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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Pat Mora's newest and News from Dago on "Hecho en Tejas"

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HECHO EN TEJAS IS FINALLY OUT

THE SOUTHWESTERN WRITERS COLLECTION
at Texas State University-San Marcos

celebrates the publication of

HECHO EN TEJAS
An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature
Edited by Dagoberto Gilb
from the University of New Mexico Press



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Discussions, readings, and performances featuring
Sandra Cisneros and Dagoberto Gilb
plus special guests


January 18, 2007-TEXAS STATE] The Southwestern Writers Collection (SWWC) at Texas State University-San Marcos is pleased to announce the publication of the latest volume in its book series, Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature, a historic benchmark that establishes the canon of Mexican American literature in Texas. The celebratory book launch at the SWWC on Saturday, February 10, will include discussions, readings, and performances from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (schedule below), and an exhibit focused on the Mexican American experience in Texas and the anthologized authors.

The Lone Star State's literature has long attracted local, regional, and national audiences and critics; however, the state's Mexican American voices have yet to receive the attention they deserve. In recognition of this, SWWC Curator Connie Todd and Assistant Curator Steve Davis invited award-winning author Dagoberto Gilb to edit the first-ever anthology of works by Mexican American writers from Texas.

With close to one hundred selections, Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature reaches back to the sixteenth century to begin with the exploration narrative of Texas's first Spanish-speaking writer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.

More histories and stories are told by a timeline of prose writers, including Jovita González, Américo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa, Tomás Rivera, and Sandra Cisneros. Among the poets are Tino Villanueva, Carmen Tafolla, raúlrsalinas, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Ricardo Sánchez. Corridos from the turn of the twentieth century and verses sung by music legends such as Lydia Mendoza, Freddy Fender, and Selena offer a sampling of songwriters' voices. In addition to established names, Hecho en Tejas introduces such younger writers as Christine Granados, Macarena del Rocio Hernández, Tony Díaz, and Sheryl Luna, the famous Tejano authors of tomorrow.

Twenty full-color images representing the work of leading Texas Mexican artists provide additional insight into the culture highlighted by the literature, and dozens of vintage photos from the 1930s, taken by photographer Gregorio Barrios, Sr., offer intimate portraits of the Texas Mexican community during a pivotal period of its history.

In assembling this canonic reader, Gilb has created more than an anthology. Read cover to cover, Hecho en Tejas is not simply a literary showcase, but a mosaic portrait of a community. "What I have tried to do," Gilb says in the introduction, "is make Hecho en Tejas a strong, good read. Not simply as an anthology, a collection of different writers and styles, but as a book with chapters, so that all the voices might form one story, from one family's historyŠas the book puzzles forward, each piece connecting land to history, sorrow to joy, to what is Mexican, to what is American, what is assimilated, what cannot be."

Books will be for sale at the SWWC's February 10 event, and can be purchased through major booksellers or the University of New Mexico Press at www.unmpress.com. (7" x 10", 544 pages, 30 color plates, numerous halftones, $29.95, hardcover)

The Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series Editor is Curator Connie Todd; the Volume Editor is Assistant Curator Steve Davis. Additional funding for the anthology and book launch provided by the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, Texas State's Office of Equity and Access, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and private donors.


DAGOBERTO GILB

Dagoberto Gilb's books include The Magic of Blood, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a PEN Faulkner finalist. His novel The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña was named a New York Times Notable Book, and Woodcuts of Women earned rave reviews. For Gritos, his collection of nonfiction essays, Gilb was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His short stories and essays have been widely anthologized, not least in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays series, as well as appearing in magazines such as The New Yorker and Harper's. His latest novel, The Flowers, is due out in the fall of 2007. A union high-rise carpenter for many years, Gilb has also been a visiting writer at the University of Texas, the University of Arizona, the University of Wyoming, and Vassar. He currently is on the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. He lives in Austin.


HECHO EN TEJAS ON EXHIBIT

The Southwestern Writers Collection Spring 2007 exhibition highlights the new anthology with a comprehensive selection of books, photographs, and literary excerpts reflecting the Mexican American experience in Texas as seen in Hecho en Tejas-including the Collection's rare 1555 edition of Cabeza de Vaca's La relación y comentarios-plus biographical information on many of the anthologized authors. The exhibit runs February 1 through May 15, 2007.


BOOK LAUNCH | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007
Sandra Cisneros and Dagoberto Gilb joined by special guests

The Southwestern Writers Collection celebrates the new book with an exciting day full of discussions, readings, book signings, and performances-lunch included. Special guests Sandra Cisneros and Dagoberto Gilb will be joined by Conjunto Aztlán, Tony Díaz, Christine Granados, Rolando Hinojosa, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Sheryl Luna, Arturo Madrid, Macarena del Rocio Hernández, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, raúlrsalinas, and Carmen Tafolla.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to please RSVP to southwesternwriters@txstate.edu, or call (512) 245-2313. The SWWC is located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State University-San Marcos. Access directions online at http://www.swwc.txstate.edu. Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Texas State University Bookstore. (7" x 10", 544 pages, 30 color plates, numerous halftones, $29.95, hardcover)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | FEBRUARY 10, 2007

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Morning Panel Discussion
Sheryl Luna, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, raúlrsalinas,
and Carmen Tafolla | moderated by Tony Díaz

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Exhibit Viewing
12:00 noon Performance by Conjunto Aztlán

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Afternoon Panel Discussion
Sandra Cisneros, Dagoberto Gilb, Christine Granados, and
Macarena del Rocio Hernández | moderated by Arturo Madrid

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Remarks and Readings by Dagoberto Gilb and
Sandra Cisneros | introductions by Rolando Hinojosa

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Book signing with the guest authors
Performance by
Santiago Jiménez, Jr.


Southwestern Writers Collection
Alkek Library Seventh Floor
Texas State University-San Marcos
Directions & event calendar:
http://www.swwc.txstate.edu
512-245-2313
EXHIBIT HOURS (closed holidays)
Mon/Tue/Fri: 8 am to 5 pm
Wed/Thu: 8 am to 7 pm
Sat: 9 am to 5 pm
Sun: 2 pm to 6 pm
Admission is FREE

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hiatus until March

Hello folks,

I'm tackling another bar exam, so I will be on hiatus until March. Sorry. We'll post what we can and if any of you would like us to post something, simely make a direct request and we'll review it.

We've also run behind on our Pluma Frontirza and Libros, Libros issues. Bare with us and we will climb out of this trench soon. Meanwhile, keep tuned to La Bloga and Readraza.com to stay up to date.

Thanks.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Early Apocalypto Reviews: What The Hell’s Wrong With Mel Gibson?

December 1st, 2006 by daryl in Movies, Directors

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Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Says: December 10th, 2006 at 6:04 pm

Apocalypto is more like a pornographic looney tunes than a serious film about the Maya. Looking for cover from negative reviews of the film, Mel Gibson asserts that he consulted experts in the field in order to portray the Maya authentically. We dont really know what the Maya were like. What we have are perspectives based on Spanish accounts which were unlikely to represent the Maya in anything but a savage and brutal point of view. From these accounts have emerged secondary sources that only poison the pot further against the Maya and the other indigenous peoples of Mexico. My research uncovers a different Maya than the one portrayed by Gibsons Apocalyto.

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D.Visiting Scholar, Texas A&M UniversityKingsville



NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

The California Chingasos
By Jesus Mena
The desmadre starts in El Chuco with some guey getting sliced and diced asta la chingada - it could end as 9/11 2.0.
For an excerpt: http://jesusmena.com


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