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Thank you for making The 5th Annual 2018 Authors Among US a HUGE, HUGE Deal – A major thanks to ASF Security/Police, Maintenance, ASF administration, students, US Library Media Center,  ASF faculty, Ms Magy at ASF US, Middle School Faculty, Terui and Hugo at the FAC, Mr Buckley and Ms Ritter at ASF, the time the authors took out of their schedule, Porco Rosso of CDMX, and you the attending individuals that made this a hit! 

Repentino. Thanks you!


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April 23, 2018 at the American School Foundation A.C.

Thank you for your participation and energy!  It was GREAT for classes and those attending – Some comments from those involved with our 2018 authors:

Adi’s visit yesterday, to our 6th Grade English class, was great!  He has a great demeanor with our students, and our students had LOTS of questions for him about being a writer, his inspirations and challenges as a writer.
Having Alaya come in was awesome. The intimate setting worked really well.
We are currently reading The Outsiders and exploring themes and character development, and Adi did a nice job explaining how he develops these literary aspects in his writing.  
Students had lots of access and were able to ask all the questions they wanted. It reinforced a lesson I was working on, which was really cool.
Adi brought a bag of books, and students who asked a question were able to select a book — which made them even MORE excited!


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The event Authors Among Us, hosted by Repentino. magazine will be held on April 23rd in the FAC during afterschool. Food will be served from 2:45 – 3:30 at the Founders’ Garden, the event will start at 3:30 and end at about 5:45 pm. The authors, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Adi Alsaid (YA author), Louis Cotto-Vasallo (photographer/poet), Dr. Robert Snyder, and Jack Little (Editor of the OFI Press) will be speaking about their experiences as authors to the students. We highly recommend you to encourage your students to attend this event and we also encourage you, teachers, to attend. We will be very grateful for having all of the ASF community we can get!

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 8.25.54 AMAdi Alsaid , (YA Author) was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California.  Thanks to Adi Alsaid, the idea of Authors Among US became a reality.

Audio Books               Let’s Get Lost

Never Always Sometimes         North of Happy

Interview from Justine Magazine 

Interview with Next Page Please



Alaya (pronounced ah-lie-ah) Dawn Johnson lives in Mexico City, writes, cooks and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City as well (formerly from New York City).  Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction and the occasional highbrow novel. Her culinary loves are all kinds of ethnic food, particularly South Indian, which she feels must be close to ambrosia. She graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures and has lived and traveled extensively in Japan.~

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Love is the Drug

The Summer Prince 


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                                            Racing the Dark    and     The Burning City


29791918_10211969823904151_1970599401348923392_n (1).jpgLouis Cotto -Vasallo (Poet Author and Photographer), born in New York to a family of Puerto Rican descent, Cotto found his experience and understanding of the world greatly broadened through travel to over twenty countries and his work with the U.S. Diplomatic Corps in Havana, Cuba. An accomplished writer as well as a self-taught artist, Cotto has produced six books of love poems in both Spanish and English, two musical plays, and a song that was played on New York radio. 

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Traveling in Other Worlds

Gallery          Poet

Commander of  American Legion in Mexico City

Poem in Ofi Press Magazine


Jack Photo InterviewJack Little (Editor of the OfI Press), Poet, teacher, editor, translator, is the co-origintor of the poetry and literary night at the Mexico City American Legion, and former player and manager for Mexico Cricket.  Jack Little is indeed the founding editor of The Ofi Press, a literary magazine with over 50 published editions, editor of the Ofi Press Contemporary Mexican Poetry series, publishing young Mexican poets in translation. 

Ofi Press             Interview            Submission Guidelines               Poetry and translation


Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 2.07.35 PMDr. Robert Snyder (Professor, Former U.S. Army Officer, completed his Master of Education degree in Elementary Science and Mathematics in 1997 at SRU and in 2001, he received a Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning with an emphasis in Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh.  As an officer serving 15 years in the Army Reserve Military Police Corps, Dr. Snyder reached the rank of captain and served one year on active duty as a battalion operations officer for the 400th Military Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His published works include articles in Science & Children (2012, 2010, 1998) and Science Scope (2005). His books teach children what veterans do and how they make sacrifices to protect the country.

Why an Author?

What is a Veteran, Anyway?                           Why Did Daddy Have to Leave?


Authors Among US 2017 below

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IMG_2119    Authors Among US 2017!

