Friday, May 30, 2014

Symbols of Resistance. Latino Crime Fiction. New Theater. UndocuNation. Velásquez Reading.

This week a quick roundup of a variety of upcoming events from one end of the country to the other - time is of the essence.

Latino Crime Writers Panel Reading and Discussion 

Book reading with Sergio Troncoso, Lyn Di Iorio and Richie Narvaez
Thursday, June 5, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

[from the bookstore website]
Mystery lovers, join us for readings by Sergio Troncoso, Lyn Di Iorio and Richie Narvaez. Troncoso reads from a 2014 revised and updated edition of The Nature of Truth, a novel about Helmut Sanchez, a young researcher at Yale, who discovers that his boss, a renowned professor, hides a Nazi past. Di Iorio is the author of the novel Outside the Bones and scholarly books on Caribbean literature and magical realism. Narvaez is the author of Roachkiller and Other Stories, which won an International Latino Book Award for Best eBook/Fiction.

La Casa Azul Bookstore143 E. 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
(between Lexington & Park Ave,103rd St stop on the 6 train)

Phone: (212) 426 - 2626
General email:


And Another Latino Crime Fiction Panel

[from the organizers of the event]

Come out to see some of the newest and hottest crime writers who just happen to be Latino. Lyn Di Iorio (Outside the Bones), R. Narvaez (Roachkiller and Other Stories), Alex Segura (Silent City), and Steven Torres (The Concrete Maze) will read from their works, discuss issues regarding writing and culture, and take questions from the audience.

The panel will take place Saturday, June 7, 7:00 p.m., at Enigma Bookstore, 33-17 Crescent Street, Astoria, New York 11106.

For more information:


Gloria Velásquez Reads and Signs From Her Latest Novel

La Bloga friend Gloria Velásquez signs and reads from her latest novel, Tommy Stands Tall, ninth installment in the Roosevelt High School series. Congrats to Gloria!

"This is a great story about a diverse group of students who decide to take a stand. ... I liked that the characters were culturally and racially diverse and the message is clear and positive. There is a need for stories about students of color, particularly Hispanic students, and this series fills that need." --Washington Young Adult Review Group

[from publicity for the event] 

Internationally acclaimed author Gloria L. Velásquez will autograph her newest novel, Tommy Stands Tall, on Saturday, May 31st from 2-3 pm at Barnes and Noble in San Luis Obispo. Tommy Stands Tall is the sequel to Tommy Stands Alone, which made national headlines when it was banned in Colorado.

For further information about the author and recent speaking engagements:

1. Colorado State University Cesar Chavez Day Lecture (
2. NPR Interview (úblico-Author-of-the-Month-Dr.-Gloria-Velasquez.html)
3. My Life Journey: From the Farmworkers Fields to Stanford University Lectures (
4. Gloria L. Biography (


40th Anniversary of Los Seis de Boulder: A Commemoration of the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement in Colorado

[from the event website]

Join us for the commemoration of the Symbols of Resistance as we pay homage to the martyrs of the Chican@ Movement in Colorado. May 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Los Seis de Boulder, six student and community activists who were killed in two separate car bombings in Boulder, Colorado. We must remember those who sacrificed their lives fighting for social justice, and continue the struggle. Our nine martyrs include Ricardo FalcónLuis “Jr” MartinezCarlos Zapata and Los Seis de Boulder (Una JaakolaFrancisco DoughteryFlorencio GranadoNeva RomeroReyes Martinez and Heriberto Teran). 

Guests of Honor
The program will include a live roundtable discussion with the following speakers:
Dr. Priscilla Falcón | Debra Espinosa | Rafael Cancel Miranda | Kathleen Cleaver | Lenny Foster | Michael Deutsch | Ray Luc Levasseur

Su Teatro | 721 Santa Fe Drive | Denver, Colorado
Event from 5pm-9pm, May 31 | Pre-event activities begin at 3pm | Free to the public


  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30p.m.
  • Matinee Sunday, June 29 at 2:00p.m.
  • Tickets: $20/General $17/Students and Seniors $12/ Comadre Docena
  • 2-4-1 Thursday when you ask for the discount!
  • Su Teatro | 721 Santa Fe Drive | Denver, Colorado

[from the event website]

This traveling arts festival and workshop series will feature local and national visual artists, performers, organizers and advocates to uplift migrant stories and speak out against unjust policies and practices that discriminate against LGBTQ communities and people of color.

Both days of this multidisciplinary, free event are open to all community members and will feature performances, art installations, and workshops featuring leaders and artists engaged in social and racial justice activism.

Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. — Free art show and performances

An artist showcase and concert will feature visual and performances artists from Atlanta and across the nation, including an all-star band featuring Ceci Bastida, formerly of Tijuana No!; Raul Pacheco, of Grammy-winning Ozomatli; and Shawn King, of Grammy-nominated DeVotchka.

Saturday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Free art and organizing workshops

Simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation will be provided.

UndocuNation is rooted in the conviction that art, music and creativity can transform the debate around immigration. UndocuNation seeks to uplift creative activism and provide communities with the tools to address threats to civil liberties at the intersection of our nation’s most pressing social justice issues. Art and culture, together with community organizing, is a powerful vehicle to advance the rights of marginalized people and diminish the impact of discriminatory activity at the local level. History shows that when culture changes, politics follow.


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