Tuesday, August 01, 2006

BORICUA MORENA IS HERE!

[The real cover - ain't it purty?!]


ON FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2006, I received two boxes containing the 220 copies of Boricua Morena: Memoirs of a Humboldt Park Girl. Though I ordered 200, 20 are overrun copies which happens when printing a book. I made my first sale on Saturday night, to my daughter’s friend. Yesterday I took one book to class because I didn’t want to look like I was trying to get everybody to buy a copy. I showed it to Miguel, a fellow aspiring author, who immediately dug around in his pockets for $12.00. The cohorts were passing the book around, making comments, reading their names in the “Acknowledgments” page, which made them—and me—feel good. I thought our instructor was going to turn around any minute and chastise us. By the end of class, I had sold 4 books, 3 on pre-order.

THE BOOK RELEASE Party is pending at Coco’s, a Puerto Rican restaurant on Paseo Boricua (the heart of the Puerto Rican community). So far, I have the following events confirmed:

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ABOUT THE BOOK: In this impressive first collection of essays, poems, and short stories, Xenia Ruíz documents a life rarely explored in the Latino literary Diaspora, that of the Afro-Latina. Growing up in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community as a Puerto Rican girl who “looked Black,” Ruíz captures the misconceptions of what it means to be Latina. Boricua Morena is filled with memories of prejudice and pride, dreams and accomplishments, and family members as “dysfunctionally normal” as any other American family. From her first critically acclaimed essay, “Pelo Malo: Confessions of a Kinky-Haired Puerto Rican Sister,” to her searing anti-war, pro-motherhood poem, “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” to her poignant short stories of teenagers on the verge of self-discovery, Ruíz offers a fresh perspective of self-identity and self-love, and emerges as a true talent in the growing roster of first-generation, American Latina\o authors.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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BOOKSIGNING
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2006
5TH ANNUAL ARTESANOS MARKET 2006
@ LA CASITA DE DON PEDRO
2625 West Division
Director: Angel M Fuentes
lacasita@prcc-chgo.org
www.prcc-chgo.org

BOOKSIGNING
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2006
1ST ANNUAL CASA’S HOME CARE SERVICES PICNIC
@ HORNER PARK

California & Montrose

READING & BOOKSIGNING
12:00 NOON – 6:00 PM
SATURDAY, August 19, 2005
3RD EL BARRIO ART FESTIVAL 2006
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC)
Humboldt Park Stables
3015 West Division
Chicago IL 60622
Jorge Félix
www.iprac.org

BOOKSIGNING
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2006
5TH ANNUAL ARTESANOS MARKET 2006
@ LA CASITA DE DON PEDRO
2625 West Division
Director: Angel M Fuentes
lacasita@prcc-chgo.org
www.prcc-chgo.org


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE at http://xeniaruiz.net or http://www.laequis.bravehost.com/ or E-MAIL laequis222@yahoo.com.


Book Title: Boricua Morena: Memoirs of a Humboldt Park Girl
ISBN: 978-1-873671-30-6
Format: Paperback/Original/Non-Fiction
Price: U.S./$12.00
Available August 2006
Copyright 2006 by Xenia Ruiz

1 Comments:

At August 25, 2006 3:35 PM, Blogger Nikki Woods said...

I wish you the best!

 

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