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Sunday, November 20, 2011

El Paso Writers Update for Nov. 20, 2011

El Paso Writers Update for Week of Nov. 20, 2011
News on Troncoso, Gilb, Jesus Tafoya, Octavio Solis, Luis J. Rodriguez

Praise for Dagoberto's Gilb's New Book

I'm sure everyone got to see the New York Times feature on Dagoberto Gilb. If not, check out From Here to Oaxaca by Bridget Kevan: "Where are we when we are before the end yet after the beginning? We are in the midst of life, where everything happens. Before the end and after the beginning, one celebrates a perfect sixth birthday, looks for a job, has an affair, remembers old girlfriends, suffers a stroke. These are the moments Dagoberto Gilb describes in his elegiac third story collection, “Before the End, After the Beginning.” READ MORE.

Of interest also out of Victoria, Texas is UHV writer-in-residence draws national praise for latest book (Victoria Advoacte).

Also check out this short review by Susannah Meadows in the New York Times. READ IT NOW
and this youtube presentation: See it now


Troncoso on a Role

If you missed Sergio Troncoso's reading at UT El Paso a few weeks ago, check out this You Tube video of the reading: Sergio Troncoso Reading.

Also check out this piece on the Hudson Valley Writers Gala which honored Sergio Troncoso among others. Read now. Troncoso has posted several reviews of his novel From This Wicked Patch of Dust on his website. Read Reviews Now.

Octavio Solis' "June in a Box"

Check out this piece about Octavio Solis' play "June in a Box": "Solis, who wrote Cal Shakes' epic saga "Pastures of Heaven," became intrigued with the story of June Robles, a 6-year-old girl kidnapped on her way home from school and held for 19 days in a box in the Arizona desert. He wondered how she managed to survive and what the effect the experience had on her later in life. The result of his investigations is a dreamlike, hauntingly lyrical piece of theater that stirs the imagination long after you leave the theater." READ NOW.

Ruben Salazar Honored

The Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project honored Ruben Salazar at their annual Annual Fiesta Fronteriza. Read more . 

Luis J. Rodriguez on Occupy America

Check out Luis J. Rodriguez blog post The Heart of Occupy America:
"In the early hours of Tuesday, November 15, New York City police officers attacked and removed Occupy Wall Street Protestors from Liberty Plaza in the city’s financial district, leading to many arrests and the removal of tents, property, and other items. This is Ground Zero for the Occupy Movement sweeping across the United States and other parts of the world." READ MORE.

4th Annual McNair-Tafoya Symposium

Sul Ross State University held its fourth annual McNair-Tafoya Symposium on Monday at the Morgan University Center. The university's McNair-Tafoya Symposium is named in memory of Jesus Tafoya, an associate professor of Spanish, who died in 2008 and who was a mentor from the beginning of the McNair program. Read More.

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