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Women Makes Movies

January 30, 2009


The following information was posted to the AFAS listserv today.  In checking the credibility of this organization prior to posting, I found that one of  Women Makes Movies‘ aquisitions (“Rough Aunties”) just won the World Cinema Documentary Prize at Sundance and this is the third year in a row for one of their acquisitions to […]

book review: A Wish After Midnight

January 29, 2009


Title: A Wish After Midnight Author: Zetta Elliott Publisher: Zetta Elliott, 2008 Main character: Genna Colon Genna’s mother probably never told her to be careful what she wished and she probably never told Genna that she was beautiful, or smart or a wonderful daughter. Mom was too busy struggling with a son and a daughter […]

International Latino Book Awards

January 29, 2009

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From LaBloga, I see the International Book Awards are now accepting nominations. Winners will be announced in May at BookExpo America.  More information can be found on the Latino Book & Family Festival website.  Last year’s  YA winners: There’s a Coqui in My Shoe – Marisa deJesús Paolicelli – Chi Chi Rodriguez Books 2nd Place: […]

Summer Educator Workshops

January 28, 2009

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If you’re trying to find something to do this summer, consider the NEH Summer Workshops for educators.  A couple of summers ago, I participated in the wonderful Pearl Harbor workshop hosted by the EastWest Center in Honolulu and have to say it was one of the most incredible opportunities I’ve had.  This year’s list of […]

Book Trailer: A Wish After Midnight

January 28, 2009

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Sapphire’s Push

January 24, 2009


Push by Sapphire, an ALA Book for College bound has hit the big screen!  It’s premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.  I found out about the movie while reading about the new batch of teen movies appearing at Sundance.  I don’t know where else these movies will see the light of day.  They sound like […]

Dream Essay Contest

January 24, 2009

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Indiana Black Expo is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest. Middle and junior high school students can win a U.S. savings bond, Pacers tickets and more.Deadline: January 31, 2009. More info:

Such Audacity

January 22, 2009

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It’s pretty safe to say that I don’t read Sports Illustrated.  Today, probably for the first time ever I happened to glance at the cover and read “Audacity of Hoops“.  I looked inside to find a wonderful article that can’t help but excite boys about reading, get them hooked on politics through basketball and motivate […]

book review: Sparrow

January 17, 2009

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Review: Sparrow author: Sherri L. Smith 2006 Random House main character: Kendall Washington What a girl this Kendall is! After the death of her family members, Kendall, the Miracle Baby of I-10, is raised by her g’ma. She is instilled with a strong moral compass with “family” as the setting for all bearing. Kendall and […]