Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Rigoberto Gonzalez & Benjamin Alire Saenz

Oh.  My.  Goddess!  The Tucson Festival of Books is right around the corner, and I’m getting excited about the Library’s participation, including my role as a moderator!  I’m honored to be hosting the program “Latino Writers in Conversation” with award-winning authors Rigoberto González and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, who will discuss their work, lives, and cultural identities.
Rigoberto González is the author of the Mariposa Club trilogy (the third installment, Mariposa U, will be published this year), which has some of the most hilarious characters.  Ever!  The Fierce Foursome—Maui, Trini, Isaac, and Liberace – are determined to make their own permanent mark during their last year at school by creating Caliente Valley High’s very first LGBT club, The Mariposa Club.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which instantly became my favorite new book of all time.  It is so beautifully written, it’s like poetry, but not the kind of boring, awful, class assignment poetry everyone pretends to like, but the kind of poetry that really moves and amazes you!  I almost did not want it to end, except, of course, I wanted to know how it ended…
This blog is from Toby Wehner, Library Associate at Joel D. Valdez Main Library.  You may see him in his tie-dyed shirts and rainbow sneakers on the Bookbike en route to Wingspan’s EON Youth Group for a monthly visit.

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