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January 5th, 2015

Join Lydia Gil this Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at 2:00 at Denver's Tattered Cover Bookstore (Colfax) for a release of her new book! 

 "HOUSTON, TX— A tender story of family and friendship, LETTERS FROM HEAVEN / CARTAS DEL CIELO, by Lydia Gil celebrates Latino traditions, especially those of the Spanish Caribbean. Celeste is heartbroken when her grandmother dies, and nothing can make her feel better. But everything changes when a letter mysteriously comes in the mail—from Grandma! “I know you miss me as much as I miss you. Don’t be sad. Where there is love, there is no sadness.” As letters continue to arrive from the beyond, each with a recipe of a favorite food she used to prepare, Celeste follows her grandmother’s advice and consoles herself by learning how to cook the dishes.

With Grandma gone, so is her Social Security check. Celeste's mom needs to get a second job to make ends meet, and Celeste has to quit her favorite activity, dance lessons. At school, Amanda the bully gloats over the fact that Celeste won’t participate in the upcoming recital. And her friends think that she's gone crazy; dead people can’t send letters!

When a final letter arrives, Celeste realizes that all the recipes combined make an entire meal: café con leche, guava and cheese croissants, congrí, plantain chips, ropa vieja and flan. Can she really make a Cuban feast to celebrate her cherished grandmother's life? This entertaining novel is written in ten brief chapters for children ages 8-12 and includes six traditional Cuban recipes with easy-to-follow instructions. Gil’s bilingual book pays tribute to family and it deals with contemporary issues like trouble with friends and the death of a grandparent.

Lydia Gil

 LYDIA GIL was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, of Cuban parents. She is the author of the bilingual children’s picture book, Mimí’s Parranda / La parranda de Mimí (Piñata Books, 2007). She teaches at the University of Denver and writes for EFE, the leading Spanish-language news agency. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo."

ARTE PÚBLICO PRESS (2014). Those Who Are Loved Are Never Lost [Press release]. Retrieved from


Click here for a trailer of Letters From Heaven/Cartas del cielo:

For more information on Lydia Gil and her books, see below: