University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Maceo Montoya

Mr. Montoya is appearing courtesy of the Pima County Public Library

Maceo Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University in 2006. His paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. Montoya’s first novel, "The Scoundrel and the Optimist" (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for Best First Book and Latino Stories named him one of its Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch. In 2014, University of New Mexico Press published his second novel, "The Deportation of Wopper Barraza," and Copilot Press published "Letters to the Poet from His Brother," a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. His two most recent publications are "You Must Fight Them," a novella and stories, and "Chicano Movement for Beginners," a work of graphic nonfiction. Montoya is an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature. He is also the director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), a community-based arts organization located in Woodland, CA.

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Scheduled events:
California Dreamers: A Reality Check
Re-defining culture and self, two acclaimed California Chicano writers challenge image and empowerment.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelists: Bryan Allen Fierro, Maceo Montoya
Moderator: Toby Wehner
Collective Amnesia
With the gains of the Chicano Movement of the 60s and 70s fading into history, three authors discuss persistent government policies and societal bias that result in the tragic dehumanization of migrants, living without dignity and dying anonymously.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Invalid (1280) (following presentation)

Panelists: Tim Z. Hernandez, Maceo Montoya, Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
Moderator: Margaret Regan
Immigration Stories
Newcomers arrive in the US embracing the ideal of the American Dream, but the reality may not match vision. Three notable authors discuss their characters, each from a different country, and their very different experiences.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Peter Ho Davies, Julie Iromuanya, Maceo Montoya
Moderator: Christine Wald-Hopkins

Chicano Movement for Beginners
Nuestras Raices
Red Wheel/Weiser
September 2016
ISBN 9781939994646
Paperback, 176 pages
$15.95, INSTOCK
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As the heyday of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s to early 70s fades further into history and as more and more of its important figures pass on, so too does knowledge of its significance. More/less

You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories
Nuestras Raices
University of New Mexico Press
September 2015
ISBN 9780826341990
Paperback, 200 pages
$19.95, INSTOCK
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In this collection we meet characters navigating the difficult situations that arise when different worlds collide.

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

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Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
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