Latino Books Into Movies Awards

Los Angeles, CA — The second edition of the Latino Books Into Movies Awards were held on April 21st at the University of Southern California as part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The awards were presented from the HOY Stage during the very active weekend of book related activities. The judges for these awards are film industry professionals: Producers, Directors, Screenwriters, and Film Financiers. The judges were Ruben Arvizu, Kevin Bender, Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Benjamin Esparza, Paul Espinosa, Evelina Fernandez, Jackie Gil, Marcos Gonzalez, Danny Haro, Bel Hernandez, Ruth Livier, Alma Martinez, Dave Mendez, Lymari Nadal, Luis Orozco, Gabriel Reyes, Baldemar Rodriguez, Carlina Rodriguez, Margaritade la Vega-Hurtado, and Richard Yñiguez. Kirk Whisler and Annie Perez oversaw the awards process. While film making is a very slow business, one of the books from the first batch of winners has already gotten a production deal.

The Festivals have drawn over 800,000 attendees over the past two decades. For more information about the Festivals and the Awards, please visit

Action & Adventure  

First Place, I Wasn’t Born A Teacher, David Bueno-Hill, Broken Wing Press

Second Place, Timely Conquest, Jerry P. Martinez, Tate Publishing


First Place, Kiki Koki – The Enchanted Legend Of The Coqui Frogs, Ed Rodriguez, Idearworks


First Place, Sophomoric Philosophy, Victor David Giron, Curbside Splendor

Honorable Mention, Wow!, David Perez , 11B Press


First Place, Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Gracefully Global Group LLC

Second Place, Puerto Rico: An Oral History 1898-2008, Barbara Tasch Ezratty, Read Street Publishing


First Place, The Name Partner, Carlos Cisneros, Arte Publico Press

Second Place, Loving Pedro Infante, Denise Chavez, Farrar Straus Giroux

Second Place, Samba Dreamers, Kathleen de Azevedo, University of Arizona Press

Honorable Mention, Abuse Hidden Behind The Badge, Rosaura Torres, Torres Publishing Group, LLC Honorable Mention, Barrio Bushido, Benjamin Bac Sierra, El Leon Literary Arts

Honorable Mention, Randy Lopez Goes Home, Rudolfo Anaya, University of Oklahoma Press

Kids & Family  

First Place, Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz, Belinda Acosta, Grand Central Publishing

Second Place, Milagro of the Spanish Bean Pot, Emerita Romero-Anderson, Texas Tech University Press

Romantic Comedy  

First Place, The Book of Want, Daniel A. Olivas, University of Arizona Press

Second Place, Getting Rid of Stupid: Culprit of Their Depression, Lisa Lynn Ramos, iUniverse

Suspense or Mystery  

First Place, Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over, Belinda Acosta, Grand Central Publishing

Second Place, The Guadalupe Saints, Michael M. Pacheco, Paraguas Books

Honorable Mention, Strictly A Family Matter, Ramon L. Quezada, iUniverse


First Place, No Such Thing As Impossible: From Adversity To Triumph, Jairo Alvarez-Botero, Alvarez Construction Co.

First Place, Running Toward the Light: The George Mendoza Story, William J. Buchanan, University of New Mexico Press

Honorable Mention, East Side Dreams, Art Rodriguez, Dream House Press

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3 thoughts on “Latino Books Into Movies Awards

  • May 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Thank you so much, I am truly honored and humbled. Mucho amor.


    • May 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      We hope to have the opportunity to highlight your career milestones, so let us know…

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