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The diversity of Himilce Novas' accomplishments in the fields of Arts & Letters testify to the versatility and brilliance of her intellect. Born in Cuba to a Family of prominent intellectuals, she showed early signs of a promising writer when, still in high school, several of her poems were published by Nobel Prize laureate Camilo Jose Cela in his literary journal.
In her early teens, Novas emigrated with her family to New York City, where several years later she translated her mastery of the word into a journalistic career as a newspaper and magazine editor/writer for such publications as Time/Life Books (Ancient China; Early Islam) The New York Times (articles and Sunday Supplements), Connoisseur (cover stories, articles) The C.S. Monitor (articles; special supplements) and L'Officiel/USA (editor-in-chief).
She quickly rose through the
ranks of publishing. At the same time, she continued writing poems and other
plays (some of which she acted in and directed). Among others, her play, Free
This Day: A Trial In Seven Exhibits, was published by Joseph Papp in Scripts, a
publication of The New York Shakespeare Theater and produced there and in avant garde theaters around the
US and abroad, including Beijing, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Paris and
EVERYTHING YOU NEEDTO KNOW
In 1994, as a result of her life-long study and expertise in Latin America, Latino minorities in the USA and the Spanish influence in the Americas, Himilce Novas wrote EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LATINO HISTORY (1994; 1998; 2003;2008 Plume/Penguin), which traces the history of Latinos on the North American continent.
The book met with extraordinary critical acclaim in such media
outlets as The
The book has become a standard on the subject and has been placed
on the recommended reading list of hundreds of media outlets, educational
institutions and corporations, including the New York City Board of Education;
Fortune magazine; and The SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION art and education programs.
· Himilce Novas' 2008 edition of "Everything You Need to Know About Latino History" (Plume, $16 paperback) is the fourth -- and thickest -- iteration of this successful and engaging overview of all things Latino.
Novas uses a question-and-answer format to let readers choose whatever topic they wish to explore. She wisely includes a detailed index as well as listings of recommended readings and Internet resources. The book divides Latin American culture into key demographic groups: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Dominican Americans, and those of Central and South American descent. Novas keeps it light and conversational but always informative. · Himilce Novas' 2008 edition of "Everything You Need to Know About Latino History" (Plume, $16 paperback) is the fourth -- and thickest -- iteration of this successful and engaging overview of all things Latino. Novas uses a question-and-answer format to let readers choose whatever topic they wish to explore. She wisely includes a detailed index as well as listings of recommended readings and Internet resources. The book divides Latin American culture into key demographic groups: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Dominican Americans, and those of Central and South American descent. Novas keeps it light and conversational but always informative.
“What makes this novel intriguing is that Novas writes about some of society's darkest taboos, places them against a religious background, and still allows the reader to understand and even forgive the characters. What makes this novel enjoyable is that it's written with a magical quality that flows throughout the entire story. Check it out.” Hank Waddles
PRINCESS PAPAYA a novel about Santeria and a
Jewish Cuban American family (Arte Publico Press,
MANGOS, BANANAS AND COCONUTS : A CUBAN LOVE STORY (University of Houston, Arte Publico Press, 1996; Riverhead Books/Putnam, 1997). This novel has received extraordinary critical acclaim. Excerpts of this novel have been reprinted in many prestigious publications, including THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF LATINO LITERATURE.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY, co- authored with Lan Cao (Plume/Penguin USA, 1996; 2003).
(Plume/Penguin, 1994; 1998;2003;2008),
now in its SIXTEENTH printing. The book is currently listed in The
THE HISPANIC 100 : A RANKING OF THE LATINO MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE a ranking of the Latino men and women who have most influenced American thought and culture (Citadel Press, 1995).
REMEMBERING SELENA : A TRIBUTE IN PICTURES AND WORDS/RECORDANDO A SELENA : UN TRIBUTO EN PALABRAS Y FOTOS out of #2,000,000 most popular books in print. an illustrated, four-color, bilingual biography of the queen of Tejano music (St. Martin's Press, 1995). Barnes & Noble ranks this book as # 68,000.
LATINO ART AND CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES multimedia project published and distributed by THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION (1996). This project serves as the model for an important exhibition.
LATIN AMERICAN COOKING ACROSS THE U.S.A. (KNOPF COOKS AMERICAN) co-authored with Rosemary Silva (Knopf, 1997). This
book is both a culinary and a cultural journey. It is filled with cooking
anecdotes and recipes from Latino families in the
A Spanish language version, LA BUENA MESA : LA AUTENTICA COCINA LATINAMERICANA translated by Himilce was published concurrently by Knopf. The book has been selected by the Cook of the Month Club and was voted one of the best eight cookbooks of the year by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, The Chicago Tribune and
others. It was included in Food & Wine's hardcover book, The Best of the Best.
