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La Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Our Bucerias Library was built and stocked by volunteers and donations, mostly from the "gringo" population of Bucerias. Our dream is providing a library to the Spanish speaking community that offers a supportive base of resources in Spanish and English to the public schools and families, especially the children, of the Bucerias community.

The long-awaited dream of the Asociacion Bahia de Banderas Cultural, formed in 1998, to build and operate a library in Bucerias, has finally become a reality. After many years of organizing, fundraising, acquiring land and construction, the organization opened the library's doors in 2011.

We are thankful for Sue Usry, a newcomer to the Bucerias community, who took on the task of coordinating the opening and operation of our library. Sue, a retired teacher originally from California, lived and worked in Mexico City for more than 20 years. She says she wanted to take a leadership role in the library project because she was starting to feel a bit lonely after almost a year without having children around her.

"I have been committed to the promotion of literacy for 40 years of my life, so when I heard about the library, it was the answer to what I felt was missing in my newly retired life."

Sue Usry (right) helps volunteers get the Biblioteca Rey Nayar Library ready for its opening. She coordinates the day-to-day operation of the library.

Sue coordinates the day-to-day operation of the library, recruits volunteers and develops community outreach programs to bring Mexican children and adults into the facility. She has lots of ideas to encourage children and their families to come to the new library. Among other things, she plans to network with local public schools and begin a "homework helper" program in both English and Spanish.

"It is important to get our collection of more than 1,000 books in both English and Spanish into the hands of the people ... books on shelves are useless."

Our Rey Nayar Library is a great opportunity for volunteerism if you love books and/ or kids. Located at the back of Bucerias, near Colegio Bucerias, we are a fledgling library with a small collection of books, mostly in Spanish, for both children and adults.

Volunteers are needed to staff the library weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Donations of books, particularly books in Spanish for children, are needed, as well as craft supplies, table games, child-sized furniture and tech equipment, such as laptops and learning software, both in English and Spanish.

Altruism Festival 2014

The Bucerias Library, “Biblioteca Rey Nayar” has once again been fortunate enough to be chosen as a participant at the Altruism Festival taking place on May 4, 2014 at the beautiful Marriott Casa Magna Hotel at the Marina Vallarta. We appreciate your continued support by purchasing Altruism Festival Tickets, which will also give you the opportunity for great gourmet food and fantastic entertainment.
A few items to keep in mind:
• Reserve your tickets early as they sell out. 350 pesos in advance and 450 pesos at the door.
• If you won’t be in Puerto Vallarta on May 4, consider purchasing a ticket as a gift for someone special or a friend.
• Contact Dee Durkot by email or by phone at (329) 298-0376.

Last updated: October 14, 2019 · Charity ID: 601

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14th Puerto Vallarta International Festival of Altruism


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

13th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Vallarta-Nayarit Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2017, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Step Inside the Dreamy Sayulita Surf Shack of Photographer Juan Munoz and Wife Hana Waxman

Guest of a Guest

If only you were cool enough. Cool enough to ditch your worrisome, email driven life to live everyone’s ultimate dream of a perpetually tanned existence.

No Stress Spanish Lessons with Professor Jorge Makes Learning Fun


As a cartoonist and musician as well as a linguist, he is able to infuse creative methods into language teaching that are tailored to the needs of each student and make learning fun.

Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus Presents Festival of Lights

Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus

In this season of love, peace, and wonder, what better time to bring the gift of an incredible holiday concert to our community. Come to Act II Stages Main Stage on December 16-18.

Dine Out on November 4 in Support of Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus

Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus

Our 3rd Dine Out event promises to be the best ever! All you do is "Dine Out" on November 4 and the restaurant will donate to the Chorus a portion of your party’s entire bill.

PV Men's Chorus to Present 'Celebration Mexico'

Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus

The concert will feature voices from across the Americas uniting to bring a variety of Mexican music, from romantic Mexican boleros to Mexican gay anthems, in honor of the great country we call home, MEXICO!

Sequins & Diamonds by Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus

Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus

This 4th annual PVMC pride concert series promises to be one of the Festival’s highlights as the whole region joins in celebrating Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community!

Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus Presents De Colores Dinner, Dance and Auction

Puerto Vallarta Mens Chorus

Get ready for one of PV’s most inspiring and unique events as The Puerto Vallarta Men’s Chorus hosts its 3rd DE COLORES fundraising gala Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm, at Oscar’s Restaurant in the heart of Vallarta.

'Waters of Oblivion': Puerto Vallarta Writer David Lyons Releases New Thriller

The third in the critically-acclaimed Jock Boucher mystery thriller, action and adventure series, takes this unique and charismatic protagonist to an explosive new level of action from the very first page.

A Reminder & Where to Get Your Altruism Festival Tickets Early and Save

Amigos de La Cruz

Don’t miss this very upbeat, wonderful evening of food, friendship and fun on May 4, with all proceeds divided equally among the 20 charities. Tickets, which include food, drinks and entertainment, cost just 350 pesos in advance or 450 pesos at the gate.

New Board of Directors Elected for Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

A proposal was made to amend the years a Board Member was required to serve, reducing from three years to one year, but to be able to be re-elected without limitation if they so wished.

Annual Meeting for Cultural Association of Banderas Bay & Bucerias Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

If you would like to become involved with the Cultural Association and the Bucerias Library (Biblioteca Rey Nayar), we invite you to attend, become a member and participate in our annual meeting on March 29, 2014.

10th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Charities

La Biblioteca Rey Nayar

This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Used Book Sale Returns to Raise Funds for Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar, the Bucerias Children's Library, invites you to replenish your unread book supply while supporting the Library. Books will be displayed poolside under the palapa at Bungalows Arroyos on February 12, 2014.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week. The Migratory Bird Festival and Beef Dip 2014 are here all week, the PV Men's Chorus Fundraiser for Bucerias Library, the National Charro Championship, Super Bowl Sunday and a lot more.

Men's Chorus of Puerto Vallarta Fundraiser for Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Join us on Wednesday, January 29, for an exclusive performance by Puerto Vallarta's Men Chorus as they team up with the Bucerias Classical Guitar Trio. Proceeds benefit Biblioteca Rey Nayar.

Vote for Recycled Christmas Tree Display by Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Recycled Bottle Christmas Tree Challenge is a two week "Fun!Raising" Recycling Awareness Exhibit where members of the community, businesses and organizations submit their originally designed Christmas trees of any size using plastic and/or glass bottles.

What's Going On at the Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

After a long hot summer, I thought it was time to let you all know about our plans, our schedule and events coming up in the next few months at Biblioteca Rey Nayar in Bucerias, Riviera Nayarit.

Old Favorites & New Additions to Bucerias Wednesday Farmers Market

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

In addition to the fabulous market you have been visiting in the garden of Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, we have the new Oasis at Encore in addition to the over 70 food and artisan vendors you have come to know and love.

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center Resumes High Season Spanish Program

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

The time has come to learn the language of this country that you love! BBCC will also offer classes of English, Yoga, Cooking and more. We hope you will register for the classes and ask about our needs for volunteer help.

Bucerias Farmers Market Re-Opens for the Season

Bucerias Farmers Market

The highly successful Bucerias Farmers Market had its new season opening on October 23rd. This week's Market on October 30 promises to be even better with new food vendors and master craftsmen coming along to show their talents and wares.

Bucerias Children's Library 2013-2014 Events and Need for Volunteers

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Last year the Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar / Bucerias Children’s Library had a very good year of growth and development thanks to so many of you who assisted us with donations, volunteering and with your support of our several winter and spring fundraising events.

Get Involved in Community Projects With Amigos de Bucerias

Amigos de Bucerias

There are lots of reasons why people take the time to get involved with community projects. We think that more people would get involved if they just knew how. Join us for our Amigos de Bucerias breakfast meetings.

A Growing List of Charities Needing Assistance in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


Because of the overwhelming response from our local charities in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay about their needs for help and volunteers, we have put together a summary of how you can help.

Charities Announced to Benefit from Vallarta's 2013 Altruism Festival

U.S. Consular Agency Vallarta

Twenty-four of our local charity and non-profit organizations in Banderas Bay have been announced to participate and benefit from Puerto Vallarta's largest fundraising event of the year to take place on Sunday, May 5.

