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Friday, May 21, 2010

El Paso Writer Update #2: David Carrasco; Border Poets Reading in LA, May 23 / Gilb in Harper's Magazine

Our last update in Pluma Fronteriza about David Carrasco was about his book with the University of New Mexico Press:

Carrasco on Mexican Archeologist

David Carrasco has put out Breaking Through Mexico's Past: Digging the Aztecs with Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (Hardcover)(University of New Mexico Press Feb 16, 2007 ISBN 139780826338310) with Leonardo López Luján and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma. 

 This is biography of Mexico's award-winning archaeologist, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, is based on a series of interviews conducted by Davíd Carrasco and Leonardo López Luján, respected Mesoamericanists in their own right. 

Born in 1940 Mexico City, Matos Moctezuma’s father was a diplomat from the Dominican Republic and his mother was a Mexican national. Thanks to his father's career, Eduardo was exposed to other cultures throughout Latin America and he learned to appreciate all that each had to offer. Carrasco and López Luján demonstrate Eduardo's determination to recover Mexico's cultural past. 

In addition to secondary archaeological projects, he recently supervised the Teotihuacan Project, where he conducted important excavations at the Pyramid of the Sun, and he is currently general coordinator of the Templo Mayor Project. He served as director of the Templo Mayor Museum (1987-2001) and the National Museum of Anthropology (1985-1987). 

Matos Moctezuma has received many awards during his career, including the first H. B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. 

The life of celebrated Mexican archaeologist Moctezuma tells of a man rising to the challenges of life and a man who has eloquently spoken to the importance of understanding the roots of civilization. Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of Latin American Studies, Harvard Divinity School and Department of Anthropology. www.unmpress.com.

                                              --- from Pluma Fronteriza, Spring 2007 
                                                  (issue available upon request, please email rayerojas AT gmail.com)

Carrasco is on faculty at Harvard University where he specializing in hermeneutics in the study of religion, Mesoamerican cities and religions, and the Mexican-American borderlands. 

He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.

His most recent publication is a new abridgment of Bernal Díaz del Castillo's memoir of the conquest of Mexico, 
History of the Conquest of New Spain (University of New Mexico Press ISBN 978-0826342874 2009). 

The History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a new abridgment of Diaz del Castillo's classic Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España, offers a unique contribution to our understanding of the political and religious forces that drove the great cultural encounter between Spain and the Americas known as the "conquest of Mexico."

Besides containing important passages, scenes, and events excluded from other abridgments, this edition includes eight useful interpretive essays that address indigenous religions and cultural practices, sexuality during the early colonial period, the roles of women in indigenous cultures, and analysis of the political and economic purposes behind Diaz del Castillo's narrative.

A series of maps illuminate the routes of the conquistadors, the organization of indigenous settlements, the struggle for the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, as well as the disastrous Spanish journey to Honduras. The information compiled for this volume offers increased accessibility to the original text, places it in a wider social and narrative context, and encourages further learning, research, and understanding.



Don't miss this even on May 23, Sunday - 4 PM a the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles


This collaboration of voices from the border states of the Southwest explores frontiers of identity and richness of language. Poets include AMALIO MADUEÑO author of Lost in the Chamiso (Wild Embers), MARIA MIRANDA MALONEY editor/publisher of Mezcla: Art & Writing from the Tumblewords Project (Mouthfeel), LAURA CESARCO EGLIN author of Llamar al Agua por Su Nombre (Mouthfeel) and El Paso poet DANIEL ELIAS GALICIA featured in Mezcla. With special guest LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ, award winning Chicano writer of books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children's literature and poetry. Hosted by Richard Modiano.


Dagoberto Gilb in Harper's Magazine

Check out Dagoberto Gilb's story "Willow's Village" on Harper's Magazine's online site.


On the blog for next week: Book review of biography of Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson by Rus Bradburd


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