Redon Seurat and the Symbolists
by Himilce Novas (Hippocrene Books+inc)
Don't Look Back (Steck-Vaughn
(a young adult book) by Himilce Novas
Treasures from the
THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF LATINO LITERATURE is
a collection of poetry and prose (short story and drama) by Latino authors of Mexican-American, Cuban-American, and Puerto Rican-American
descent. The text focuses on Latino authors who were either born or raised in
The text includes the following features:
32 readings/short stories, 38 poems and 9 plays by renowned writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Luis Valdez, Cristina Garcia, Oscar Hijuelos, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Himilce Novas and Esmeralda Santiago that emphasize diversity as well as recurring themes .Various exercises designed to explore style and comprehension as well as to compare and contrast the selections from different ethnic groups. Brief surveys of the three types of literature focused on in the text to provide further background of the culture. Categorization by both ethnic group and genre which allows teachers to focus on any or all components. Glossary of Spanish terms for two of the more challenging plays. Overall, the text emphasizes the similarities and differences between the culture and literature of the three primary groups while also trying to emphasize the unique qualities and universal themes present in all of them.
THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF
LATINO LITERATURE is a collection of poetry and prose (short story and drama)
by Latino authors of Mexican-American, Cuban-American, and Puerto
Rican-American descent. The text focuses on Latino authors who were either born
or raised in the
Download/Listen to Internet Radio interview with Himilce Novas
about these topics and much more:
Debunking Latino myths
and learning about Latino culture and contribution to
Sexism in our culture and in the media
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In 2011, Himilce Novas was the recipient of a National Women's Political Caucus “Women of Courage” Award. Other 2011 recipients included Representative Nancy Pelosi, past Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman and Ambassador Mary Olmsted. The National Women's Political Caucus established the NWPC Women of Courage awards to honor women from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated courage by taking a stand on or against unpopular or controversial issues to further civil rights and equality, and who typify women’s leadership.
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Himilce Novas has served as
Fiction Editor and Literary Reviewer for
ADDRESSES WORKSHOPS AND OTHER CURRENT
Professor Novas joined the
faculty of the
Professor Novas taught a course on Latino Literature and a course on Narrative Non-Fiction) at Wellesley College, MA and a course on Screenwriting at Clark University
Description of courses:
WRIT 125 Latino Literature and the Dawning of a Great New American Genre
Over the past twenty-five years, Latino writers have
emerged as powerful and visionary voices in American literature. As a
"foreign culture" within our borders, ironically older than
This course introduces the creative writing of non-fiction. Its writing projects build on personal experience and develop writing skills through several forms of personal expository prose including diaries and journals, travel writing, memoir, and essays of description and persuasion. The course also explores the lively and fascinating art of personal essays through such writers as Langston Hughes, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, E.B. White, James Thurber, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, and Adrienne Rich.
English Department: Introduction to Screenwriting
This course presents an overview of the art and craft of screenwriting as well as film appreciation from a writer’s standpoint. Students will write the first 30 pp of a first-draft screenplay, including a film treatment. Each student will choose from a series of scripts of famous/important movies of diverse genres to use as model to write his/her own script, as well as to present to the class for discussion. These scripts are posted on line in their entirety by Professor Novas, so that students can read on line or download.
