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The growing works of Latin@ literature in English and Spanish is an indicator that the number
of readers of this genre is growing. The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking
population after Mexico and has about 7.8 million people learning Spanish as a second
language. Moreover, the expansion of the use of Spanish outside of the Latino community also
suggests that this language has a great future in the U.S.




Images  by the ElBeisMan

By ElBeisMan


Culturadoor.com exclusive—


CHICAGO – From October 28 through 31, Chicago’s Latino community, which is comprised of 2,000,000 people, will celebrate the first Latin@ Authors Book Fair 2015. EI BeiSMan, a well- respected Latino cultural organization, has convened with four Latino cultural institutions from Chicago – the National Museum of Mexican Art, Instituto Cervantes, St. Augustine College, and OPEN Center for the Arts – to offer the community a book fair that will highlight and celebrate the rich literary works published in English and Spanish in the city.

It will feature over 60 authors in 16 panels, readings, workshops and book presentations. Some will be in English and others in Spanish. See for example the Spanish language panel featuring authors such as Gerardo Cárdenas, Luis Ordoñez, Raúl Dorantes,                                       Roger Santiváñez, Martha Cecilia Rivera, Olivia Maciel, Margarita Saona, and Manuel Murrieta Saldívar:    http://www.chicagolatinoauthorsbookfair.com/espantildeol.html

The growing works of Latin@ literature in English and Spanish is an indicator that the number of readers of this genre is growing. The United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population after Mexico and has about 7.8 million people learning Spanish as a second
language. Moreover, the expansion of the use of Spanish outside of the Latino community also suggests that this language has a great future in the U.S.

In Chicago, the literary and scholarly life of Latin@s is in its prime. Just this past decade, over 40 Spanish books have been published in the Chicago area by independent publishing houses. The Chicago Latin@ published authors include winners of important international prizes and awards. The majority of these authors are employed as educators in the twenty colleges and universities around the city, as well as in Chicago Public Schools. EI BeiSMan is a proponent of the view that the Spanish language – as well as English – should be an important aspect of day-to-day communication. Its soul enriches the culture of the United States.

The Book Fair will also feature five international-known authors: journalists Anabel Hernandez and Jorge Zepeda; literary awarded writer Carmen Boullosa, Chilean poet Juan Eduardo Esquivel and the Chicago’s own praised pathologist and writer Francisco Gonzalez

As a non-profit collective of journalists and educators that produce a bilingual online magazine, El BeiSMan aims to cultivate a new generation of bilingual community journalists and cultural literacy within the Latino community. Recognizing that Latinos have the lowest
literacy and educational rates in the country, El BeiSMan uses the new social media developments to foster learning as a means of empowering this community and promote a new culture grounded on critical thinking, reading and writing. Founded on January 1,2014, El
BeiSMan’s has so far cultivated a bilingual readership of 5,000 people.

International Guests’ Biographies

The endless horizon of literature allows Jorge Zepeda to delve into the darkest parts of the human being, analyzing the problems that have caused him the most concern and of which he has investigated at length, mainly human trafficking, political corruption and international
criminal networks. Fiction is nurtured by reality in his novels by way of anonymous confessions. In Milena 0 el femur mas bello del mundo he denounces corruption and abuse of power, but, above all, he reveals the open soul of an abused woman, one among many in an
increasingly globalized world. Zepeda will be the keynote speaker of the pre-inaugural ceremony at the Instituto Cervantes (31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, Illinois) on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 pm. Free event, but make a reservation at RSVP http://zepeda.bpt.me

 Juan Eduardo Esquivel was born in Santiago, Chile in 1940. He studied philosophy at The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Universidad Cat6lica de Chile) where he received a Master’s Degree in Education from The Ibero-American University (Universidad
Iberoamericana) and a doctorate in Pedagogy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Aut6noma de Mexico, UNAM). He belongs to the generation of intellectuals, artists, and writers that experimented in spreading themselves in America and
across the world in the 1970’s. This was due to the constitutional break-up in their specific countries. Esquivel is the author of the following books of poems: Las manos encima (1966); Piano de letras (1996); Memorial (2013). He will be presenting his most recent work: Bitacora.
(2015). Esquivel will lead a poetry reading at OPEN Center for the Arts (2214 S.Sacramento) on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm.

Anabel Hernandez has tirelessly worked on exposing how power is used and abused by the powerful men in Mexico; she has written much on the spread of corruption to all levels of Mexican society. She is one of the founding reporters of the influential newspapers Reforma (1993-1996) and Milenio (1999-2002). In 2002 she was awarded the  “Premio Nacional de Periodismo”, for her investigation called Toallagate. In 2003 the UNICEF gave her recognition for a series of coverage about child sexual slavery in the United States. Her work actually can be read at the newspaper Reforma and in the Proceso magazine. Under Grijalbo Press she has published several books, such as: La familia presindencial (2005, coauthor with Areli Quintero), Fin de fiesta en Los Pinos (2006), Los c6mplices del presidente (2008) and Los senores del narco (2010); Her book, Los senores del narco, has sold over 100,000 copies. It reveals the nexus between the political class and entrepreneurs with the drug mafia. In March, 2012 at Paris, France, she was recognized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRAN) with the Golden Pen of Freedom Award, which was symbolically devoted to the Mexican journalists whose voice has been severed by assassinations, abductions, press censure-ship, as well as those who everyday risk their lives by informing the public and denouncing corruption, crime and injustice. Hernandez is a keynote speaker of the inaugural Ceremony atthe National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.) on Friday, October 30 at 7:00 pm.

