Saludos y Abrazos!
Our thoughts and prayers are with our sisters and brothers on the Island of Puerto Rico as well as with our brothers and sisters here and all around the world who are saddened by the catastrophe that has plunged the PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN into crisis. We are one in solidarity and look forward to helping Puerto Rico emerge even bigger and better than before.
Glad to be back for our second issue of PRIDA’s Book Club featuring Puerto Rican Authors, the Puerto Rican writing community, and other news of relevance to our members and supporters throughout the world of art and literature.
Our first issue was a success, widely shared by our members, and circulated throughout the literary branches of social media. We hope you will share this issue as well and help us grow.
MEET PRIDA AUTHOR
MYRNA NIEVES, Ph.D.
PRIDA highly recommends you start with the following book:
Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1988-2012. New York: Editorial Campana, 2012 and Viaje a la lluvia: poemas. San Juan: Editorial Mairena, 2003.
BUY NOW: $35.00
This anthology presents poetry, poetic prose, and fiction produced from 1980-2012 by 46 Puerto Rican women writers in New York. Some write in English, others in Spanish and a few of them write in both languages. The book also includes biographies of the writers, documenting their activism and offering a glimpse at their role in the artistic, social, political and intellectual history of New York s communities. This book makes available to readers literature, which eloquently celebrates struggles with memories and characters, quiet meditative tones, urban rhythms, poignant humor, and unique, sometimes visionary styles. The pieces included often reflect the human efforts to live with dignity and hope, and the complexities of a migration process. Breaking Ground / Abriendo caminos may inspire new generations of Puerto Rican/ Latino writers, as well as writers of other backgrounds. It will bring delight to many readers.
Congratulations to Eris Gariga! On July 17, 2017, her cookbook, Eris’ Green Kitchen, was the runner-up in the cookbooks category at the 2017 New York Book Festival.
BUY NOW: $39.99
Congratulations to Nancy Mercado who is this year’s recipient of the prestigious American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a writer, editor and environmental activist. For bookings and for more information, go to: www.nancy-mercado.com
Congratulations to Manuel Melendez on the publication of his latest work Wicked Remnants. This is Manuel’s 11th publication. Look to get your autographed copy at this year’s Book Expo from Comité Noviembre. Manuel has been a participant for the last five years! To read an excerpt of this work click on the following link: Latina Book Club Excerpt Wednesdays.
BUY NOW: $15.39 and up
Congratulations to the following authors for winning major category awards at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Get copies of their work this November at the Comite Noviembre Book Expo! Meet them and make a new connection!
Maria Aponte, Second Place for Best Authobiogrpahy, The Gift of Loss
Eleanor Sepia, Second Place, for Best Latino Focused Fiction Book, A Decent Woman
Alidis Vicente, First Place, for Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book, El Caso de Los Reyes Magos
Comite Noviembre is right around the corner. This year’s Puerto Rico Artisan Fair and Book Expo will take place at Hostos Community College on Saturday, November 18, 2017. If you want to participate as an author or artisan let us know. Discounts apply for writers who are PRIDA members in good standing at the Artist membership level. If you have any questions about participating and/or to obtain an application to participate this year’s book expo contact Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2017 at the Bruckner Bar and Grill PRIDA Author Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor, will join a cast of fierce women in a performative release of the anthology, Mujeres, the Movement, the Magic, the Muse produced by PRIDA member Peggy Robles-Alvarado.
Lee and Low Publishers is sponsoring a writing competition for emerging writers of color! The deadline for submission is October 31, 2017. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award
Gotham Writers Workshop is sponsoring a short story writing contest. The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. For more information visit: Gotham Writer’s Short Story Contest
Sign up with Bronx Council on the arts for free cultural services and programs including writing workshops. Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is a private, non-profit membership organization that has been the official cultural agency of Bronx County since 1962. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations. To sign up visit: BCA Mailing Signup Form
Featured Books by Boricua Authors
Bonafide Rojas, Notes On The Return To The Island
In his new collection, Notes On The Return To The Island, Bonafide Rojas pays tribute to Puerto Rico. He also honors family, and puts the lens on the current state of Puerto Rico. Pieces contained in this work take the reader on a literary journey from United States colonialism to the creation of a fiscal control board due to the 70 billion dollar debt, and poetically details his parents relationship with Puerto Rico. Rojas presents a rare perspective of the “Aquí/Allá (here/there) Nuyorican experience in The Puerto Rican Diaspora. Notes On The Return To The Island will show you what’s happening inside Puerto Rico and allow you to see the world staring at them.
Jose Angel Figueroa, A Mirror In My Own Backstage
BUY NOW: 160 pages, $14.95
Cover art/Design by Juan Sanchez
Figueroa’s most recent collection of poetry and prose including some of his most classic poems along with a new crop of innovative work. Known for his distinctive visual collages, masterful imagery and metaphors, he explores the Latino experience in the United States as well as philosophical questions about the human condition. Figueroa’s poetry needs hearing because it is sound, not just text for silent parsing.
