The VII New York Book Fair Expo 2012

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 | 0 comments

The Seventh NY Book Fair Expo at the Queens Museum of Art (QMA) will bring together the best of the Caribbean to New York City. Due to construction renovations at the QMA, the Book Fair is changing the traditional program of its 2012 event. On Sunday, September 30th, we will celebrate the rich literary contribution of local writers in a large book reception at the QMA. Take this opportunity to visit the art exhibition Caribbean Crossroads of the World on display until January 2013. Starting at 2 p.m., a selected group of Caribbean authors will discuss their production and success in the publishing world at the auditorium. At 3 p.m. Meet and greet award winning author Jaime Manrique. The public will have the opportunity to meet and greet the authors and enjoy the largest book party in the city at the Unisphere Gallery. Authors, books, live music and a reception will be at the center of the Seventh Annual Book Fair, celebrating the release of the book Languages of New York, as well as the talent of local and international writers. Please join us, and show your love for books! Free Admission


ManriqueJaime Manrique   A Colombian American author, poet, professor and journalist. An award-winning author of the memoir Eminent Maricones, and the novels Latin Moon in Manhattan, Twilight at the Equator, and Colombian Gold. He lives in New York City and is He is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the City College of New York. In the 7th Book Fair, Manrique will the main speaker presenting his late book Cervantes Street, a fictional biography of Miguel de Cervantes as well as a resplendent tapestry of Golden Age Spain, replete with pirates, prostitutes, members of the Court, even the wonderful Sancho Panza from the master’s Don Quixote, all of whom are summoned up in these pages. Cervantes Street has been praised by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz as “vivacious” and “big-hearted” and by Colombian writer Laura Restrepo as “[a] delicious novel.”

Arlene DavilaArlene Davila PHD in Cultural Anthropology from CUNY and NYU Professor of Anthropology, she have been researching in social and cultural analysis, race and ethnicity; nationalism; media studies; political economy, globalization; the politics of museum and visual representation; urban studies; consumption and Latinos in the U.S. With many specialized books and publications, Davila is celebrating  the publication of her most recent book, “Culture Works: Space Value and Mobility Across the Neoliberal America” (NYU Press) which examines the growing rentability of culture and the arts in contemporary Latino and Latin American cities drawing from fieldwork in Puerto Rico, Latino New York and Buenos Aires.
David MillsDavid Mills  is the author of The Dream Detective,currently on the small press bestseller list.  He has a master’s in creative writing from New York University and is a cum laude grad of Yale University. He is a 2010 Queens Poet Laureate Finalist. He has won NYFA, Breadloaf, Henry James, Brio, PALF (to travel to a writer’s conference in Ghana, West Africa) and Soros Fellowships to travel to Poland to write poems about the Holocaust. Mills is the 2003 recipient of the Chicago State University Langston Hughes Poetry Prize. His dramatic works have been commissioned by the Juilliard School of Drama and the Urban Stages Theater. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, Jubilat, Callaloo, Rattapallax, and many others.  He has also recorded his poetry on RCA records with jazz artist Steve Coleman.  He has written book reviews for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Rolling Stone and New York Post.
francisco-Álvarez-kokiFrancisco Alvarez Koki. Born in A Guarda, Galicia,  he lives in New York since 1984. Author bilingual (Galician-Castilian). author of a dozen of books, will introduce his latest work For April and Lovers, where navigates between social and love poetry. Writer Antonio Muñoz Molina said the following about the author: “As a musician fluent at various instruments, Francisco Álvarez Koki moves quickly through different shades of poetic expression, which are part of the same fit. To read the poems in the order they were published is like to follow the sharp and shifting line of a passion different states, where nothing is sure, where there’s no more certain knowledge than the devotion itself”.
YlainAbreu Yloven Abreu Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Yloven Abreu from very young began to feel passion for the world of literature. She was raised by his maternal grandparents. Her origins are humble, but millionaire in affection and love. From the age of eighteen she moved to the United States where she currently resides with her husband and two wonderful children. She has published three novels, Nací para ser Amada, Deseando la mujer de mi amigo y Mentir por amor.
GustavoArangoMugGustavo Arango Writer, Journalist and Professor, he is the author of several novels, included El origen del mundo, Impromptus en la isla and La risa del muerto, winner of the Literary Prize, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo (New York, 2002). Arango has published also three collections of short stories and journalistic works, including Un ramo de nomeolvides, a biographical account of the beginnings as a writer of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez. Since 2004, teaches Spanish and Latin American literature, film and culture at the State University of New York, Oneonta.

