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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

AMERICA LIBRE wins Books Into Movies Award

From the Latino Literacy Now Press Release about AMERICA LIBRE:

A real favorite with the judges. One stated, "I would really like to see this book as a movie. I liked this book a lot and think it can definitely be a movie with many interesting characters and conflicts. Very thought provoking and in many ways educational."

This could be the single most exciting event of my career as an author.

‌This video is a five-minute excerpt of the presentation for the First Place Action & Adventure winner in the first-ever Books Into Movies Awards by Latino Literacy Now hosted by Edward James Olmos. (My agent Sally van Haitsma got a little shaky while taping as she realized the first prize had gone to AMERICA LIBRE.)

My deepest thanks to Latino Literacy Now for sponsoring the competition and the Latino Book and Family Festival. Thanks also go out to my agent Sally van Haitsma for her long-time support and my editor Selina McLemore at Grand Central Publishing for nominating AMERICA LIBRE.

Finally, I want to congratulate and praise my fellow authors in the awards and those who took part in the Los Angeles Festival. The event was a promising one for Latino letters with more than 180 authors (a historic first) and thousands of visitors.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez


Timothy Cloonan said...

Congratulations!! I remember when I first read your book I came to you and spoke about casting. I'm so excited for you. I have no doubt this will make an incredible film!!

Raul Ramos y Sanchez said...

Thanks, Tim! I hope your words are prophetic. My best to you, Reyna and the kids.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, bro! So exciting, and well deserved in my humble opinion.


Raul Ramos y Sanchez said...

Glad to share the news with you and mom, Sis. Loveya.