Sergio Troncoso speaks to Cougars about geographic, cultural and intellectual border crossings
HOUSTON, March 2015 — Author and El Paso native Sergio Troncoso will speak about his work on Friday, March 27, from 1:00-2:30pm in Room 224-Heights of the Student Center South at the University of Houston (4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004). Troncoso will talk about growing up in the small town of Ysleta on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, how he became a writer and his work today. His novel, The Nature of Truth, was re-released in the spring of 2014, and recently was named a finalist in the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Published in 2010, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays won Second Place in the International Latino Book Awards for Best Biography in English and was the Bronze Winner in Foreword Reviews’ 2011 Book of the Year Awards. The Ysleta Branch Library was recently renamed the Sergio Troncoso Library in his honor.
Troncoso’s presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Houston Arts Alliance and the University of Houston’s Arte Público Press and Center for Mexican American Studies.
SERGIO TRONCOSO is the author of The Nature of Truth (Arte Público Press, 2014), From This Wicked Patch of Dust (University of Arizona Press, 2011), Crossing Borders: Personal Essays (Arte Público Press, 2011) and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories (University of Arizona Press, 1999), which won the Premio Aztlán and the Southwest Book Award. He is also the co-editor for Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence (Arte Público Press, 2013), winner of the Southwest Book Award. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and two graduate degrees, in international relations and philosophy, from Yale University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico and was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame. He lives and works in New York City.
ARTE PÚBLICO PRESS is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Books published under the imprint are designed to serve as a bridge from the home culture to that of the school, as well as to support family literacy and elementary school education. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts and creativity. For more information, please visit www.artepublicopress.com.