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Last Seen in San Francisco

Last Seen in San Francisco

“Anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco…” Oscar Wilde

That might as well have been the axiom that characterized us, a select group of Latino writers, over the past few days during the 2015 International Latino Book Awards in that glorious vintage city. Back in April when I was informed that my illustrated novel The Illuminated Forest was a finalist in the category Best YA Fiction Book – English, I began to count my blessings. Not only had my novel garnered a reputable badge of recognition, but the fact that I found myself in the company of some well-known authors from big publishing houses became an affirmation for me of how far Exit Studio Publishing has come. But the icing on the literary cake became even sweeter when I learned the awards ceremony would be held in San Francisco. I had barely finished reading the congratulatory e-mail before plane, cat sitter, and hotel reservations were made! A momentous occasion such as the ILBA nomination justified the excuse for a visit to that storied and vibrant city. Although I did not bring you a T-shirt, I did prepare a pictorial album gathering the best moments of the experience. As a final thought I must say now I can relate to Tony Bennett’s lament of leaving his heart there!

Love Always,


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