Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Héctor Tobar’s “Barbarian Nurseries” Is An LA Love Letter

On a recent Sunday, an intimate gaggle of fans, friends, and family gathered at the Stadium Club in Dodger Stadium to hear Héctor Tobar read excerpts from his new novel, “The Barbarian Nurseries” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), and answer some questions about his writing process and generative protocols. In many ways, Tobar’s novel is

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Celebrating 40 Years Of “Bless Me Última”

Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated work and seminal novel “Bless Me Última” just turned 40 this year. The book was first published  in 1972, and was groundbreaking in its portrayal of Latinos, and contribution to Chicano literature. Not only that,...

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Memoir About Learning To Live Beyond Stereotypes

Anna Maria Lopez De Leon’s first book, The Tortilla Children, is a powerfully evocative work that delves into her family’s history which spans centuries, continents, both old world  and new, and even more significantly explores the innermost...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Puro Border: The Story Of La Frontera From Many Angles

By Wuicho Vargas Puro Border, edited by Bobby Byrd, John William Byrd and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite. This book is an excellent source of all types of literary material and the theme that circumnavigates the book overall is border...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Book Review: “High Pink,” Latino, Pocho, Gay And Human

The first thing that happens when you begin reading Franco Mondini-Ruiz’s book “High Pink: Texas-Mex Fairy Tales,” is that you lose yourself in the stories the artist and former attorney tells you. Although I myself am obviously...

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Book Explores History Of Black Latinos In The U.S.

An interesting new book has been released just in time for Black History Month: The Afro-Latin@ Reader edited by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores. Here’s the book blurb from promotional materials: The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention...