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Prize-Winning Mexican American Children's Books & the Texas Book Fest

GW173H274Earlier this year, I mentioned two books that tied for the 2009 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. Published in 2008, both are for young-adult readers. The award will be officially presented this week at Texas State University-San Marcos, the prize's sponsor. The books are

The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, by Carmen Tafolla (Wings Press)

He Forgot to Say Goodbye, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Sáenz's novel also made the honorable mention list for the Américas Book Award, given last summer. 

Marjorie Coughlan reviewed The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, a collection of short stories, at PaperTigers. She wrote,"The story contents demand a certain level of maturity from young adult readers; for those who are ready to embark on The Holy Tortilla’s journey, this is quite a ride!"

GW177H268 For those attending the Texas Book Festival in Austin on Saturday, October 31st, both Tafolla and Sáenz will be reading from their work. (The festival continues on November 1st.) The schedule for the kid & teen-related goings-on is here (PDF file). 

Have any of you readers ever attended the Texas Book Festival? What's it like? The literary version of the Texas State Fair? I wish I could go!


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I've never been before, but tomorrow I'm headed for Austin. I can hardy wait.

Lucky you! So many authors will be there. I hope you'll report on the goings-on!

I'm really excited about these books and I'm glad you brought the Texas Book Festival to our attention. I can't wait to read The Holy Tortilla!

Elaine, have you ever been to the Texas Book Fest? Sounds like a lot of fun.

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