Raul Ramos y Sanchez Heads List of "Top Ten Latino Authors” for 2011

Debut author leads the list of “Top Ten New Authors to Watch (and Read)” from LatinoStories.com.

San Diego, CA, December 12, 2010 --(PR.com)-- LatinoStories.com hosted by renowned professor Jose B. Gonzalez has named Raul Ramos y Sanchez number one among the 2011 “Top Ten New Authors to Watch (and Read).” The recognition is based on Ramos’s debut novel America Libre, a controversial story that envisions a Latino insurgency on U.S. soil spawned by a violent supremacist backlash against Hispanics. “Raul Ramos y Sanchez. Remember that name because you'll be hearing it time and time again,” states Professor Gonzalez on the LatinoStories.com website.

This latest recognition for the author follows a string of other accolades for America Libre including: 1) First Place Prize in the Books Into Movies award hosted by actor Edward James Olmos; 2) Best Novel winner in the 10th Annual International Latino Book Awards; 3) Violet Crown Fiction Awards Finalist; 4) USA Today “Summer Reads” selection; 5) One of Latina Magazine’s “10 Hottest Summer Reads.”

“I’ve written a story set in the near future about a family struggling to stay together in a nation that has descended into ethnic war,” says Ramos. “It’s a nightmare for them, and a nightmare for the country. Many of the trends we are seeing today, like the demonizing of illegal immigrants by political demagogues, the growth of extremist right wing groups and the youth boom in the U.S. Hispanic population combine to create a perfect storm that leads the nation into chaos. It’s a future we can prevent. But we need to change our ways now.”

House Divided, Ramos’s second novel and the sequel to America Libre, is slated for release by Grand Central Publishing January 28, 2011. Book signing events for the novel are scheduled at Borders Books in Dayton, Ohio on February 5, 2011 and Vromans’ Bookstore in Pasadena, CA on February 22, 2011.

About LatinoStories.com hosted by Professor Jose B. Gonzalez
Professor Gonzalez's work as a scholar and poet has been featured on National Public Radio, the New England Quarterly, Callaloo, The Teacher's Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, Calabash, Colere, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. Gonzalez is the recipient of the 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Latino Faculty of the Year Award, Connecticut's Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year Award, and the 2006 Poet of the Year Award presented by the New England Association of Teachers of English.

About Raul Ramos y Sanchez:
Raul is the award-winning author of "America Libre" and "House Divided," two novels centered on the Latino identity from Grand Central Publishing. He is also the host and editor of MyImmigrationStory.com, an online forum where immigrants to the U.S. from all over the world can tell their stories in their own words.

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