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Global Reads Webinar | ¡Ándale, Prieta! with Yasmín Ramírez

April 3, 2024

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Children’s Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, & South Asia Book Award) sponsor a free 60-minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. We encourage educators to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.

K12 Educators! You’re invited to an evening with Yasmín Ramírez, author of the award-winning memoir ¡Ándale, Prieta!

ABOUT ¡Ándale, Prieta!

When I tell people who don’t speak Spanish what prieta means–dark or the dark one–their eyes pop open and a small gasp escapes . . . How do I tell them that now, even after the cruelty of children, Prieta means love? That each time Prieta fell from Ita’s lips, I learned to love my dark skin.

No one calls me that anymore. I miss how her words sounded out loud.

My Ita called me Prieta. When she died, she took the name with her.

Anchored by the tough grandmother who taught her how to stand firm and throw a punch, debut author Yasmín Ramírez writes about the punches life’s thrown her non-traditional family of tough Mexican American women.

Having spent years of her twenties feeling lost–working an intensely taxing retail job and turning to bars for comfort–the blow of her grandmother’s death pushes Yasmín to unravel. So she comes home to El Paso, Texas, where people know how to spell her accented name and her mother helps her figure out what to do with her life. Once she finally starts pursuing her passion for writing, Yasmín finds herself processing her grief by painting a portrait of her Ita, a resilient matriarch who was far from being a stereotypical abuelita. She remembers coming along to watch boxing matches at a dive bar as a child, Ita wistfully singing old Mexican classics, her mastectomy scar, and of course, her lesson on how to properly ball your fist for a good punch. Interviewing her mom and older sister, Yasmín learns even more about why her Ita was so tough–the abusive men, the toil of almost-literally back-breaking jobs, and the guilt of abortions that went against her culture.

Expertly blending the lyrical prose of a gifted author with the down-to-earth, conversational remarks of a close friend, this debut memoir marks Ramírez as a talented new author to watch. Her honesty in self-reflection, especially about periods where she felt directionless, and her vivid depictions of a mother and grandmother that persevered through a lot of hard knocks, offers vulnerable solidarity to readers who’ve had hard knocks of their own.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the book with the author and consider classroom applications.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2024

7:00-8:00 pm Eastern
6:00-7:00 pm Central
5:00 – 6:00 pm Mountain
4:00-5:00 pm Pacific


WHERE: This event will take place on Zoom. After registering, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link for the event.

SPONSORS: This webinar is sponsored by the Américas Award through The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP)

REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION: Registration is required for this event. Register here:

After registering, you will receive an email on April 1 with the Zoom link for the event.

For questions, please reach out to Katrina Dillon at

Be on the lookout for follow up emails regarding the rest of the series of Global Reads Webinars April – June! Each webinar will feature a different World Area Book Award!


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