Centro Store Mother’s Day Sale

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11. Let Centro help you make it extra special for mami, abuelita or any other significant person in your life with a passion for Puerto Rican heritage and history.

Centro is offering 30 percent off from now to Mother’s Day for purchases totaling $50 or more at our online store. To get the discount, type madres2014 in the coupon code box that appears on the order confirmation at the secure checkout. Educational and cultural items include books, artwork, documentaries and posters highlighting the many stories of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

One of our current hot items is the new book The AmeRícan Poet: Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera, a collection of 13 essays, an introduction and a foreword by 15 established and emerging scholars on the writings of Nuyorican poet Tato Laviera, who is more appropriately celebrated as an AmeRícan writer of national and international prominence. Other notable books include The Stories I Read to the Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré; Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentin: memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York (book is available in English as well as an e-book in Spanish); Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948-1998 and Pioneros: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1896-1948.

Check out the DVD collection in our store too, which features videos about  prominent Puerto Ricans who have made a difference. Documentaries available include A Revolt Through Letters: Clemente Soto Vélez on the Puerto Rican revolutionary poet, journalist, and activist in New York and Puerto Rico; Pura Belpré: Storyteller on New York City’s first Puerto Rican and Latina librarian and innovative children’s storyteller; and The Legacy of Frank Bonilla, a leading figure in Puerto Rican Studies and founder of Centro.

For the art lovers in your life, Centro’s limited edition nu-YO-Rican portfolio is one of our most popular products. The portfolio showcases the work five well-known artists: Diogenes Ballester, Marcos Dimas, Sofia Maldonado, Rodriguez Calero, and Adrian ‘Viajero' Roman. It consists of five fine silk-screen prints of art with strong Nuyorican flavors, a set of which the artists donated to the Centro Library and Archives. These exciting prints help Centro expand what is already one of the largest collections of Puerto Rican-centered artworks on paper.

The pieces in the portfolio are Ballester’s Newyorican Manifestation/Manifestación Nuyorican, which explores Puerto Rican identity with a focus on East Harlem; Dimas’ Areito Jam, a Taino-inspired piece celebrating music and heritage; Maldonado’s Un Verano en Nueva York, which was inspired by her love of New York; Rodriguez Calero’s Amanece, an acrollage painting that she considers a fitting image because the imagery is multi-layered and is as simple and complex as Puerto Ricans; and Roman’s print based on his installation Aguas De Libertad, which was inspired by the abolitionist movement in Puerto Rico.

You can order the full portfolio or the individual prints of your favorite art pieces from the collection.

For moms with a love for scholarly writings on Puerto Ricans, you can sign her up for a subscription of the CENTRO Journal, one of the Centro's most important links to the public. A multidisciplinary, peer reviewed publication, the Journal regularly features scholarly articles in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, as well as interpretive essays, interviews, fiction, reviews and art. It also reflects developments in the field of Puerto Rican studies. The Journal is published twice a year (spring and fall) and yearly subscriptions include both numbers. For those who purchase the Journal subscription, you will also get a free copy of Centro’s new research publication The State of Puerto Ricans 2013.

The State of Puerto Ricans 2013 collects in a single report the most current data on social, economic, and civic conditions of the Puerto Rican population in the United States available from governmental sources, mostly from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report presents a picture of endurance and resiliency in the midst of declining opportunity. The 30 percent off sale will run from now until Mother’s Day.

Gift certificates are also available for purchase for those who prefer their moms to pick their own favorite items.

Visit www.centropr-store.com to browse our shop.

Happy Mother’s Day from Centro. Centro les desea un feliz día de las madres.