Tucson Festival of Books

Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr.


Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr.'s first book, "Pulido del Barrio Libre: The Life of Reynaldo M. Santa Cruz" was awarded the Mimi Lozano Best Family Story 2021 Silver Medal by the International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA). This story is a book within a book about his father’s family life, Army service in WW2 and an imaginary baseball game based on real events in the late 1930’s in Tucson.

Santa Cruz was born and raised in South Tucson and graduated from Pueblo High School. He received his Associate of Arts degree from Palo Verde Junior College in Blythe, Calif., and his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He earned his master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Santa Cruz has been a bilingual educator and advocate for more than five decades, serving as bilingual teacher, program director, principal, district/county office administrator and superintendent.

Arizona author

Awards: International Society of Latino Authors (ISLA) 2020 Silver Medal for Best Family Story

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Chicano


Scheduled events:
Workshop: Self-Publishing
This workshop will focus on practical ideas for writing and self-publishing your first book.

UA Main Library 254/Main Floor (Seats 50, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr.
Latino History, Latino Stories
A conversation about storytelling for the page, stage and screen. Three writers talk about their passion for sharing Latino history, lore and more.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: James Garcia, Roni Rivera-Ashford, Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr.
Moderator: Selina Barajas

Books:
Pulido Del Barrio Libre
The Life of Reynaldo M. Santa Cruz
Nuestras Raices
Independently Published
July 2020
ISBN 9798666609965
176 pages

Mexican American Baseball in the South Bay
Nuestras Raices

ISBN 9798416045258