Guest Blog Post Up

Cindy Rodríguez over at Latin@s in Kid Lit graciously invited me to write a blog post about the Garza Twins series, the Pura Belpré Honor Award, etc. That post is up today, and you can read it here.  

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La Bloga Profiles My Work

Just in time for my birthday, Rudy Ch. García over at La Bloga has posted a lovely overview of my work. Give it a read! A Chicano novelist and his literary works  

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A Cradlesong

The journal Metamorphoses published “A Cradlesong,” my translation of “Cōzolcuīcatl” (the 57th selection in the Aztec codex Songs of Mexico) in its spring 2015 edition. In the long sequence, a young Mexica girl envisions the fallen young king of Tenochtitlan, Ahuizotl, as a baby, youth and man, her musings running from motherly affection…

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Garza Twins Giveaway

If you have a Goodreads account, you can now enter for a chance to win a copy of A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, the upcoming sequel to the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror. Goodreads Book Giveaway A Kingdom Beneath the Waves by David Bowles Giveaway ends April 02,…

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Essay nominated for Cimmerian Award

Pleased to learn that my essay “Toltec Traces in ‘Thunder-Rider’” (published in On An Underwood No. 5 ) has been nominated for the Robert E. Howard Foundation’s Cimmerian Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Online Essay. Thanks to Todd Vick (who himself racked up FIVE nominations, wow) for putting the…

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Translations to appear in Asymptote

I was pleased to learn that my translations of songs V and VI of the Aztec codex Cantares Mexicanos will be published in an upcoming number of the journal Asymptote.    

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Cover Reveal for A Kingdom Beneath the Waves

IFWG Publishing just dropped the cover of Garza Twins Book Two on their website. Kudos to Charlene for her incredible work on this.  

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Mesoamerican Day Signs

The post below is mainly intended for students reading my Garza Twins series, but the information may be useful for others as well. Most societies in pre-Columbian Mexico (Aztec, Maya, Mixtec, etc.) used a complex system to keep track of dates. Basically there were two overlapping calendars in this system: a 365-day…

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Meet Carol Garza

Here are some key facts about one of the protagonists of the Garza Twins series. Name: Carolina “Carol” Garza Birthday: August 10 Aztec day sign: Ce Ocelotl or “One Jaguar.” Note, however, that the twins were baptized on August 26, which falls under the sign Nahui Izcuintli or “Four Dog,”…

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Meet Johnny Garza

Here are some key facts about one of the protagonists of the Garza Twins series. Name: Juan Ángel “Johnny” Garza Birthday: August 10 Aztec day sign: Ce Ocelotl or “One Jaguar” Pronouns: he, him Orientation: straight Home town: Donna, Texas Interests: electronica music, old cartoons and comics, video games, architecture,…

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