When my first novel The Closet of Discarded Dreams, a Chicano fantasy, received honorable mention last year, I felt lucky and honored. I'm not a contender this year, since I haven't had a novel published since. Still, on-screen, I can remember the feeling and hope some of my acquaintances do well, in my place. But only this year, remember.
Over the ruido of Las Vegas slots, the 2014 International Latino Book Award finalists will be announced this weekend. Here's some special Gritos! for books of friends, and contributors to La Bloga (may they have better luck on-stage than they do at the roulette table):
Noldo and his Magical Scooter at the Battle of The Alamo, Armando B. Rendón
Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence, Sarah Cortez & Sergio Troncoso
What the Tide Brings, Xánath Caraza
Good Money Gone, Mario Acevedo [w/Richard Kilborn]
Mañana Means Heaven, Tim Z. Hernandez
Desperado: A Mile High Noir, Manuel Ramos
The Old Man’s Love Story, Rudolfo Anaya
Ghosts of the Black Rose, Land of Enchantment 2, Belinda Vasquez Garcia
Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010, Reyes Cárdenas
Another latina finalist. In Canada!
The novel This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was short-listed for The Sunburst Award Society for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, 2014.
The Sunburst Award jury said: "Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s short story collection This Strange Way of Dying is a grimoire of the beautifully macabre, capable of summoning up strange worlds imbued with the secret fears and thrills we try to bury in shadow. Moreno-Garcia’s words on the page whisper sweet seductions, inviting the reader to open doorways to her or his subconscious and become familiar with things that have been estranged.
This Strange Way of Dying bridges the divides between science fiction, horror, and fantasy, opening readers to the overall power of the uncanny, whether through Lovecraftian stories of summoning darkness, feathered snakes, vampires, necromancers, resurrected soldiers, witchcraft, or tales of murder and betrayal. Silvia Moreno-Garcia makes the mundane magical, the normal strange, and points out the macabre foundations of our social myths. This Strange Way of Dying opens funhouse mirrors, revealing for the reader her or his own distorted image, changed by the experience of reading.
Sylvia Moreno-Garcia is a writer, editor, and publisher who was born in Mexico but now lives in British Columbia. This Strange Way of Dying is her first collection; her debut novel, Signal to Noise, will be published in 2015.
On Facebook I claimed I'd be featured in an NPR broadcast yesterday. I lied. Due to broadcast quality, it didn't happen. Sorry, because it might have been my fault, what with doing the phone interview outside on the patio and my dog's barking. See last Saturday's post for info I would've given.
Es todo, hoy,
RudyG, aka Chicano fantasy author Rudy Ch. Garcia