SOMOS EN ESCRITO The Latino Literary Online Magazine
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How to get a signed classic book:
1. Choose a book below and see its donation level 2. Donate appropriate amount 3. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your a. book choice b. shipping address (free to the continental US, contact us otherwise). c. copy your receipt from the donation
We have limit quantities of these books, so it is first come, first serve. We will offer an equitable book if we are out of your selected book. Check back as we will add new books as we run through our initial batch!
Donate $50 and choose:
1. A signed copy of Chicano Manifesto 1996 (SC) by Armando Rendón
Chicano Manifesto appeared in 1971 as the first book written by a Chicano to record and give expression to the spirit of a cultural revolution. The text is uniquely biographical in many instances because many of the history in its pages was actually observed by the author. Many persons and events depicted here were captured only because the author was there as the movement evolved.
Armando Rendón, a native of San Antonio, Texas, is the award-winning author of The Adventures of Noldo books for young adults, the author of Chicano Manifesto (1971, 1996), all of which are available as e-books, and the founder/editor of “Somos en escrito The Latino Literary Online Magazine.
2. A signed copy of Chronicles of Air and Dreams by Rosa Martha Villarreal.
American archaeologist Maria Elena Vazquez is excavating inside a Mayan pyramid when an earthquake strikes. She is rescued days later, physically unhurt, but unable to speak any language save an unknown ancient dialect. As time passes, she retreats into a world of dreams seemingly dominated by the spirit of Martín Cortes, bastard son of the conqueror of Mexico, Hernán Cortes, who has returned to wreak vengeance on his torturers. Rosa Martha Villarreal is a native Texan whose family origins in the Mexican states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila date back to the 1500’s. A long-time resident of California, her first novel, Doctor Magdalena, maintains a strong following in academia and was selected for inclusion in the Center for Latino Initiatives at the Smithsonian. Another novel, The Stillness of Love and Exile (Tertulia Press) was the recipient of the 2008 PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award for Best Fiction, and a Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction.
3. A signed copy of Eulogy for a Brown Angel (SC first edition) by Lucha Corpi.
The first Chicana detective novel. A Chicano Civil Rights march has been disrupted by the Los Angeles police, resulting in the gruesome death of a prominent reporter. The tear gas has barely settled Gloria Damasco, a feisty political activist, finds the body of a murdered child left on a street in Los Angeles. She begins an investigation that will lead her on a trail of international conspiracy and bloody vengeance. Before long, two other people are dead, and Gloria is determined to piece the mystery together, no matter how long the search may last.
Lucha Corpi is a Chicana poet and mystery writer. Originally from Jaltipan, Veracruz, Mexico, she earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley, In 1979 and then a M.A. in comparative literature from San Francisco State University. Her most important contribution to Chicano literature, a series of four poems called “The Marina Poems ,” appeared in the anthology The Other Voice: Twentieth-Century Women’s Poetry in Translation (W. W. Norton & Company, 1976).
Donate $100 and choose:
1. A signed copy of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age novel by Rudolfo Anaya centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima. It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in 1972.
Rudolfo Anaya was the professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico until his retirement in 1993. He has won numerous literary awards: the Premio Quinto Sol National Chicano literary award, the 2007 Notable New Mexican Award, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction for his novel Alburquerque. Best loved for his classic bestseller, Bless Me, Ultima, his other works include Zia Summer, Rio Grande Fall, Tortuga, and The Anaya Reader. He has also written numerous short stories, essays, and children’s books, including Owl in a Straw Hat and Maya’s Children.
Note: This copy has the special inscription, "Work to make miracles happen!"
2. A signed copy of Occupied America by Rodolfo Acuña
Authored by Rudy Acuña, one of the most influential and highly-regarded voices of Chicano history and ethnic studies, Occupied America, passionately written and extensively researched, is the most definitive and comprehensive overviews of Chicano history. With a concise and engaged narrative, and timelines that give students a context for pivotal events in Chicano history, Occupied America illuminates the struggles and decisions that frame Chicano identity today.
Rodolfo Acuña received his Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Southern California in Latin American Studies, taught in the Los Angeles City Schools from 1958–1965, then transferred to community colleges, where he taught for three years. In 1969, Acuña was the founding chair of Chicano Studies at San Fernando Valley State (today California State University Northridge). He has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Chicano Studies, and numerous academic and community service awards. Among his best-known books are Latino Voices (Greenwood Press, 2008); Sometimes There is No Other Side: Essays on Truth and Objectivity (Notre Dame, 1998); and The Making Of Chicana/o Studies: In the Trenches of Academe (Rutgers 2011).