Little Joe, who is slowly recovering from COVID-19 at home, received great news about the book on his life story released in May. ¡No Llore, Chingon! An American Story: The Life of Little Joe is a finalist in two categories for the 2020 International Latino Book Awards for Most Inspirational Nonfiction Book – English and Best Cover Photo.
The 79-year-old music legend says many authors have wanted to tell his story and found the right one when award-winning South Texas author Emma González contacted him.
“Her life story is so similar to mine,” Little Joe said in an interview with Tejano Nation radio affiliate La Voz 93.3. FM in Abilene, Texas. “Grew up as a migrant kid pickin’ and workin’ in the fields – my same story. I figured she would be able to really deliver my message.”
The first book written by González, Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child, won in the category of the Most Inspirational Novel, and Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child (Children’s Edition) won the category for Most Inspirational Book for Young Adults at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards.
Sponsored by the Empowering Latino Futures, a non-profit organization, the International Latino Book Awards is the highest recognization of Latino literature and the authors who create it. Latino authors from the U.S. and 20 Latin countries participate with their submissions.
The 2020 International Latino Book Awards will take place in a virtual setting this year and will be streamed live on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at latinobookawards.org and YouTube, hosted by award-winning actor Edward James Olmos.
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