I am honored and thrilled to share that my novel, A DECENT WOMAN, garnered an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction, English, at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. The 18th annual award ceremony was held outside of Los Angeles at California State University Dominguez Hills on September 8, 2016.
My deepest and warmest thanks to my wonderful readers, the 200 judges of the competition, and to Latino Literacy Now, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, and Reforma for their tireless work in promoting Latinos in literature and the creative arts.
I was excited to travel to California to take part in the fabulous event, and wrote this short piece upon my return:
Just before the 2016 International Latino Book Awards celebration outside of Los Angeles, my Android cell phone decided to reset to factory settings…fun times. I decided to enjoy the festivities and forget about Mercury in retrograde woes. Thankfully, my dear cousin Alma took photographs last night, which I will share later.
My deepest thanks to Kirk Whisler and Edward James Olmos, co-founders of Latino Literacy Now, to Las Comadres Para Las Americas, and Reforma for putting on a super literary evening, and for promoting Latinos in literature and in the creative arts. It was a fun evening!
My BEST congratulations to my comadres Mayra Calvani, Vanessa Garcia, Theresa Varela, and Patricia Dornelles for their wins last night. I was thrilled to read Mayra and Theresa’s acceptance speeches and to accept the awards on their behalf. Congrats to all the nominees!
It was great to finally meet the lovely Julia Abrantes and Kirk Whisler, and to chat with the wonderful Nora Comstock of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. Also fun to chat and share laughs with Arnaldo Lopez, Jr, a fellow nominee.
A DECENT WOMAN came away with an honorable, Honorable Mention in Historical Fiction, English, which was very exciting! Here is the final list of winners in my category:
Best Novel – Historical Fiction – English
The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende; Atria Books; Chile.
Hidden Star, Corinne Joy Brown; Friesen Press; American: EasternEurope Jewish
A Decent Woman, Eleanor Parker Sapia; Sixth Street River Press; Ponce, Puerto Rico
Between Here and Gone, Barbara Ferrer; Diversion Books; USA, Cuba
I have one more day in beautiful Torrance, CA, which I will spend in San Pedro with a family friend, and plan to dance salsa tonight with my awesome Airbnb hostess, Janette. It couldn’t have been a nicer visit to LA and I hope to return soon.
My love and thanks to my wonderful, supportive family, especially to my cousin, Alma Sapia Alfonzo, who traveled with me to share in the award fun.
I can’t wait to see my children and my sister again tomorrow. My son heads to China and India for two months, so I am very happy I shared three wonderful mini vacations with my children in NYC, Nashville, and Virginia. My traveling days are soon over this summer, and I will again be in the writing chair, where I won’t budge until the final manuscript is ready for my editor!
Eleanor Parker Sapia is the Puerto Rican-born author of the award-winning historical novel, A DECENT WOMAN, published by Scarlet River Press. Her debut book, which garnered an Honorable Mention in Historical Fiction, English at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards with Latino Literacy Now, was Book of the Month with Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club in 2015. Eleanor is proud to be featured in the award-winning anthology, Latino Authors and Their Muses, edited by Mayra Calvani. Well-traveled Eleanor is a writer, artist, photographer, and blogger who is never without a pen and a notebook, her passport and a camera. Her awesome adult children are out in the world doing amazing things. Eleanor currently lives and writes in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Eleanor’s book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1X0qFvK
Please visit Eleanor at her website http://www.eleanorparkersapia.com and her writing blog, The Writing Life athttps://wordpress.com/post/thewritinglifeeparker.wordpress.com