Peace Corps Writers books win Latino Book Awards for 2016

On September 8th at the International Latino Book Awards Ceremony was held in Los Angeles, with an attendance of more than 2,000, and actor James Edward Olmos presenting the awards. Authors and publishers gathered at one of the largest cultural awards honoring Latinos at California State University/ Dominguez Hills outside of Los Angeles.

David & Maria at the Award Ceremony

David & Maria at the Award Ceremony

Awards were giving for books in a variety of genres, including Children and Youth Adults, Biography, History, Politics & Current Affairs, Cookbooks, Travel, Science Fiction, among others, in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Among the award winners were:

  • David Edmonds and his wife and coauthor, Maria Neves Edmonds, who won the prize for best fiction for their novel The Girl in the Glyphs, [Peace Corps Writers, 2016].
  • The Spanish version of David’s novel Lily of Peru [Peace Corps Writers, 2015],   Liro del Peru, also written by David and Maria, won FIRST PLACE as best translation from English to Spanish.
  • Lirio del Peru also won SECOND PLACE for best adventure/thriller in Spanish.
  • The Girl in the Glyphs also won THIRD PLACE in the thriller/suspense category presented by “Readers Favorite.” This award ceremony will be in Miami in November.
 The International Latino Book Awards are the largest Latino literacy and cultural awards in the USA. To qualify for the awards, each book must either be authored by a Latino writer or be set in a Latino culture. The setting for Lirio del Peru is Peru. The Girl in the Glyphs is set in Nicaragua.

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