Immigrant-Focused New Fiction By Interlex CEO Rudy Ruiz Wins First Place At The 2014 International Latino Book Awards
New Book by Interlex CEO Rudy Ruiz wins First Place in two categories at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards
The International Latino Book Awards were recently announced during the 2014 American Library Association Convention. Interlex Communications CEO Rudy Ruiz’s book, Seven for the Revolution, won two First Place awards, one Second Place and one Honorable Mention. The book received First Place in Best Popular Fiction and the Mariposa Award for Best First Book – Fiction. Seven for the Revolution also won Second Place for Most Inspirational Fiction Book and Honorable Mention for Best Cover (Cover Design by Heather Ruiz).
“I am honored to have been recognized for my writing,” said Ruiz. “But most of all I hope that the awards help shed more light and compassion on the subjects of my book: Latino immigrants, their dreams and their current plight. I hope people on the fence in the immigration debate read the book and that it helps humanize their approach to this urgent human rights crisis in our nation.”
Inspired by his upbringing by Mexican immigrant parents, and his career dedicated to public policy concerning Latinos and their place in America, Ruiz brings audiences his fiction debut, Seven for the Revolution. Through seven fictional humanizing stories, this collection of short fiction from the past, present and future gives readers of all backgrounds a deeper and more empathetic understanding of the Latino immigrant experience in America. Ruiz challenges readers to rethink their views and prioritize the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
Past winners of the International Latino Book Awards include many of the best-known Latino authors including Isabel Allende, Denise Chavéz, Paulo Coelho, Gabriel García Márquez, Oscar Hijuelos, Mario Vargas Llosa, Pablo Neruda, and Victor Villaseñor.
In Ruiz’s eyes, his writing synergistically complements his advocacy, cause-related and socially conscientious multicultural marketing work over the past two decades at Interlex Communications. “Our mission at Interlex has always been to help our clients make a positive impact in the lives of diverse audiences. I hope to do the same thing through my writing.”
Interlex’s clients include AARP, American Express, Tracfone Wireless, United Healthcare, major non-profit organizations, and numerous federal, state and municipal government agencies.
“Immigration and the need for reform is the issue at the heart of this book,” Ruiz explains. “But at Interlex we are working on a range of issues from the digital divide to public health, small business advocacy to the needs of traditionally underserved communities across the board.”
In addition to participating in the ILBA’s Award Winning Author Tour, Ruiz is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel which explores the challenges and resilience of a Hispanic family strained by acculturation and their pursuit of the American Dream.
About the Author
Ruiz earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Harvard University. Ruiz’s previous published works include ¡Adelante!(Random House Español, 2003) and Going Hungry (Anchor Vintage, 2008). Additionally, his columns have appeared regularly on CNN.com, major newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Houston Chronicle, and RedBrownandBlue.com, a site he founded to feature multicultural perspectives on mainstream issues. For more information, visit www.rudyruiz.com.
Interlex Communications is one of the nation’s leading advocacy, cause-related and corporate social marketing agencies. It has been ranked a Top US Agency Brand by Ad Age Magazine and a member of the Inc. 500, winning myriad creative awards for branding and behavior change campaigns. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the agency also has offices in New York City and the San Francisco area. For more information, visit www.interlexusa.com or contact Rudy Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-930-3339.