Ana Castillo
Writer Ana Castillo

UTSA hosts reading by Latina writer Ana Castillo

(Nov. 25, 2008)--Renowned Latina writer Ana Castillo will read from her new novel, "The Guardians," at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1 at the Buena Vista Theater on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Castillo is described as one of only a few writers who can put together the pieces of the Chicana/Latina psyche.

Best known for her lyrical stories about struggle, love and resistance, Castillo is a leader of Latina letters with books spanning genres and crossing personal borders as fluently as she crosses the political ones. The event is free and open to the public.

The reading will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the theater lobby. A book signing in the theater lobby will follow the reading.

"The Guardians" (Random House 2007) is an original and intimate story of immigration. She also is author of "Psst... I Have Something to Tell You Mi Amor," about the Guatemalan civil wars, "Diosa de las Americas/Goddess of the Americas," about La Virgen de Guadalupe, and "Massacre of the Dreamers: Reflections on Mexican-Americans in the United States 500 Years After the Conquest." She also has written a poetry collection, "My Father Was a Toltec or Women Are Not Roses," along with children's books and love stories.

Castillo's awards include the Before Columbia Foundation American Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. Additionally, she was named a National Education Association fellow.

The event is sponsored by UTSA with the assistance of Trinity University and Our Lady of the Lake University.

For more information, call Carolyn Motley at (210) 458-6277.

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