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July 9, 2012
By Drew Bradley
Emma Sepúlveda, a Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, received two awards for Setenta dias de noche, (Catalonia, Chile) last month at the 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards in New York.
Sepúlveda's book received first place in two categories including "Best History/Political Book - Spanish or Bilingual." Her book recounts the 2010 mining disaster in Chile, the search for the trapped miners and the role of their wives and family members in the rescue efforts. After experiencing success in Spain and in Chile and other Latin American countries, the book is being translated for publication in the United States.
The International Latino Book Awards ceremony, he largest and most important Latino book awards in the U.S., was held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City and honored 148 authors and publishers. The awards were sponsored this year by Libros Publishing and Scholastic. Additional support came from the University of Arizona Press and Arte Público Press. Each year the International Latino Book Awards are held during BookExpo America, the largest publishing trade show in the United States. The awards are an international event with authors and publishers from across America and 14 countries in Latin America and Spain. The awards were presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Instituto Cervantes and other national Latino groups. Latino Literacy Now was founded to promote literacy in the Latino community in all forms: educational, financial, reading and community awareness. Since 1997, 49 Latino Book & Family Festivals have been held in the United States.
Sepúlveda was born in Argentina and raised in Chile. She is the author and co-author of 25 books, including works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, literary criticism and textbooks. Sepúlveda is a Foundation Professor and Director of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. She also is a columnist for the Reno Gazette Journal.
For more information, visit the Latino Research Center.