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Austin-based writer and Austin Chronicle columnist Belinda Acosta will celebrate the release of her new novel, Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz, at a special party August 18. Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of New York-based Hachette Book Group, is publishing Acosta’s new book, the first in the new Quinceañera Club Novel series. The novels are mother-daughter stories highlighting quinceañeras—a “coming out” ceremony celebrated in many Latino families to mark the advent of adulthood for fifteen year-old girls. The book goes on sale nation-wide August 11.

Acosta received her MFA in writing from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Soon thereafter, she began writing TV Eye for the Austin Chronicle, where she reports on TV and media. She is a member of Macondo, the writers’ collective launched by acclaimed San Antonio-based writer, Sandra Cisneros. In fact, Acosta spent a week writing Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz at Casa Azul, the residence Cisneros is developing into a writers’ retreat through the Macondo Foundation.

The Book Release Party is free and open to the public. Cuba Libre is extending their Happy Hour until 8 p.m. for this special occasion.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble, the official bookseller for the event, a portion of book sales at the book release party will benefit the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, to support the Mexican American Oral History Project at the Austin History Center.

A cocktail reception opens the evening, followed by a short “coming out” ceremony, a reading, and book signing. ME Television host Paul Saucido is the first of “Los Bailadores,” several handsome men who will take to the dance floor with Acosta for the “coming out” ceremony. Other bailadores include Michael Ramos of Charanga Cakewalk; Rupert Reyes, Artistic Director of Teatro Vivo, and former city council member and chair of the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA) Raul Alvarez.

Book Release Party

Celebrating the debut novel by Belinda Acosta, Damas, Drama, and Ana Ruiz

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cuba Libre, 409 Colorado Street, Austin, TX

6 PM to 8 PM

Event supporters

The Austin Chronicle, Cuba Libre, Bacardi, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Giant Noise, peña:y:que, Four Pink Dragonflies, Las Comadres-Austin, Milk + Honey Spa, RSalon, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, ChannelAustin, Linda Litowsky, Elaine Garza.

Additional appearances

 August 25 at 7pm at BookPeople – 6th & Lamar Blvd – Austin, Texas

August TBA, Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Borders Bookstore, and Viva! Bookstore, San Antonio, TX

September 20 at 4pm at BookWoman – 5501 N. Lamar Blvd – Austin, Texas

Additional Information

Read the book review from Austin Latino Neighborhood Examiner! Coming very soon!