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Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez began her professional writing career at 24 as one of the youngest staff writers ever hired at the Boston Globe. Her lyrical, witty prose soon landed her a Pulitzer nomination and recognition as the best newspaper essayist in the nation by the SUNMAG organization. She is now the author of several novels, including the national best-seller "The Dirty Girls Social Club" (2001). Her latest book is her first young-adult novel, "Haters" (Little, Brown, 2006). Her honors include being named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Time magazine and Woman of the Year by Latina Magazine, and Hispanic Business Magazine has twice named her among the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation. She lives in Albuquerque, N.M.