R132. What Does It Mean to Be a Latino?

Room 518, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel of Latino authors will explore the question of what it means to be a Latino in the United States. Whether you are an author creating a "Latino character" or a publisher wishing to publish "Latino literature," or a librarian wondering whether a book fits within the "Latino" category of your catalog, this presentation will help you understand more about the rich and unique histories of the various groups of people that have been part of the US landscape for centuries.



Maria de Lourdes Victoria is a bilingual, award-winning author who has been published internationally. Her first novel was finalist for the Mariposa Book Award. Her second novel took third place at the Planeta Book Award. Her new book is forthcoming.

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is the author of eleven books for children and young adults. Three of her biographies have received Pura Belpré Author Honor Awards. She teaches writing at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program at Whidbey Island, Washington.

Donna Miscolta is the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced. Her story collection Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman.

Teresa Luengo Cid works for the King County Library System serving the Spanish-speaking population, creating reading clubs in Spanish, and as a literacy workshop presenter for Latino parents. She coordinated an early literacy program in Spanish, worked as a parent educator, and as a language teacher.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center