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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child earns awards!

On Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ileana Araguti's memoir, Shattered Paradise: Memoirs of a Nicaraguan War Child, won first place for Best Non Fiction ebook, first place for Best Latino-focused book design and second place for Best First Book Non Fiction, whereas the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera was awarded first place at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards in association with the American Library Association 2014 Conference. 

The Awards were held at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater. Over the last 16 years the Int’l Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 231 honorees were well known authors like Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, Mary J. Andrade, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt, screenwriter Rick Najera, and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Winners were from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.

Shattered Paradise is Araguti's first book and has received consistent 5 Star reviews on  She has earned an award from Readers' Favorite as well, and her inspirational book might be considered for a movie in the future. 

In addition, Araguti is currently wrapping up her next novel and is scheduled to complete two more within the next couple of years. To learn more about Ileana Araguti, visit her website and follow this blog!

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