Saturday, August 23, 2014

Junot Diaz visits La Casa Azul Bookstore

What makes La Casa Azul Bookstore such a special place?

Customers and supporters are treated to events like the one we hosted today: an afternoon with Junot Diaz!

We want to take this opportunity to say GRACIAS for buying books from us --  El Barrio's only indie bookstore! We are unique, we are special, and with your support, we will continue to host events and stay in East Harlem for many more years!

Stay connected to the bookstore, sign up for the newsletter to know about our upcoming events!

La Casa Azul Bookstore staff and Junot!

Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore


Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Junot Diaz at La Casa Azul Bookstore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Who made the best seller list?



Curious about what  East Harlem is reading?
Here is a list of this summer's favorites!





1. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
2. Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza
3. The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
4. Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado
5. Ball don't lie by Matt de la Peña




1. Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) by Jacqueline Jules
2. A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara 
3. Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano
4. No Dogs Allowed, by Sonia Manzano
5. El Secreto de Sonreir, by Elizabeth Balaguer
  





1. Remedy for a Broken Angel by Toni Ann Johnson
2. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
3. This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
4. How to Leave Hialeah, by Jennine Capó Crucet
5. Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project' Fund - campaign update


Amazing donors!
Thank you for your donation to the 'Unaccompanied LatinAmerican Minor Project' Fund campaign!
We are grateful for the sheer bigheartedness that so many friends and supporters from across the country demonstrated.
Due to your generosity, we collected over 700 books and EXCEEDED our goal of raising $2500 to purchase more books and supplies. We couldn’t have done this without you!




Donors:

Alexandra Lotero
Alyshia Galvez
Amy Honisett
Andrea K. Beltran
Angel David Nieves
Annette Barletta
Carolyn Bellanti
Christa Robbins
Duncan Tonatiuh Smith
Edwin Mayorga
Elaine Vasquez
Emilia Fiallo
Emily Richman
Fred A. Duncannon
Gabriela Arias
Gregoria D. Miranda
Holly Fetter
James H. Mott
Jennie Encalada
Jesse Yi Jou
Karla M. Garcia
Katherine Castaneda
Leandra Gerena
Lisa Church
Mariana Souto Manning
Martin Kaplan
Michelle Herrera Mulligan
Mikaela Shwer
Narae Kim
Paola Ferrer
Paula Gean
Paula Sanchez
Ramon G. Chavez
Rene A Colato
Rigoberto Gonzalez
Rochelle Spencer
Rosa M. Rios
Roseanne Illes
Sarah B. Mohler
Stephanie Anderson
Stephanie DeFrance
Stephanie Griest
Vanessa D'Egidio
Veronica Liu
Wendy Ramirez
William S. Mott
And funders who chose to remain anonymous --- GRACIAS!!


What are the next steps?

Over the next few weeks, we (as well as other La Casa Azul Bookstore and U-LAMP team members) will sort books by age and reading level and placing beautiful, inspirational bookplates in each book.

Starting in mid-September, we will be delivering these books to children and teenagers who are awaiting hearings and who are currently in detention in upstate New York.


Thanks to you, we anticipate that over 1,000 boys and girls in the New York City-area will receive books!


Best wishes,
Aurora Anaya-Cerda
Founder, La Casa Azul Bookstore
www.lacasaazulbookstore.com


Isabel Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Friday, August 1, 2014

Internship opportunities at La Casa Azul Bookstore! (Fall 2014)


 
La Casa Azul Bookstore is currently looking for a few good interns who wish to learn the ins and outs of running a business while enriching lives through reading, writing, and the power of books!

All internships are unpaid, but there are a number of great perks, including free books, flexible hours, fun-loving co-workers, and more. Most importantly, you will learn the ins and outs of working at both a bookstore, and a locally-owned, independent business. Plus, it will earn you a number of professional contacts, and looks great on a resume!

The internships last for 12-16 weeks (longer internships available) and interns work 16-20 hours/week.

Fall internship is September 3rd, 2014 – January 6th, 2015. Opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates who are considering careers in the arts, education, marketing and publishing. College credit may be arranged.