Francisco Gonzalez-Crussf studied medicine in the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and graduated in 1961. He obtained post-graduate training in the specialty of pathology in the U.S., later subspecializing in pediatric pathology. He is Professor Emeritus of Pathology at Northwestern University Medical School and former Head of Laboratories at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago. In the medical field, he has written over 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals; he has served as editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Pathology; and
he has authored two books on the pathology of specific types of pediatric tumors. He has written sixteen books for popular readers (five in his native Spanish), and his work has been translated into seven languages. His most recent book, Carrying the Heart, won a 2014 “Prernio Letterario Merck” Prize for work “that builds bridges between literature and science” with “an outstanding ability to combine the scientific importance of research with a literary writing style.” He has been praised by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine as “one of the best contemporary physician-authors.” Gonzalez Crussi is a keynote speaker of the inaugural ceremony at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.) on Friday, October 30 at 7pm.

Carmen Boullosa was born in Mexico City (1954). She graduated from the Iberoamericana University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. In 1976 she was awarded the Salvador Novo Scholarship. From 1977
to 1979 she worked as an editor of the Spanish Dictionary of Mexico at the Colegio of Mexico, and in 1979 she won a scholarship from FONAPAS from the National Institute of Fine Arts. In 1980 she founded the workshop Tres Sirenas, dedicated to editing literature in short runs. That same year she received a scholarship from the Mexican Center of Writers, where she wrote her first novel: Mejor Desaparece. In 1991 she was awarded a scholarship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1995 she lived in Berlin, with her two children Juan and Maria, invited by the program for artists and resident writers of the DAAD  (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). The theatre highlighted her work Los Totoles, that premiered with great success. She participates in the public TV program “New York” for CUNY-TV, in which she interviews writers and artists. Currently she lives between New York and Coyocan, Mexico, with her husband, the historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Wallace. Boullosa is a keynote speaker of the closing ceremony at St. Augustine College (1345 W.
Argyle St.) on Saturday, October 31 at 6:00 pm. RSVP: http://boullosa.bpt.me


Fact Sheet

Date: October 30th – 31st, 2015

Venues to host the Book Fair: Instituto Cervantes, National Museum of Mexican Art,
St. Augustine College

Projected attendance: Over 2000 families, including high school students, college
students, teachers and professors, children, and adults from continue education programs

Languages: English and Spanish

Panels and conferences: 16

Authors: 60

Keynote Speakers: 5, Anabel Hernandez, Jorge Zepeda, Carmen Boullosa, Francisco
Gonzalez Crussi, Juan Eduardo Esquivel

Projected Independent Publishing Houses Exhibitors: 15

Projected Educational Institutions: 10

Major Cultural Latino Institutions participating: National Museum of Mexican Art,
Instituto Cervantes, St. Augustine College, Center for Latino Research (DePaul University),
Hispanic and Italian Studies College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (University of Illinois at
Chicago), Consulado Mexicano, UNAM

Foundations involved: Illinois Humanities Council

Projected Media Partners: La Raza, Vocalo, Spanish Public Radio, Culturadoor.com


57 million Latinos in the US (2013). The US has the largest “Hispanic” population in
the world after Mexico.

It is estimated that Latinos population would grow to 129 million by 2060.
One out of six residents in the US is a Latino.

Mexicans make up 65 of the Latino population (2013).

Latinos are the largest “minority” in the US, representing 17 of the entire

Economic Power and bilingualism

  • Latinos have a combined purchasing power of$1.1 trillion. If Latinos were a
    country, it would rank 16th in the world in combined purchasing power.
  • 23 million Latino consumers are mostly Spanish speakers and 22 million are English
    The fastest growing Latino group is a bilingual speaker. Marketing
    experts believe bilingual is “cool.”

Latino Youth

  • The median age for Euro-Americans is 42; of African Americans 32; and of Latinos
    Among US-born Latinos it is 18.
  • Of the 17 Latino million children in the US, 93 are native-born citizens.
  • Close to a million reach voting age in the next few years.


  • 6 Million is the number of US residents 5 years or older who speak Spanish at
    home. That represent close to 70 of the Latino population (2011).
  • More than half of these Latinos spoke English “very well.”
  • Latinos are bilingual and bicultura1.

Latinos in Chicago

  • Chicago is the 5th largest Latino metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • 1,971,000 Latinos live in the Chicago Metro region (21.5 of the entire population).
  • 6 of all Latinos are foreign-born.
  • Mexicans make up 79.2 of all Latinos.











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