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Mary Andrade wins First Place at the 2010 Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival in the “Latino Books into Movie Awards” with her Latest Book Release “Day of the Dead A Passion for Life”

Send by emailSan Jose, California – Under a new award category of Documentary, that was launched by Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival, with the objective of increasing readership and interest for Latino Books in United States, “Day of the Dead A Passion for Life,” a 200 page book filled with images and text that illustrates their unique characteristics and interpretations of the Day of the Dead celebration in secluded indigenous communities of Michoacan, received the first place award on October 9, 2010. Being the first of its kind, “Day of the Dead A Passion for Life,” focuses on the P’urhepecha people that live in the four regions of Lake Area, P’urhepecha Plateau, Cañada of the Eleven Towns and the Cienega. In this book, the author takes the reader for a ride deep into their traditions, explicitly documenting how their indigenous communities celebrate the lives and memories of their ancestors during the celebration of Day of the Dead. The panel of judges included a wide variety of entertainment industry professionals including producers, directors, screenwriters, marketing professionals, and film financiers. “Day of the Dead A Passion for Life,” by Mary J. Andrade and published by La Oferta Publishing Company was favored by all the judges – including one producer that said she’d love to film this project. The awards are designed to help change the way Hollywood views Latinos, and are awarded by Edward James Olmos, Dennis Hernandez and Kirk Whisler. Over 180 authors contributed to the success of this year’s book festival many of them served as keynote speakers providing 56 seminars as well as autograph sessions and audience interactions during the two days festival. During this season, some of Mrs. Andrade photographs from her collection of the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, are being exhibited at the Meek Mansion, located at the Hayward Historical Area; at the Oakland Museum of Art and at San Joseph Cathedral in San Jose. For additional information visit Mrs. Andrade award-winning websites: www.dayofthedead.com and www.diademuertos.com or email her directly at: mary@dayofthedead.com of mary@laoferta.com  
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