Deadline to submit internship applications for Fall 2014 is Sunday August 17, at 6pm.
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com


Desired qualities/skills for ALL interns:

  • Dynamic, self-motivated, outgoing, highly organized individual with good research skills, including exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and capacity for working with diverse populations.
  • Ease with technology is a must, including knowledge of MS Excel, Word, and social media (Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter).
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish proficiency).
  • Must bring your own laptop to work



ALL applicants must submit:
1. Creative cover letter
2. Resume (with 2 references)
3. Answer to question: Why are you interested in an internship at La Casa Azul Bookstore (1 page max, separate from cover letter)
4. Schedule information (days/hours available from Tuesday – Sunday between the hours of 12pm – 8pm)


SCHOOL PROGRAMS INTERN (Need 1)

The School Programs Intern will assist with the development and implementation of new outreach strategies to teachers, principals,parents/parent coordinators and education-oriented organizations. Tasks will include scheduling school visits, assist in the conducting of school visits, updating educator card membership database and other projects as assigned.
The ideal candidate has an interest in education, the New York City Public School system and the arts.
College student preferred, 3rd/4th year

Hours: 16 - 20 hours per week, September – December 2014
School Programs Intern must be available 11:00am – 6:00pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com

Subject line: SCHOOL PROGRAMS INTERN (Fall 2014)


EVENTS INTERN (NEED 1)

  • Assist before, during, and after in-store and off-site events.
  • Arrange for any necessary audio-visual equipment setup prior to the event
  • Formulate text for all Social Media web sites (Twitter, Facebook etc.)
  • Assisting with the promotion of various events, and a variety of in-house communications
  • Other tasks as assigned


Hours: 16 - 20 hours per week, September – December 2014
Events Intern must be available 2:00pm - 8:00pm (Wednesday – Saturday) and 1:00pm-6:00pm on Sundays
Email: lucha.libros[at]gmail.com

Subject line: EVENTS INTERN (Fall 2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New art exhibit: “A Ribbon Around A Bomb” by Suhaly Bautista, The Earth Warrior



“A Ribbon Around A Bomb” by Suhaly Bautista, The Earth Warrior
Opening date: Friday July, 11, 6:30pm
Exhibit dates: Friday, July 11 - Sunday, September 28, 2014



Selected photographs are from the remarkably ambitious project inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo, and mirrors them against womyn featured in the work as political revolutionary and feminist. The series contains 21 color portraits and the accompanying written reflections of womyn who Bautista considers vivacious, unapologetic, passionate and courageous –all qualities shared with the legendary Kahlo. It is an ode to the femininity and grace Frida embodied, coupled with the strength, pain, aggression and revolution, which were unvarying constants in her life. 

Photograph by Suhaly Bautista


Artist statement:

In 1938 André Breton, surrealist movement founder, described Frida Kahlo's art as reminiscentof "a ribbon around a bomb," a label which would later inspire the title of the 1992documentary about the Mexican artist, political revolutionary and feminist. Today, Breton’s description serves as the motivation behind this photographic document / portraiture series,which examines the myriad of dualities featured in Frida Kahlo’s life and work and mirrors them against womyn in my own life. The series contains 21 digital color portraits and the accompanying written reflections of womyn who I consider vivacious, unapologetic, passionate and courageous – all qualities shared with the legendary Kahlo.

Having lived through the Mexican Revolution, Frida’s life and art was inspired not only by the context of her violent environment but also by the tragedies, pain and struggles of her personal life. This series is an ode to the femininity and grace Frida embodied, coupled with the strength,pain, aggression and revolution, which were unvarying constants in her lifestyle and art. Ribbons,which Frida often inventively wove into her hair, symbolize sensitivity and elegance, while bombs represent violence through explosion and outburst –of which Frida is known to have had her fair share. The imagery of a bomb laced with a ribbon speaks to the contrasts Kahlo experienced and inhabited. The finesse, femininity and grace of a ribbon matched with the vigor, aggressiveness and threat (not necessarily negative) of the way Frida lived her life, inspired her paintings, but also reminds me of the way my 21 muses live their own lives – in a way that is simultaneously Feminine and Fearless.

Frida focused her work mainly on herself and her reality. Her physical, as well as her
psychological wounds were manifested on canvas. As a result, her art is hugely centered on self reflection,which inspired the storytelling aspect of this series. In “A Ribbon Around A Bomb,” asked muses to reflect on one characteristic that makes them powerful, to tell me what makes them a “bomb,” and to complete the phrase; “I am strong because I am….” In this way, I am able to acknowledge the self-meditation that was such a critical and powerful aspect of Kahlo’s masterpieces. What’s more, these statements give us, as an audience, insight into the qualities we personify, value, rely on and embody as womyn and girls – our cores, our foundations, the weapons we wield to overcome life’s obstacles with confidence and finesse.

Power and womanhood can and do co-exist. I hope this series inspires womyn and girls to identify,define and embrace whatever it is that gives them strength.

Like Kahlo, the muses in “A Ribbon Around A Bomb” are an artistic portrayal of the matrimony between femininity and force, between grace and guts and most importantly, they are my reminders that dreams are realities too.