Monday, May 27, 2024

CHICANO FRANKENSTEIN on June 2, 2024: A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

DATE: June 2, 2024

TIME: 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

PLACE: Virtual


COST: Free!

An unnamed paralegal, brought back to life through a controversial process, maneuvers through a near-future world that both needs and resents him. As the United States president spouts anti-reanimation rhetoric and giant pharmaceutical companies rake in profits, the man falls in love with lawyer Faustina Godínez. His world expands as he meets her network of family and friends, setting him on a course to discover his first-life history, which the reanimation process erased. With elements of science fiction, horror, political satire and romance, Chicano Frankenstein confronts our nation’s bigotries and the question of what it truly means to be human.

Daniel is joining us on the virtual Busboys stage to dive deeper into how the issues in his novel reflect the experiences of marginalized people in our society today. Copies of the book will be available for purchase before and during the event, so make sure to order your copy before we’re out of stock! Your purchase of the book includes shipping anywhere in the United States via USPS.

Register for FREE now by going to this link.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 p.m., and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of CHICANO FRANKENSTEIN will be available for purchase before and during the event. Please note that this event is virtual and will only be livestreamed.

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"Richly imagined, Olivas delivers a new classic."

     —Wendy J. Fox, Electric Literature

"Daniel A. Olivas has crafted a novel that is a triumph of storytelling, a work that bridges genres to tell a story that is urgently relevant, deeply human, and profoundly moving."

     —Gerald A. Padilla, Latino Book Review

"Inventive and compellingly readable Latinx retelling of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic."

     —Anushree Nande, The Rumpus

"If it were summer I'd say this is a classic beach read, but it's Spring, a season of renewal, for reanimation. Sounds like a perfect season for reading Chicano Frankenstein."

     —Michael Sedano, La Bloga

"An exciting contemporary adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic."

     —Emily Martin, Book Riot

"Part science fiction and part political satire, Olivas’s timely latest explores the pitfalls of assimilation and probes what it means to be 'human.'"

     —Publishers Weekly

"The way Olivas builds on the classic Shelley story and sets it within a futuristic context makes it an intriguing read that will speak to disenfranchised voices and spark discussion among its readers."

     —Jeremiah Paddock, Library Journal

"Chicano Frankenstein makes the most of its sharp futuristic premise with its compelling characters, fast-paced story, and biting political satire."

     —Kristen Rabe, Foreword Reviews

"In the captivating landscape of his new novel Chicano Frankenstein, Daniel A. Olivas masterfully weaves a contemporary retelling of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic, infused with a legal twist."

     —Orlando Ortega-Medina, Daily Journal

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