Thank you for making 2017’s Authors Among US amazing, some feedback from attending students:

I thought Authors among Us was a great event. It was so much fun and super interesting to know and learn about the authors and their inspirations.
Authors among Us was a good place to socialize and meet new people that share the same love for books. It was really fun and a huge success.
Thank you for this amazing experience.
I loved the event. I liked how close we were to the authors and I loved how relaxed all of the authors were. I liked having so many authors there too because there was more than one answer/opinion to the questions. Overall I had a lot of fun last night.
I think it was a great experience getting to know the process the authors go through. I especially found the revision process interesting where even the authors themselves become impatient. Overall, getting to know the different approaches to their novels/children’s book was entertaining and I learned a lot yesterday.
Personal answers, and close environment.
It was much more interesting than I had thought it would be, and I ended up staying much more than I had planned.
I really liked how relaxed and conversational the event felt (instead of feeling like they were giving a speech, their answers felt really personal and genuine). Since they all write in different genres and have different styles, I thought it was really interesting to see how they approached the questions differently. This was my first time going to an Authors Among Us event and I totally loved it! I’ll be sure to go next year!
I loved how each author brought in a different perspective through the life that they had lived and how each one broke the common definitions for writers that I had normally experienced.
I also loved how each author brought up a passion for Mexico and it’s enriching culture that influenced their writings.

Autographed texts will be available for sale at this event!

Sponsored by Repentino., Libros Libros Libros, and the US Library

Congratulations to our online winners from Authors Among US!  

Our Authors Among US 2017 panelists:

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.38.53 PM   Adi Alsaid

Adi’s new book, North of Happy,  releases April 25th!  Alsaid also has a recent short story in an anthology titled, Welcome Home, which is releasing in the fall. Alsaid also recently signed a new two-book deal with Harlequin Teen, with books coming out in 2018 and 2019.
“Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive.” 
― Adi AlsaidLet’s Get Lost
“People hurt each other. It happens to everyone. Intentionally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It’s a part of what we do as people. The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive.” 
― Adi AlsaidLet’s Get Lost
“It was time to let go of the mad desire to remember. It was time to start living whatever life would come. In the present, not the past.” 
― Adi AlsaidLet’s Get Lost

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.55.14 PM.png   Alaya Dawn Johnson

Last year and this year, Ms Johnson participated in the multi-author project Tremontaine, which is a prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint novels, this time with a heavy influence of Mayan and more generally Mesoamerican culture in the presence of chocolate traders (which I had a lot to do with). The book version of the first season is coming out in a month. This is the listing on the Serial Box (the publisher’s webpage:

Ms Johnson also has uploaded a version of A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i on my website (this story won the Nebula award for 2015, and was nominated for a few others):

A great deal of Ms Johnson’s work is available online, but also, a bibliography on her website is a good place to get started!
“Think of it like the best mac and cheese you’ve ever had. No neon yellow Velveeta and bread crumbs. I’m talking gourmet cheddar, the expensive stuff from Vermont that crackles as it melts into the crust on top. Imagine if right before you were about to tear into it, the mac and cheese starts talking to you?” 
― Alaya Dawn JohnsonZombies Vs. Unicorns
“But I know better than anyone how dangerous trying can be, and how destructive. Maybe it’s better to let bad things happen than tear yourself apart trying to stop the inevitable.”
― Alaya Dawn JohnsonThe Summer Prince
“Hands and lips and teeth, and you’d forgotten-no, you’d never known-this way of knowing someone, this dissolution of self, this autophagy.”
― Alaya Dawn JohnsonZombies Vs. Unicorns

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.37.50 PMDavid Lida

Last November, Mr. Lida  published a novel, under the title ONE LIFE in English and CIRCUNSTANCIAS ATENUANTES in Spanish. The point of departure is work that I have done for the past ten years as a mitigation specialist. I do investigations for lawyers in the U.S. who defend undocumented Mexicans who are charged with capital murder and are facing the death penalty up north. We try to save them from that fate. 
The book tells the story of Esperanza, a young Mexican woman in jail in Louisiana, accused of murdering her eleven-month old baby. An American named Richard investigates her story to try to save her from death.

