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Reading Program Launched for Hispanic Heritage Month

The Association of American Publishers announced that it has joined forces with Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an informal internet-based group that meets monthly in over 50 US cities and growing, to build connections and community with other Latinas, to launch Reading with Las Comadres. The program is the cornerstone of the two organization’s support of September’s Hispanic Heritage Month. In the initial phase of the program members of Las Comadres will read one book per month, with the selected authors featured in teleconferences so that Comadres can learn more about the inspiration behind their works.

The first selection is DANCING WITH ALMENDRA by Mayra Montero which will be read by the Las Comadres New York City book club with expected additional book clubs across the country. On the selection, Nora Comstock, President of Las Comadres notes, “We chose this book because, like all of Mayra’s work, it touches on greater themes but lives in the world of its characters. You are instantly engrossed and charmed by the first page, gorgeous language, pulsing characters, and a touch of magical realism.” The New York City Book club will meet in person on Thursday, September 20th at the Columbus Circle Borders branch with the author teleconference scheduled the same week.

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Melville House Gets Miriam Bass Award

The Association of American Publishers announced yesterday that Melville House Publishers Dennis Loy Johnson (of late, lamented MobyLives fame) and Valerie Merians are the recipients of this year’s Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. The award will be presented in New York on March 7, during AAP’s Annual Meeting for Small and Independent Publishers.

On learning they were this year’s award winners, Johnson said that “The Miriam Bass Award recognizes the fact that even in a business as old as making books, innovation and creativity are not only still possible, but vital. We’re thrilled to be chosen to represent that idea, and we’re particularly honored because five years ago, when we told Miriam Bass that we were thinking of doing something as crazy and difficult as starting a publishing company, she was one of the few who said, ‘good idea!’.”