Lalo Alcaraz to honored at local festival

In a festival to spotlight Chicano and Latino writers, Lalo Alcaraz will be reading from some of his works (not sure how that works for a cartoonist, but oh well). So if you’re in the St. Paul Minnesota area and are a fan of Lalo, carve out some time on Tuesday night.

Noted Latino author Esmeralda Santiago, poet Richard Blanco and cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz are among panelists invited to read from their works at the ninth annual Chicano and Latino Writers Festival. The free fest formally begins with a celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead tradition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Guadalupe Alternative Programs, 381 E. Robie St. The opening literary discussion, featuring H.G. Carrillo, author of “Loosing My Espanish,” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Riverview Branch Library, 1 E. George St. The festival runs through Nov. 15 at several locations. For more information, call the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library at 651-222-3242 or e-mail