Friday, October 16, 2015

Worthy News

A mix of books, poets, music, and an invaluable resource for listening to masters of the written word reading their work including Chicano author and scholar Juan Bruce-Novoa.  

New Anzaldúa Book

Light in the Dark⁄Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality
Gloria Anzaldúa
Editor - AnaLouise Keating
Duke University Press - September, 2015

[from the publisher]
Written during the last decade of her life, Light in the Dark represents the culmination of Gloria E. Anzaldúa's mature thought and the most comprehensive presentation of her philosophy. Throughout, Anzaldúa weaves personal narratives into deeply engaging theoretical readings to comment on numerous contemporary issues—including the September 11 attacks, neocolonial practices in the art world, and coalitional politics. She valorizes subaltern forms and methods of knowing, being, and creating that have been marginalized by Western thought, and theorizes her writing process as a fully embodied artistic and political practice. Resituating Anzaldúa's work within Continental philosophy and new materialism, Light in the Dark takes Anzaldúan scholarship in new directions.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942–2004) was a visionary writer whose work was recognized with many honors, including the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, a Lambda literary award, the National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Award, and the Bode-Pearson Prize for Outstanding Contributions to American Studies. Her book Borderlands / La frontera was selected as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century by the Hungry Mind Review and the Utne Reader.

AnaLouise Keating, Professor of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, is the author of Women Reading, Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde, Teaching Transformation, and Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change; editor of Anzaldúa’s Interviews/Entrevistas, The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, and EntreMundos/AmongWorlds: New Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldúa; and co-editor, with Anzaldúa, of this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation.


New Poetry


Los Lobos Nominated For Rock  & Roll Hall Of Fame

[from Los Lobos]
We are very proud to announce that Los Lobos has been nominated for induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class!!!

It is a huge honor to be nominated and we want to thank all of our fans for their continuing support!
Please take a moment of time to vote for us to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum. Just follow the link below and select Los Lobos! When you visit the page, just select Los Lobos and make sure to scroll down to the bottom and select "Place Your Vote"

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And check out their latest release:  Gates of Gold, now on sale.


Online Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape Launches

September 16, 2015 

As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress today launched an online selection of recordings from its Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a series of audio recordings of renowned poets and prose writers reading from their work in their native languages. Writers from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. Hispanics/Latinos have been recorded. Available as streamed audio, 50 recordings are currently available at Additional material from the collection will be added on a monthly basis.

“I am so excited that the entire world will be able to hear some of these wonderful writers, such as Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz, that we recorded for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape. Hearing the voice of a writer – according to Chile’s Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral – brings him or her alive,” said Georgette Dorn, the chief of the Library’s Hispanic Division and curator of the archive.

Highlights from the launch include:

• Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges reading from his poems in 1958
• Spanish author Juan Ramón Jiménez reading from his prose and poetry in 1947 and 1949
• Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez reading from his work in 1977
• Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen reading from her work in 1985
• Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral reading from her work in 1972
• Chicano scholar and author Juan Bruce Novoa reading from his prose in 1979
• Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa reading from his work in 1977.

The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape at the Library of Congress began in 1943 and contains nearly 700 recordings of poets and prose writers participating in sessions at the Library’s recording laboratory and at other locations around Spain and Latin America. To date, writers from 32 countries are represented in this collection, which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.

Most of these recordings were captured on magnetic tape reels, and, until now, were accessible on site only at the Library itself. In digitizing the archive and presenting it online, the Library hopes to greatly broaden its use and value.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, publications, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the center for the study of the cultures and societies of Hispanic/Latinos in the United States and Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula and other areas where Spanish or Portuguese influence have been significant. For more information about the Hispanic Reading Room and the Hispanic collections of the Library, visit

That's it for now -- see some of you in Texas.


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