branko Branko. Born in Quito, Ecuador. He is a street photographer, documentary filmmaker and fiction writer. He has published by the City University of New York, Latin American Writers Institute LAWI. He has been writing since an early age and started photography while a teenager. For Branko, photography and filmmaking are just another way to present stories.  He was an electrician and a teacher for vocational trade schools. He attended City College of New York (CCNY). For the last three years, Branko has been received death treats from one of his subjects of a photography documentary. He took photos of the VII Book Fair and are posted in his flickr profile here

Valentina Arango Valentina Arango Valentina Arango was born in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in January of 1992. She and her family moved to live in the United States in December of 1998. Memories of my Colombia was her first published book. She won the Latino Book Award 2009, for the Best Young Adult Non-fiction book. The courageous ant is her first children book, and it is the first part of the series, Tales from the Shell. She is presenting her children’s book The Courageous Ant, the story of a turtle from whose shell many journeys begin.
Alex LimaAlex Lima, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a Graduate from St. John’s University, where he received his MA in Spanish and at present is completing his Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center.  The author of two books of poetry, he is the co-founder of Entre Rascacielos, Epsilon Kappa’s journal of creative writing, and serves as editor of Hybrido, a publication open to emerging artists and writers.The author of two collections of poetry, he is the co-founder of Entre Rascacielos a literary journal, Epsilon Kappa’s journal of creative writing, both from St. John’s University and editor of Hybrido, a publication that promotes emerging artists.
Blanca irene arbelaez Blanca Irene Arbelaez is a colombian writer, and nurse. Author of El primer amor nunca se olvida  (novel), now gives us a work thematically quite different, although not without grace narrative, entitled: How should we die. The title hits us and confronts us. However, when you start reading it you realize that it is a valuable reflection and a brave count around the experiences that over time this author has lived close, not only personally but professionally working in the health field.
Maria Aguilar RiveraMaria Guiar Rivera was born in Corralillo, village on the north coast of Villa Clara, Cuba. She studied at different schools and graduated from the School of Health Julio Trigo López in Santa Clara, Cuba. Rivera began her artistic activities in a small town called Rancho Veloz, in Villa Clara Cuba, where she received several awards as a self-taught artist. After traveling to the United States in February 3, 2005, she devoted herself to writing poetry drawing inspiration from the immigrant experience. Over the last few years she gathered several poems that led her to publish her first book in 2012. She currently lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Miguel Falquez-CertainMiguel Falquez Certain was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He has published short stories, poems, essays, translations, and theater, book, and film reviews in Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. His most recent volumes of poetry arePalimpsestos (silver medal, Ibero-American Poets and Writers Guild in 1996),Userpaciones (finalist at the second Latin American Writers Institute poetry contest in 1990) and Double Corona, all published in 1997. His translation into English of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s monologic Diatribe de amor contra un hombre sentado had a run in April of 1996 at Teatro Repertario Español in New York.
karla foto documentoKarla Flores was born in Barranquilla, Colombia where she grew up. Graduated in Social Communications and Journalism at Universidad Autonoma del Caribe. Dance is also her passion. She participated since early age in folkloric dances of the yearly Barranquilla’s Carnaval and obtained certificates in contemporary dance in Colombia and  Cuba.  She is now pursuing a Teacher Certificate in the Dalcroze Methodology at Robert Abramson Dalcroze Institute at Julliard School in NYC and developing a “Spanish Through the Arts” program, at Our Lady Of the Angelus School, Queens, and St. Theresse of Liseiux School, Brooklyn. She is teacher of music, movement and dance teacher at PACONY, Performing Art Conservatory of NY, Queens. She has written five children’s books about dance and music.
