Saturday, August 13, 2005

One More New Mexican Award Winner

Denise Chávez recognized: Las Cruces writer and educator Denise Chávez will receive this year's Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Chávez is the author of a collection of short stories, The Last of the Menu Girls, and two novels, Loving Pedro Infante and Face of an Angel, which won the American Book Award in 1995. Her work focuses on border issues, Chicano culture and women in contemporary society.The award will be presented at the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival on Sept. 24. Previous winners were Oscar Hijuelos and Rudolfo Anaya.

2 comments:

msedano said...

Wow, that's some company, Hijuelos, Anaya, and now la Chavez!

I've never been able to finish Face of an Angel, three times started it, three times threw in the towel 100 pp or less into it. Loved Loving Pedro Infante, enjoyed some Menu Girls.

How cool to see a Chicano/Latino literature prize. In Santa Barbara. An an endowed chair at the U? Double Uau! Glad to see my old college home town of Santa Barbara recognizing two chicano writers. Good for Leal to sponsor such a thing. I lived in SB in 67-68, in Isla Vista from 63-67. UCSB long before there was a C/S depto. Looks as if things have changed for the better.

S. Ramos O'Briant said...

Aside from writing, Chavez is an actress and the best reader, changing her voice and accent (not unlike the reader of the Harry Potter stories, who is brilliant).