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Author Sandra Rodriguez Barron at Latino Convention

Edison, New Jersey—Novelist Sandra Rodriguez Barron will present a lecture and host a book signing event at the Latino Issues Convention and Business Exposition. The convention will be held at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey, May 24-26, 2007. This is the largest consumer show for Latinos in the tri-state area and includes a myriad of events and activities, including college and job fairs, a conference for parents on education, the Hispanic Leadership Health Summit, the National Latino Folkloric Dance Competition, and over 100 exhibitors representing business, government and community organizations.

“We are especially thrilled that Sandy Rodriguez Barron will be featured at the convention. She is a young novelist who is a great role model for all young women. We hope many Latinas come, meet her in person, and obtain an autographed copy of The Heiress of Water. Of course, we are inviting them to come to Sandy’s lecture on Thursday at 10:45 a.m., as well,” commented Carmen Torres-Izquierdo, Convention Coordinator for The Latino Institute, the convention’s host organization.

Sandra Rodriguez Barron was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in El Salvador and Connecticut. In 2003 she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her debut novel, The Heiress of Water, was published by Rayo, a division of HarperCollins in 2006 and was immediately chosen as a Borders Original Voices™ selection, a Book Sense “notable” selection and she has been named as one of the “Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch.”

The lecture, with the title: “From Inspiration to Publication: What Latino Writers Need to Know About Getting a Book Published” will be presented by Ms. Rodriguez Barron with the assistance of Marcela Landres.

Ms. Landres is an Editorial Consultant who edits manuscripts, critiques proposals, and advises on how to launch a writing career. She specializes in helping Latinos get published and is the creator of LatinidadR, which was chosen as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers by Writer's Digest Magazine. A member of the Women's Media Group, she has acted as a judge for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and speaks frequently for organizations such as The Learning Annex.

There is no charge for the public to attend the convention or the lecture.
For more information on the event, please call Carmen Torres at (973) 481-2522 or visit www.latinoinstitute.net.


About The Latino Institute:
The Latino Institute is a private, non-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between the Latino community, and the educational, cultural, governmental, social and economic institutions of society by providing accurate, factual, and timely information on the barriers and challenges affecting the education, growth, development and well-being of that community and by developing, recommending, and advocating solutions and actions which may serve as a catalyst for change.

Our particular interest is educational achievement for Latinos throughout the educational continuum and the promotion of Latino culture in America. We believe, as many reasonable people believe, that educational achievement is the key to success in life. At the same time, we believe in respecting, fostering and promoting the Latino cultural heritage, especially amongst our young, as part of the development of Latinos everywhere. In the educational pathway, we are uniquely interested in college retention issues and the promotion of college Latino students towards graduate schools, Ph.D. programs and the professions.

We promote these tenets through major events, conference, seminars, lectures, performances, programs, and other activities.

For additional information:
William Colón at williamcolon@optonline.net or at 973-481-2522

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