Get to know Laura Esquivel, the author of Like Water for Chocolate

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By- Angela Padrón

Laura Esquivel is a Latina author who was born in Mexico City, Mexico on September 30, 1950. Esquivel studied education with an interest in children’s theater. During the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a kindergarten teacher. During this time, she wrote plays for her students as well as short stories and content for children’s television programs. Screenwriting classes with actor/director Alfonso Arau further awakened Esquivel’s writing abilities. Arau was known for creating comical villains in movies such as Romancing the Stone and The Three Amigos. Arau and Esquivel would later marry and team up to write and direct Chido Guan, el tacos de oro, which won the Ariel award in 1985.

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Enero: Mes de autores y resoluciones para el año nuevo

Por- Glenda Rosado

El comienzo de un nuevo año es un buen momento para pensar en resoluciones y comenzar con el pie derecho. Una resolución que no debe faltar en nuestra lista, es la lectura. Para nuestra fortuna, Latinoamérica nos ha regalado autores muy talentosos. Gracias a ellos, podemos viajar con sus historias y relatos, además de conocer más del mundo y la vida. Y es por esto que el primer mes del año se lo dedicamos a los autores.

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Isabel Allende—from The House of Spirits to Paula, get to know this essential Latina writer

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By- Angela Padrón

Isabel Allende is a Latina writer who was born in Lima, Peru on August 2, 1942. Her writing can be categorized as realistic, inspired by her upbringing and real-life events. When Allende was three years old, her mother moved the family to Santiago, Chile, where Allende spent several years of her youth. After attending school in Bolivia and Lebanon, Allende returned to Chile to complete college. From 1959–1965, she worked for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Santiago. In 1962, she married, and a year later gave birth to her daughter Paula. The family traveled throughout Europe, living in Switzerland and Belgium.

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Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most famous Latin American writers to ever live

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By- Angela Padrón

Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia on March 6, 1927. He is best known for writing magical realism—fictional works that combine realistic elements with fantastical ones. At first, García Márquez studied law at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, but he soon abandoned that field to follow his true passion—writing. In addition to becoming a novelist, García Márquez was also a short story writer, screenwriter, and a journalist.

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Resoluciones de año nuevo para educadores

Por-Evelyn Silva

En la cultura popular, es una práctica común que las personas se tracen metas que van a intentar cumplir durante el año que está por comenzar. Sin dudas, habrá escuchado hacer resoluciones como: “voy a ponerme a dieta este año” o “me propongo hacer más ejercicios”, entre otras. Lo curioso es que los educadores siempre que comenzamos un año escolar, en agosto o septiembre, tenemos múltiples resoluciones. Sin embargo, cuando entramos de lleno en la escuela y sus obligaciones, vamos descuidando ese impulso avasallador y repleto de energías con el que comenzamos el año escolar.

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