News and views from the award-winning author of the novels The Skinny Years, America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land

Thursday, September 10, 2009


AMERICA LIBRE Southern California Events

September 16 — Heritage of America Educational & Cultural Foundation
A public discussion on the issues raised by AMERICA LIBRE will be led by Heritage of America’s Executive Director Dr. Jess Nieto with members of the Bakersfield, CA community and the Chicana Reader’s Book Club.

September 17 — California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Anthony Nuño, professor of HispanicAmerican/MexicanAmerican Literature, invites the author to read from AMERICA LIBRE and field student questions.

September 21 — Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena - 7:00pm
Vroman's Bookstore, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore, hosts a reading and book signing for AMERICA LIBRE. Live entertainment by Max Vasquez & Friends – including an original composition inspired by the novel. Location: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 - PH: 626-449-5320. Website

September 22 — California State University, Northridge
Chicano/a Studies professor Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez invites the author for a reading from AMERICA LIBRE followed by a Q&A session with students.

Sept. 23 — Libreria Martinez, Santa Ana - 7:30pm
Libreria Martinez owned by MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Rueben Martinez hosts a panel discussion and book signing for America Libre. Panelists include Abel Salas, Editor Brooklyn & Boyle magazine; Juan Manuel Casas, author of Frederico Villalba's Texas; and others. Live entertainment. Location: 1200 N. Main St., Suite 100-D, Santa Ana, CA 92701 - PH: 714-973-7900. Website

September 24 — California State University, Long Beach
Prof. Armando Vazquez-Ramos of the Chicano & Latino Studies Department hosts the author as he reads from AMERICA LIBRE and answers student questions.

September 24 — Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego - 7:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books will host an AMERICA LIBRE reading, Q&A session and book signing. Location: 7051Clairemont Mesa Blvd, #302, San Diego, CA 92111 – PH: 858.268.4747. Website

September 25-27 — Southern California Writers Conference, Irvine
The Southern California Writers' Conference led by Michael Steven Gregory invites the author to lead a workshop on social media for authors.

A special thanks to three professionals who went above and beyond in pulling all this together: Linda Duggins, Director of Multicultural Publicity at Hachette Book Group; Dr. Jess Nieto, Executive Director of the Heritage of America Educational & Cultural Foundation; and Veronica Jacuinde of La Luz Public Relations. Mil gracias to each of you.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez