Monday, October 22, 2012

Spotlight on Sarah Cortez and her new book, “Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston”

Sarah Cortez is the author of How to Undress a Cop (Arte Público Press, 2000). She has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Piñata Books, 2007); Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público Press, 2009); Indian Country Noir (Akashic Books, 2010); and You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens (Piñata Books, 2011). She lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Cortez now brings us Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (Texas Review Press). This is an eloquent and heartfelt portrait of one woman’s experiences as she attempted to puzzle out what it meant to be Latina in a city that straddled cultures and languages.

Praise for Walking Home:

“Here, in words which seem refracted through the stained-glass window made up of common earth and laced always with the transcendent, Sarah Cortez offers us insight into those who have shaped her, as well as into the complexities of coming into her own multifaceted selfhood. Here is her world, illuminated by the light of faith and the rich tradition of her Tejano heritage.”—Paul Mariani

“In this mixed-genre memoir, Cortez invites us to sit by her side as she shares the seminal, poignant memories of the early years of her life.  She segues from one genre to another so artfully and seamlessly that the skillfully executed poems appear a natural, intensified extension of the luminous prose.” –Larry D. Thomas

For more about Sarah’s writing and upcoming events, visit Sarah Cortez’s official website.

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