Nereo Lopez-MesaNereo Lopez Meza : Nereo Lopez Meza is one of Colombia’s most renowned photographers. He began his career in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1952, where he worked as a photographic correspondent for the national newspapers El Tiempo and El Espectador, and for the magazine Cromos. Nereo’s photographs are acknowledged as one of the most important visual accounts of the history of Colombia. Nereo has spent sixty of his ninety one years, traveling around the world with personalities. But it is in his photographic essays, deep in the Amazon jungle, in the streets of Bogota, or up and down the Magdalena River (made famous by García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera), where his genius is truly revealed.
Martha Quintin MazaMarta Quintín Maza was born in Saragossa (Spain) She has won several short story contests, including the award “Tomás Seral y Casas” of Alagon five times. At 14 he wrote his first novel, though it was never published. In 2007 she moved to Pamplona to pursue a degree in journalism from the University of Navarra and graduated as first in her class. She has worked  in La revista de Nuestro Tiempo and on television. Since January 2012 she is a reporter for the international news agency EFE in New York City where She currently resides and where she continues her training as an actress, starring in the play “Transits”, which received the award for best local work International Theatre Festival CNN USA. And above all, She keeps writing.
Andrea TierraAndrea Tierra Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Andrea Tierra blends Latin American rhythms with jazz and her poetry to create a one of a kind musical brew.  She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Bayside Festival of Miami, The Latino Festival of New York, Lowell Folk Festival, Jazz Festivals in Colombia, Uruguay, Panama, Italy, Spain, Germany, Amsterdam, Austria and world music re-known venues as Jazz Gallery, Zinc bar,Jazz at Lincon Center, Rose Theater, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, among others.
Jimmy ValdezJimmy Valdez Cultural Promotor, poet and painter born in Dominican Republic. His work as a writer includes pieces for cinema, theater, short stories and opinion articles. He received the Overseas Award in Playwriting 2009. He has participated in biennials in Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Cuba and New York. He had worked as Cultural Coordinator for the “Uniting Nations” fair, the “Dominican-Puerto Rican” fair and  for “Identity”. He has made television and radio and worked on all sorts of projects and crafts.
Dora VasquezDora Vásquez Montoya was born in Medellin, Colombia. She studied sociology at the University of Antioquia and Recreational Direction at the Polytechnic Colombiano “Jaime Isaza Cadavid“. Her work includes essays, tales, stories and poems. Co-founder of the magazine “Green Frog” art and literature (Medellin, 1981), she has published in newspapers and magazines of Colombia, Spain and the United States. In 2007 she joined Tiksi, a nonprofit cultural organization based in New Jersey, where she currently resides.
silvio delacruz Silvio de la Cruz Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1954, studied art in his hometown and moved to New York in the nineteen- eighties. He has had one man shows in Colombia, Venezuela, New York City and Miami and won first prize in the Venezuelan state corporation of Guyana competition and the Queens Borough Public Library Competition in New York. His art has evolved a magic quality resulting from the projection of images in his psych onto a reality he creates through his oil paintings. The art of Silvio DelaCruz transcends ethnicity. It points to sources in which we all have a share.
 Horacio Molina Horacio Molina was born in, Colombia. He has lived in Venezuela and New York and at the present he is living in Puerto Rico but keeps his studio in New York. The art of Horacio Molina has been exhibited in Colombia, Venezuela, New York, Spain, Berlin, Vienna, Puerto Rico and other countries. His work consist of paintings, drawings, graphic art, animations, mural and private commissions.
Jorge posadaJorge Posada Painter, sculptor, print-maker and photographer who lives and works in New York. In recent years Posada has been dividing his time between New York, Antwerp/Belgium and Medellin/Colombia.  His art has evolved into a less realistic subject matter finding a new depiction of the human figure: a cross between figuration and abstraction. Posada works in series which address the human form in a dynamic and constant flux. Posada’s work is in mayor private and public collections in the USA, Europe, Japan and Latin America.
