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Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Contest Winners

Hispanic Heritage Month ran from September 15th to October 15th, 2008. Red Room celebrated with its own Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Contest.

The Challenge: Tell Red Room about your most memorable experience reading a book by a Latin American or U.S. Hispanic/Latino author.

The Prize: The winners will get eight bestselling novels from Hachette Books USA (see below).

The Winners, with the stories they chose:

Ruth Paget

Pamela Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising

This Great Depression-era book for kids opened Red Room author Ruth Paget's eyes to "the struggles and possibilities available to the farmworkers" of Monterey County, California, where she lives.


Theresa Shaffer

Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street

Another protagonist named Esperanza helped Red Room member Theresa Shaffer take pride in herself.


Steve Hauk

Luís Valdez and Corridos

Meeting Luís Valdez helped Red Room author Steve Hauk understand the playwright/activist's guardedness and passion.


Marian Verveka

Denise Chavez's Face of an Angel

Red Room member Marian Veverka says this novel is about a lot more than the life of a waitress; rather, its "quality of self" gives the book a "quality of transcendence."


Each of the four winners will receive the following eight books, provided by Hachette Book Group, USA.

Hachette titles

Red Room congratulates the winners, and thanks everyone for participating! Consider taking your writing to the next level by participating in 2008's National Novel Writing Month, and taking part in Red Room's own NaNoWriMo contest!

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Wrote Blog Entry for Fun

I wrote a blog entry. I live in Mexico, so I cannot enter the contest, but I wish you could read it for fun, as I wrote it entry for fun, too.



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Hispanic Heritage Month - Book Review of Raul Ramos’s America Li

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I recommend Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s America Libre: As a poli-sci major I'm a pretty hard sell on military and political thrillers; but I would stack this up against a Uris or Clancy novel. Considering current immigration laws springing up across the US (Oklahoma and Vermont) and rising public temperatures regarding illegals - all aimed at Latinos; America Libre feels more like historical fact than a possible future. The book feels current and it's carefully crafted step-by-step "how to start a revolution" makes it more than believable; and more than a little scary.

Barbara Estes

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Hispanic Heritage month Review

I would have to say my most memorable work by a hispanic/Latino author would have to be Always Running by Luis Rodriguez. Always Running is a memoir about his life in a Latino based gang. Rodriguez wrote the book to try to steer his teenage son away from a life as a gang member. I think the reason it stuck with me so much was because he was doing it to help steer his son in the right direction and as I mother I know how it feels to want to do whatever it takes to reach out to my son.

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Hispanic heritage month contest

A blog on the book "Face of an Angel" by Denise Chavez on my blog page

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Short story on Memorable experience with Hispanic Writer

I just wrote a short story on my most memorable experience on reading a Hispanic Writer's work. I hope you enjoy it.



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Hispanic Heritage Month Contest - Article entry


I like contests devoted to sharing great books.  We all get to be winners when we read the entries!

 Ruth Pennington Paget 

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Thank you so much!

I'm in for the novel writing contest now!!


Ruth Paget