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Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club is a partnership between Las Comadres and Association of American Publishers (AAP) to promote reading of Latino authors.

Membership is open to everyone.

Most of the books are also available in Spanish.
 

BOOK CLUB MEETING LOCATIONS

Arizona
California
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Massachusetts
New Mexico
New York
Texas

ARIZONA

Tempe
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe AZ 85283
Store phone: 480-730-0205
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 2nd Wednesday
Wednesday, January 8

CALIFORNIA

Redland/Inland Empire
Barnes & Noble
Citrus Plaza Shopping Center
27460 Lugonia Ave
Redlands CA 92374
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Friday
Friday, January 17

San Diego (North County)
Vista Branch Library
700 Eucalyptus Ave
Vista CA 92084
Time:
10:00 am to Noon
Date: Last Saturday
Saturday, January 25

San Diego (South County)
We are moving! Please check back soon for details.
Store phone: TBA
Time:
TBA
Date: TBA


COLORADO

Denver
Smiley Branch Library
4501 W. 46th Ave, 80212
At W. 46th & Utica St
Basement Meeting Room
Near I-70 & Sheridan Blvd
Time:
1:00 ti 3:00 pm
Date: 4th Saturday
Food will not be allowed, only water bottles

Saturday, January 25

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington, DC
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, Conference Rm 1
3160 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
Time:
3:00 pm
Date: 4th Saturday

Saturday, January 25

Florida

Coral Gables/Miami
Books and Books
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables FL 33134
Store Phone:
305-442-4408
Time:
7:30 pm
Date: 3rd Thursday
Thursday, January 16

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Cambridge
Newtonville Books
10 Langley Road
Newton MA 02459
Store Phone:
617-244-6619
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Thursday
Thursday, January 16

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque
North Valley Library
7704-B 2nd St NW
Albuquerque NM 87107
Time:
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Thursday
Thursday, January 16

NEW YORK

New York City
Citicorp Bldg, 51st Street & Lexington, Atrium Lobby, look for Comadres Table
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Tuesday
Tuesday, January 21

TEXAS

North Austin
La Madeleine
9828 Great Hills Trail #650
Austin TX 78759
Private room in back
Store phone:
512-502-2474
Time:
7:00 pm
Date: 3rd Tuesday

Tuesday, January 21

South Austin
Book People
630 N Lamar
Austin TX 78703
3rd Floor—Use elevator instead of stairs if reading or event is taking place on 2nd Floor
Store phone: 512-472-5050
Time:
7:00 pm
Date: 4th Tuesday

Tuesday, January 28

Dallas
Central Market
5750 East Lovers Lane
Dallas TX 75206
Store phone: 512-974-8860
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Monday
Monday, January 20

Fort Worth
Hacienda San Miguel
2948 Crockett St
Fort Worth TX 76107
Store phone: 817-386-9923
Time:
6:30 pm
Date: 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday, January 15

Houston
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
River Oaks Shopping Center
2030 West Gray
Houston TX 77019
Store phone: 713-522-8538
Time:
7:00 pm
Date: 3rd Thursday

Thursday, January 16

San Antonio
West Fall Library
6111 Rosedale Court
San Antonio TX 78201
Store phone: 210-207-9220
Time:
6:00 pm
Date: 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday, January 15

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January 2014 Book Club Selection
Teleconference: Monday, January 27

Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

by Mirta Ojito

Book Club SelectionThe true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration.The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration. . . Read more

  Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

2014 Book Club Selections

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Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American TownJanuary 2014

Book Club SelectionHunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
ISBN-13: 978-0807001813
Mirita Ojito
(Beacon Press)

The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration.The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration. . .
. . .Read more

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2014 & 2015 Reading List Submissions

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Special Note:
Realizing that a number of books that would have made excellent subjects for consideration for our book club are not yet being promoted when we ask for submissions, we have made a course change.

We are changing to a bi-annual selection system. The books submitted will be considered twice a year. Deadlines for the 2014 and early 2015 are as follows:

Books for January to June 2014: Deadline has expired
Books for June to December 2014: By April 30, 2014

We want to reiterate that this book club is a Latina book club but we also include our Compadres in special months and otherwise as appropriate within specific genres or topics.

We are in the process of selecting book titles through 2014 and are seeking submissions from publishers for 2014 or later.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Cycle
In order to accommodate publication schedules and increase submissions in the third and fourth quarter, the AAP will now be issuing a call for Las Comadres submissions twice annually. This is your call for book club participation for the first two quarters of 2014; another call will be issued in April.

For consideration, please email the following submission information to bworthington@publishers.org and mail a copy via post, with two (2) copies of each galley (if available) or sample chapter and a synopsis, to Attn: Becca Worthington, Association of American Publishers, 71 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10003 by Friday, November 22, 2013. Please note that although the AAP will receive the submitted materials, it is not involved in the selection process. The Las Comadres organization is entirely responsible for the selection of the books to be included in the 2014 cycle.

Questions regarding the Book Club can be emailed to Nora Comstock at
noracomstockphd@lascomadres.org. We look forward to expanding the
success of this program with your help!


History

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Association of American Publishers (AAP) have joined us in a partnership to promote reading of Latino authors by creating the first national level book club: Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club. Initially, select Borders stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas and Utah hosted the new book clubs. Membership is open to anyone. Most of the books also are available in Spanish. The initial launch of the Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club included 15 cities, and future plans called for expanding the book club to all network cities where Las Comadres members are located. If interested in starting a Las Comadres Network in your city, please fill out subscription form and indicate your interest.

The national book club has grown out of a series of highly successful monthly teleconferences which we host, with each teleconference featuring one book club-selected author. The first gathering of our New York comadres for book club was on July 21, 2004 at the apartment of comadre Maria Ferrer. When Maria's schedule became too demanding, the book club was put on hiatus and was re-started in March 2007 at the Borders Columbus Circle location in New York.

Comadre Johanna Castillo, national organizer of the book club and a Comadres former board member says, "We are launching the book club to promote the work of Latino authors to every book lover, to bring our community to bookstores, and to support our writers."

Esmeralda Santiago was our initial National Spokesperson for Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Clubs, she also is the best selling author of three memoirs: When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover, and of the novel América's Dream. Her film adaptation of her memoir for Almost a Woman for PBS Masterpiece Theatre was awarded a Peabody Award. Esmeralda is also an essayist, anthologist, children's book author, and a guest commentator on NPR. She is a '92 alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Esmeralda lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband of 30 years, filmmaker Frank Cantor.