Norma Cantú at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., CDT

Where: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Latino Bookstore, 1300 Guadalupe St, San Antonio, TX

Norma Elia Cantú will present her most recent book: Chicana Portraits: Critical Biographies of Twelve Chicana Writers, as part of the Texas Author Series at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio. John Olivares Espinoza, author of The Date Fruit Elegies, will also speak. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

About Chicana Portraits:

This innovative collection pairs portraits with critical biographies of twelve key Chicana writers, offering an engaging look at their work, contributions to the field, and major achievements. Artist Raquel Valle-Sentíes’s portraits bring visual dimension, while essays delve deeply into the authors’ lives for details that inform their literary, artistic, feminist, and political trajectories and sensibilities. The collection brilliantly intersects artistic visual and literary cultural productions, allowing complex themes to emerge, such as the fragility of life, sexism and misogyny, Chicana agency and forging one’s own path, the struggles of becoming a writer and battling self-doubt, economic instability, and political engagement and activism.

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