Welcome fellow readers and writers!
Updated: March 27, 2017.
Book Tour. Save the date!
On May 6th I will be at the Dove Library here in Carlsbad for their ninth annual Local Author's Festival. There will be a panel discussion from 1 to 2 pm, followed by a greet & meet, 2 to 3 pm.
On August 12th I will be at Mira Costa College in Oceanside for the North County Latino Book & Family Festival. More details to follow.
I will also be signing books at the 18th annual Latino Book & Family Festival on Sunday, September 10th, at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, across the street from the famous Mexican marketplace Olvera Street. The festival is a daylong event, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free! Bring the family, meet the authors, browse the vendors, and then cross the street and have a taco at one of the many restaurants at Olvera Street.
My publisher, Floricanto Press, and I are both happy and excited to announce the release of my novel, Almond Tequila, available now at amazon.com and www.floricantopress.com.
Puerto San Carlos is Jake's idea of paradise. A place where he could fish all day, play his guitar, and drink tequila all day long. He has been visiting this dusty little fishing village with its colorful inhabitants and curious superstitions and customs for the past eight summers.
When Socorro Reyes vows to put a brujería on her former friend for cheating her, Jake persuades her to let karma handle it.
When Ricardo Avila fails to carry out his dead mother's wishes, the man receives an unexpected visitor. When Xochitl Madrigal asks Jake to captain El Barco de Libros, little does he know that they will be sailing into the eye of a storm.
Between all this and trying to save the endangered sea turtles, it turns out to be an eventful summer, leading Jake to a life changing decision.
Almond Tequila is a multicultural novel which will appeal to both Adult and Young Adult readers.
Captivating and descriptive, Almond Tequila evokes the richness of Baja California where stunning scenery, aquatic wildlife, tasty cuisine, and warm melodies soothe the soul. The reader is immersed in folkloric culture, gentle surf, island breezes, and the amazing flavor of chocolate clams.—José Chavez, Author, Estrellitas y Nopales~ Little Stars and Cactus
Look out for a fresh new edition of Clay Hills and Mud Pies due out this Christmas! It has been returned to its original version, in the first person, as it was meant to be read. Several additional chapters will be included, chapters that were edited from the first edition. It will also have a new cover!
Stay tuned for more updates soon!
Winner of the 2014 International Latino Book Award in two categories, Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book and Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book, and the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Best First Book, Clay Hills and Mud Pies, continues to entertain, enlighten and engage audiences. Get your copy on amazon.com!
It was both a thrill and an honor to receive the International Latino Book Award for Best First Book in 2013 before a capacity crowd at the Instituto Cervantes in midtown Manhattan. The event took place on May 30th during Book Expo America, which I attended with my sister Alice, the librarian. Latino Literacy Now had a booth at Book Expo which we helped man along with a host of other people who are just as committed and passionate as we are about Latino literacy and literacy in general.
Imagine my surprise when Clay Hills and Mud Pies was honored again at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards.
The event took place on June 28th in Las Vegas during the American Library Association Conference. Once again, Latino Literacy Now had a booth where I sat with other International Latino Book Award recipients and fellow writers, selling and signing books.
Now in its 18th year, the International Latino Book Awards are presented by Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in the Latino community, in partnership with Las Comadres Para Las Americas and REFORMA.
In 2013 Latino Literacy Now unveiled its new Logo.
Special thanks to Kirk Whisler, my mentor at LLN, and Jim Sullivan for their tireless efforts in coordinating all these wonderful events year round and all the work they do for Latino literacy in general.
In 2013 Clay Hills and Mud Pies was selected for the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club Conversations with... Series. I was interviewed by my good friend, Nora Comstock, on February 25th. It was great fun. Thanks Nora and Las Comadres. For more information about this wonderful organization, please visit www.lascomadres.org.
To see my book on their website, click on Events, then Teleconferences.
It was also featured in the January 2013 issue of SomosPrimos.com, an on-line publication dedicated to Hispanic Heritage.
"Skeletons abound in this revealing but poignant family biography by author Annie Mary Perez."
To learn more click on About the Book.
The book cover features Uncle Johnny (left) and my father, Santiago Perez (right), ages 10 and 5, respectively, 1923.
Left: My maternal grandparents, Catarina Almanzar and Valtasar Nevarez, on their wedding day, 1915. Grandma was eleven at the time.
Above: Mary (my mother) and her sister Lencha on a faux airplane during World War II. Mom is the pretty one at the rear of the plane.
Below: Santiago (my father), his sister Josie, and her husband El Diablo, 1946. Dad is the handsome one in uniform.
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!
Mom and Dad on their wedding day, February 1946.