NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

Thank you to all who made our first NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival a success.  We had over 440 visitors, 19 authors/presenters/student storytellers/student poets and 18 vendors.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FROM THE 2019 FESTIVAL HERE!

SEE THE FULL PROGRAM FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL HERE

You can still order festival merchandise (t-shirts, water bottles and posters) with a logo/image by festival artist Zahra Marwan. The festival image (upper right) was recently shortlisted for the World Illustrator Awards and will be in an exhibit at the Somerset House Embankment Galleries in London. Congratulations to Zahra!

We would like to thank our generous donors, the City of Albuquerque, the BNSF Railway Foundation, and French Funerals and Cremations, for making the festival possible.

And we also extend our warm thanks to our festival partners: Children’s Day, Book Day; Artful Life; ABQ Reads; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute; Native Realities, UNM Press, and Reforma de Nuevo Mexico.

Check back on this page, starting in October, for information about next year’s festival.

For more information, please contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us; 505-383-4724.

ABOUT OUR INAUGURAL FESTIVAL

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque hosted its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month; Children’s Day, Book Day; Arbor Day; and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.

The focus on Spanish-English and Native Language-English books and authors made this annual festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience. The 2019 festival emphasized books for readers in grades K-6, though there were activities for kids of all ages, including families, and workshops for parents and teachers.

The festival also launched a summer reading program at the NHCC–connecting children struggling with reading with free reading tutors who provided one-on-one and group tutoring at the NHCC over the summer.

 

 

¡Iluminarte! 2019

The NHCC will present its second annual celebration of the small paper bag lanterns with sand and candles that some call “farolitos” and others call “luminarias”—a New Mexico tradition.  Events from 2-7 pm will include a talk about the history, facts and urban legends of the luminaria/farolito, an illuminated bike parade, create your own “iluminarte” (paper bag) workshop, a student art and writing show, and more.

All events are free and open to the public and take place on the beautifully illuminated campus of the NHCC.

Check out some photos of ¡Iluminarte! 2018 here!

Book Reading and Signing: Norma Elia Cantú, Cabañuelas

2 pm

Norma Elia Cantú will read from her new novel, Cabañuelas (University of New Mexico Press, 2019), the successor to her award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, which chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. Nena leaves Laredo, Texas, and moves to Madrid, Spain, to research the historical roots of traditional fiestas in Laredo. Immersing herself in post-Franco Spain and its rich history, its food, music, and fiestas, Nena finds herself falling for Paco, a Spaniard. Nena’s research and experiences teach her about who she is, where she comes from, and what is important to her. As her work comes to a close, Nena must decide where she can best be true to her entire self: in Spain with Paco or in Laredo, her home, where her job and family await her return. After reading, Cantú will talk about the craft of writing a novel—in celebration of National Novel Writing Month (November).

This event is free and open to the public

Presented in conjunction with the University of New Mexico Press

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Martinez and Tafoya

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Martinez and Tafoya.

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez.

Other presentation dates below:

Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Book Reading and Signing: Refugees, Rivers and Rebels with Renny Golden

6 pm

This presentation will feature poets Sen. Bill O’Neill, Margaret Randall, Damien Flores and Renny Golden.

Renny Golden’s The Music of Her Rivers pays homage to the Rio Grande and Illinois Rivers. Sharp-eyed and empathetic, Golden serves as a witness, documenting place, history, and people, especially those left voiceless due to violence or discrimination—from the refugee border crossers of the Rio Grande to the Irish immigrants and former slaves struggling to build lives in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Escribir Nuevo Mexico—Las Vegas

2 pm

This is the second in our reading series featuring New Mexico authors reading from books about New Mexico. Organized by city, town or region, this reading will feature 2-3 writers whose books focus on the town of Las Vegas.

Salud y Sabor Celebrates Mexico: Bridges Between Past and Present

The monthly celebration of food, health, and community scheduled for Saturday, October 12 is canceled. We will be back in November to celebrate Mexico and Día de los Muertos. Details will be announced soon!

11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Salud y Sabor is a free late morning/early afternoon of food, art, health, culture, and entertainment that celebrates our communities and connects families with nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and play. Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, fun art and movement activities for kids and adults, health screenings, cultural exchange, and live entertainment.  Join us for free samples of local produce and special recipes. All activities emphasize traditional Latin American and Indigenous food and culture, basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and a vibrant atmosphere with art activities, storytelling, and live music.

This event is presented as a partnership between the NHCC, Agri-Cultura Network and Street Food Institute.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor UNM-Health Sciences Center!

This event is free and open to the public

Book Presentation and Signing: Dr. Mari-Luci Jaramillo and her book “Sacred Seeds”

2:00 pm

A notable educator and civil rights advocate, Mari-Luci Jaramillo is best known for her accomplishments as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras in the 1970s. From humble beginnings in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mari-Luci went on to a long career that included numerous positions at the University of New Mexico, and serving as the U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs under President Carter, and as the U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America under President Clinton. Dr. Jaramillo resides in  Albuquerque, NM.

Mari-Luci tells the story of her own coming of age in the 1930s, stories of the every-day and the out-of-the-ordinary, stories of how she learned the values of community, faith, love, tradition, and passion for learning. Featuring New Mexican Spanish and illustrated by photographs and sketches, this collection of stories reveals the observant eye and open heart of the girl who became Madame Ambassador.

This event is free and open to the public.

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for C De Baca

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the family C De Baca.

Other presentation dates below:

Oct. 20, 2-4 pm: Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez
Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa