one from Beyond Chicanismo, announcing an event scheduled for April 15 at the Tivoli, on the Auraria Campus, Denver.



Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Michael Ramirez represent an element of the extreme Right in this country?

If so, why are we giving him attention in La Bloga?

If I'm wrong, I apologize to Mr. Ramirez.

Concerned Chicano

Anonymous said...

perhaps because this is an open forum. let's not extend the discrimination we face in gringolandia to our own.

Una Latina