Bilingual book honored

A bilingual novel, Los Primos y el Pez Mágico/The Cousins and the Magic Fish, created by two people connected to TECC, was named second runner-up for the Zia Award announced by the New Mexico Press Women at it’s annual spring conference in April.

Joan Livingston, an instructor at TECC, is the author, and Teresa Dovalpage, a member of TECC’s board and a former ESL teacher, is the translator. Joan’s son, Ezra Livingston is the illustrator.

The novel tells a story familiar to many New Mexicans about a story-telling abuelo providing after-school care to his grandchildren who are cousins. An excursion to the river and encounter with a talking fish, leads grandpa to an opportunity to advocate for a simple life filled with family.

“I was inspired by my love of reading as a child when I wrote this novel,” said Joan Livingston. “I aimed to create a book that would appeal to children whose first language in Spanish or English. As residents of Northern New Mexico, Teresa and I also wanted this novel, the first in a series, to be relevant to children in our state and beyond.”