9th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 24 Local Charities


This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

Biblioteca Rey Nayar 2013 Membership Meeting

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

You are invited to attend our 2012-2013 Annual General Membership Meeting for Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar and Banderas Bay Cultural Association (Bucerias Children's Library) on April 17. Join us for our annual reports and plans for the coming year.

Bucerias Children's Library Chosen to Benefit from 2013 Altruism Festival

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

The Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar, also known as the Bucerias Children's Library, has once again been chosen as one of the 24 charities and public service organizations to participate in the 2013 International Altruism Festival on May 5.

Update on the ABC Festival Community Family Fun Fundraiser

Amigos de Bucerias

An afternoon of fun is planned for March 2 at the Explanada Corona in Bucerias. With a return to traditional family values, there will be games for the kids, classic cars on display, raffles, live music, lots of cheap food and more.

Bucerias Children's Library Book Sale Fundraiser

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

In order to raise needed funds for our Biblioteca Rey Nayar, the Bucerias Children's Library, we will have hundreds of books for sale along with the beautiful 2013 Children's Library Calendars on February 20.

Third Annual Chili Cook-Off in Bucerias

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

If you think your Chili has the right stuff, step up to the plate and enter your chili in our contest that will benefit the Biblioteca Rey Nayar, our local Children's Library. Join us on Thursday, March 21.

A Big Thank You For Your Support from the Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

Maestro Rigoberto Mora and his very talented students presented an excellent performance of superb classical music written for or arranged for classical guitars. All proceeds from this donation-only fundraiser went to support the Library.

Classical Guitar Concert by Rigoberto Mora

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Children's Library is proud to announce this donation only concert to honor the contributions of the founders and former Board of Directors. Come and help us honor our founders and celebrate the bright future of our library with your friends and neighbors on February 6.

'The ABC Festival' Community Family Fun Fundraiser

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Children's Library in co-operation with The Amigos de Bucerias is looking for some volunteers to help us with a FUN Fundraiser on March 2. This is going to be a little different than the usual fundraising events - it's a return to good old fashioned family values, sports day meets village fair!

Banderas Bay Art Auction Supports the Children's Library

Riviera Nayarit Fun

Come and join us on January 19 for a fun evening of Banderas Bay art collections and unique items from local artists and private homes, while supporting our local Bucerias Library. We welcome those items that you would like to sell or donate.

Update on Bucerias Art Auction to Benefit the Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Children's Library, Biblioteca Rey Nayar, is proud to announce that we are partnering with Gallery 64 for their first Public Art Auction to take place on Saturday, December 15.

Giant Book Sale to Support the Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Looking for some fresh reading material? Buy some books and help support the Biblioteca Rey Nayar on November 28, the only non-profit public library in Bucerias.

Used Books and Volunteers Needed for Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

As a continuing source of fundraising for the Biblioteca Rey Nayar, we have a table of used books for sale every Friday at the "Art Producers Co-op Market" in Bucerias. We also need volunteers to man or woman our table at the Market.

Fall Cleaning: Our Local Banderas Bay Charities Count On It


Now that the weather is getting cooler, go through your closets, empty the storage building and clean out the garage. Everyone knows there are things you have stashed that you are never going to use. Pull it out and pass it on to someone that can do good with it.

News From the Biblioteca Rey Nayar: September 2012

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

Summer is coming to a close, school has started and we have just celebrated Mexico's Independence, I thought that this was a good time to let you know how our summer went and to give you some advance notice of upcoming plans and events.

Summer News Updates from the Bucerias Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

As we move into summer, the board members of the Rey Nayar Library in Bucerias continue to be proactive in the improvement of the library. Since the election of our new Board of Directors in April a lot has happened...and it is all GOOD!

Fun-Raiser Party to Benefit Bucerias Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

The Bilioteca Rey Nayar is presenting a Fun-Raiser Party sponsored by Sharon Bell and The Shamrock Bar. Come and join us on June 22 for a fun night of games, contests, drink specials, music and much more, all for a great cause.

