The 11th Hispanic Book Festival in this Texas metropolis was a resounding success despite a scheduling change that saw the event shifted from February to October, organizers said.

"Attendance has been good and the response from the public, even better," festival director Julie Pujol-Karel said.

The 2013 edition featured 56 authors interested in reaching the Spanish-language reading public.

"We have the privilege to introduce new voices, new talents," said Pujol-Karel, herself a published poet.

Many of the participating writers are "local artists with a lot of talent and who want to come out of the shadows," she said.

Among those is Colombian-born Octavio Olano Arias, a biochemical engineer who was named Local Author of the Year in recognition of his latest book, "Acopios de comunicacion," which explores the origins of the science of communication and human relations.

"It's the first time I get involved in an event in the U.S. and I feel that it is a very good opportunity for any writer, given the chance to promote literary works, which you perhaps might not find in our countries," said Mexico's Jose Luis Gomez, author of "El tropico de cancer," novel about youths coping with violence in Mexico City. EFE