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

Monday, December 13, 2010

A December Surprise

A few days ago, I was stunned to learn I was...
The number one choice among the 
2011 “Top Ten New Latino Authors 
to Watch (and Read)”

I got the news late in the evening and had a hard time falling asleep. The message from Professor Jose B. Gonzalez of LatinoStories said my selection as number one among this year’s “Top Ten” list was based on feedback he and his co-editor have received about AMERICA LIBRE from readers, librarians, editors, and faculty.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to be included alongside former “Top Ten” LatinoStories authors like Junot Diaz, Mirta Ojito and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

This recognition is based on my debut novel, AMERICA LIBRE. 

Although my name is on the cover of AMERICA LIBRE, this recognition reflects the support of so many others. This award makes me feel grateful for the people in my life … my family, my colleagues and my friends — including the many new friends I’ve made since I began my journey as an author. I’d like to celebrate this moment by saying thanks to all of you. If you’d like more details on the "Top Ten" list and its creators, please visit

Raul Ramos y Sanchez


Vicki said...

Congratulations, Raul. You deserve the award, so glad to hear the good news. Vicki

Elliot Kennel said...