8th International Altruism Festival

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa is once again the proud sponsor of the 8th International Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta. This gastronomic and cultural event creates awareness among the population to support those who need it the most.

Potluck Fundraiser and Events at BBCC

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

Upcoming events include our Speakers Night featuring a presentation on Mexican Dance, Conversation Cafe and the Bucerias Potluck fundraiser. Come out and meet the Amigos de Bucerias who do a lot of good things for the community.

The Wives of El Chapo’s Henchmen Reveal How They Hid and Spent $2 Billion

Business Insider

Margarito and Pedro Flores, twin brothers from Chicago, Illinois, are credited with helping take down one of the most infamous narco-terrorists in the world, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Their wives, authors of the book "Cartel Wives," reveal how the brothers hid all the money they trafficked.

Turkey Opens New Libraries in Poor Towns in Mexico

Anadolu Agency

Turkey’s state aid agency has established eight new libraries in Mexico, in one of two poor states recently hit by a powerful earthquake.

Why These Mexican Writers Are Ditching Spanish for Indigenous Languages


For hundreds of years, the literature written in languages that existed before European colonization were all but silenced on the global scene — even though they were well-recognized by many Mexicans. Now, interest in this writing is surging worldwide.

How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America

A kaleidoscopic, fast-paced tour of Latin America from one of the Spanish-speaking world’s most outstanding writers.

’Valentina & Her Magic Crayons’ Against Child Abuse

El Universal

The Studies Center for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality in Mexico, part of the Chamber of Deputies, presented the book “Valentina and her Magic Crayons”, with the objective of preventing child sexual abuse.

Immortalized by Woody Guthrie, Mexican ‘Deportees’ Who Died in Plane Crash Are Nameless No Longer


So many artists — from Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan — have recorded Woody Guthrie’s famous ballad “Deportee,” about one of the worst airplane disasters in California history. But a big piece of the story was missing. Until now.

Migrant Comic Book Tells Stories of Those Who Cross US-Mexico Border

Arizona Public Media

The Kino Border Initiative of Nogales, Sonora, and the Hope Border Institute have partnered with an illustrator and a social-justice author to create a comic book made up of true stories of immigrants seeking to enter the United States.

How Anti-Chinese Propaganda Helped Fuel the Creation of Mestizo Identity in Mexico


From the late nineteenth century to the 1930s, antichinismo found potent expression in Mexico. Jason Oliver Chang delves into the untold story of how antichinismo helped the revolutionary Mexican state, and the elite in control of it, build their nation.

Stories of Famous Mexican Author Being Carted Around the Land of His Birth


A schoolteacher driving an old car is carting the stories of a famous Mexican writer around the farms and villages of Jalisco, with the intention of paying homage to the author in the land of his birth while raising people’s enthusiasm about reading his works.

Mexican Author Stresses Need to Avoid the Language of the Establishment

Latin American Herald Tribune

Mexican author Emiliano Monge says he painstakingly chooses the words he puts to paper and that as part of that effort he uses language that differs from the establishment voice.

Death Cult and Drug Cartels Collide in ’Pacific Reaper’


Acapulco detective Emilia Cruz confronts a death-worshiping cult in PACIFIC REAPER, the fifth novel in the series that takes you inside Mexico’s drug wars with a fearless style and an unforgettable woman.

Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees

Democracy Now!

As President Trump continues to vow a crackdown against immigration and immigrants living inside the United States, we turn to a new book described by the Texas Observer as "the First Must-Read Book of the Trump Era."

Behind the Mask: Third Gender Defies Image of Macho Mexico in a Zapotec Community

The image of biologically male people dancing while dressed in the traditional, colorful attire of Juchiteca females stands in sharp contrast to the prevailing view of Mexico as the land of charros, machismo, and unbridled ranchero masculinity.

Creator of Popular Mexican YouTube News Parody Show Says He's Not Beholden to Elites

Agencia EFE

The creator of a satirical YouTube Mexican news program that has gained thousands of followers attributes his success to his not being beholden to his country’s elites and to viewers’ frustration with traditional media.

