2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winners
Congratulations to Mary Irish who won best gardening book for A Place All Our Own and to Thomas E. Sheridan for best history book on Arizona for Arizona: A History.
PRI's The World: A Novelist finds 'the Mexican Girl'
"But aside from those few letters, kept at the New York City Public Library, nothing else was known about the mysterious Mexican girl — named Bea Franco in real life. That is, until poet Tim Z. Hernandez took it upon himself to find her. "Holding those letters, I realized this was a real person and I wanted to know more about her," said Hernandez.
Poet dg nanouk okpik Receives 2013 American Book Award
"Congratulations to dg nanouk okpik, named 2013 American Book Award winner from the Before Columbus Foundation! We're proud to be the publisher of her collection Corpse Whale."
AZ Star: New Beer Book Taps AZ Brewing History
"Arizona’s long and storied commercial beer brewing history got its start in Tucson, according to Ed Sipos.
The Scottsdale resident, author of the new book “Brewing Arizona: A Century of Beer in the Grand Canyon State,” gives credit to Alexander Levin, a German immigrant who established the Pioneer Brewery here in 1864, 11 years after the region was acquired as part of the Gadsden Purchase.
AZ Republic: 'Brewing Arizona' Serves Up History
"It’s no mystery that the craft-beer explosion has taken over the state in the past decade, with about 50 breweries open and many more in the works. All of this is documented in detail, and more, in the first comprehensive book about the state’s beer industry, “Brewing Arizona.” Written by Ed Sipos, a past president of the A-1 Chapter of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America and a jeweler in his day job, the coffee-table book is the effort of more than 15 years of research and a thirst for knowledge."
LA Times Books: 'Manana Means Heaven' revisits 'On the Road' tryst
"Like most of the characters in "On the Road," "Terry" was based on a real person. Bea Franco was her name, and she was the daughter of farm-working Mexican immigrants. In his poignant new novel "Mañana Means Heaven," the San Joaquin Valley-raised poet Tim Z. Hernandez reconstructs Franco's life and her passionate, life-changing encounter with the famous writer in autumn 1947."
The Nation: Carmen Giménez Smith
"Milk & Filth, by Carmen Giménez Smith, is a sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection. Or that’s how I read it. We bring what we bring to the reading experience. These poems are political and personal in the same breath. She takes on motherhood and cultural expectations placed upon women and what we consume and how what we consume shapes us."
Edible Baja Arizona: Brewing Arizona
"Arizona history always delivers colorful characters and stories; the history of beer brewing makes no exception. Although Arizonans historically lacked the resources for brewing beer—water, grain, bottles, yeasts—when people arrived to the Southwest from elsewhere—the East Coast, Europe, California—they brought their beer-brewing habits with them and made do. Brewing Arizona is a thorough chronicle of beer brewing in the Grand Canyon State, documenting crude and craft beers alike."
Contratulations to Sara Seager, 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Sara Seager, astrophysicist and professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named to the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows. She is the editor of the press's 2011 book Exoplanets, which is part of the University of Arizona Press's highly regarded Space Science Series. See the complete story at macfound.org.
AP Review: Kerouac's 'Mexican Girl' brought to life
"Kerouac scholars knew she was a woman named Bea Franco, but despite many efforts over the fog of years, none could find her. Until now. Tim Z. Hernandez, an award-winning author and poet, spent years building and sifting through a list of nearly 200 Bea Francos across the United States, searching for the one whose brief romance with a young, wandering writer was immortalized in the book that defined the Beat Generation. As chance would have it, Hernandez found her living in his native San Joaquin Valley barely a mile from his own home."
Publisher's Weekly: Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith
"With her brazen and mordant voice, Giménez Smith generously deploys physical—often violent—imagery to challenge classist, consumerist, and socially polite forms of feminism in the interest of “all the bodies strewn over history and semi-emerging from the earth.” Departing from “a feral/ undergrowth that marks/ me as burial site” Giménez Smith traverses fable, manifesto, and the lyrical to exhume the familial, cultural, intellectual, and artistic inheritances at work in and on the poet...” (Oct.)" Click the link to learn more about the new collection Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith.
