UPDATE: If you missed the conversation, no worries – it is still available to watch on Crowdcast.

We are excited to announce that our April book club pick is Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature On Families In Between Worlds edited by Sergio Troncoso. On Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT, we are hosting a discussion featuring authors Francisco Cantú, José Antonio Rodríguez, Diana López, and Troncoso on Crowdcast. RSVP for the event. Join our TBF Book Club Facebook group for all upcoming Book Club news.

Francisco Cantú is the author of The Line Becomes a River. A former Fulbright fellow and the recipient of an Art for Justice fellowship, his writing on the borderlands appears in The New Yorker, Best American Essays, and VQR. A lifelong resident of the Southwest, he now lives in Tucson.

José Antonio Rodríguez’s most recent books are the poetry collection This American Autopsy and the memoir House Built on Ashes, a finalist for the PEN American Los Angeles award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, The Nation, BorderSenses, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and teaches creative writing at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Diana López is the author of several middle-grade books including Confetti Girl and Lucky Luna. Her debut picture book biography about Selena Quintanilla will be released in the summer. She recently retired as an educator but is still “teaching” by serving as a mentor for Latinx in Publishing and AWP’s Writer to Writer program.

Sergio Troncoso is most recently the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a collection of linked short stories on immigration which Luis Alberto Urrea called “a world-class collection.” Troncoso also edited the 2021 anthology, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is currently president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

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