Baby Boomers: Reinvent Your Retirement in Mexico

Cozy up in a comfortable chair with this book and share a margarita with couples who have found a way to fill their retirement years with passion, purpose, and potential.

Long-Lost Diary of Tortured 'Converso' Jew in 16th-Century Mexico Found

The Times of Israel

A manuscript by Luis de Carvajal was missing for 75 years until spotted by a keen-eyed collector. Now it joins others on display at the New-York Historical Society.

Praying for Death: Blood Sacrifice and Organized Crime in Latin America

InSight Crime

A new collection of essays tackles patterns of cultish behavior and ritualized violence among illegal groups across the globe, from the Zetas and the Familia Michoacana to Al Qaeda and the Lord's Resistance Army.

New Book Tells Story of Mexican First Lady's Journey from Heroine to Villain

Agencia EFE

In her new book, journalist Sanjuana Martinez tells the story of Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera, who has gone from being a woman “loved by the people” to getting booed when she goes by and slammed on social media.

Oxford Dictionaries Names 'Post-Truth' Word of Year

The Guardian

US election and EU referendum have driven the popularity of an adjective describing situation ‘in which objective facts are less influential than appeals to emotion.’

'Corrupcionario Mexicano' Glossary of Graft Lays Bare a Lexicon of Corruption

The Guardian

Corruption is so endemic it has generated a vocabulary of its own. A new book, the Corrupcionario Mexicano, hopes to make people stop seeing it as normal.

Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Arrived

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'Corrupcionario Mexicano' Lists 300 Different Ways of Referring to Mexican Corruption


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Library of Congress Has Online, Interactive Exhibit of Mexican Revolution

NBC News

Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month the U.S. Library of Congress has rolled out an interactive online exhibit that tells the story of the sometimes complex but never boring relationship between the neighboring countries of the United States and Mexico.

'Wolf Boys' Tells the Story of Americans Lured to Join Mexican Drug Cartel

Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater's new book Wolf Boys tells the true story of two American teenagers recruited to a Mexican drug cartel, and the Texas detective obsessed with capturing them.

Three Books on Writing Every Fundraiser Should Read

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New Kobo Aura ONE Waterproof eReader Designed with the Help of Real Booklovers


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Army Behind Mexico's Iguala Missing Students Case, Journalist Says

Agencia EFE

Authors' say the army was behind the disappearances of 43 education students two years ago, with the likely knowledge of President Enrique Pena Nieto, highlighting the network of corruption that ties together those who hold power in Mexico.

'Narco-Cultura': Drug Slang Enters Mexico's Dictionary

Agence France-Presse

Mexico’s underworld has its own lexicon, which has been used for years by drug traffickers and addicts but also the police and the media. Now it’s fully going mainstream.

MUCA's 'Ghost Walker' Project Seeks to Uncover Part of Mexico City's Past

The News

The collaborative book and exhibit presented at MUCA reveals the past geographies of the Juárez and Cuauhtémoc neighborhoods.

'Sudden Death' Novel Deconstructs and Reimagines the Origin Story of the Modern World

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Hilarious Summaries of Classic Novels? There's a Comic for That


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The Glory of Rapping for Writer Miguel de Cervantes

The New York Times

“Rap in Cervantes” is among the innovative celebrations being held this year to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes.

Carlos Slim, Mexican Billionaire, Launches Free Online Education Platform

CCTV America

Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man, just announced the launch of a new online platform that provides free educational courses intended to help Mexico’s poor.

'Dancing with the Tiger': Expat Lili Wright's New Novel Set in Mexico

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A Bookmobile Transports Wisdom to Mexico's Children

CCTV America

A Mexican man is turning a popular transportation vehicle into a mobile library. Created by Rodrigo Vasquez and his organization “Bico Yubo,” the vehicle is called the “Nomad.”

This Free App Encourages Mexican Kids to Read Before They Play on Their Smart Device


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'The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Mexico Immigration and Displacement'

Iowa Public Radio

In his book, author Jose Orduna tells his family's story of emigrating from Mexico and reflects on the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States.

Oscar Martinez's 'A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America'


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Is Rejecting Shakespeare a Sign of Cultural Decline?

