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Authors Stallworth, Saenz, Connors Added to Next Week’s SOMOS Fund Event

El Pasoan and Black Klansman author Ron Stallworth of El Paso has been added to the SOMOS Fund benefit set for next week in Downtown El Paso.

Austin High School graduate Stallworth led an undercover investigation of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. His book about the experience was turned into a major motion picture by Spike Lee, which came out in August.

Stallworth author read excerpts from the book at this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, and is one of three authors who have been added to Tuesday’s literary event.

Award-winning author Benjamin Alire Saenz (Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club) and Philip Connors (A Song for the River) also will appear.

They join noted border experts and authors Andrew Selee (Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together), Alfredo Corchado (Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, And the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration) and Francisco Cantú (The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border).

The authors will discuss their books, and take part in a Q&A session moderated by journalist Angela Korcherga.  A meet-and-greet and book signing will follow the Q&A.

Selee is the founder of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and current president of the Migration Policy Institute of Washington, D.C. Corchado is an El Paso-based border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. Cantú is an award-winning author and former Border Patrol agent from Tucson.

Corchado created the SOMOS Fund in the El Paso Community Foundation to help Jaguares Jovenes de Bien, A.C., which provides support, mentoring and college scholarships from young victims of violence in Ciudad Juarez.

Admission is a $100 donation, which includes available copies of the authors’ books (courtesy of Literarity Book Shop); or a $25 minimum donation at the door (books not included).

Signed copies of their books also will be for sale. Donations may be made at the door or online.

The SOMOS Fund benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza.

Best-Selling Author Sáenz Set to Read in El Paso December 10th

Mama Bravo’s Book Club and Social Hour will be hosting PEN/Faulkner Award winner Benjamin Alire Sáenz for a reading from his latest collection of poetry, ‘The Last Cigarette on Earth.’

Sáenz will be at Eloise (255 Shadow Mountain Drive) on December 10, 2017, at 10am.

This is his first public reading in El Paso since his collection of short stories—Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club—won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Sáenz is a prolific writer who writes fiction and poetry for adults, fiction for young adults and picture books for children. In addition to his numerous awards and citations, his YA novel Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a finalist for the Printz Award from the American Library Association.

Mama Bravo is a reading series sponsored by Cinco Puntos Press. The reading series hopes to present an eclectic array of writers—some published by Cinco Puntos, some by other presses—to readers in the El Paso/Juarez region.

The reading by Sáenz is the second event in the series.

When: Sunday, December 10, 4 pm

Where: Eloise, 255 Shadow Mountain Drive

For more info: 915-838-1625 Admission: Free, books available for purchase

Praise for Benjamin Alire Sáenz:

“Benjamin Alire Saenz’s poems are ballads…I love the honesty of this work and the sharp sweet reminder that we pick up art, our own and other people’s (including their tattoos) same way birds hold onto something inside and out to fly forward.”—Eileen Myles

“The Last Cigarette on Earth has a stark verite style as Benjamin Alire Sáenz looks back on his own haunting past and reflects on his interior world now, sometimes revealing emotional pain and solitude, resolved that he may never find it.”—The New York Review of Books

“The Last Cigarette on Earth invites the reader to occupy spaces of contradiction, falling between love and hate, tenderness and violence, pain and pleasure…Sáenz argues that simple human contact can be a shield against the atrocities of the world, that ‘it would be so beautiful / to touch someone like the morning light is running / its fingers through his room.’”—Harvard Review

 

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