University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Navegando la Vida: Stories of Manny and Juan

Daniel Acosta and Matt Mendez share their debut novels on the struggles of Manny and Juan, two Mexican-American teenagers fighting for identity.

Daniel Acosta

Daniel Acosta was born in Monterey Park, California, and grew up in the San Gabriel described in his novel, living across the street from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. After grammar school at San Gabriel Mission School, he spent his high school years in the Catholic Dominguez Seminary in Compton, California....

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Matt Mendez

Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection "Twitching Heart." He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona....

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