Chicano

Alumni Events at University of Illinois

Next week, I’ll be visiting the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for an alumni reading and career round table discussion.  Below are flyers for these events.

 

Carr Reading Series Info and Bios

University of Illinois Creative Writing Dept.

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Year-end Thanks

My book, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, has been out for just about a year now, and since it was the first year of my first book, it was a special one.  I want to thank everyone who bought, read, and shared it.  I was hoping that it would do well, and since it has already seen a second print run, I can say that I’m more than pleased with its success.  The best things about the publication side of the writing life are the people you meet and the conversations you have.

The AWP conference in LA this year was a great time and taught me a lot about the business end of this.  I met or reconnected with a number of passionate writers, editors, and publishers, people whose passion advances the culture of literature.  (See an earlier post for more on the conference, including pics.)

2017, for me, will be exciting.  I’ll be relocating to El Paso, TX (my hometown) and hoping to finish my first novel.  There will be more readings/events coming up, including a big one in February that I’m dying to announce.  I’m excited about what’s to come.

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Upcoming Appearances, AWP, and Release Party Photos

If you’re heading to Los Angeles next week for the AWP Conference, stop by the Veliz Books table (#2039) at the book fair on Thursday, March 31 from 2-3 PM.  I’ll be signing copies of my story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us.

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I’ll be reading on the New Mexico State campus in Las Cruces on April 8.  The event starts at 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Services auditorium, room 101A.  Details about the reading series can be found here.

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On February 19, my book was officially released at a special event held at the 501 Bar & Bistro in downtown El Paso.

The turnout was great, and it was a special night that I won’t soon forget.  Below are some pics from the event.  (Photo credits: Veliz Books, Laura Caldera-Marquez, Carol Fonseca)

Goodreads

My author page is now live over at Goodreads

If/when you read my book, I’d appreciate a rating and/or review.

The pre-order sale over here will continue through the end of the year.  save 20%, read the book, and let me know what you think.

News about readings, radio interviews, reviews, etc. will be shared soon.  Thanks for your support, and have a happy new year!

Pre-Order Sale for The Dead Will Rise & Save Us

My story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, is available at the link below.  If you order by January 1, you’ll save 20% off the cover price.

https://madmimi.com/p/3d6e07/preview

Blurbs:

“Pedroza’s prismatic, visionary, and fiercely loving tales of El Paso and its residents swerve from laughter to heartache, from surreality to the punch of the real. This is a deft debut with a bold range of approaches and an exultant, beating heart.”
–Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, much like El Paso and the desert Southwest, is hazarded with moral complexity and unforeseen grace. Paul Pedroza’s stories, the characters crawling inside them, will not leave you soon after reading. They’ll remain beneath your skin and in your bones.”
–Matt Mendez, author of Twitching Heart

The Dead Will Rise and Save Us is one of the most exciting books of fiction to come out of the southwest in years. The stories are intelligent and poignant, with complex characters and language that flows through the pages like a river, sometimes raging, sometimes quiet and peaceful, but always beautiful. With The Dead Will Rise, Pedroza is destined to be included in the canon of important border literature … .”
–Daniel Chacón, author of Chicano Chicanery and Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms and Loops.