A Symphony of Rivals, the second book in a trilogy, by Roma Calatayud-Stocks, was awarded First Place for Best Novel Historical Fiction by the International Latino Book Awards on September 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.
The International Latino Book Awards has become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Over the years 2,624 authors and publishers have been honored for their work with Children’s, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Fiction, eBooks, Design, Translation, and Best First Books. The books have been in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and bilingual formats.
Winners of the International Latino Book Awards have included many of the best-known Latino authors including Rodolfo Acuña, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, José Antonio Burciaga, Denise Chavéz, Paulo Coelho, Dr. Camilo Cruz, Junot Díaz, Gabriel García Márquez, Reyna Grande, Oscar Hijuelos, Edna Iturralde, Mario Vargas Llosa, Josefina López, Pablo Neruda, Ana Nogales, Jose Luis Orozco, Alisa Valdes, and Victor Villaseñor. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez are all winners. Winners have also included well-known figures from other professions including Entertainers like Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Cheech Marin, Rick Najera, Jenni Rivera, Linda Ronstadt and Carlos Santana; Sports notables Laurie Hernandez, Oscar de la Hoya and Jorge Posada; Media figures like Martín Llorens, Jorge Ramos, Teresa Rodríguez, Ray Suarez, and Lilliana Vasquez; Public notables like Henry Cisneros and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and Chefs like Paulina Abascal, José Garcés, Pati Jinich, Chef Lala, and Daisy Martinez. Amazingly, sales of books by past ILBA winning authors have totaled more than 200 million copies!
The Awards have been growing rapidly. Winners have been from across the USA and at least 17 countries in Latin America, Spain and a dozen countries elsewhere. Winning books are promoted at a wide variety of key book industry trade events, educational conferences, Latino community and other consumer events. Latino Literacy Now has developed a series of important partnerships with organizations like the California State University, Dominguez Hills; Las Comadres de las Americas; REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos; Libros Publishing; and Scholastic.