AKBTW Playlists for Carol and Johnny

As I worked on A Kingdom Beneath the Waves, the second book of Garza Twins, I used music to help me get inside the heads of my two teen protagonists. Here are the playlists for each character:  

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Texas Institute of Letters Nomination

I received an email today from the Texas Institute of Letters notifying me that my YA novel The Smoking Mirror has been selected as a finalist for their H-E-B Award for Best Young Adult Book. The award winner will be publicly announced at the 2016 Awards Banquet in Austin on Saturday, April 16.…

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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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