Las Comadres para Las Americas and its CEO Nora Comstock, author of COUNT OF ME: TALES OF SISTERHOODS AND FIERCE FRIENDSHIPS (Atria), is one of 2014's recipients of the National Book Foundations' "Innovations in Reading Prize," for their work to highlight and actively participate in the promotion of written works by Latino authors.
Says the organization: "At Las Comadres para las Americas, our primary focus is to connect
Latinas around the world in many different ways! Currently the
programming for the approximately 20,000 members in over 85 cities is
mostly in the U.S. Las Comadres members meet monthly in face-to-face
gatherings in many of the network cities. Daily email messaging provides
members with information about local, regional, or national events
relating to book readings, performances, health and other gatherings, as
well as job and other opportunities both local and national.
Major emphasis is placed on Las Comadres and Friends National
Latino Book Club and Teleconference Series, which offer a wide range of
literary activities for our approximately 1,500 book club members in
more than eighteen cities.
National Latino Book Club members participate in book discussions
at book stores in different cities. A teleconference with the author of
the Book Club’s selected book takes place on the last Monday of each
month. These activities provide exposure for many Latino authors
striving to be recognized. In addition to supporting our National Latino
Book Club and Teleconference series, Las Comadres recently published a
Las Comadres authored anthology, Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships
(Atria), edited by Adriana V. Lopez. We also organize a yearly Comadres
and Compadres Writers Conference, which was cofounded by Las Comadres,
Adriana Dominguez, and Marcela Landres and cosponsored with the
Association of American Publishers and Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn,
NY. Now entering its third year, the writers’ conference is scheduled
for September 27, 2014."
To learn more about the prize, visit the National Book Foundation's website. Click here to learn more about Las Comadres, their book, the upcoming Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, and more. Join us!