Postmedia Network

In America, often teased for being uncultured, only 63% are fans. But they’re at least higher than the big shocker: Only 59% of folks in the U.K. like Shakespeare.

Writers Group Shares Positive Stories About Mexico

Mexico News Daily

The Mexico Writers Group's affection for Mexico has found a new outlet with the newly-released book, 'Insider's Guide to the Best of Mexico.'

Mexico-Based Journalist Profiles Criminal Organizations and Their Leaders

Giovana Sanchez

While covering organized crime in Latin America, Mexico-based British journalist Ioan Grillo identified parallels in the mode of operation of the largest criminal organizations in the region – whether in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City or Kingston, Jamaica.

More Reading Occurs in Mexico Than People Think

Agencia EFE

More reading takes place in Mexico than is commonly believed, a prominent author told EFE, pointing to a well-attended giant bargain sale in the capital as evidence.

Trilogy for Popular Mexican Love Story 'Like Water for Chocolate' in the Works

Fox News Latino

Laura Esquivel is working on a trilogy based on her popular novel, that was a love story told through food and cooking that quickly became an international classic.

Pope Francis Answers Kids' Tough Questions in First Book for Children


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One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems

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Green Book: A Jim Crow Era Guide for Black Travelers

Atlas Obscura

The need for a travel guide specifically tailored to African-Americans arose during the Jim Crow era, when the consequences of entering a "whites only" space ranged from having the door slammed in one's face to being assaulted or even lynched.

We All Want to Change the World: The Dramatic Life of Leon Trotsky

National Post

Those who loved Leon Trotsky and those who hated him could agree that his life was one of the great dramas of modern history.

Los Cuarenta Tres: New Book Remembers Victims of Mexico Massacre

Vatican Radio

A book just unveiled by 52 Mexican authors about the massacre of 43 student teachers, has been created as a memorial, with a message urging Mexico and the World to remember the tragedy and not to be indifferent.

Bookstore Challenges 'Narco Culture' in Hotbed of Mexico's Drug War

The Guardian

Arts center in city of Apatzingan, where law is not enforced and basic services are patchy, is promoting literature and dance in the hopes of preventing crime.

Carlos Slim: Biography of Mexico's Richest Man Penetrates 'Cloak of Silence'

The Guardian

Diego Enrique Osorno faced hundreds of interview refusals as he spent eight years writing the most comprehensive Slim biography yet: ‘I learned you have to proceed calmly in the land of power.’

Green Libraries! Turn Oaxaca's Garbage Into Hope


Si-Kanda wants to provide children and youth who attend underprivileged public schools in the area surrounding the largest landfill in the state of Oaxaca, with decent, active and transformative school libraries built with a certified technique using recycled materials.

John Irving Tells the Story of a Mexican 'Dump Kid' Who Learns to Read

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Novelist John Irving, author 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' and 'The World According to Garp', discusses Juan Diego, the lead character in 'Avenue of Mysteries' who is a self-taught reader raised in one of Mexico’s dumps.

Author Debunks Common Mexican Tequila Myths

First We Feast

Author Chantal Martineau digs into the history of this agave spirit, and explains why it's time to drop the notion that tequila is worthless party fuel.

International Book Fair in Mexico City Brings the Love of Reading to Thousands


With over 700 publishers, the International Book Fair in Mexico City brings the love of reading to thousands of enthusiastic citizens in the course of a week.

Q&A: A Look at Mexico's Armed Conflict Through a Lens of Drug War Capitalism

Free Speach Radio News

One book that tries to make sense of the apparently senseless violence is “Drug War Capitalism,“ which uses an economic and geopolitical lens to examine the conflict, rather than relying on the stated goals of drug warrior policy makers.

'Tacopedia' Is an Encyclopaedic Tribute to the Vibrancy of Mexican Taco Culture

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Ron Jackson's 'Love Redemption Tacos and Tortillas'

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Bilingual Spanish-Mayan Mexico Constitution Translation Completed After 2 Years


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Not Food for Old Men: A Mexican Culinary Adventure

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Author Don Winslow Lovingly Critiques Mexico in New Novel, 'The Cartel'

The Washington Post

Don Winslow’s epic new novel, “The Cartel,” about Mexican drug lord Adan Barrera’s desperate moves to stay on top of a quickly changing political and competitive landscape, couldn’t have been released at a better time.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of 'The Wave' and 'The Devil’s Teeth,' a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins.