“In Mexico City, people survive despite the politicians, rather than as a result of anything they are doing. Like the protesters, when the politicians get in the way, chilangos just take the long way around.” ― David LidaFirst Stop in the New World

“Chilango, defeño, capitalino. Different words, each meaning someone who lives in Mexico City. Chilango, especially from the mouth of someone who lives in la provincia, is usually an insult, connoting a loud, arrogant, ill-mannered, loutish person. However, the word has been appropriated by younger generations of city dwellers, who proudly identify themselves as chilangos,”  ― David LidaFirst Stop in the New World
“But with the incessant peso devaluations at the end of the twentieth century, the PRI became a less openhanded benefactor. Although there was a smaller pie to split, politicians of the era of Carlos Hank González became greedier, leaving fewer scraps for their constituents.”  ― David LidaFirst Stop in the New World
“…out of the city’s eighty-five thousand streets, there are about eight hundred fifty called Juárez, seven hundred fifty named Hidalgo, and seven hundred known as Morelos. Two hundred are called 16 de Septiembre, while a hundred more are called 16 de Septiembre Avenue, Alley, Mews, or Extension…”  ― David Lida


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Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.46.26 PM      Luis Cotto Vasallo      Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 12.41.29 AM

Photographer, writer, former immigration officer, Legion Commander, Mr. Cotto Vasallo has a repertoire of diversity few can claim.  After reviewing some photographs included in his book “Traveling in Other Worlds”.   Luis Cotto Vasallo put together 50 snapshots broken down into 5 folders for us to preview.   Some of these you will see below.   His coverage includes Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 12.42.23 AMIn addition to being in the right place at the right time, Mr. Luis Cotto Vasallo is on a rotating schedule as speaker to many locations within and outside of Mexico, as well as involved in many publishing endeavors.  Mr. Cotto Vasallo has published several short story/poetry texts such as Dawn to Dusk, and Love Governs the Soul.  


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 Dr. Robert Snyder

Robert C. Snyder, Ph.D. is a Former Army Captain and Iraq war veteran who has served with the 400th Military Police Battalion in Kuwait and Iraq, and has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Merit. Snyder holds a Ph.D. in Instruction and Learning, with an emphasis on Science Education.  

Drawing on his own experience as a soldier in the U.S. Army, as well as an educator, Robert Snyder, Slippery Rock University professor of elementary education, has written a children’s book explaining the veteran experience.

“What is a Veteran, Anyway?” will be published Sept. 26 by Blue Marlin Publications. The book’s publishing was timed to precede Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Snyder said he wrote the book, which was illustrated by Ron Himler, for teachers, parents and children in order to provide insight into the “sacrifices and camaraderie of the veteran experience.”

Front cover of “It emphasizes what veterans go through on a daily bases in a simple-to-read format,” Snyder said. “Most importantly, it was written based on my 15 years of service in the U.S. Army, including a one-year tour of Bagdad, Iraq.”

Snyder, a 1992 graduate of the ROTC program at SRU, received a commission as an officer in the Army Reserve Military Police Corps. In 2003-04, he served as the operations officer for the 400th Military Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit provided convoy security between Baghdad and Kuwait and operated seven prisons in the Iraqi capital.

“The life-changing experience portrayed within the book is done in a way that non-military authors cannot describe or explain without living the life of a solider under the extreme conditions faced by combat veterans,” Snyder said. “The aim is to allow children to relate their own life experiences to the everyday sacrifices veterans make whether deployed overseas or training in peacetime.”

Snyder said the book narrative also promotes the importance of Veterans Day, which SRU traditionally recognizes with a series of events each year.

Snyder, whose military career ended honorably in 2007, has taught at SRU for 16 years. He was a finalist for SRU’s “President’s Award for Teaching Excellence” in 2008.”Veterans Day is a wonderful holiday for citizens to recognize the brave men and women who keep us free,” he said. “As an elementary school teacher for 10 years, I found few children’s books for teachers and parents to use that really encompass what Veterans Day really means.”

Snyder plans to share his book with his students through a series of workshops on how to use children’s literature in explaining Veterans Day.

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March 23rd and 24th, 2017

All Things Neal Shusterman @ ASF!

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Spread Design Bessy H.

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Once & Future Podcast with Neal Shusterman

NPR Neal Shusterman Podcast

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March 23rd – Neal Shusterman visits ASF Upper School Grade Level Meetings!

Evening Chat with Neal Shusterman at The American Legion! – check out the podcasts below:

    Part  I                            Part II                     Part III

(Thanks to the intro music titled, “Adventure, Darling” by Gillicuddy and editing by Repentino. staffer, Nina.)

