Book Buzz Winter Series

Find out what’s new in the Spanish language publishing industry for children, young adults, and adults. The REFORMA Virtual Spanish Language Book Buzz Winter Series​ will be open to librarians, educators, students, and professionals interested in serving Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.

Presentations will be held in English via Zoom and Facebook. Free registration.

Presented by REFORMA Los Angeles and REFORMA Northeast chapters. 

Participating Distributors & Publishers


All programs start at 10 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Mountain | 12 p.m. Central | 1 p.m. Eastern

Adult Book Buzz, Session I • Tuesday, February 2

Duration: 120 minutes
Keynote: Don Miguel Ruiz 

Don Miguel Ruiz is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author of the “Toltec Wisdom” Series, which has sold more than 12 million copies and has been published in 46 languages worldwide, including the books including “The Four Agreements,” “The Mastery of Love,” “The Voice of Knowledge,” “The Four Agreements Companion Book,” “The Circle of Fire,” and “The Fifth Agreement.” 

Featuring: Lorito Books, HarperCollins Español, Lectorum Publications, Fondo de Cultura Económica USA, Latin American Book Source Inc.,  Spanish Publishers

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Children & YA Book Buzz, Session I • Thursday, February 4

Duration: 120 minutes
Keynote: Margarita Engle
Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of verse books such as The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Forest World, and Drum Dream Girl. Awards include the NSK Neustadt Prize, three Astrid Lindgren Award Nominations, a Newbery Honor, multiple Pura Belpré, Walter, Américas, Jane Addams, and International Latino Book Awards and Honors, as well as the Charlotte Zolotow, PEN USA, Golden Kite, Green Earth, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Arnold Adoff , and Claudia Lewis Awards, among others. Margarita served as the 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent books include With a Star in My Hand, Dreams From Many Rivers, and Dancing Hands. Forthcoming books include Your Heart, My Sky, and A Song of Frutas. Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during childhood summers with relatives on the island. She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing, and now lives in central California with her husband.

Featuring: Candlewick Press, LA Librería, Spanish Publishers, Lorito Books, Lectorum Publications

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Adult Book Buzz, Session II • Tuesday, February 9

Duration: 120 minutes
Q&A: Paola Ramos

Paola Ramos is a host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, as well as a contributor to Telemundo News and MSNBC. Ramos was the deputy director of Hispanic media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a political appointee during the Barack Obama administration, and she also served in President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She’s a former fellow at Emerson Collective. Ramos received her MA in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn.  

Featuring: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, Cinco Books, Vintage Español, Sudaquia Editores

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Children & YA Book Buzz, Session II • Thursday, February 11

Duration: 120 minutes
Keynote: Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales was born in Xalapa, Mexico, the city of flowers and springs. After migrating to the US in 1994, she struggled with English and loneliness in a culture foreign to her but found solace in public libraries, where she read children's books with her son and discovered a renewed interest in stories and art. She is now the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Dreamers, Nino Wrestles the World, and she is a six-time winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for an outstanding work of literature for children that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. Other honors include the Americas Award, the Golden Kite Medal, the Christopher Award, the Jane Adams Award, and the Tomas Rivera Award. In 2015 she received the Caldecott Honor for her book Viva Frida.

Featuring: Chau Luna, Penguin Random House Library Marketing, Scholastic, Penguin Random House Grupo EditorialFondo de Cultura Económica USA 

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Children & YA Book Buzz, Session III • Thursday, February 18

Duration: 120 minutes
Keynote: Isabel Quintero
Isabel Quintero is an award winning author and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her debut novel, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces received the Morris Award for Debut YA. Her other books for young people include, Ugly Cat and Pablo, Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother, and Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. Her most recent book, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, received the Tomas Rivera Award and a Pura Belpre Honor. Isabel lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California.

Featuring: Lil' LibrosCinco BooksLatin American Book Source Inc., Vista Higher Learning, Lee & Low Books, Inc.

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 Participating Distributors and Publishers

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Candlewick Press

Dana Eger • • 617-588-4463 •

¡Chau Luna!

Ximena Diego • • 646-661-5862 •

Cinco Books

Jenny Lizarraga • • 305-906-2648 •

Fondo de Cultura Económica

REFORMA Corporate Member

Edgardo Moctezuma / Gabriela Uribe • FondoSales@FCEUSA.COM • 619-429-0456 •

HarperCollins Español

Edward Benitez • • 407-234-7175 •

LA librería

Christina Terrazas • • 801-688-2260 •

Latin American Book Source

REFORMA Corporate Member

Edgardo Moctezuma • • 619-426-1226 •


REFORMA Corporate Member

Ingeborg • • 205-559-2238 •

Lee & Low Books

Jalisa Corrie • • 845-625-7840 •

Lil' Libros

Cynthia Gonzalez • • 213-284-5103 •

Lorito Books

Pam Fochtman • • 303-917-1347 •

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

REFORMA Corporate Member

Veronica Cervera • • 786-506-9886 •

Penguin Random House Library Marketing

Miriam Tuliao • • 212-547-4487 •


Lizette Serrano • • 917-309-6840 •

Spanish Publishers

Mariela Diaz • • 305-233-3365 •

Sudaquia Editores

Asdrúbal Hernández • • 212-360-6784 •

Vista Higher Learning

Diana Minella • • 857-338-0582 •