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

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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: 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

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.


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.


Deadline: January 15, 2013

Late Deadline: January 31, 2013

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


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


For complete guidelines and to apply visit

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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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Call for Submissions | Otra Suelta: Contemporary Latin American Fiction in Translation



In June, we published our first English language anthology, Otra Suelta. The anthology featured ten texts of contemporary fiction from Latin America, each paired with a related work of art. We are currently preparing the next volume of Otra Suelta.

suelta promotes a conversation between contemporary art and literature in Latin America, pairing two texts with two related works of art in each publication. We welcome English translations of texts already published on our site. Interested translators are encouraged to contact the editors at

Thanks in advance for your kind help in passing along this message.

Best regards,

Rodrigo Fuentes, Literary Editor

Kate Newman, Director of Translations

Stefan Benchoam, Arts Editor

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    "Teresa is professional, creative, and detailed oriented, she has on every occasion provided us with constructive recommendations." "She creates a perfect balance between her skill for recognizing and respecting the creative aspects of our project with her intuition for when and how to contribute."

    Maritza Fitzgerald Children's Bilingual Writer


    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 12 years old, although not by much. Anyhow, my fellow Tejanos… I am sure you have just as many stories “from the back of the truck” that are worth sharing. Take out your journals and pencils, your laptops, and your reference texts and write the next winning cultural short story! Send your draft to me, I will gladly read, proof and comment! ¡Buena suerte!  Best of luck! ~Teresa Topic: “from the back of the truck” Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the University Interscholastic League, announces its 12th annual Fiction Writing Contest, sponsored by Kirkus Reviews, to encourage and reward creative writing in Texas schools. This year's fiction writing contest theme is "from the back of the truck." The topic was selected by Texas Book Festival fans on Facebook, who voted it as their favorite of three choices. Texas junior and high school students (grades 7-12) are invited to submit a piece of original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted online no later than July 27, 2013. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8; grades 9-10; and grades 11-12. There is no entry fee, and schools are limited to three entries per division. The submissions will be judged by educators, authors, and community leaders. Judges will look for excellence in use of dialogue, character development, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution. Winners will receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, first place winners will be awarded a plaque, will have their stories published on the TBF website, and will be invited to participate on a panel during the Texas Book Festival weekend Oct. 26-27. The Book Festival will provide accommodations for the first-place winners and their family for one night. Since 2001, the Texas Book Festival has partnered with UIL to host its annual fiction writing contest. The mission of the Texas Book Festival is to celebrate authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The writing contest serves to promote that culture to students across Texas and to educate them on the opportunities available to writers. About Texas Book Festival The Texas Book Festival is a nonprofit organization that celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of volunteers, the annual Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, and this year will be held the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27. The Festival features readings and discussions from more than 250 renowned Texas and national authors, entertaining and informing more than 40,000 adults and children alike. Thanks to the Festival’s 1,000 volunteers, the event remains free and open to the public. TBF supports Texas public libraries and literacy through its Library Grants and Reading Rock Stars programs, and also hosts year-round events across the state. Texas Book Festival members receive invitations to exclusive author events, priority seating, the latest literary news, and more. Visit for more information.

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