Associated Press: Beatrice Kozera, known as 'Terry' In Kerouac's 'On the Road,' dies at 92
"Beatrice Kozera, the Los Angeles-born woman whose fleeting relationship with novelist Jack Kerouac was chronicled in “On the Road,” has died. She was 92. The woman also known as Bea Franco and to readers as “Terry, the Mexican girl” died Thursday in Lakewood of natural causes, family friend Tim Hernandez said Monday. Hernandez tracked down Kozera while he was researching her story for a book due to be released later this month called Manana Means Heaven."
UA News: AZ State Museum Launches Database of Southwest Textiles
A new database from the UA's Arizona State Museum has made the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database available for searching. Wheat is the author of "Blanket Weaving in the Southwest."
Words With Writers: Interview with Writer Jennifer Elise Foerster
"(An introduction to Jennifer Elise Foerster, author of the debut poetry book Leaving Tulsa). In a discussion of how and why she writes, Foerster described the magic of writing: “The mind is a great labyrinth, and when I write I feel like I’m in the labyrinth.” Foerster holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has received numerous fellowships and was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Foerster’s poems have been anthologized in Sing, New California Writing 2011, and Turtle Island to Abya Yala..."
Tucson Weekly: Dry World
"Edited by UA faculty members Ellen McMahon, Ander Monson and Beth Weinstein and published recently by the UA Press, Ground/Water is the first volume of the Confluencenter's Confluence Beyond Boundaries series. The book, itself a beautiful object, is the result of a series of collaborations between UA faculty and students and the Rillito River Project, a Tucson-based arts group. It contains an array of essays, poems, photographs, graphic design projects and architectural proposals inspired by the Rillito."
NPR: Tess Taylor on Jennifer Foerster
"For a book that unfurled like a wild, restless road trip, I took great delight in Jennifer Foerster's Leaving Tulsa. Sensuous, generous, full of beginnings and endings, this map of America flapping in the dark meditates on Foerster's Muskegee ancestry, the American prairie, the loss of her grandmother's land, and her shard-like rediscovery in California."
Latin Pulse: Jon Wolseth discusses Honduras
Latin Pulse is a great source for critical commentary on news and public affairs in Latin America. A recent episode looks at a controversial gang truce in Honduras. Author Jon Wolseth discussing the truth and his book Jesus and the Gang: Youth Violence and Christianity in Urban Honduras in the June 7 epsode.
Author Molly Doane wins best book award from LASA Mexico
At this year's Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) 2013 International Congress author Molly Doane's new book Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forestwas selected as the best book on Mexico in the social sciences published in 2012. Doane was honored at the LASA Mexico Section's annual business meeting, held in Washigton DC in conjunction with the congress.
Los Angeles Review of Books: Daniel Olivas interviews Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs
Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories (Arte Público Press, 1985), followed by two novels, Under the Feet of Jesus (Dutton, 1995), and Their Dogs Came With Them (Atria Books, 2008). Her fiction is rooted in an East Los Angeles childhood during the volatile 1960s and 1970s, which imbued her with a deep desire to give voice to Chicanas and Mexican women whose lives are too often marginalized or — worse yet — altogether ignored. Despite receiving critical acclaim, including comparisons to John Steinbeck and Upton Sinclair, there has never been a single scholarly volume dedicated to Viramontes’s stories and novels. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs has changed that with the recent publication of Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Critical Reader.
Luci Tapahonso Named as Navajo Nation's First Poet Laureate
Elmer Guy, president of Navajo Technical College, announced the appointment of Luci Tapahonso as the Navajo Nation’s first Poet Laureate. Tapahonso will officially assume her role for the two-year position at the college’s commencement ceremonies on May 17, Guy said in revealing the award.
