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DISTINGUISHED HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROFESSOR ISAAC GOLDEMBERG AND HIS GRANDSON SASHA REITER PUBLISH "ADIVINA CUÁL LETRA/ GUESS WHICH LETTER," A CHILDREN'S BOOK FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Distinguished Hostos Community College Professor Isaac Goldemberg and his grandson Sasha Reiter publish “Adivina cuál letra/ Guess Which Letter,” a children’s book for the entire family

Monday, March 7, 2011 (New York) – Isaac Goldemberg, the Distinguished Professor of The City University of New York and faculty member of the Humanities Department at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College recently had his latest book published by Editorial San Marcos from Lima, Peru. The paperback is a children’s project conceived, created and written by Goldemberg and his grandchildren, Sasha and Ariela Reiter for the entire family.

"Guess Which Letter/Adivina cuál letra” was inspired by a game that my grandpa, grandma, sister, and I used to play together. In this game we would ask each other riddles like the ones found in our book” indicated Sasha Reiter of the book project, while Ariela Reiter shared that, “ this game would be fun for the entire family, no matter what age you are!”

Though it took Goldemberg about three years to get the book published he decidedly points out that, “this experience proved to us that with dedication and perseverance it is possible for dreams to become a reality. Presently Ariela, Sasha, and I are in the process of writing our second book together."

“The College is more than honored to have Professor Isaac Goldemberg at Hostos.  Mr. Goldemberg is a prolific writer with a deep respect for the Spanish language, its literature and its future. World-renown writers hold Isaac Goldemberg in high esteem and his peers also recognize him as a valuable member of the faculty. This book is an endearing proof of his love of words and his commitment to teach the legacy of the richness of language,” indicated Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Carmen Coballes-Vega.

About Professor Goldemberg

Peruvian born Isaac Goldemberg is a renowned Latino poet and fiction writer whose works are known throughout Latin America. He is also a professor in the Hostos Community College Humanities Department, director of the Latin American Writers Institute, and editor of Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, a bilingual journal devoted to Latino and Latin American culture.

He is also the author of several novels, two of which have been published in English to great acclaim, as well as a collection of short fiction, eleven books of poems, and three plays. His groundbreaking novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner, which is now in its 7th English edition, was described in the New York Times Book Review as "a moving exploration of the human condition." In 2001 it was selected by a panel of international scholars convened by the National Yiddish Book Center as one of the 100 greatest Jewish books of the past 150 years. Professor Goldemberg's literary work has been lauded by many distinguished writers. Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, called The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner and Play by Play "two of the most inventive and linguistically beautiful novels by any Latin American novelist in the past forty years or so." Nobel Prize winner for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa said that,“ ‘La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner’ positions Goldemberg as one of the most outstanding authors of new Latin American literature. During recent years, his prose, poetry, and dramatic works have revealed him to be one of the most interesting and important contemporary Latin American writers."

Goldemberg is an honoree of the Peru's Department of Education and La Casa de La Literatura Peruana for his contributions to Peruvian literature. Professor Goldemberg's most recent novel, Acuérdate del escorpión (Remember the Scorpion), was published in 2010 and edited by el Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Lima, Peru. Since its publication, Acuérdate del escorpión has been widely praised by critics and writers alike. Before joining the Hostos faculty, he taught at New York University for 16 years. In 2004, CUNY gave Goldemberg the title of Distinguished Professor. To contact Professor Goldemberg via his email:  igoldemberg@hotmail.com.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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