Mexican Child Author Promotes Gender Equality

Agencia EFE

Mexican writer Fernanda Gonzalez is just 11, but she lectures at schools and universities, has addressed lawmakers and has been nominated for an international award, thanks to a book she wrote with a message of equality between men and women.

If You Don't Fear a Robot Takeover, This Futurist Explains Why You Should


'A Dangerous Master,' a new book by academic and futurist Wendell Wallach, takes us on a tour of the nefarious possibilities technological innovations can lead to.

Examining the War on Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film and Fiction

Two new works of art - the documentary film 'Cartel Land,' and the novel 'The Cartel' - shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico.

Five Million Mexicans Over 15 Years Old Are Illiterate

Prensa Latina

Five million Mexicans over 15 years old cannot read or write, figures released by the National Institute for Adult Education show.

This Mexican Author Says Languages Are Tools to Start a Bilingual Conversation

Betto Arcos caught up with writer and professor Cristina Rivera Garza, and asked her what it's like being a published author in two languages, and how living on both sides of the border has affected her work.

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo

In 'The Double Life of Fidel Castro,' one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba.

The Illegal and the Refugee - An American Love Story

'The Illegal and the Refugee,' a novel inspired by the harsh realities that migrants from Cuba and Mexico experience trying to reach the U.S., is now available in paperback.

ML Howard's New Book Reveals a Flaw in Creation

Did you ever wonder why there are so many problems on the planet? According to M.L. Howard, author of the book 'The Flaw,' it is because there is a flaw in creation.

UNESCO: More Than Five Million Mexicans Are Illiterate

The News

This historical lag is not unique to Mexico. There are 793 million people worldwide who don’t know how to read and write. Most of them are in Asia and Africa, but Latin America also has a significant number.

A Mexican University Wants to Promote Reading Through Grinding and Twerking


Mexico’s National Autonomous University has launched a campaign encouraging Mexican youth to read by equating perreo, or grinding, with a good book.

Garcia Marquez Tops Best-Selling Authors in Mexico

Prensa Latina

The Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez leads this week's list of the 10 best-selling authors in Mexico, with his novel 'One Hundred Years of Solitude.'

'Destino' Tells What It's Like to Ride the 'Train of Death' in Mexico

In 'Destino,' Michelle Frankfurter seeks to capture the experience of people who struggle to control their own destiny when confronted by extreme circumstances.

Mexico Poet Susana Chavez Castillo Paid a Heavy Price for Her Verses

PEN International

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to exercise one's right to freedom of expression. At least 67 print and internet journalists, bloggers and writers have been murdered in the country since 2004.

On Coming to America: Novel 'The Same Sky' Tells the Story of Immigrants

From the acclaimed author of 'How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes' comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith - a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.

Contemporary Codex 'Migrant' Teaches Children About Mexican Migration


A Mexican boy tells of his journey to the U.S. with his family. The narrative is accompanied by one long, beautifully vivid illustration reminiscent of pre-Hispanic codices, packaged as an accordion-style foldout frieze.

Hay Festival Abandons Veracruz, Will be Held Online

The Guardian

A popular literary festival is abandoning its venue in Mexico’s Veracruz state this year due to protest over the killings of journalists.

'The Jaguar's Children' Is An Unsettling Tale of Mexico's 'Illegals'

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures of Mexico and El Norte, 'The Jaguar’s Children' shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

New on - 'Chasing the Scream'

In 'Chasing the Scream,' journalist Johann Hari reveals his epic three-year journey into the war on drugs entirely through the stories of people he met across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war.

The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs

The Strength of the Wolf is the first complete history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which existed from 1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968.