Author Frances L. Ramos wins prestigious award
Dr. Frances L. Ramos, assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of South Florida, is the winner of the Michael C. Meyer Award for her 2012 book Identity, Ritual, and Power in Colonial Puebla published by the University of Arizona Press.
Indian Country Today: You Can't Convey What You Don't Have
In an essay titled "You Can't Convey What You Don't Have," C. Timothy McKeown, author of "In the Smaller Scope of Conscience," questions the upcoming auction of Native masks in Paris in an editorial on Indian Country Today Media Network.
Author Daniel Herman wins prestigious award
Dr. Daniel Herman, professor of history at Central Washington University, is the winner of the 5th Labriola Center National Book Award for his 2012 book Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making published by the University of Arizona Press.
'Last Water' co-authors filmed by C-Span
Hundreds of festival attendees crowded the Gallagher Theater to hear the authors and ask questions. C-Span was there to cover it. Co-authors Bill Broyles, Gayle Harrison Hartmann, and Thomas Sheridan, talked about their book Last Water on the Devil’s Highway: A Cultural and Natural History of Tinajas Atlas. The book examines the human and natural history of The Devil’s Highway, or El Camino del Diablo. Follow the link to watch their discussion.
Providence Journal: R.I.'s Cobb garners Best Western long Novel for 'With Blood in Their Eyes'
"Retired Rhode Island College professor Thomas Cobb corralled the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Long Novel for his "With Blood in Their Eyes," his second award from the Western Writers of America."
Inside Higher Ed: Interview with Reynaldo Reyes III about 'Learning the Possible'
"In his new book Learning the Possible: Mexican American Students Moving from the Margins of Life to New Ways of Being, Reynaldo Reyes III charts the progress of five participants in the College Assistance Migrant Program, a federally funded program for students from a low-income and/or migrant backgrounds enrolled in their first year of higher education. The students described in Reyes's book attended the CAMP program at a rural Colorado community college that he does not name in the book (the college's anonymity was a requirement for gaining access to the students he follows). Those Reyes follows, whose names have been changed, faced a variety of disadvantages going in, including difficulties with English, unplanned motherhood, and criminal backgrounds."
Forthcoming Documentary includes Interview with Thomas Cobb
"In fall 2013, filmmaker Cameron Trejo will release a documentary about the Power affair, the deadly southern Arizona shootout that forms the backbone of With Blood in Their Eyes. The documentary will include an interview with the book's author Thomas Cobb. Just in time for the Tucson Festival of Books, Trejo shared a trailer for the film with us."
University of Arizona Press Poets to be Featured in Landmark Symposium
Poets House, the most comprehensive open-stacks collection of poetry in the US, to offer Native Innovation: Indigenous American Poetry in the 21st Century, a landmark symposium bringing together a new generation of Native American poets.
LaBloga: Rigoberto González to receive Barnes & Nobles Writers for Writers Award
"It has just been announced that Rigoberto González is to receive a Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award at the Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, In Celebration of Writers, on Monday, March 18, 2013, in New York City."
Poets & Writers: Writers for Writers Awards
"Established in 1996, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards celebrate authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Nominations are solicited from past winners, other prominent writers, members of the publishing community, and Poets & Writers' Board and staff. These nominations are reviewed and winners selected by a committee comprised of current and past members of the Board of Directors. Title of the award has been given to Barnes & Noble in appreciation of their extraordinary support of Poets & Writers. Recipients of the 2013 Writers for Writers Award are Steve Berry, Rigoberto González, and Judith Kelman. The awards will be presented at Poets & Writers’ annual dinner, In Celebration of Writers, on Monday, March 18, 2013 in New York City."
Poets & Writers: Tim Z. Hernandez Reads Poems
Poets & Writers Magainze recently featured Tim Z. Hernandez reading poems from his collection Natural Takeover of Small Things. The poems "Home" and "Brown Christ" are a wonderful introduction to this talented poet.
