Bertrand wins award for young adult bilingual novel

St. Mary’s University Writer-in-Residence Diane Gonzales Bertrand won the Middle Grade/Young Adult Discovery Prize in the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Books Awards for her book, There’s a Name for this Feeling / Hay un nombre para lo que siento.

StMU Faculty Dianne Gonzales Bertrand

Published in 2014, the book “is a bilingual collection of short stories for teens age 12-15,” she said. “Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, the 10 stories give teens plenty to read, write and talk about as they experience living in today’s complicated world.”

Bertrand has received positive feedback from readers.

“Winning the award is very affirming, but getting letters from teens who have read the book and enjoyed it makes for an even better reward,” she said.

Bertrand has received numerous accolades for her work, including Best Latino Children’s Book in 2014 by Speaking for Cecilia and Miguel are Best Friends / Cecilia y Miguel son Mejores Amigos, and finalist for the 2013 Tejas Star Book Award for Sofia and the Purple Dress.

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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