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International Latino Book Award Given to Nonfiction Author and BJJ Enthusiast
The International Latino Book Awards recognizes "Indo Com o Fluxo," by Author Elena Stowell with an award for Best Nonfiction Book in Portuguese
After her fifteen-year-
The International Latino Book Awards are presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres Para Las Americas and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and is an affiliate of the American Library Association. According to the organization, “. . .books targeting Latinos are a growing segment because of the rapid growth of the market and the current gaps in relevant topics being presented.” The International Latino Book Awards recognizes the quality and variety of books now available in this market.
In addition to helping Stowell heal, Flowing with the Go and Indo Com o Fluxo have become gateways to helping local Seattle youth, as well as those in Brazil, through two charitable projects. In 2007, Stowell and her husband, Chuck, started the nonprofit Carly Stowell Foundation. Stowell also created “Jammin’ BJJ: Give the Gift of Gi,” which collects BJJ clothing and donates them to families in Brazil.
The Living Now Award, Indie Book Awards, and the eLit Awards were presented to Stowell in 2013 for Flowing with the Go.
Indo Com o Fluxo and Flowing with the Go are both available through bookstores throughout the U.S., www.bqbpublishing.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble online. The eBooks are available through Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Booksellers can order the book in either language through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or New Leaf Distributing.
For more information or to schedule Elena Stowell for an interview, book event, or speaking event, please contact Terri Leidich at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author
Elena Stowell, a high school biology and AP biology teacher with a master’s degree in animal science, lives with her family in Kent, Washington. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is part of a small collaborative group of teachers who facilitate workshops and symposia about food safety and nutrition for a week during the summer each year in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Elena’s daughter Carly suddenly died in April of 2007 (a week from her fifteenth birthday), and Elena was devastated as any mother would be. The rest of her life became about surviving the grief. With the support and encouragement of her family and friends, she took a first step off of the couch and back into life. Needing an outlet for the suffocating turmoil of emotions that losing a child causes, Elena found Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She learned that, like many martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu had a spiritual aspect and would provide the guidance she needed to work through her grief. Her coach, James Foster, sometimes without even knowing it, made statements that she took deeply to heart.
About BQB Publishing
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