Tim Hernandez Offers Sneak Preview of “They Call You Back” at Summer Fishtrap

Date: Friday, July 12

Time: 7:30 p.m., PST

Where: Wallowa Lake Lodge, 60060 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, Oregon and via livestream

Tim Z. Hernandez, author of All They Will Call You and the forthcoming They Call You Back: A Lost History, A Search, A Memoir, will read from his books at the Summer Fishtrap writing workshop at Wallowa Lake Lodge.  He is part of the Fishtrap faculty and will be joined in the reading by Nina McConigley and Laura Pritchett. The reading is free and open to the public.  The reading will also be available to livestream.

About All They Will Call You:

This book is the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history.” Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).”

In this book, Hernandez combines years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling. The author weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. is much more than a story about a plane crash. It gives the 28 Mexican citizens, identified in the cemetery catalog as Mexican nationals 1 to 28, a name, a life and a purpose, according to testimonials about the novel.

About They Call You Back:

In this riveting new work, Hernandez continues his search for the plane crash victims while also turning the lens on himself and his ancestral past, revealing the tumultuous and deeply intimate experiences that have fueled his investigations—a lifelong journey haunted by memory, addiction, generational trauma, and the spirit world.

They Call You Back is the true chronicle of one man’s obsession to restore dignity to an undignified chapter in America’s past, while at the same time making a case for why we must heal our personal wounds if we are ever to heal our political ones.


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