Over the past twenty-five years, Latino writers have emerged as
powerful and visionary voices in American literature. As a "foreign culture" within our borders, ironically older than
ENGL101-31 T 2:00-4:30 PM, R2:00-3:15 PM
Call number 14197
Aside from her professional and
literary endeavors, Professor Novas is an eloquent
speaker with extraordinary stage presence. She practices what she calls
"the politics of inclusion, love and dialogue" in her commitment to
human rights. Last fall, Professor Novas gave a
key-note address at a symposium sponsored by SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES in
FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS
HIMILCE NOVAS HAS LECTURED ON:
HN’s own fiction and non-fiction Latino
Latino Immigration to the
Debunking the myths and prejudices about Latinos in the USA
Latino history, art and literature in the USA
Machismo: What it is and what it isn’t
Latino Religious Traditions in the
Cuban-American culture and contributions
Latino Literary Masterworks
Latin American Cuisine Across the
Latino Art: Five Centuries of Art in the
Latin American Masters and Folk Art
Asian American History
Feminist Movement in Minority Communities
We’re Here, Get Used to It: Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Civil Rights
AND CONDUCTED WORKSHOPS ON
Latina/o growth, pride and self-realization
Finding our own path and success as Latinos/Latinas
Navigating the Inter-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Waters
We’re Here, Get Used to It: Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Civil Rights
And other topics at:
Wellesley College, Columbia University, Yale University, Tulane University, Allegheny College, Penn State, Adelphi University ,Notre Dame University the University of Toledo, Eastern Illinois University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Holy Cross College, Russel Sage College, Union College, Trenton State College, De Pauw University, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Utah State, Michigan State, Olivet College, Baylor University, Florida State University, Boston College, St Joseph's University, San Jacinto College, Bowling Green State UniversityThe College of William and Mary, and others, as well as organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, The Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, The American College Personnel Association, The Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York City, Boston area METCO Directors Annual Meeting, Words and Music Faulkner House Literary Festival, New Orleans, University of Colorado, Denver, Pittsburg State College, Kansas, Central Michigan University, TRW and other corporate and government institutions.
TALK RADIO PRODUCER & HOST
TALK RADIO PRODUCER & HOST
produced and hosted THE NOVAS REPORT, a talk radio program dealing with books and other
cultural and contemporary issues from a unique international perspective and a
solution-oriented approach to government, education, lifestyles and the arts.
It is was sponsored by The Earthling Book Shop and aired in
The Novas Report ranked as the Number One weekend talk-show. Listeners converse with HIMILCE as a dear friend and ask questions of her distinguished local, national and international guests Saturday afternoons. Over the past three years, Dr Novas has interviewed a broad range of personalities and hundreds of scholars on diverse topics, such as Asian culture, Latino culture, new age disciplines, spirituality, music, art, literature, social issues, law, finance, and the environment.
LANGUAGES, ASSOCIATIONS AND INTERESTS
Himilce Novas is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian and has translated books and articles from each.
She is a past or current member of the PENN American Center, Veteran Feminists of America, The Human Rights Campaign, NOW, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The National Women's Book Association, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, The New England Council of Latin American Studies, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and others cultural and civic organizations.
She sits/has sat on several cultural boards of directors,
TWO PBS TELEVISION PROGRAMS FEATURE
IMPORTANT INTERVIEWS WITH HIMILCE NOVAS:
450 PBS stations throughout the
WRITING FOR AN AUDIENCE: A 15 part series where Important American authors speak about
their work, their writing habits, philosophy and the state of fiction and
non-fiction books in the
Himilce Novas was one of a handful of contemporary American
Writers selected by the PBS producers as a preeminent
contemporary literary voice in American literature.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY, by Himilce Novas, co- authored with Lan Cao (Plume/Penguin USA, 1996; 2003).
Book: Paperback | 5.31 x 8.03in | 432 pages | ISBN 0452284759 | Jul 2004 | Plume
A comprehensive guide to Asian-American history
One can hardly understand American history without knowing the crucial role people of Asian ancestry have played in shaping our past, politics, and culture. Exploding myths and stereotypes, with more than fifty pages of new material, this absorbing and accessible reference answers such questions as:
Where and when did the history of Chinese
· What is Zen?
· Why do Filipinos have Spanish names?
How did the
· What is the difference between Hindu and Hindi?
And much, much more.
In a lively
question-and-answer format, Everything
You Need to Know About Asian-American History provides a complete understanding of the
traditions and ideas that people of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean,
Article copyright India Abroad Publications, Inc.
In the mid-19th century Chinese workers were in such demand in
The 2004 edition (Plume. $15), which came out recently, shows - like the more detailed works of scholars such as Ron Takaki (Strangers From a Different Shore) - that American history cannot be really understood without knowing the crucial role Asian immigrants have played in shaping American railroad, inner city businesses, scientific discoveries, politics, and culture.
The book is also useful to Asian Americans who can learn a few things about their own community and their Asian neighbors. Why do Filipinos have Spanish names, is one of the questions the book poses. It then gives a brief insight into the colonization of that country, first by
The book also reminds the readers of the difference between Hindi and Hindu - and many other aspects of Indian culture and tradition.