Diego LirikoDiego Liriko. Diego Vargas (Cali, Colombia, 1977), also known as Liriko and Rivelino. Poet, writer, actor and percussionist based in New York for 16 years. In 2007 he published SINASCO, a triptych book. In 2009 he published Bestial Art. He has been published in “Hybrido Magazine“and “La Botica“. He protagonized the short film When cars sing. At the present he is studying Literature at Hunter College.
Edilberto Mendes, jornalistaEdilberto Mendes Edilberto Luciano Mendes was born in Corinth, Minas Gerais and lived in the U.S. since 1980, when he began studies at the University of Miami, then moving to New York, where he lives to this day. Trained in journalism from Faculdades Integradas Alcântara Machado – São Paulo and Anhembi University in Brazil; today, he is recognized as one of the main voices of the Brazilian community in the U.S. Among its many initiatives is to be one of the mentors of the creation of the Congress Communication Community Media in Florida and the creation of the Inter-ABI. Heads since 1989, the Brazilian Day Parade in New York and is the editor of The Brasilians Newspaper since 1987.
Nicolas LinaresNicolás Linares Nicolas Linares Sánchez came to “the Big Apple” in 2004 and his fortune was not the only poet in the city, since 2003 as a group of artists, mostly immigrants, had met to work just to make the city ​​a little more cozy and warm. Since then he joined the group, as a tribute to the poet from Granada, decided appointed “Poetas en Nueva York“. Nicholas participated, along with Ricardo León Peña-Villa and Diego Vargas, in a tripartite the tripartite publication called SINASCO. In addition to this collective work he has two other titles: “Los Hijos de Tisquesusa” (published in 2004) and “Alteración de Orden Público (Disturbing the peace)”;
Lucio FernandezLucio Fernandez is a multifaceted man who has had a varied and successful career working as an actor, singer, dancer, director, producer, painter and author. His one-man show ”Lucio…Less Cuban Than Ever“ ran at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. His previous one-man show “The Cuban Kid” played at Don’t Tell Mama and at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre. As a vocalist, he has appeared in concert  solo and alongside celebrities such as Mark Anthony, Gene Kelly and the Pointer Sisters. He has released two music CD’s as well as a poetry CD .  He has worked  and has traveled the world with famous Broadway shows.  As a television actor he has made appearances on many popular television shows and he is the host of the cable show LIVE ON STAGE.Author of ”Union City in Pictures”, two poetry books, two children’s books, and a dozen plays. He has directed, choreographed, and produced many shows. Founder of MeLu Communications Group, a production and public relations company who has produced several films.  He is presently Commissioner of the City of Union City, and has served as Chairman of the Union City Redevelopment Board, Trustee of the Union City Board of Education and Commissioner for the Union City Housing Authority. Graduated of Rutgers University, he studied acting in New York City with Bobby Lewis.
Carlos E. Rios-Scharbaay Venezuelan writer and diplomatic.
Luis Henao Promising young Colombian poet
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Local Project  Local Project is a non-profit organization committed to building an educational forum for emerging artists of exceptional vision, and creating synergy between the exhibition of their work and the public.  Founded in 2003 by a group of Latin American artists, LP is committed to offering year-round exhibitions, arts mentoring, and bilingual (Spanish/English) programming, while building bridges between Latino culture and other global communities. At LP, we support all forms of self-expression by providing an open space for artists of all genres, media, or provenances. LP provides acreative harbor for all, where artist and community can collaborate towards a richer and fuller development of both.

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Doors open at 1 pm for the general public Visit the Panorama the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. A great opportunity to meet and great local authors. Book display , Book Sales,  Live Music, Poetry, Raffles and much more …. | 1:00 pm – Open to the public 2:00 pm – Book presentations

  • Francisco Alvarez Koki
  • Marta Quintin Maza
  • David Mills

3:00 pm – A conversation with author Jaime Manrique

4:15 pm – Mixer Meet the authors, Live Music 7:00 pm End