Friday, December 04, 2009

Awards, Honors and a Little Bit of Holiday Commerce

Cervantes Prize
It was announced this week that the Cervantes Prize, considered the most prestigious honor among Spanish-language writers, was awarded this year to José Emilio Pacheco of Mexico. The seventy-year-old poet, fiction writer, and essayist received 125,000 euros (approximately $188,000).

Pacheco's works translated into English include City of Memory and Other Poems (City Lights, 1997), translated by Cynthia Steele and David Lauer; Battles in the Desert and Other Stories (New Directions, 1987), translated by Katherine Silver; and Don’t Ask Me How the Time Goes By: Poems 1964−1968 (Columbia University Press, 1978), translated by Alastair Reid. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and numerous awards for Spanish-language literature including the Mexican Literature Prize.

The Cervantes Prize, established in 1976 and given annually by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, has generally been awarded in alternating years to Spanish and Latin American writers. Among the previous recipients are Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mario Vargas Llosa. Here's a short video of the prize ceremony and a few remarks by Pacheco:

Call for Entries for the 2010 Colorado Book Awards

Dear Authors, Illustrators, Photographers, Editors & Publishers,

The Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book is now accepting entries for the 2010 Colorado Book Awards. We invite you to enter your qualified book(s) for a 2010 Colorado Book Award.

To be eligible for a 2010 Colorado Book Award, the primary contributor to the book must be a Colorado writer, editor, illustrator or photographer, and the entry must have a 2009 publication date. Current Colorado residents are eligible, as are individuals engaged in ongoing literary work in the state and contributors whose personal history, identity, or literary work reflect a strong Colorado influence. A contributor not currently a Colorado resident who feels his or her work is inspired by or connected to Colorado should submit a letter with his/her entry describing the connection. Final eligibility determinations will be made by the Colorado Book Awards Advisory Committee.

Additional entry guidelines are available on our website. The Colorado Book Awards program celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado's literary community and promotes their work to Colorado readers.

Deadlines & Fees
To be considered, contributors or publishers should submit the completed application along with a $50 processing fee and 7 copies of the nominated book (digital books must provide a CD or flash drive with document) to Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book. Our address is provided on the form.

All entries must be postmarked or delivered to the Colorado Humanities office no later than January 15, 2010.

Please click the link below to download your application. Follow the links to the Colorado Book Awards.

2010 Colorado Book Award Information & Applications

Wall of Honor Unveiling

The Eugene A. Obregon Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial Foundation (Obregon CMH Foundation) will host its “Wall of Honor” unveiling event this Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 11am PST in downtown Los Angeles. The event will take place at Father Serra Park located in the historic El Pueblo of downtown Los Angeles to unveil the wall that will pay tribute to our 3,448 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. The unveiling completes phase two of the Obregon CMH Foundation’s monument site construction plans.

Phase three will display a 20-foot high monument that will pay tribute to the 40 Latino-American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Two bronze figures atop a pyramid-shaped base will depict Marine Pfc Eugene A. Obregon, a 19-year-old East Los Angeles native, who was killed while shielding his wounded buddy, Pfc. Bert Johnson, a 19-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, while fighting off a North Korean Army attack. Obregon’s sacrifice symbolizes the monument’s theme of brotherhood amongst all Americans.

WHAT: Obregon CMH Foundation “Wall of Honor” Unveiling Ceremony

WHO: William Lansford, President of the Obregon CMH Foundation; Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles; Honorable Jose Huizar, Councilmember of the City of Los Angeles; Cpl. Rodolfo “Rudy” Hernandez, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient;* Rosa Rosales, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); CSM Victor Rivera, National Hispanic Spokesperson for the U.S. Army; Virginia Lacara, Sister of Eugene A. Obregon;

ADDITIONAL CELEBRITIES INCLUDE: Gabriella Campo; Enrique Castillo; Jesse Garcia; Lorenzo Martinez; Dan Navarro; Lupe Ontiveros. *Invited

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009 @ 11am PST

WHERE: Father Serra Park, El Pueblo 125 Paseo De La Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012 (across from Union Station)**

Christmas Mercado

Christmas Mercado

Join the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) for our annual Christmas Mercado celebrating the Virgen of Guadalupe. Enjoy a wide array of unique handmade gift items from local Denver artists including jewelry, pottery, painting, sculpture, retablos, handmade crosses, photography, prints and more.

December 4 - 23rd, 2009

Opening Reception Friday, December 4, 6 - 10 PM

Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 4pm Fridays, 12 - 6pm

First Friday, 12 - 10pm

Third Friday, 12 - 9pm

Saturday, 12 Noon - 4pm

Join us on Saturday, December 12th from Noon to 4pm for Celebración de la Guadalupe featuring poetry, storytelling and refreshments. Cuentista Gerry Lawson & Poet Flor Lovato will read and perform. Great selection of "Guadalupe" items!

772 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204
phone: 303-571-0440.


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