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New Local Business to Open Spring 2017

Cultural Hub with Indie Bookshop + CoWorking Space

Dripping Springs, TX, January 12, 2017– Dripping Springs resident buys local community treasure and first green commercial building in the Hill Country, the Sunset Canyon Pottery property. Teresa Carbajal Ravet, Dripping Springs resident of twelve years, purchased the commercial property at 4002 E. Highway 290, Dripping Springs, Texas. Ms. Carbajal Ravet is a bilingual communication professional, independent bookseller, and entrepreneur, managing the project to renovate the property into a Cultural Hub. The Sententia Vera Cultural Hub will be a community center with an independent bookshop, coffee bar, and coworking space for Hill Country residents, entrepreneurs, and commuting professionals. It looks forward to a Spring 2017 Grand Opening.

“I look forward to forming and fostering new relationships with the diverse Dripping Springs and Hill Country communities. At this time, I am grateful for a successful commercial agreement with a talented and inspiring businesswoman, Bridget Hauser, who with her husband, Bill Hauser, built an amazing green structure and cultivated an artistic community space full of positive energy.”

~ Teresa Carbajal Ravet

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Texas Book Festival announces Fiction Writing Contest for grades 7-12

What a great topic! Boy, do I have several stories “from the back of the truck” to share.  Unfortunately I’m a little older than Continue Reading

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Press Release | Las Comadres Releases Spanish Edition of its Short Story Collection, Count on Me

Cuenta Conmigo: Conmovedoras historias de hermandad y amistades incondicionales

Las Comadres Para Las Americas, headquartered in Austin, is proud to announce the launch of the Spanish-language version of their book, Count On Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships. The original English-language version made its worldwide debut on Continue Reading

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Call for Submissions | eXchanges

The University of Iowa’s literary translation magazine eXchanges is seeking new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in translation for our January 2013 issue. The submission period runs through December 1. For more information, please see our submission guidelines: http://exchanges.uiowa.edu/submissions/. Continue Reading

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16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

April 16 – 21, 2013 | Austin, Texas, USA

Cine Las Americas announces the 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, to take place on April 16 to 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The festival brings a selection of the newest Ibero-American cinema and American Indigenous films, showcasing films and filmmakers through its world-renowned programs. The deadline for sending entries is January 31, 2013. All information can be found at www.cinelasamericas.org.

Cine Las Americas is the only Latino and indigenous festival in Austin, Texas, offering audiences the opportunity to view works of artistic excellence, cultural diversity and relevance in contemporary cinema. The festival program includes feature length and short films of all genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Cine Las Americas invites filmmakers, producers and distributors to participate in the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, now in its sixteenth consecutive year. The festival showcases contemporary films from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

To be submitted for consideration, projects must have been completed after January 1, 2011. For all works where the spoken language is not English, English subtitles and/or narration are required. Preference is given to regional or national premieres, as well as to films that have not screened theatrically in Austin or on national television in the USA prior to the festival.

DATES

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Late Deadline: January 31, 2013

The festival is scheduled for April 16 to 21 in Austin, Texas.

CONTACT

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Jean Lauer – Programming | Eugenio del Bosque – Director

81 San Marcos Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Tel: +1.512.535.0765

Email: entries@cinelasamericas.org

For complete guidelines and to apply visit www.cinelasamericas.org

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Press Release | WOLA & Duke University Announce Winner of Human Rights Book Award

Hector Abad

October 2012 — The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University have named Hector Abad’s book Oblivion, A Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) as the winner of the 2012 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award.

Oblivion begins with the author’s memories of his father, Dr. Héctor Abad Gómez, who developed practical public health programs for the poor in Medellín, Colombia. The increasing violence and human rights abuses of the 1970s and 1980s led the author’s father to fight for social justice in his community. As a physician, he recognized the violence as a societal sickness in need of a cure, but his political views put him at odds with those in power, and they labeled his views as sympathetic to Colombia’s left-wing guerrilla groups. In Oblivion, twenty years after his father was killed by a right-wing death squad, Abad memorializes and pays homage to the man who continues to inspire him today, and he shows us the importance of standing up against injustice.

Judges for this year’s competition called Abad’s book “deeply moving,” “beautiful,” and “original,” recognizing it for its honest portrayal of the consequences of political violence for victims and their families and for stressing the importance of fighting for social justice and the respect for human rights, despite staggering opposition.

Award judge Holly Ackerman described Oblivion’s main accomplishment as its ability to “make us deeply feel the value of every human life and the terrible consequences of political violence wherever it occurs. It is a universal vignette. … The book sharpened and renewed my conviction that ‘recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.’”

According to Leonor Blum, the chair of this year’s award judging panel and Emerita Professor of History and Political Science at Notre Dame of Maryland University, the book “is a sensitive portrayal of the multiple facets of this modern Don Quixote who is idealistic to a fault, who cares about ‘el pueblo,’ who lives a middle class life surrounded by a loving family with its laughs, quirks, and tragedies.”

It kept me up at night and brought me to tears and will bring, at least in my mind, something like eternal life to the murdered Doctor Héctor Abad Gómez.” says journalist, writer, and award judge Roger Atwood.

Robin Kirk, Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center, explains that she chose this book “because it offers us something new and challenging, something surprising and hard—being an activist and making a difference can sometimes cost your life.”

On November 28, Abad will receive the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. The event will include a reading of Oblivion and a discussion of how the human rights situation in Colombia has evolved since the death of Abad’s father 25 years ago. After the event in Washington, DC, Abad will travel to Durham, North Carolina, to do a reading of his book in the Rare Books Reading Room of Duke University.

About the Award:
Started in 2008, the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award is a joint venture of Duke University and WOLA, a leading advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The award honors the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America. The books are evaluated by a panel of expert judges drawn from academia, journalism, and public policy circles. The 2012 judging panel included:

Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin America and Iberia, Duke University
Roger Atwood, Journalist, Author, and Former WOLA Communications Director
Leonor Blum, WOLA Board Member and Emerita Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Robin Kirk, Faculty Co-Chair, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

 

Oblivion, A Memoir

By Hector Abad

Translated by Anne McLean & Rosalind Harvey

Pub: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Pub Date: April 2012

ISBN: 9780374223977

$19.50 USD | Hardcover


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