Arizona Star: California Poet Laureate helps People Find Distinctive Voice
"Juan Felipe Herrera first encountered his voice after singing in front of his third-grade class. His teacher pulled him aside: "You have a beautiful voice." Herrera, the son of California migrant workers, is committed to giving voice to the overlooked through poetry and prose, often mixing languages to do that. "Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems" gathers some of Herrera's writings on the experiences of Mexican-Americans. Published by the University of Arizona Press in 2008 as part of the Camino del Sol series, the book won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Herrera's new work, "Senegal Taxi," to be published in March, explores violence in Sudan and is part of the same series by the UA Press."
Indian Country Today: Heid E. Erdrich's "Cell Traffic" as Metaphor and Poetry
"Ojibwe poet Heid E. Erdrich tackles a big canvas with her new and selected poems, Cell Traffic (University of Arizona Press, 2012). Laden with potential metaphor, “cell traffic” also has a physical meaning. It refers to a process in which actual cells of the mother move into the child and vice versa. Ancestral inheritance and indigenousness, check!"
Arizona Republic: Poet in Obama Inauguration Reflects Changing US
"The UA Press published Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco's second book, "Directions to the Beach of the Dead," in 2005 as part of its Camino del Sol series. The series is among the first and longest-running in the nation that specializes in Latina and Latino writers and is "one of the best known," said Kristen Buckles, the Camino del Sol acquiring editor."
Washington Post: Richard Blanco Recites 2013 Inaugural Poem
Video of poet Richard Blanco reciting his poem "One Today." Cuban-American poet Blanco delivered the inaugural poem at the 57th presidential inauguration on Monday. Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet and the first Hispanic poet to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony.
Poet Richard Blanco Selected as the 2013 Inaugural Poet
"Congratulations to Richard Blanco, named 2013 Inaugural Poet! We're proud to be the publisher of his collection Directions to the Beach of the Dead. The inauguration ceremony will be held January 21. Listen to NPR's interview with Richard Blanco here."
Emily Wakild Wins Two Important Awards
"We are so pleased to annouce that Emily L. Wakild, professor of history at Boise State University, has received this year's Elinor Melville Prize for Latin American Environmental History from the Conference on Latin American History for her book Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico's National Parks, 1910-1940. The book has also been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser book award for the best book in forest or conservation history from The Forest History Society."
NPR 2013 Poetry Preview: Juan Felipe Herrera's Senegal Taxi
"Juan Felipe Herrera, though the author of many books and long considered an important writer, had his reputation sealed when he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his selected poems Half of the World in Light. His follow-up is this startling new collection of poems in prose and verse in which he adopts the voices of those suffering through or perpetrating the violence that has racked Sudan. With unrelenting intensity and compassion, Herrera speaks in the voices of traumatized, Senegal-bound children whose "mud drawings" he narrates in a sequence spread throughout the book..."
Southwest Books of the Year: Three UA Press Books Honored
Three University of Arizona Press books have been selected as Southwest Books of the Year by the Pima County Public Library. They include With Blood in their Eyes by Thomas Cobb, Arizona: A History by Thomas E. Sheridan, and Last Water on the Devil's Highway by Bill Broyles, Gayle Harrison Hartmann, Thomas E. Sheridan, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Mary Charolotte Thurtle.
Kirkus Names "From this Wicket Patch of Dust" to Top 100
Congratulations to author Sergio Troncoso, whose novel "From This Wicked Patch of Dust," was named one of the 2012 Best Indie Books by Kirkus Reviews.
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education: Camino del Sol Celebrates Latino Writers
"Recently, the magazine Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education published an in-depth look at the University of Arizona Press's outstanding series Camino del Sol (CDS). With interviews with series' authors Rigoberto González and Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as UA Press staffers, the article highlights the important role CDS has played in furthering Latino literature: After almost 20 years of publishing Latino works, CDS has helped create an environment in which Latino authors stand side by side with authors of all walks of life. They've also helped give Latino readers a sense of pride and place..."
