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A Good Map of All Things Release Party with Alberto Ríos, Anita Huizar-Hernández

Date(s): Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Community Event, Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Novels
Cost: Free

About this Event

Please join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona Press, and Changing Hands Bookstore for a virtual reading and conversation with Arizona poet laureate Alberto Ríos as he debuts his first novel A Good Map of All Things, Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

The reading and conversation will be hosted by University of Arizona assistant professor is Borderlands Studies Anita Huizar-Hernandez. This event is free and open to the public.

You can also purchase A Good Map of All Things to access a special live meet and greet with Ríos immediately following the release.

About the Book

“The people in this fictional town are weird, funny, beautiful, and they do crazy things. They remind me of my own family, and I can’t help but to love them. Alberto Ríos is a great storyteller.”—Daniel Chacón, author of Kafka in a Skirt

“Ríos takes us to a home we’ve never been properly introduced to until now. Community activates through the sum of its parts, and though not always predictable as the stars, each of Ríos’s characters’ contributions is as necessary as the sun.”—Bryan Allen Fierro, author of Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul

About the Author

Piper Center Artistic Director Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Alberto Álvaro Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, Arizona, is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His books of poems include The Dangerous Shirt, The Theater of Night, winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, along with The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, a finalist for the National Book Award, Teodoro Luna’s Two KissesThe Lime Orchard WomanThe Warrington PoemsFive Indiscretions, and Whispering to Fool the Wind, winner of the Walt Whitman Award.

Photograph of Anita Huizar-Hernández

Anita Huizar-Hernández is an Associate Professor of Border Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. Her research investigates how narratives, both real and imagined, have shaped the political, economic, and cultural landscape of the Southwestern borderlands in general, and Arizona in particular.