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Latino Writer Selected as Featured Author at 2013 Ohioana Book Festival

Cuban-born author of the Class H Trilogy, Raul Ramos y Sanchez, among ten writers honored.

Dayton, OH, April 13, 2013 --( The author of the controversial Class H Trilogy of novels, Raul Ramos y Sanchez, is among the ten Featured Authors at the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival. The event will be held May 11, 2013 10am to 4:30pm at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215. “Most readers of my books are surprised to learn I live in Ohio,” said the Cuban-born writer. “The main characters in the novels live in Southern California. So it’s natural most people think I live there as well.”

Set in a near-future U.S., the Class H Trilogy envisions a nightmare scenario where the toxic debate over illegal immigration triggers a violent backlash against Latinos by supremacist groups, spawning an ethnic conflict. “I put blood on the streets in a work of fiction as a wakeup call to the dangers of extremism—on both side of the immigration issue,” explains Ramos. The Class H Trilogy includes the novels America Libre (2009), House Divided (2011) and Pancho Land (2012).

Ramos believes his many years in the Midwest bring a unique perspective to his writing. “Growing up in Miami, my friends were Anglo, Black, Hispanic and Jewish. Since moving to the Midwest in the late 60s, I discovered the heartland culture. My business travels have also taken me to virtually every corner of the nation. These experiences have helped me connect with individuals, regardless of culture., Ramos stated.

The Class H Trilogy has garnered numerous awards and positive reader reactions – along with vitriol from the far right. “It seems some minds have a hard time grasping the concept of a cautionary tale,” said Ramos.

Honors received by the author include:
• Best Novel Award Winner - International Latino Book Awards
• Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas
• Books Into Movies Award Winner - presented by Edward James Olmos
• USA Today Summer Reads Author
• LATINA Magazine "10 Hottest Summer Reads" Author
• Named #1 among "2011 Top Ten Latino Authors" by
• Listed among "Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century" by

About the Ohioana Book Festival
In the seven years since its inception the Ohioana book Festival has become one of the major literary events in the Midwest. Ohioana’s stated mission is to recognize and encourage the creative accomplishments of Ohioans, preserve and expand a permanent archive of books, manuscripts, and other materials by Ohioans and about Ohio, and disseminate information about the work of Ohio writers, musicians, and other artists to researchers, schools, and the general public. Ohioana is a 501-C-(3) not for profit organization supported by memberships, subscription, gifts, grants, and a subsidy from the State of Ohio.

The complete list of 2013 Ohioana Book Festival authors: Ellis Avery, Carla Buckley, Rae Carson, Bob Hunter, Daniel Kirk, Robert Olmstead, Raul Ramos y Sanchez, Emilie Richards, P. Craig Russell, and Sharon Short.
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van Haitsma Literary Agency
Sally van Haitsma

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