Woordcraft Season's Readings 2012
Sing, The American Cafe, and Sovereign Erotics were all named top choices for 2012 reads!
UANews: Kathryn Conrad Appointed UA Press Director
"Kathryn Conrad, formerly interim director of the University of Arizona Press, has been appointed director of the University's nonprofit publisher of scholarly and regional books.“Kathryn brings extensive scholarly publishing experience, an in-depth knowledge of the UA’s unique areas of scholarly excellence and an understanding of the synergistic opportunities that academic libraries and scholarly presses share,” said Carla Stoffle, the University Libraries dean."
Kansas City Star: Top 100 Books of 2012
Red Weather, Cell Traffic, and Western Avenue and Other Fictions were all recently named top books of 2012 by the Kansas City Star.
Press Author Wins 2012 Willa Award
"Congratulations to Sara Sue Hoklototubbe, who is this year's winner of the 2012 Willa Award in original softcover fiction for her book "The American Cafe." The Willa awards are named for writer Willa Cather, and honor outstanding literature feature women's stories set in the West."
New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Winners
"Congratulations to all this winners of this year's New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winners. Special recognition to Edward de Steiguer, author ofWild Horses of the West; Bill Broyles and Diane E. Boyer, editors of Field Man: Life as a Desert Archaeologist; and Sara Sue Hoklotubbe, author of The American Cafe for winning!"
Review: "Natural Takeover of Small Things" by Tim Z. Hernandez
"Tim Z. Hernandez is a critically acclaimed poet, author, and performance artist. With his newest endeavor, Natural Takeover of Small Things, he gives us a glimpse into the world of the San Joaquin Valley and the people that reside in this locality. The author uses his unique use of prose poetry to entice the reader into his view of that world...."
Review: A Place All our Own on Cureledup.com
"It's wonderful when someone has one great talent, and even better when she has two. For all I know, consummate gardener Mary F. Irish, who is also a writer (Gardening in the Desert, Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants, etc) has other creative abilities. She claims she can’t draw, can barely scrawl her name. But it's certain that she is a masterful gardener and an intelligent, evocative author who makes her plants come alive on the page..."
Poetry Foundation: Heid E. Erdrich’s "Cell Traffic" makes Weekly Best Seller List
"...New to the list this week is Heid E. Erdrich’s Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems debuting at #21. About this new collection her publisher writes: “Erdrich’s new work reflects her continuing concerns with the tensions between science and tradition, between spirit and body. She finds surprising common ground while exploring indigenous experience in multifaceted ways: personal, familial, biological, and cultural.”
AZPM: Author Thomas Cobb visits UA Bookstore
"Thomas Cobb received the first MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He also holds a bachelors and masters degree from from the U of A. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, where he studied with the postmodern writer Donald Barthelme. A lifelong academic, he taught English for more than 40 years at universities as well as prisons. He lives in Rhode Island. Cobb returned to the University of Arizona campus to read from his new book. In September, the University of Arizona Press published With Blood in Their Eyes based on a deadly shootout in Graham County in 1918. He calls the book a..."
UA News: Education Faculty Member Earns Fulbright
"Norma González, a UA professor of language, reading and culture, is studying the effect of cross-border migrations into Mexico on schools. Her research is timely. Schools along the U.S.-Mexico border are grappling with how to best serve a population of English speaking students who often are U.S. citizens and do not necessarily have educational and social contexts rooted in Mexico. González is the author of "I Am my Language" from the University of Arizoan Press...."
NPR Book Review: "With Blood in Their Eyes"
"Melissa Block, Host: Writer Thomas Cobb may be best known for his novel "Crazy Heart," it went on to become an acclaimed movie starring Jeff Bridges as a country music singer who's seen far better days. Now Cobb is out with a new novel called "With Blood in Their Eyes." Our reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's a Western worth reading...."
