NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Las Comadres, the national
Latina organization, in cooperation with the Association of American
Publishers (AAP) and Borders(R) has announced the launch of Las Comadres
and Friends National Latino Book Club at select Borders stores in Arizona,
California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
Membership will be open to anyone interested in reading English-language
works written by Latina or Latino authors. Best-selling author Esmeralda
Santiago will serve as the official spokesperson for the book club.
Las Comadres Para Las Americas, the book club's parent organization,
fosters communication on a variety of topics through its
community-building, networking web site www.lascomadres.org, boasting a
membership of 10,000 in sixty cities nationwide. The book club has grown
out of a series of highly successful monthly teleconferences hosted by the
Las Comadres network, with each teleconference featuring one book
club-selected author. The first Las Comadres live event was held at
Borders' Columbus Circle location in New York City in March 2007. The
initial launch of the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club
will be limited to 15 cities, but future plans call for expanding the book
club to all sixty cities where Las Comadres' members are located.
The titles for the book club, which include everything from memoir to
fiction to children's literature, were selected by a committee of Las
Comadres members as well as Borders' Hispanic interest buyer. The 2008
June -- A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia (Vintage)
July -- The King's Gold by Yxta Maya Murray (HarperCollins)
August -- Mexican Enough by Stephanie Elizondo Griest (Washington
September -- More Than This by Margo Candela (Fireside)
October -- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
November -- The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez (Grand
December -- And Their Dogs Came With Them by Helena Maria Viramontes
(Washington Square Press)
Borders will host book clubs in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas and Utah with participating authors.
Customers can visit http://www.BordersStores.com for details on stores
participating in the Las Comadres book club in their neighborhoods.
About Las Comadres
Las Comadres is a nationwide grassroots-based group of Latinas that was
launched informally in April 2000 in Austin, Texas, and has now grown to a
national network that includes sixty U.S. cities. Its 10,000 strong
membership keeps Latinas connected via email networks, teleconferences, and
monthly potluck events in individual cities. More information on Las
Comadres can be found at http://www.lascomadres.org.
AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing
industry. The association's more than 300 members include most of the major
commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and
non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP
members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational
materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional
markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and
services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the
defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and
abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the
association's highest priorities.
About Borders, Inc.
Borders is a subsidiary of Borders Group, Inc., a $3.8 billion global
retailer of books, music, movies, periodicals and gift and stationery items
with over 30,000 employees and more than 1,100 stores worldwide primarily
operating under the Borders(R) and Waldenbooks(R) brand names. Currently,
there are over 500 Borders superstores in the U.S. that carry up to 200,000
titles. Customers enjoy a comfortable shopping experience, as well as a
host of in-store events and community-centered activities when they visit
their local Borders stores. For more information, visit
SOURCE Association of American Publishers