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Latina Authors Celebration with Julissa Arce

Latina Authors Celebration 091421 to 101221 with Julissa Arce on We All Grow Latina Instagram in conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Naima Coster, Rayna Grande, and Lilliam Rivera event details photo of Latina woman with long dark hair in a dark patterned skirt and shawl framed in a doorway

#WeAllGrow Latina presents a month-long Latina Authors Instagram Live series led by best-selling author Julissa Arce. Julissa will be in conversation with four other successful Latina authors and journalists.
Get ready to connect with inspiring Latinas to learn about their journeys to success, how their careers in literature were awakened, and the impact being Latina has had on them as authors!

Mark your calendars to join the conversations by following #WeAllGrow Latina® on Instagram! :

Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You: A Memoir; Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET

Naima Coster, What's Mine and Yours; Tuesday, September 28, 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET

Reyna Grande, A Dream Called Home; Tuesday, October 5, 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET 

Lilliam Rivera, We Light Up the Sky; Tuesday, October 12, 4 PM PT | 7 PM ET

Maria Hinojosa’s nearly thirty-year career as a journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring and executive producing the Peabody Award–winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC, and has won several awards, including four Emmys, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2010, she founded Futuro Media, an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of producing multimedia content from a POC perspective. Through the breadth of her work and as the founding coanchor of the political podcast In the Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. She lives with her family in Harlem in New York City.

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, and a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Naima's stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Kweli, the Paris Review Daily, Catapult, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees from Fordham University and Yale. She has taught writing for over a decade, in community settings, youth programs, and universities. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–México border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, and the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Reader’s Edition and A Dream Called Home. She lives in Woodland, California, with her husband and two children. 

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Never Look Back, a Pura Belpré Honor winner, Dealing in Dreams, and The Education of Margot Sanchez, as well as the middle grade Goldie Vance series. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostThe New York Times, and Elleto name a few. Lilliam grew up in the Bronx and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Julissa Arce is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and social justice advocate who, with America Ferrera, is currently developing and executive producing a television series for a major network optioned from her bestselling memoir, My (Underground) American Dream. Her young adult memoir, Someone Like Me is used in classrooms across the country. Arce is a Crooked media contributor. She is a frequent writer for TIME Magazine, and has provided political commentary across numerous TV networks including NBC News, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and MSNBC. She is the founder of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students regardless of their immigration status. She lives in Los Angeles.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 4:00pm
on-line, CA 90278
Once I Was You: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982128661
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Published: Atria Books - August 31st, 2021

September 15


Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has reported on stories and communities in America that often go ignored by the mainstream media—from tales of hope in the South Bronx to the unseen victims of the War on Terror and the first detention camps in the US. Bestselling author Julia Álvarez has called her “one of the most important, respected, and beloved cultural leaders in the Latinx community.”

In Once I Was You, Maria shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She offers a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today.

An urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth.

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Published: Atria Books - September 15th, 2020

“El punto de vista de María es poderoso y vital. Hace años, cuando In the Heights empezaba a presentarse en teatros off-Broadway, María corrió la voz en nuestra comunidad para que apoyáramos este nuevo musical que trataba sobre nuestros vecindarios. Ella ha sido una campeona de nuestros triunfos, una crítica de nuestros detractores y una fuerza clave para enfrentar y corregir los errores de nuestra sociedad. Cuando María habla, estoy listo para escuchar y aprender de ella.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda

La periodista ganadora de cuatro premios Emmy y presentadora de Latino USA de NPR, María Hinojosa, cuenta la historia de la inmigración en los Estados Unidos a través de las experiencias de su familia y décadas de hacer reportajes, con lo cual crea un riguroso retrato de un país en crisis.

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ISBN: 9781538702345
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

From the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American family—and the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.

A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the next twenty years.

On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee's steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he'll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man. On the other side is Noelle's headstrong mother, Lacey May, a white woman who refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but white. She strives to protect them as she couldn't protect herself from the influence of their charming but unreliable father, Robbie.

When Gee and Noelle join the school play meant to bridge the divide between new and old students, their paths collide, and their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And their mothers—each determined to see her child inherit a better life—will make choices that will haunt them for decades to come.

As love is built and lost, and the past never too far behind, What's Mine and Yours is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.

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ISBN: 9781501171437
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 2nd, 2019

As an immigrant in an unfamiliar country, with an indifferent mother and abusive father, Reyna had few resources at her disposal. Taking refuge in words, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream.

Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist whose “power is growing with every book” (Luis Alberto Urrea, Pultizer Prize finalist); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect.

Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.

La búsqueda de un sueño (A Dream Called Home Spanish edition): Una autobiografía (Atria Espanol) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501172076
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Published: Atria Books - October 30th, 2018

La extraordinaria historia de Reyna Grande—que comenzó en su exitosa autobiografía La distancia entre nosotros—continúa ahora en esta fabulosa travesía para encontrar su lugar en los Estados Unidos como universitaria latina de primera generación y como escritora.

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ISBN: 9781547603763
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - October 26th, 2021

Signed copies available with order from Creating Conversations!

Should you save a world that doesn't want to save you?
Award-winning author Lilliam Rivera explores the haunting story of an alien invasion from the perspective of three Latinx teens.

Pedro, Luna, and Rafa may attend Fairfax High School together in Los Angeles, but they run in separate spheres. Pedro is often told that he's “too much” and seeks refuge from his home life in a local drag bar. Luna is pretending to go along with the popular crowd but is still grieving the unexpected passing of her beloved cousin Tasha. Then there's Rafa, the quiet new kid who is hiding the fact that his family is homeless.

But Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find themselves thrown together when an extraterrestrial visitor lands in their city and takes the form of Luna's cousin Tasha. As the Visitor causes destruction wherever it goes, the three teens struggle to survive and warn others of what's coming--because this Visitor is only the first of many. But who is their true enemy--this alien, or their fellow humans?

Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Lilliam Rivera examines the days before a War of the Worlds-inspired alien invasion in this captivating and chilling new novel.

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora Cover Image
By Saraciea J. Fennell (Editor)
ISBN: 9781250763426
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 2nd, 2021

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.

You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250787019
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 22nd, 2022

Los Angleles activist, writer, and producer Julissa Acre calls for a celebration of our uniqueness, our origins, our heritage, and the beauty of the differences that actually make us Americans.

Preorder You Sound Like a White Girl from Creating Conversations to receive a signed / inscribed copy!

If you would like your copy personalized, please note it in the comments at check out and include the name you would like Julissa to use.

All inscription request orders must be placed by Friday, March 18, 2022, and are available free of additional charge.

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Published: Center Street - September 19th, 2017

Entre las sombras del Sueño Americano: Mi historia real de cómo siendo una inmigrante indocumentada llegué a ser una ejecutiva de Wall Street Cover Image
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Published: Center Street - November 29th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780316481700
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

Alguien como yo / Someone Like Me: La lucha de una niña por alcanzar el sueño americano Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593081532
Published: Vintage Espanol - April 7th, 2020