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Oct4

South Texas Literacy Coalition

We are proud to present the 2017 Literacy Hero of the Year:

Emma Gonzalez, an award-winning local author of Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child. Emma works tirelessly throughout Texas motivating students “to find their voice and tell their story” and champions the South Texas Literacy Coalition’s mission by participating in STLC’s Young Writer’s Workshops throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The awards ceremony will take place at the 9th Annual Historias de la Vida Celebration Event – a Limited Number of Tickets On Sale Now!
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OCT14

9th Annual Historias de la Vida Celebration Event
Sat 6:30 PM · Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library · Edinburg, TX
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Sep27

Local Author Emma González Receives Honors

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Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child, Children’s Edition were awarded medals on September 9, 2017 at the 19th Annual International Latino Book Awards from the Latino Literacy Now Foundation in Los Angeles, California, co-founded by Edward James Olmos. Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child won in the category Most Inspirational Non-fiction, and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child Children’s Edition won in the category Most Inspirational Non-fiction Youth Book.
Latino Literacy Now Foundation is a nonprofit organization which operates the Educational Programs and community festivals for underserviced audiences around the USA. ILBA, also referred to as the Academy Awards of Latino Literature and Culture, are the largest Latino cultural awards in the US. Due to the growth of International Latino authors’ submissions from the US and 20 Latino countries, 2017 was a record year requiring 196 judges to complete the tasks of judging.
This was Emma González’ first submission to the ILBA as a first-time author.
American-born González wrote and published her books in 2015, her true, young life experiences of ten tumultuous years as a migrant in the 1950s-1960s. Told through insightful vignettes, she tells of the struggles of her family’s survival, her upbringing in a blended family, and credits a Japanese farmer in Ovid, Colorado for saving her life. She attributes her growth to her friends and town’s people, as were a handful of dedicated teachers who helped her succeed in the often sporadic education migrant students have because of their nomadic life. To this date González quotes one of her teachers whose words guided her through life, “You can be more than this.” Since the books’ publication through County Rd 34 Publishings, it has garnered much attention from migrant education programs across the country and those who have lived through the experiences of a migrant life.
González quips, “I am elated to receive these medals. The real winners are the migrant souls, past and present. I hold them dearly in my heart.”

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Jul8

Winner International Latino Book Award!

Emma González, author of Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child (Children’s Edition), wins two International Latino Book Awards from the Latino Literacy Now Foundation

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EDINBURG – Emma González presently lives in Edinburg, Texas. While she settled as an adult, her formative years took place in Colorado and other locations her family worked as a migrant family. She credits her faith and inspiration to Saint Mother Teresa as a driving force in her life and writing.

González wrote and published her first book Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child (Children’s Edition) in 2015, her true, young life experiences of ten tumultuous years as a migrant in the 1950s-1960s. Told through insightful vignettes, she tells of the struggles of her family and her upbringing, and credits a Japanese farmer who literally saved her from the migrant life. Her friends in Ovid, Colorado were instrumental in her growth, as were a handful of dedicated teachers who helped her succeed in the often elusive education some migrant students have because of the nomadic nature.

To this date, González quotes one of her teachers whose words guided her through her life, “You can be more than this.” Since the book’s publication through County Rd.34 Publishings, it has garnered much attention from migrant education programs across the country and those who have lived through the experience of a migrant life. One such person is Tejano music legend Little Joe from Little Joe Y La Familia who writes “Field Mice will make you laugh, make you sad, but will inspire you to succeed in life and not give up on your goals and dreams.”

It is this inspiration which has struck a chord with the 196 judges of the 19th Annual International Latino Book Awards from the Latino Literacy Now Foundation in Los Angeles, California, co-founded by Edward James Olmos. Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child won in the category of the Most Inspirational Novel, and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child (Children’s Edition) won as the category of the Most Inspirational Book for Young Adults. Latino authors from the USA and 20 Latino countries were represented in the competition, making the win for first-time author González, even more special.

Latino Literacy Now Foundation is a nonprofit organization, operates Educational Programs and community Festivals for underserviced audiences around the USA. The International Latino Book Awards, also referred to as the Academy Awards of Latino Literature and Culture, are the largest Latino cultural awards in the US.

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Oct21

Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 – UT RGV

Emma was invited to Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 at UT RGV campus at Edinburg & Brownsville.

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Mar24

The Alamo Rose Book Club

Thank you for the grace of your presence at our Alamo Book Club.

Your story was touching and we are enjoying your book.

The Alamo Rose Book Club.

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Mar24

…a great, determined, smart, sophisticated and strong woman.

Dear Emma,

Thank you…for writing such a great book, Field Mice, Memoirs of a Migrant Child, and for sharing your life journey with us.

You are a very brave soul. I admire you and appreciate that I had the opportunity to have met you. I see (Emma), a great, determined, smart, sophisticated and strong woman.

Can’t wait for the sequel.

Good Luck and May God Bless You,
Yours Truly,
Lidia R. Diaz-Granados

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Mar24

It was a joy t meet you…

Dear Emma,

Thank you for coming to Ovid to share your childhood. It was a joy to meet you…as if we had known each other all these years.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. I hadn’t thought of the houses in the dirt for years. I am amazed at what you remembered about Ovid.

Thank you for the tea set, you are amazing!!!

Friends forever,
Carol Watson Gillham

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Mar24

…we loved it.

We learned about your book, Field Mice through Little Joe’s website. Our Karnes City Library was able to get it from Colorado through an interlibrary loan. We read it and we loved it. We can relate very well to it due to my (Jimmy) migrant workers upbringing.

We were in Rio Grande City about 2 weeks ago with Little Joe to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary and shared out thoughts with him about the book while visiting with him on his bus. He mentioned that he would see you the next day in Weslaco at the CWV. We were unable to be there. So we probably missed our opportunity to meet you. We look forward to meeting one day.

Again…fabulous book.

Jimmy & Terry Rodriguez

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Mar14

“Inspiring novel to read…”

“Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child” has been an inspiring novel to read by someone who has never been a migrant worker but has worked with Migrant families and students for 11 years. Emma Gonzalez, in my opinion, is a courageous and gifted author who has been able to keep the audience’s attention in a spellbound captivating way by sharing her true life experiences. This book is so unique given the fact that there is no other book in print currently that is able to speak to the horrific experience our migrant workers have to endure.

Emma has a beautiful way of expressing herself in writing and in person to an audience of students and parents that have and are currently living in the same conditions in which Emma shared in her memoirs. She makes everyone feel as though they have a story to tell that deserves to be heard. As Emma herself proclaimed so eloquently, “When friendship turns up unexpectedly, be open to receive it because magic is what you make of what’s given.” Emma is definitely “open” to becoming a friend to every person to whom she speaks; and she is able to share the exact words that person needs to hear.
I hope Emma continues to share vivid stories with her audience as she allows her writing to heal her from the past. I can’t wait to read her next masterpiece!
Thank you, Emma, for speaking with courage and from your heart!

Linda Aranda, M. Ed.
Migrant Education Specialist
Education Service Center,Region 6
Huntsville, Texas 77340

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Dec10

FESTIVA: Creative Writing – The Monitor

I am honored to be chosen as one of the local authors whose work was published in The Monitor’s Festiva section.

Click on the link to view: The Monitor – McAllen

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