Join us for an inspiring look into the talents of three Latina authors who will share their personal stories and the stories behind their books.
Date: Sunday December 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 23600 Rockfield Blvd. #2A, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Cost: $10 per person (purchase tickets below)
Olivia Castillo is a New York native. After going to the prestigious Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she went on to study graphic design at Otis Parson's College in Los Angeles. Along with being an entrepreneur, she is the mother of three children, and grandmother of two. When not writing or spending time with her family, she travels the world and paints. Song of the Boricua is her first novel.
Puerto Rico, an island of contradiction, serves as an enchanting backdrop following three generations of women.
Elena: resilient and ambitious, but trapped by duty to her children.
Maria: passionate and headstrong, but married to a man she does not love.
Josephina: optimistic and romantic, but in love with an alcoholic.
Isabella: clairvoyant and spiritual, but denies her heritage and roots.
Like the land, these women are held hostage, unfulfilled and unable to find their happiness. Each generation, like the land, is cursed. Can they defy the powerful bond of the curse and free themselves to find love everlasting?
Diana Sáenz, a native of Los Angeles, and one time resident of San Francisco, London, Tuscaloosa AL, Montreal, Cambridge MA, and Londonderry, NH. She now lives in Murrieta, CA. She has husband who is also a writer, Marshall Harvey, and two daughters, her bio-kid and her step-daughter.
Diana has been writing all her life. Her plays have been produced in Massachusetts, California, Texas, and Maine. Her book of poetry, An Ordinary Life Discussed, was part of the study course at Ithaca College, Feminist Literature. She has had several commissions to write for others, and has lectured in colleges and universities, including Texas A&M, UCR, and Leslie College. Her Political cartoons can be found under #Politijoke on Twitter.
She founded Boston Poet Magazine, and managed the online at bostonpoet.com from 1996 to 2013.
"A Second Pair of Eyes" is a Victorian Mystery that takes place in Kohl, Zanada, a tiny Imaginary country. Jean Troudou, the best detective that the Kohl Constabulary has to offer has a secret weapon, his wife, Anna. When the king is murdered Jean and Anna realize that his assassins have escaped, the detective and his wife follow them. They eventually learn the terrible secret and the reason for his death. Jean is then faced with the greatest challenge of his life and the decisions he makes will determine the fate of his country.
"A Second Pair of Eyes" explores revenge and obsession, marriage and love, betrayal and forgiveness. Without compromising on entertainment, It is a richer, fuller version of the repartee between husband and wife, similar to the Thin Man movies with Nick and Nora Charles. However, Anna, with her prodigious knowledge, is not relegated to a charming, but ditzy companion. She is an invaluable asset to her husband's work, and within the dictates of the Victorian Age, they emerge as a thoroughly modern couple.
"A Second Pair of Eyes" is packed with nuanced characters who are treated with sympathy and humor. The story eventually becomes not who, but why, and the aftermath of what happens to everyone involved. The book is Victorian, fun, warm, richly detailed, and by the end of the book, leaves the reader with a satisfied sense of well-being, and a desire or appreciation for le Fée Verte otherwise known as Absinthe.
An Ordinary Life Discussed is the story of a family, who like many other families is faced with an event that changes the entire structure of the family. Each member is set adrift and apart from one another. Told in a haunting lyrical poetic form--from the point of view of the eldest daughter--this autobiographical portrait of a family is both specific and universal. An Ordinary Life Discussed is made complete with photographs taken from the author's family album. The Family Myth is a collection of poems about the author's extended family. Some portraitures may not necessarily be completely accurate but certainly they are always true.
Sylvia Mendoza is an award-winning author and journalist who writes inspirational stories about strong visionary women who change the world—and are powerful examples of living with passion and purpose.
Sylvia’s classic collection of mini-biographies THE BOOK OF LATINA WOMEN: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success, was selected for the California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers Association and won 1st place in the International Latino Book Awards “Best Women’s Issues” category. Her SONIA SOTOMAYOR: A BIOGRAPHY launched Zest Books’ middle school “Living History” series to inspire young readers with the true story of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. Her novel, SERENADE, won the prestigious Latino Literary Award for Best Romance. Sylvia has written more than 500 articles for dozens of publications, earning awards for “Excellence in Journalism.”
Teaching Journalism and Creative Writing at UC San Diego Extension brings her love of the written word full circle as she hears the voices of the next generation of writers.
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Recognized as an expert in her blended fields of journalism, women’s issues and Latina voices, Sylvia has been featured by the National Women’s History Project on C-Span Book-TV, as a thought leader and one of “50 Voices of the Future in Journalism” at UC San Diego Extension, and as “1 of 25 Influential Latina Leaders” invited to a private forum with Ms. Mazal Renford, Israeli delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
From fiery superstars like singing sensation Selena, who blazed new trails in pop culture, to little-known heroes like the Mirabal Sisters, who died for their country and whose brave actions changed history, The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success, spotlights 150 amazing and influential Latinas.
These fabulous women come from all periods in history and all walks of life. They've impacted the world with their contributions and accomplishments in history, science, politics, education, the arts, activism, sports, news, and entertainment—past and present...
• Eva Peron ruled Argentina with flamboyance and an iron fist.
• France Anne Cordova was the youngest person to ever hold the Chief Scientist position at NASA
• Luisa Moreno organized civil rights groups to fight deplorable and unfair working conditions in sweatshops, factories, and agricultural fields in the 1930s.
• Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was the first feminist intellectual of the New World.
• Rosemary "Rosie” Casals lobbied for equal rights for women on the tennis courts as a seven-time Wimbledon Women’s Champion.
• Botanist Ynez Mexia’s first expedition was at the age of 57—in the 1950s.
Throughout history, Latinas have broken down barriers and stereotypes, blazing their own trails to make a difference. They have followed their passions, expressed creativity, developed cures, stirred up controversy, stood up against the majority, fought for the underdog, and even died for their beliefs. These Latinas are catalysts of profound change.
Arguably one of the most prominent US Supreme Court Justices at the moment, Sonia Sotomayor has paved her own way to enact profound changes and reforms, despite the obstacles that stood in her way. And she certainly has had her share of adversity: she was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just eight years old, lived in housing projects in the Bronx in her youth, and fought (and still is fighting) against blatant discrimination throughout her career. Now in her early 60s, Justice Sotomayor has already made history in being appointed to the Court as the first Latina justice, the third woman justice, and one of the three youngest justices in this position.