Alberto Cappas, To Think is to Grow, Quotes to provoke the Mind
BUY NOW: 90 pages, $12.00 on Amazon.com
Seek inspiration with over 80 Quotes to provoke the young mind, like jump-starting a car engine, an approach to influence students to think in terms of conventional systems, to see beyond the physical, with the goal of recapturing their abilities to think. A book for teachers, counselors, and family members to ignite discussions and challenge and provoke critical thinking.
Humberto Cintron, El Barrio
BUY NOW: $9.99 and up
Cintron’s collection of poetry and short stories about life in Manhattan’s Spanish Harlem “El Barrio” is a must read!
Hey Yo! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry
by Jesus Papoleto Melendez
BUY NOW: 386 pages, $9.99 and up
Hey Yo ! Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry, A Bilingual Edition, comprised of three previously published books, “Casting Long Shadows” (1970), “Have You Seen Liberation” (1971), and “Street Poetry & Other Poems” (1972).
The collection consists of stories about growing up Puerto Rican in New York City’s El Barrio. Meléndez has long been considered one of the founders of the Nuyorican
movement and the political, intellectual and linguistic topics he approaches in his work remain extremely relevant to this day. The book also includes historical photos and an in depth interview of the author.
Nellie Escalante, Girl, Reconstructed: Crafting a Creative Business as a Special-Needs Mom
BUY NOW: 112 pages $13.99 Paperback
Nelli Escalante delivers the answers to many questions from parents with special-need children on the spectrum. The author details answers she had to give time and time again as a creative and as a business woman. The book provides much needed encouragement, inspiration, and immeasurable strategies and resources for coping in this challenging journey.
Alidis Vicente, Violet
BUY NOW: $8.95
Violet is a bright and colorful story set in the Galápagos Islands. Told entirely from the point of view of the animals that live there, this is the tale of a unique baby bird named Violet. Violet’s mother is a Red-Footed Booby, and Violet’s father is a Blue-Footed Booby. Their baby, Violet, is the first one of her kind, a Purple-Footed Booby, and she displays characteristics of both species. Violet’s red footed and blue footed relatives, however, don’t notice her similarities at first, just her differences, and they don’t see how she will ever fit in.
Daughters of the Stone, by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Mid-1800s, Fela, taken from Africa, a slave at a sugar plantation in colonial Puerto Rico, has a secret. Read about the lineage of daughters connected by their intense love for one another, and the stories of a lost land, about healers and craftswomen about bi-cultural journeys and the wisdom of womanhood.
Finalist for the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
Price: Varying Prices from Amazon.
Also available at El Museo Del Barrio’s gift shop (1230 5th Avenue at 105th St., NYC)
Note: 2nd Edition coming soon!
Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012/ Abriendo caminos: antología de escritoras puertorriqueñas en Nueva York 1980-2012, by Myrna Nieves, Ph. D.
This anthology presents the wide spectrum of poetry, poetic prose and fiction produced from 1980-2012 by 46 Puerto Rican women writers in New York. Some write in English, others in Spanish and a few of them write in both languages. The book also includes biographies of the writers, documenting their activism and offering a glimpse at their role in the artistic, social, political and intellectual history of New York’s communities. This splendid literary wealth creates a context for the appreciation of emerging works and the discussion of issues of literary criticism that can spring from the texts themselves. .
BUY NOW: $35.00 from Amazon.com
Símbolos Taínos, by Tanya Torres
Simbolos Tainos is an 86-page paperback with Taino symbols, which encourage artistic expression through coloring and creating other art honoring and remembering our ancestors, the Taino. Curated with love by PRIDA artist and author Tanya Torres.
BUY NOW: $7.99
Available by order from Tanya Torres at email@example.com or Lulu.com
De la Tierra con Sabor, by Erisbelia Garriga
Segunda Edicion (Espanol) 328 pages, 247 recipes. A vegetarian recipe book with vivid photography covering our national traditional food without meets, fish, or shellfish. Erin says, if you are not a vegetarian you can still enjoy these recipes as accompanying dishes.
Chickenhawk, by Arnaldo Lopez Jr.
300 pages. Two Manhattan North Homicide detectives, Eddie Ramos and Tommy Cucitti, hunt a serial killer that’s murdering young, male, Hispanic prostitutes.
The Gift of Loss, by Maria Aponte
118 pages. The memoir of a Puerto Rican woman coming to terms with parental loss at a young age that transcends significant moments from the author’s childhood through young adulthood. Poetry and personal reflections of struggles and survival.
BUY NOW from Amazon for $15.00
The Sunset Watcher/Vigilante de Ocasos, by Carmen D. Lucca
189 pages. Poetry reflecting peace in constant movement. Meditations on love, illusion, and death. Available by order from the Association for Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture, Inc.
BUY NOW: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-367-0780
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