Visiting Author to Discuss Border Issues Oct. 7

Novelist, artist, poet and children’s author Benjamín Alire Sáenz will visit Truman Oct. 7-8 for a series of events.

Sáenz will present “Juarez Doesn’t Stop at the Border” as a part of the Global Issues Colloquium from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7 in Baldwin Hall 176. He will talk about his personal experiences living near the U.S.-Mexico border, and will follow the presentation with a book signing.

The next day, Sáenz will give a reading and book signing from 1:20-3 p.m. in the Student Union Building 3200 along with Truman professors Joseph Benevento and Monica Barron. The event will be in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and Truman’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Sáenz will close his visit with a discussion and reading entitled “Live from the Border” from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.  

Sáenz teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. His critically acclaimed first novel, “Carry Me Like Water,” was published in 1995 and awarded a Southwest Book Award. The novel was re-issued by HarperCollins and was awarded a Latino Literary Award for Best Novel in 2006.

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