The first book in the series came out in 1994. In the new volume too, the authors include, as in the first book, the history of immigration, cultural aspects (food, holidays, religions), racial and cultural problems faced by the immigrant communities, and short biographical sketches of prominent
Where's My Fernando Alvarez
For me, before there was Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Julio Iglesias and Hector LaVoe, there was Fernando Alvarez. As I sit listening to this '50s Cuban crooner whose sensuous voice takes torch songs and makes even the most cynical man think of sunsets, flowers, beach walks and wine, I marvel at how many Latinos have never heard Alvarez' voice caress a
bolero and make love real. But it's not only Fernando Alvarez who remains in obscurity; it's also the Valdez brothers, who produced major Hollywood films; Juan Mari Bras, who headed the Puerto Rican Socialist Party during the turbulent '60s; Joseph Unanue, head of Goya foods, whose net worth is $330 million; and Dolores Huerta, one of the greatest Chicana activists in the history of the United States. Our children do not know them, are not aware of their contributions to this country. While others walk around with ethnic heroes on their T-shirts and X's on their caps, Latino youngsters have no larger-than-life role models or icons that make the world sit up and take notice. We don't have role models because we have not initiated a Latino renaissance in which we unearth our cultural roots, wipe the dust off our historical achievements and march proudly to our own unique rhythms. But we're not the only ones to blame. There seems to be a concerted effort to diminish or discredit Latino leaders. Check out the old sports stories about Roberto Clemente of the
There is hope on the horizon, though: a new book by the Cuban-American writer Himilce Novas, entitled "Everything You Need to Know About Latino History." The book doles out information in a simple question-and-answer format, adroitly analyzing the rites of passage in the
potato? That the Jones Act granting Puerto Ricans American citizenship was drafted because the
Novas also dispels myths that perpetuate stereotypes and emotionally disable our people. Her book points out that, by the middle of the next century, one out of three Americans will be Latino, that 70 percent of all small businesses in New York City are owned by Dominicans, that a majority of Latino males work for a living, and that Central and South Americans have the highest rates of employment. "This book deals with our invisibility as well as our visibility," says Novas. "Latinos are not seen as what we are in this country. We're perceived as people who come to mooch, when the facts show that because we're a young people and we work and pay taxes, it is we who are supporting the social security for the same people who are telling us not to come in." One thing is abundantly clear: While Latinos are not monolithic, we've got more in common than we're willing to admit - a common heritage, language and belief system, a racial makeup that encompasses the world. What is needed now is a cultural revival predicated on a politics of Hispanic coalition.
WRITTEN ABOUT HIMILCE NOVAS’ NOVEL:
From art to literature:
Magic realism in Like water for chocolate and
Mangos, bananas and coconuts
BY A. Elaine Stewart
UMI Number 1393935
segment is from "Talk
of the Nation," National Public Radio.
LATINA WRITERS (In Real Audio format)Tune in to the next Talk of the Nation when host Ray Suarez is joined by two Latin American women writers for a discussion about how living between cultures has influenced their writing, and about the new popularity of Latina literature. Guests: Esmeralda Santiago, author of "America's Dream," and Hmilce Novas, author of "Mangoes, Bananas, and Coconuts."
THE NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE PUBLIC THEATER
"New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, c1972, green paperback about 7x10"", Volume 1 Number 6, April 1972, Very Good (cover rubbing, price sticker remnants on front cover), 92 pages, DRAMA PLAYSCRIPT"
B I B L I O G R A P H Y
1975. Himilce Novas.
“Dorothy Lichtenstein: La Vida Y El Arte De Una Mujer Liberada,” Fascinacion (
NOVAS 1975. ------. “Roy Lichtenstein: representante de hoy ante el ma_ana,” Fascinacion (Venezuela) Year 2, No. 1, pp. 36-37.
Matisse and the Fauves. 92
Pages with list of illustrations.translated by Himilce Novas from the French. Hardcover. Illustrations copyright 1970, in
“I am honored to be featured in this book, as I was honored to be a
part of such a critical moment in history, and to work shoulder to shoulder
with so many courageous pioneers” Himilce Novas
HIMILCE NOVAS AWARDED MEDAL OF HONOR
BY VETERAN FEMINISTS OF
Himilce Novas, along with seven other early feminist workers, received a medal of honor from Veteran Feminists of America for lifetime achievement. the event took place in Phoenix, AZ in connection with Barbara Love’s promotional tour of her book, FEMINISTS WHO CHANGED AMERICA. Each honoree shared memories of life in the early trenches of the second wave (1963 to 1975) before a robust crowd of supporters young and old. each honoree’s account was filmed for the archives of The Sophia Smith Collection of women’s work at Smith College and other university archives across the country. Himilce Novas serves on the Board of Veteran Feminists of America.
WOMEN IN COMICS (about Himilce Novas writing of early comic books with female role models)
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