Latino Books Into Movies Awards
One of the books from the first batch of winners has already gotten a production deal
The second edition of the Latino Books Into Movies Awards were held on April 21st at the University of Southern California as part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The awards were presented from the HOY Stage during the very active weekend of book related activities.
Published on LatinoLA: April 24, 2012
The judges for these awards are film industry professionals: Producers, Directors, Screenwriters, and Film Financiers. The judges were Ruben Arvizu, Kevin Bender, Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Benjamin Esparza, Paul Espinosa, Evelina Fernandez, Jackie Gil, Marcos Gonzalez, Danny Haro, Bel Hernandez, Ruth Livier, Alma Martinez, Dave Mendez, Lymari Nadal, Luis Orozco, Gabriel Reyes, Baldemar Rodriguez, Carlina Rodriguez, Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado, and Richard Yñiguez. Kirk Whisler and Annie Perez oversaw the awards process. While film making is a very slow business, one of the books from the first batch of winners has already gotten a production deal.
Latino Literacy Now appreciates the sponsor support it has received this year for the upcoming International Latino Book Awards. Sponsors include Scholastic, Libros Publishing and Las Comadres Para Las Americas.
The 14th Annual Int'l. Latino Book Awards will be held June 5th at Instituto Cervantes in New York City. Latino Literacy Now's Latino Book & Family Festival earlier this month held it's 49th event in Chicago. The Festivals have drawn over 800,000 attendees over the past two decades. For more information about the Festivals and the Awards, please visit www.LBFF.us .
Action & Adventure:
First Place, I Wasn't Born A Teacher, David Bueno-Hill, Broken Wing Press
Second Place, Timely Conquest, Jerry P. Martinez, Tate Publishing
First Place, Kiki Koki - The Enchanted Legend Of The Coqui Frogs, Ed Rodriguez, Idearworks
First Place, Sophomoric Philosophy, Victor David Giron, Curbside Splendor
Honorable Mention, Wow!, David Perez , 11B Press
First Place, Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Gracefully Global Group LLC
Second Place, Puerto Rico: An Oral History 1898-2008, Barbara Tasch Ezratty, Read Street Publishing
First Place, The Name Partner, Carlos Cisneros, Arte Publico Press
Second Place, Loving Pedro Infante, Denise Chavez, Farrar Straus Giroux
Second Place, Samba Dreamers, Kathleen de Azevedo, University of Arizona Press
Honorable Mention, Abuse Hidden Behind The Badge, Rosaura Torres, Torres Publishing Group, LLC
Honorable Mention, Barrio Bushido, Benjamin Bac Sierra, El Leon Literary Arts
Honorable Mention, Randy Lopez Goes Home, Rudolfo Anaya, University of Oklahoma Press
Kids & Family:
First Place, Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz, Belinda Acosta, Grand Central Publishing
Second Place, Milagro of the Spanish Bean Pot, Emerita Romero-Anderson, Texas Tech University Press
First Place, The Book of Want, Daniel A. Olivas, University of Arizona Press
Second Place, Getting Rid of Stupid: Culprit of Their Depression, Lisa Lynn Ramos, iUniverse
Suspense or Mystery:
First Place, Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over, Belinda Acosta, Grand Central Publishing
Second Place, The Guadalupe Saints, Michael M. Pacheco, Paraguas Books
Honorable Mention, Strictly A Family Matter, Ramon L. Quezada, iUniverse
First Place, No Such Thing As Impossible: From Adversity To Triumph, Jairo Alvarez-Botero, Alvarez Construction Co.
First Place, Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story, William J. Buchanan, University of New Mexico Press
Honorable Mention, East Side Dreams, Art Rodriguez, Dream House Press
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