UA Press Authors Works Revived by Journalists Through HB2281 Controversy
"In 2004 The University of Arizona Press published a collection of short stories called Chicano Sketches by Tucson author Mario Suárez, 6 years after his death. Suárez's work is gaining attention again because of a law that was once House Bill 2281, used to shut down Mexican American studies (MAS) classes from the Tucson Unified School District. His stories were revived in a reading last summer organized by local journalists to protest the removal of Mexican American literature from TUSD classrooms where MAS was taught...."
Water Along the Devil's Highway
"Written by an expert cast of UA affiliates and well-known Tucsonans, the new book Last Water Along Devil's Highway is perfect for desert aficionados and armchair explorers wishing to learn more about the High Tanks, the iconic natural watering holes of southwestern Arizona. Published in collaboration with the University of Arizona Southwest Center, scholars Bill Broyles, Gayle Harrison Hartmann (Arizona State Museum), Thomas E. Sheridan, Gary Paul Nabhan (Southwest Center) and Mary Charlotte Thurtle share the story of Tinajas Altas, the most famous watering holes along the treacherous Devil's Highway..."
Eyewitness News 12 WPRI:
Thomas Cobb talks 'With Blood in Their Eyes'
"Local author Thomas Cobb is known for his success with the book Crazy Heart, which was also made into a critically-acclaimed film. In Cobb's newest book, With Blood in Their Eyes , he takes on a historical event that tells the tale of the American West. Cobb joined The Rhode Show to talk more about the book.
Full Stop Reviews: Walking the Clouds
"For the geeky Indian tired of reading and watching science fiction about white heroes conquering red planets, Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction is what the recent release ofThe New Yorker Science Fiction Issue was for other nerdy types–the validation of something that has for too long been ignored..."
Juan Felipe Herrera at the 2012 Poets Forum
"The sixth annual Poets Forum will be held on October 18 - 20, 2012, on the campuses of New York University and The New School. From the Forum's dynamic kick-off reading by the Academy's fifteen Chancellors, which includes UA Press author Juan Felipe Herrera to..."
DC Spotlight: Books to Know--Top 10 List
From This Wicked Patch of Dust by Sergio Troncoso. "Mexican couple, Pilar and Cuauhtémoc, settle in a shantytown on the border of El Paso, Texas, with the hope of providing a better life for their four children. The novel, deemed a Notable Book by Southwest Books of the Year, follows the family's story as the children pull away from their roots. The message is an enduring picture of the immigrant experience and the price of success...."
Bomb: Roberto Tejada
"The lobby of the Hotel María Cristina–a respectable Mexico City establishment of moderate price and convenient location, just off the central artery of the Paseo de la Reforma, and across from the tourist area, once chic, now shabby, but not quite shabby chic, known as the Zona Rosa– is an unlikely occasion for rhapsody. It does boast a rather lovely tiled spiral staircase, but not much else of great note. The place is spacious, clean, and well-maintained; the style of its wooden furniture, heavy and ornate, hovers between vaguely colonial and decimonónico. Rhapsody comes into the picture because it was there, one evening in the fall of 1989, that I arranged to meet Roberto Tejada, whom a mutual friend had said I should get to know during my year in Mexico City...."
Independent Publisher: UA Press Finding Success Where Others Crumble
"The University of Arizona Press (the UA Press) is a university press with its head way above water as it continues to thrive in today's publishing market and economy. By continually expanding its catalog with quality works about Arizona and the Southwest borderlands — and with the awards to prove it — the UA Press has shown that it isn't going anywhere...."
Tucson Weekly: Our Endless Folly: The revised 'Arizona: A History' tells the definitive story of our state
"There's an adage that those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. Well, we sure as hell don't read history in this state, and we'll be studying even less in the future now that we've gutted our education system.
But before it's too late, read Thomas E. Sheridan's newly revised (and by turns utterly riveting, sometimes horrifying and completely satisfying) Arizona: A History. You'll learn that the real back story of our state..."