Friday, November 20, 2009

Las Comadres National Book Club Interview

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful Las Comadres National Latino Book Club teleconference, along with four other talented writers. If you missed it live, it will be available to download to your mp3 player soon. I will post a link when available.

For now let me share a bit about the authors who were interviewed.

Belinda Acosta lives and writes in Austin, Texas where she is a columnist for the Austin Chronicle. Her non-fiction has appeared in Poets and Writers, Latino USA, the Radio Journal of News and Culture, AlterNet, the San Antonio Current, and Latino Magazine. She is a member of Macondo, the writers' collective launched by acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros.

She loves knitting, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, chips & salsa, mariachi (good, make your soul leap from your body, mariachi); conjunto music (todo old school), and given the opportunity, will square dance.

Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz is her first novel. Published by Grand Central Publishing.

For Lucha Corpi, art has always meant activism. As a woman, a Hispanic, an immigrant and a mother, she has always found herself breaking down barriers in both life and literature. She is a poet, novelist, and children's book author.

She has written three other mystery novels featuring Gloria Damasco: Black Widow's Wardrobe, Cactus Blood, and Eulogy for a Brown Angel.

Corpi was a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for over 30 years and retired in 2005. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California-Berkley and an M.A. in World and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. Published by Arte Publico Press.

Anjanette Delgado is a writer and television producer living in Miami. She began her career in as a journalist, working for outlets such as NBC, CNN, Univisión and Telemundo, covering presidential coups, elections, Olympics, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, both Iraq wars (which she executive produced), and winning an Emmy in 1994 for her human-interest series, "Madres en la lejanía," about the plight of Latino mothers who leave their own children behind and come to the United States to work as undocumented nannies.

She has written for Urban Latino, TV Más and the International Documentary Association magazine, written and produced lifestyle programs and documentaries for MGM Latin America and in 2002, wrote and developed the sitcom "Great in Bed" for HBO Latin America. The Heartbreak Pill is her first novel. Published by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group.

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project - to write a book for a class lending library.

Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad's first novel was released and a decade later, Caridad is the author of over twenty novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

For more information on Caridad, please visit or Published by Grand Central Publishing.

The talented interviewer was Himilce Novas who has a distinguished career

in journalism in New York City and is the author of seven acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfictio

n. She is an expert in Latino history, culture, and literature and has

taught English and Latino literature as visiting author at Wellesley College, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Clark College, Tulane University, and other

colleges and universities. She lectures across the country on a variety of artistic and academic subjects, and on human rights, and is a frequent guest on radio programs. She was Fiction Editor for The Multicultural Review since 2005. She lives in Arizona and California. She is currently working on her poetry collection.

As a human rights activist, Novas was a founding member of the National Organization for Women. She continues to work on behalf of women and those in the GBLT community and was featured in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. She is a member of Veteran Feminists of America.
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