2009 Book Fair Archive

Monday, Sept. 28, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m., Room D121A/B

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  • The Sons of Guadalupe by Michael Ornelas documents the experiences, through oral interviews, of the Vietnam War generation from Guadalupe, California. Over 229 Vietnam era veterans, including 57 sets of brothers, served in the military from a town of around 2,500 residents, a figure that is over 250% above the national average. Ornelas is the author of Between the Conquests and teaches Chicano Studies at Mesa College.


Monday, Sept. 28, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Room D121A/B

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  • The Sandman is David Lucero’s timely thriller about a saboteur determined to destroy the nuclear reactor in Iran…no matter what the cost. The novel won First Runner-Up for Best Fiction in the 2009 Military Writer's Society of America's Book Awards this September. Lucero served in the US Army as a paratrooper, studies history, and closely follows current events that shape our world. He lives in San Diego.


Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12:45 - 2:10 p.m., Room D121A/B

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  • From Reyna Grande comes Dancing with Butterflies, a new novel about the friendship of four women bound together by their Mexican roots and their love of folklórico dance. Grande is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, winner of a 2007 Amercan Book Award and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. She is currently at work on a memoir.


Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Room D121A/B

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  • One part queer epic, one part ghost story, Lilac Mines interweaves the lives of two young women struggling to define their identities in a small California town: would-be hipster Felix, and her aunt, Anna Lisa, who comes of age in the butch-femme bar scene of the 1960s. Cheryl Klein is the author of Lilac Mines and The Commuters, which won the City Works Press Ben Reitman Award and was published in 2006. She directs the California office of Poets & Writers, Inc.


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