Sor Juana: Mexico's Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun

The Daily Beast

She was a woman who’d be extraordinary in any century. A look at the new translation of the works of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

Something Needs to Be Done About Mexico's Empty Libraries, Says Expert

Mexico News Daily

An ambitious program introduced in 1984 has resulted in Mexico having the largest public library system in Latin America. Each state capital has a public library, as does every town with more than 5,000 people. But they’re not very useful when empty.

Story Time From Space: Astronauts Are Getting Kids Excited About Science


Astronauts onboard the space station are reading books to the children of Earth, and conducting exciting science experiments.

UNESCO: On World Book Day, Mexico Ranks Second to Last in Reading

The Mazatlan Messenger

During this week's celebration of World Book Day, the light shining on Mexico was not favorable. According to UNESCO, globally Mexico ranks 107 out of 108 countries in the organization's Reading Index.

International Fair of Children and Youth Literature Opens in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Children and young Mexicans will be offered more than 120 new books and interesting panels and educational projects, with the opening of 33rd International Fair of Literature for Children and Young People.

Judy Goldman's Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico


Author Judy Goldman takes animal folktales from five indigenous peoples of Mexico and retells them in a what that makes you feel like you've known the story all your life.

Mexico City 13th International Book Fair Attracts 800,000 Visitors


Some 800,000 people visited the 13th annual International Book Fair in the Mexican capital and enjoyed the activities organized by publishing houses in which some 200 writers took part, the capital's government said Saturday.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

Big Think

I'm often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period.

Among World's Least Prolific Readers, Mexico Aims to Reverse Waning Reading Habit

Al Jazeera

Mexicans rank amongst the world's least prolific readers but amongst the most avid television viewers. However, some people are dedicated to reversing this trend.

Amazon Launches Mexico Kindle Store with 70,000 eBooks in Spanish

Business Wire

Amazon has launched the Mexico Kindle Store, offering Mexican customers the largest selection of the most popular eBooks, the most Spanish-language best sellers, over 1,500 free books in Spanish and a broad selection of titles from leading Mexican authors and publishers.

True Stories of Love Across America's Borders

Amor and Exile is the story of American citizens who fall in love with undocumented immigrants only to find themselves trapped in a legal labyrinth, stymied by their country's de facto exclusion of their partners.

The Writing on Mexican Walls Isn't Graffiti - It's 'Vernacular Branding'

The Atlantic

A new book by Patricia Cue documents the tradition, commerce, and politics of colorful bardas de baile (loosely translated as "music walls").

Top 8 Latino Writers You Should Know About


Latinos and writing are a couple made in heaven. Their passion and heritage provide for fantastic literary universes once and again recognized worldwide. These eight are perhaps the creme de la creme of Latino writers - ever.

National Reading Survey Says Mexico is Second to Last in Reading Among 108 Countries


Mexicans read an average of 2.8 books a year, and only 2% of the population has the lifelong habit of reading, while in Spain people read 7.5 books a year and in Germany it is 12.

With Release of 'Rastros,' Mexican Poet Javier Sicilia Retires From Literary Work


In January of 2014, the book of poems titled "Rastros" ("Traces") will be released in Spanish. It is a book the poet Javier Sicilia dedicated to his son, who died a victim of violence. With its publication, Javier Sicilia will permanently retire from literary work.

Katiuska Blanco's New Book, 'Fidel Castro, Guerrillero del Tiempo,' Presented in Mexico City

Prensa Latina

The book Fidel Castro, Guerrillero del Tiempo (Warrior of Time), which narrates life passages of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, was presented by its author, Katiuska Blanco in Mexico City.

Test Scores Better at Mexico's Public Schools, But Still Room for Improvement

Rumbo de Mexico

The public education secretary says that while officials have seen improvements in elementary and high school ENLACE test results, the public education system still faces challenges.

Mexico Creates Prize to Honor Outstanding Literary Translators


A new award bearing the name of Spanish-born Mexican author, translator and poet Tomas Segovia has been created to honor outstanding work in literary translation.

Read It: The Future of Books en Espanol

Fox News Latino

Over 67,000 people attended the second Spanish-language book fair in Los Angeles May 11 – 13, known as "LeaLA," or "Read It" in Spanish, nearly twice the attendance of the previous year.

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