In this IHC (Interdisciplinary Humanities Center) sub-unit, Tim Hernández will receive this year’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.  His debut novel, Breathing, In Dust received the 2010 Premio Aztlan Prize in Fiction. His collection of poetry, Natural Takeover of Small Things was released in 2013 and received the 2014 Colorado Book Award, and his novel, Mañana Means Heaven, which is based on the life of Bea Franco, also released in 2013, went on the receive the 2014 International Latino Book Award in historical fiction.  His latest book, All They Will Call You, was released in 2017. A genre bending work labeled a Documentary Novel, it is based on the song by Woody Guthrie, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).”

Sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Research Group.