Thursday, September 8, 2016

My memoir, Hazel Eyes and Ojos Avellana have received FIRST Place for Best Translation English to Spanish and SECOND Place for Best eBook Latino Book Awards 2016. Unbelievable!

The International Latino Book Awards ceremony took place in the Dominguez Ballroom on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills on September 8th, 2016.

This year's ceremony honors the Chicano Film Zoot Suit, with many of the cast and crew serving as presenters for the Awards to add a Hollywood effect for the first independent Awards to be held in Los Angeles, CA.

According to the organizer Kirk Whisler, “The Int'l Latino Book Awards is a major reflection that the fastest growing group in the USA has truly arrived. The Awards are now the largest Latino cultural Awards in the USA and with the 257 finalists this year; it has honored the greatness of 2,171 authors and publishers over the past two decades.”

Int'l Latino Book Awards Ceremony Host Committee
Manuel Baca, PhD, College Board of Trustees 
Cesar Caballero, Library Dean, CSUSB 
Silvia Cisneros, Past REFORMA President 
John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Robert C. Guzman, President, Am. Association of Latino Engineers and Scientists
Maryann Reyes Jackmon, Senior Director External Relations, 
The California State University System
Hank Lacayo, President, Congress of California Seniors & LCLAA President Emeritus
Enrique Murillo, Jr, PhD, Executive Director, Latino Education & Advocacy Days
Francisco Rodriguez, PhD, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District 
Congressman Esteban Torres, retired
Jerry Velasco, President Emeritus NOSOTROS

Thank you for a GREAT night!

Receiving Award with talented authors: 
What an honor!


Maria Elena Lavaud P.

Time to celebrate!

Let's the fun continuous here!

Thank you for hosting such an incredible event!

Thank you for your support!🌷 #LuzDelMes 🌠


Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator, Translator and Publisher
Member: FWA, MCBD Board of AdvisorsANLMI Delegate
International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.
Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 

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