Friday, October 30, 2009

Cheers to Author Natalie Bovis-Nelsen and PREGGATINIS(tm)!

We are so proud to announce that Natalie Bovis-Nelsen's Preggatinis: Mixology from the Mom-to-Be is nominated for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at the Paris Cookbook Fair.

As you start your holiday shopping, make sure to take a peek at this fun gift for the pregnant ladies or new moms on your list!

To learn more about Preggatinis or submit your baby's photo for Poster Baby of the Month, visit

And for the rest of you drinkers out there, grab fun recipes, tips, and drink news from her comprehensive site The Liquid Muse.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Report from the Latino Book & Family Festival

A good time was had by all! Our very own Adriana Dominguez had the pleasure of hosting three panels at the recent Latino Book & Family Festival Los Angeles, held at Cal State University Los Angeles on October 10-11, 2009. One of our celebrated authors, librarian and Latino Children's Literature Consultant Oralia Garza de Cortes, shared some notes from the floor about the amazing lineup of talented authors at this festive occasion for book lovers of all ages.

Can't wait for next year's Festival!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Writers from Other Cultures

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a Writer's Salon at San Diego Writers Ink.

Sometimes we take it for granted that those writing around us are writing in English, and doing so easily.
However, at the event, the group had invited a panel of authors to discuss their experiences writing in a second (or third) language.

The conversation hit upon a variety of topics including:

*why authors who are not native English speakers might feel compelled to write in it

*how to avoid an "accent" in your writing- which quickly evolved into a conversation over whether that was a strength or a weakness

*how to strengthen your English

*how to translate foreign idioms

It was a delightful and energetic discussion.

If you're local to San Diego and not already attending the group's wonderful events, you should know about this wonderful resource. And if you're a bookworm like the rest of us, you'd want to know that their annual Great Book Exchange takes place on Saturday, November 7.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Skeleton Softies with Diana Schoenbrun

Join Etsy Labs Craft Night for a spooky treat---Skeleton Softies with Diana Schoenbrun.
Happy Halloween!

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