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Distinguished authors to sign new works

Two nationally acclaimed authors will be signing their new books April 5 and 6 in events sponsored by the New Mexico State University Bookstore.

Anaya, the recipient of many prestigious awards including the National Medal of Arts, the Before Columbus American Book Award and the Premio Quinto Sol national award for Chicano literature, will be signing his new book "The Man Who Could Fly" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Rio Grande Theatre, located at 211 North Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.

Anaya, a native New Mexican, is best known for his 1972 novel "Bless Me, Ultima" and is considered by many to be the founder of modern Chicano literature. Frankie Miller, trade book buyer for the NMSU Bookstore, described Anaya as "soft-spoken" but added, "he takes over the whole room with his charisma and presence."

Antonya Nelson, professor of creative writing at NMSU, will be signing her new book, "Some Fun" from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the NMSU Bookstore in the Corbett Center Student Union.

Nelson is the author of four collections of short stories and three novels, including "Nobody's Girl" and "Family Terrorists." For her literary works Nelson has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rea Award for the short story and was named one of the 20 young fiction writers for the new millennium by The New Yorker.

Nelson will be reading from her new book at 7:30 p.m. April 7, in Hardman Hall at NMSU. The reading is sponsored by La Sociedad para las Artes.

For details on either book signing or the reading call Frankie Miller at (505) 646-7660.

Austin Craig
March 30, 2006