March 24th – Neal Shusterman visits ASF Middle School and Upper School Grace Level Meetings


Open Mic @ Porco Rosso 


ART FAIR 2016!


Lots of cool activities and info at the table!


snapchat-filter-flyer-for-art-fair  Here is a giveaway

that you can have chances to register – and win!

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Authors Among US recap – Huge Success!

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WOW.  Thanks to so many people, this was a HUGE success, HUGE.  🙂

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Check out the full experience here –

and if you’d like to see the full gallery of the 2015-2016

Author Among US Experience, check out our link here!

and also, check out our first run at Author’s Among US last year! –here is last year’s gallery !

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Authors Among US – April 25 2016!

The American School Foundation Fine Arts Center – 2:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Sponsored by Porco Rosso porcorosso-01           and      Repentino.!

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Authors Among Us Take Two!  We will have a question and answer session four our four authors, Adi Alsaid, Zoraida Cordova, Osseily Hanna, a Hang Out On Air Session you can join, prizes, and much much more!  Stay tuned for more info on coming authors!

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Enter today!

Must be present April 25th to be eigible for prizes!

2016 Author Bios!

Adi Alsaid Info:

Book trailer


At Repentino.’s Open Mic!

Another Book Trailer

Another Interview


Zoraida Cordova Info:


Osseily Hanna Info:


Eric Smith Info:

November 5, 2015 Open Mic goes live!

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 10.30.57 PMThat’s right, November 5th marks the first time you can see an Open Mic live outside of ASF!

Witness the talent, variety, and artistic sense amid the

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environment, amid artists of all backgrounds.  For inquiry int being a participant, or an attending member, please contact us at  We are excited to initiate this new venture, and hope to see you there!

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES as well!a Rafflecopter giveaway

November 5, 2015, 6:00 PM – @ Porco Rosso

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FREE AUTOGRAPHS!   Win Prizes!    Meet Famous Authors!

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Latest Releases!

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Please join us at 3:45!

Click here for your personal invite.    

           Congrats to all the applicants who have entered the online raffles!  Winners will be announced today!


Pulled Pork sanwiches, pizza, and the 2014-2015 Repentino. available for sale today!

  • April 20th, starting at 2:45 PM there is a Meet and Greet with the authors that will occur until 3:15 PM (3:30 at the latest!)
  • A formal talk with a Q & A Session will occur from 3:45 – 4:30 where a Live Twitter Chat will also be possible.
  • A follow-up autograph session will conclude the community event, happening from 4:45 – 5:30 PM.
  • We will also be offering several chances to win the opportunity to participate in a dinner with the authors and more!… on April 20th. These opportunities will be based on various trivia pieces and a scavenger hunt with raffles that will involve the authors’ novels!

           Live Twitter Chat for April 20                    Author’s Verified Twitter

(Enter your ?’s and inquires ahead!)              (Follow authors’ movements specifically!)

                           @alaya_mx                                          @JustineLavaworm

                           @justine_mx                                        @alayadj

                           @WesterfeldScott                               @ScottWesterfel

Want to see a video of their publishings?  Here they are!

 Scott Westerfeld… Leviathan  *  Alaya Johnson… Love is the Drug   *  Justine Larbalestier – Liar

3 thoughts on “The Riff and Repentino. Events

  1. In Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, the author touches on the theme of empowering women by giving the protagonsist a choice. In today’s society many women do not have that choice, and many times women, such as the protagonist’s friend, are not seen as courageous or strong. This is another thing Westerfeld achieves: brealing gender stereotypes. All women do not want to be pretty; there is more to it.

  2. Even if the novel, Uglies, is set in the future, It withholds many ideas that we see now a days. It captures and in a way makes ridicule of today’s obsession with perfectionism. I myself, have struggled with the idea of not meeting other people’s standards, of constantly worrying about my flaws and what others think of them, but after reading the Uglies collection, I’ve become to realize their is so much more to a a person than their physique. Also, as a woman, it has empowered many readers, including me, about not being afraid and standing up for what we believe is correct. The book also encapsulates the high price perfection may have. The book though, gives the two sides of the advantages and disadvantages of being “pretty”, allowing the reader to chose what’s morally correct. It causes conflict on both sides and persuades the reader to argue if this type of hedonism causes more harm than help and vice-versa.

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