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DMC Hosting on Oct. 13 a “Meet the Author” and Book Signing Event with Diana López as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Award-winning author’s three most recent books to be available for purchase and signing

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

What does the film Coco and a book about Selena Quintanilla have in common? Both were written by award-winning author Diana López. The Del Mar College (DMC) alumna and Corpus Christi native is returning to DMC on Thursday, Oct. 13, for a “Meet the Author” and book signing event as part of the College’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sponsored by the DMC Mexican American Studies Program and the DMC Chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, the event begins at 11:30 a.m. in Room 133 of the Coles Classroom Building on the Heritage Campus at 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404), Get directions and the online campus map

The FREE event is open to the public with books available for purchase through the Del Mar College Bookstore, including López’s most recent books—Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla, Canta conmigo and Lucky LunaRefreshments will also be provided during meet-and-greet and book signing. 

For more information, contact Javier Morin, Professor of Spanish and Mexican American Studies Program Coordinator at 361-698-1582 or jmorin@delmar.edu

López’s books Sing with Me and the Spanish version of Canta conmigo follow Selena’s rise to stardom, ranging from front-lining her family’s band performing at rodeos and quinceañeras to her singing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Houston Astrodome. Lucky Luna is the story of Luna Ramos, who has more cousins than she can count. The book examines what it means to be a friend and a prima (cousin), and how to accept the things that make us truly unique.

The author has penned several books, including Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family, the novel adaptation of the Academy Award-nominated Disney film Coco that won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. A fun fact … all of her books are set in Texas, except Coco. 

After her first book, Sofia’s Saints, López made the shift from writing adult novels to middle-grade novels with Confetti Girl, followed by Choke and others. López’ Confetti Girl won the William Allen White Award, was selected as a featured title for Scholastic Book Fairs, was a Commended Title for the Américas Book Award and was named Latinidad’s “Top Latino Book of the Year” in the Middle-Grade Category. Her book Choke was also adapted into the movie The Choking Game for the Lifetime Movie Network.  

After completing a DMC associate’s degree, López earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University. 

To learn more about the author, visit Lopez’s website at http://dianalopezbooks.com/.         


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