Join us for a Book Reading and Signing with Dr. Saniyyah Mayo, reading from her second book release Transition of a Butterfly.
"Cat is a sixteen year-old girl that moves from New York to California when she instantly realizes that the stories that she overheard over the years were snippets of the reality of her own life. After moving to California, Cat’s life makes a turn for the worse. Upon meeting her family, some embrace her while others overtly reject her. Confused by why family members met her with resistance, Cat would later find out why her mother fled to New York in hiding for so many years. Unlike her mother, she faces her fears head on, without compromise. Cat makes the decision that through her actions, she will not permit her past to predict her future."
Saniyyah Mayo is an African American author, motivational speaker and therapist. Her story is one of success. Despite all odds against her throughout her life she has earned her Master's Degree, written two books and a movie script. She is an inspiration to all.
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore will host a menagerie of artists to celebrate Mexican American Literature with a Literary Pachanga for the community.
Michael Sedano, founder of La Bloga, which showcases Latino arts, will serve as master of ceremonies to Chicano writers Jesús Treviño, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Andrea Gutierrez and Christine Granados and Northern California singer/songwriter Alyssa Granados who will perform from their collective works.
Jesús Salvador Treviño is writer/director whose television directing credits include Criminal Minds, Law & Order Criminal Intent and many others. He has written, directed and produced several PBS documentaries about Latinos. Trevino’s latest effort is a video website showcasing Latino history, art, music, theater, literature, cinema and food: www.Latinopia.com He will read from his most recent collection of short stories Return to Arroyo Grande which was published in 2015 and won the 2016 American Book Award.
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, a native of the El Paso/Juárez border has published 11 books, among them award-winning novels and collections of poetry and short fiction. Since 1994, she has been a professor of Chicana/o Studies, English, and Gender Studies at UCLA, and is currently Chair of the LGBTQ Studies program. She will read from Calligraphy of the Witch published by St. Martin’s Press in 2007, released in paperback by Arte Público Press in 2012.
Andrea Gutierrez is a writer, editor, and educator in Los Angeles. Her work has been published or produced in make/shift, Mujeres de Maiz, Bitch, Huizache, and the Chicanas, Cholas, y Chisme theater festival in Los Angeles. She is on the editorial staff at make/shift magazine, previously brandished her red pen at Drunken Boat and Los Angeles Review of Books, and has served as a judge for the International Latino Book Awards. Andrea is a VONA/Voices writer and received her MFA in creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She will read from her works published in Huizache Magazine.
Christine Granados has been a Spur Award finalist and received Sandra Cisneros’ literary prize the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation Award in 2006 for her first book of fiction Brides and Sinners in El Chuco, published by the University of Arizona Press and her stories have been in many anthologies. She will read from and discuss her second book, a novella and short stories about strong Mexican American women who live along the border, titled Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children.
Alyssa Granados’ diverse catalog of guitar styles come from a range of influences spanning from folk to dub. She is half of the Electronic Funk duo Dreamers Paradise out of Boise, ID.
Gaspar de Alba: www.aliciagaspardealba.net
Andrea Gutierrez: http://andreagtrrz.com
C. Granados: www.christinegranados.com
A. Granados: https://soundcloud.com/cadence_boise