Tucson Festival of Books

Tim Z. Hernandez



Rumi Sevilla-Hernandez

Sponsored by Botanica

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning author, research scholar and performer. His books include fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award. His work has been featured in international media, and in 2018 he was recognized by the California Senate for his work locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos. Hernandez is an associate professor with the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing program. "Some of the Light" is his new book. 

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Awards: American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, International Latino Book Award

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous or Native American


Scheduled events:
Meditations from the Borderlands
Two expert writers discuss the borderlands, borderland lives, and why these stories matter.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tim Z. Hernandez, Héctor Tobar
Moderator: Verónica Reyes-Escudero
Tim Z. Hernandez
All They Will Call You All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. 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).” It was an attempt to restore the dignity of the anonymous lives whose unidentified remains were buried in an unmarked mass grave in California’s Central Valley. For nearly seven decades, the song’s message would be carried on by the greatest artists of our time, including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, yet the question posed in Guthrie’s lyrics, “Who are these friends all scattered like dry leaves?” would remain unanswered—until now. Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but more importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948.

The University of Arizona Press, Booth #242 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Author: Tim Z. Hernandez
Surviving, Thriving in the Borderlands
A poetic conversation on the complexities of family and life in the borderlands.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tennison Black, Gabriel Dozal, Tim Z. Hernandez
Moderator: Cameron Louie
What's New in Latino Poetry?
In this session we will invite three popular poets to discuss their approach to contemporary themes of Latino identity.

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poetry
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA Bookstore, Main Floor (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Diego Báez, Tim Z. Hernandez, Reyes Ramirez
Moderator: Paola Valenzuela

Books:
Some of the Light
New and Selected Poems
Poetry
Beacon Press
March 2023
ISBN 9780807006696
184 pages

All They Will Call You
Poetry
University of Arizona Press
January 2018
ISBN 9780816537372
240 pages