Winner International Latino Book Award!

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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