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Latino/a Book Festival: September 16 - 24, 2021

Masks are required and space is limited. To reserve your seat contact Maria Smyer at 562-5615 or

Emilly Prado
Lucero Library, September 17 at 6:30 pm
CSU Pueblo Library LINC, September 17 at 1:30 pm
Spend an evening with author Emilly Prado.  She is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. As an award-winning multimedia journalist, Emilly spent half a decade independently reporting on a wide range of topics, most often centered on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from historically marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have appeared in NPR, Marie Claire, Bitch Media, Eater, The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, The Stranger, Remezcla, and Travel Oregon.
Emilly will do a reading of her debut novel Funeral for Flaca. Funeral for Flaca is an exploration of things lost and found—love, identity, family—and the traumas that transcend bodies, borders, cultures, and generations. Prado’s collection of Chicana coming-of-age essays follows her chronologically through almost her entire life, from navigating the dynamics of kindergarten as a brown kid growing up in a predominately white Bay Area.  Ni de aquí, ni de allá, she tries to find her place in the in between.
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Live on Facebook Sept. 16 at 4:00.
Meet David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of Winter Counts, a debut crime novel set on a Native American reservation. David Heska Wanbli Weiden is an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts.  He is a lawyer and professor of Native American studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He's a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Tin House Scholar, and the recipient of the PEN/America's Writing for Justice Fellowship.  David will talk about his writing, life on a reservation and the Major Crimes Act’s.
Interview with Winter Counts author David Heska Wanbli Weiden |
Gabriela Garcia
Live on Facebook Sept. 24 at 4:00
Meet award-winning debut novelist Gabriela Garcia.  Gabriela Garcia is the author of the novel Of Women and Salt, a New York Times bestseller and Editors' Choice. Gabriela Garcia’s novel traces five generations of women—from 19th century Cuba to present day Miami and Mexico. Gabriela has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and residencies and fellowships from Breadloaf, Sarabande Books and Lighthouse Works. She has a BA in Sociology from Fordham University and an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she also taught creative writing.