No, not from me! I am a wee bit past the age of 15. Just a wee bit. Go see my friends at La Bloga for more information on this call for submissions for a quinceañera anthology. The title is Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceañera Stories. The book will be published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins, next summer.
Is it my imagination or is quince-lit blooming all over? Last week Jen Robinson considered Chasing the Jaguar, a young adult novel that featured the traditional Latina 15th birthday celebration, and I reviewed Malín Alegría's new YA novel about the same subject. Then MotherReader published her positive critique of Nancy Osa's Cuba 15, another quince tale. The new edition of Family Pictures, which I wrote about back in January, includes a terrific painting of a quinceañera.