Monday, September 14, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Giveaway

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15 through October 15. I'm excited to kick off this month-long celebration with a book giveaway on behalf of Hachette Book Group. There will be five winners, who will each win a set of five books.

The books in this giveaway are:

1. Zumba® By Beto Perez , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson
2. Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante
3. Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta
4. Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo
5. Amigoland By Oscar Casares

To win a set of books, please answer the following question, and comment here by October 15. When you comment, please leave an email address or link to a site where you can be contacted. Winners must be US or Canadian residents. No PO Boxes please. Winners will be selected and announced on October 16th.

So...
What notable Hispanic, past or present, do you want to know more about? Why?

33 comments:

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I would love to know more about Sandra Cisneros. I've taught her book The House on Mango Street for several years now, and feel like I've equated the life of the main character, Esperanza, with Cisneros'. Of course, I know that this is not Cisneros' life but I can't help but feel like Esperanza is a real person. I love teaching this work and have gobbled up most of her other works, but I still come back to The House on Mango Street as a favorite. My students love this book and love to write in Cisneros' style. She has a love and care for words and people that warms me. I'd love to know more about her!

I can be contacted via email at hderaps@mtbluersd.org or at my classroom blog: derapsclass.blogspot.com.

BronzeWord said...

I would like to know more about Henry Cisneros because he was Major of our city, San Antonio, TX and then he went on to bigger things. I don't know how he got to where he is. I'd like to know his background. And of course his favorite book!
Jo Ann Hernandez
BronzeWord1 AT yahoo com

campbele said...

Hi Cassy!
This month, I'm only going to enter ONE contest to win these books. I hope I'm still lucky!!
Part of me wants to say I'd like to learn more about Jimmy Smits because I have such a nice poster of him on my office door :)
But, my serious side would like to know more about Pedro Albizu Campos. I learned about him in Rosie Perez's movie "Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!" (The movie was in English!). I was amazed by all that man went through for his country: the inhumane suffering he face for Puerto Rico. I have to learn more about him.

BookwormBete said...

I would love to learn the TRUE story of Eva Peron. My husband's family see her as a saint. Others see her as an oportunist. I'm sure the truth is somewhere in the middle. However, she was a strong woman in a macho society in a time where women were invisible.

Misusedinnocence said...

I would also like to know more about Eva Peron, mostly I only know about the musical Evita and would like to know more about the history.

misusednnocence@aol.com

teachin' said...

Julia Alvarez. I totally heart her writing, but I've never gone any further and I'd love to know more about her.

rng888 said...

Mario Vargas Llosa would be my choice amongst multitude of notable Hispanic authors. This is due to his wide range of both fiction and non-fiction works. Beyond being a modernist as a writer, he's political involvement and his controversial views has indeed made me more interested in understanding his background and how it has influenced his earlier and later works. I'm genuinely surprised but I can't seem to find a biography of someone his stature.

rng888 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Learn Spanish said...

Hi Cassy, great blog. Kim from http://www.SpanishPod101.com sent you an email. Let me know when you get a chance to read. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know more about Daniel Flores Duran. I know he writes children's books and adolescent literature. But, that's all I know.

Thanks for the chance.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I have seen the video of Sandra Cisneros in conversation with Dorothy Allison. I would like to learn more about her.

Pat Murphy
murphyp2001@yahoo.com

Okibum said...

I would love to learn more about Luis Alberto Urrea. I have just discovered his books and love them. I would love to find out more about him and what he is working on next.

supertalya @ gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

There are so many notable Hispanic men and women... Frida Kahlo has always fascinated me, for her individuality, power and the impact she has had on Mexican and American culture.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Marjorie said...

I am a new follower and would love to win this very awesome giveaway.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

edmontonjb said...

I would like to learn more about Cesar Chavez
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Sandra Cisneros sounds interesting, there are many who have such backgrounds that would amze me, and keep me interested.

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would love to learn about the real Eva Peron.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Ali said...

I've recently come across three fabulous-looking new or upcoming books about Diego Rivera, so I'm hoping to learn more about him, very soon! Worducopia/at/gmail/dot/com.

kakihara said...

Frida Kahlo --I've always been really drawn to her work-- it's so vibrant.

kakihararocks@gmail.com

enyl said...

I would like to learn more about the following people, Tito Puente because I enjoy his music. Cesar Chavez because he fought for economic parity for the Latino community. Freda Kahlo and Diego Rivera because of thier art.

enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I'd love to learn more about Eva Perone because she has always fascinated me.

ossmcalc said...

I am a high school mathematics teacher. I used to teach at a regional center at a state school for math and science where I taught Advanced Calculus AB and BC. Then I transferred to a local high school when the regional center was closed. Jaime Escalante was my hero. I kept thinking that if he could do it, so could I. I would like to know more about him both before and after the movie about him, "Stand and Deliver."

thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Sarah said...

I would like to learn more about the life of Lazaro Cardenas, the great progressive Mexican president who instituted many social and economic reforms in Mexico in the 1930s. I recently took a college class about the history of Mexico and would like to read more about this very interesting political figure.

Sarah
saemmerson at yahoo dot com

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I've always been interested in the beloved Eva Peron, so sad that she died of cancer when the entire populace was praying for her recovery :(

Marianna said...

Diego Rivera
mannasweeps (at))) gmaildotcom

Estela said...

I'd love to read more on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. She sounds fascinating!


easagredo at yahoo dot com

bcgirll said...

I would like to know more about Salvador Dali in order to understand his art.

tooluckyducky AT hotmail DOT com

Mishia said...

I'd love to know more about Che Guevara

ikkinlala said...

I'd like to know more about Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, because he's been honoured several times for peace and human rights work.

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
weloveourdogs@juno.com

You know I would choose the Mexican Presidents Wife. No one ever talks about her. I don't even know her name, how bad is that!! I wonder what she is like in person, how many kids she has, what she does for hobbies & what she looks like!! That's who I would choose!!!
Thanks for this neat chance to win these amazing Hispanic Heritage Books in this Giveaway on your wonderful blog!!!

degood said...

I would like to know more about Fidel Castro's brother who is supposed to take over power when Fidel dies.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

windycindy said...

Hello, What an interesting question!
I enjoy studying artists and their paintings. The 20th century Hispanic
artist, Diego Rivera interests me very much. It is interesting to study his paintings which I feel
give me his outlook on his cultural views. Many thanks for a chance to win theses fabulous books!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Beverly said...

I would like to know more about Fidel Castro.

beachlover20855[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

Niurka said...

I would love to win