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University Professor receives International Book Award



Dr. Emma Sepúlveda, a Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, received two awards for Setenta dias de noche, (Catalonia, Chile) on Tuesday, June 5 at the 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards, in New York.

Dr. Sepúlveda’s book, received first place in two categories including “Best History/Political Book — Spanish or Bilingual.” Her book recounts the 2010 mining disaster in Chile, the search for the trapped miners and the role of their wives and family members in the rescue efforts. After experiencing success in Spain and in Chile and other Latin American countries, the book is being translated for U.S. publication.

The largest and most important Latino book awards in the USA, The 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards, were held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City and honored 148 authors and publishers. The awards were sponsored this year by Libros Publishing and Scholastic. Additional support comes from the University of Arizona Press and Arte Público Press. Each year the International Latino Book Awards are held during BookExpo America, the largest publishing trade show in the United States. The awards are an international event with authors and publishers from across the USA and 14 countries in Latin America and Spain. The awards were presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Instituto Cervantes and other national Latino groups. Latino Literacy Now was founded to promote literacy in the Latino community in all forms: educational, financial, reading, and community awareness. Since 1997, 49 Latino Book & Family Festivals have been held in the United States.

Dr. Sepúlveda was born in Argentina and raised in Chile. She is the author and co-author of 25 books, including works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, literary criticism and textbooks. Dr. Sepúlveda is a Foundation Professor and Director of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. She also is a columnist for the Reno Gazette Journal.

For more information or to speak with Dr. Sepúlveda, please contact Drew Bradley in the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno serves as a nexus between the Latino community and the university. Its mission is to foster research, student achievement, faculty collaboration, advocacy, and outreach in a manner that best meets the educational needs and goals of the State of Nevada and best honors the intellectual and cultural capital of the Latino presence in our state. For more information please visit www.unr.edu/latinocenter<http://www.unr.edu/latinocenter>

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