If you live in Southern California or a traveling through the area, I hope you can stop by one of the events on the AMERICA LIBRE tour. Have friends in the area? I hope you'll share the news. My debut novel AMERICA LIBRE is a cautionary tale of a near future where a violent supremacist backlash against illegal immigration sparks a Latino separatist insurgency in the U.S. Southwest. For more details, please visit www.RaulRamos.com
AMERICA LIBRE Southern California Events
September 16 - Heritage of America Educational & Cultural Foundation
A public discussion on the issues raised by AMERICA LIBRE will be led by Heritage of America's Executive Director Dr. Jess Nieto with members of the Bakersfield, CA community and the Chicana Reader's Book Club.
September 17 - California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Anthony Nuño, professor of HispanicAmerican/MexicanAmerican Literature, invites the author to read from AMERICA LIBRE and field student questions.
September 21 - Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena - 7:00pm
Vroman's Bookstore, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore, hosts a reading and book signing for AMERICA LIBRE. Live entertainment by Max Vasquez & Friends - including an original composition inspired by the novel. Location: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 - PH: 626-449-5320. Website
September 22 - California State University, Northridge
Chicano/a Studies professor Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez invites the author for a reading from AMERICA LIBRE followed by a Q&A session with students.
Sept. 23 - Libreria Martinez, Santa Ana - 7:30pm
Libreria Martinez owned by MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Rueben Martinez hosts a panel discussion and book signing for America Libre. Panelists include Abel Salas, Editor Brooklyn & Boyle magazine; Juan Manuel Casas, author of Frederico Villalba's Texas; and others. Live entertainment. Location: 1200 N. Main St., Suite 100-D, Santa Ana, CA 92701 - PH: 714-973-7900. Website
September 24 - California State University, Long Beach
Prof. Armando Vazquez-Ramos of the Chicano & Latino Studies Department hosts the author as he reads from AMERICA LIBRE and answers student questions.
September 24 - Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego - 7:00pm
Mysterious Galaxy Books will host an AMERICA LIBRE reading, Q&A session and book signing. Location: 7051Clairemont Mesa Blvd, #302, San Diego, CA 92111 - PH: 858.268.4747. Website
September 25-27 - Southern California Writers Conference, Irvine
The Southern California Writers' Conference led by Michael Steven Gregory invites the author to lead a workshop on social media for authors.
AMERICA LIBRE highlights
- An International Latino Book Award Best Novel
- USA Today Summer Reads Selection
- Latina Magazine Top Ten Hot Summer Reads
AMERICA LIBRE Reviews
"Thrilling and vibrant"
James Rollins - New York Times bestselling author of The Last Oracle
"A sweeping, intense novel of extremism, fear and consequences"
AMERICA LIBRE Synopsis
The time: The second decade of the 21st century
In the midst of a lingering depression, the immigration crisis is reaching the boiling point. Legions of idle youths roam restlessly in the nation's teeming barrios. Once-peaceful immigration protests explode into rioting. Cities across the nation are in flames. Anglo vigilantes bent on revenge launch drive-by shootings in the barrios, wantonly killing young and old. Fueled by the supremacist violence, a long-simmering Hispanic insurrection emerges. Its goal: to redraw the map of the United States. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation's inner-city barrios into walled-off Quarantine Zones. In this chaotic landscape, Manolo Suarez is struggling to provide for his family. Under the spell of a beautiful Latina radical, the former U.S. Army Ranger eventually finds himself questioning his loyalty to his wife-and his country.
Causes Raul Ramos y Sanchez Supports
Chicar Youth Empowerment
National Society for Hispanic Professionals