The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library kicks off its annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrarion with a book-signing event presented by local author Jesus Perez, who will be promoting his latest book El Mensajero / The Messenger. The book presentation and signing will take place at the Library on Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In his book El Mensajero, author Jesus Perez acts as a messenger giving news about social injustice and inequality, the lack of decent work suffered by rural communities, and corruption. Through his testimony the characters of Perez - The Dreamer, Don Nicolas, El Cronista del Pueblo, among others - denounce the vulnerable conditions in which they find themselves and make a call to readers to help eliminate the inequalities that exist.
Author Jesus Perez, was born in the Ranch La Adarga in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. His connection with the North American side of the border is due to his residence in Texas since 1972. Perez is an active member of the organized gatherings for Expresiones Literarias Writer's Club, Poesia in Atril and Narciso Martinez Writer's Forum. Some of his works are compiled in the 2016 Anthology of the FeIPoL International Latin American Poetry Festival and in Echoes en el Valle (Narciso Martinez Writer's Forum, 2016). Perez is the author of the following books: Mi vida, vidita mia, Mi vida, vidita mia II (2014), El temor de perder a soledad (2016) and El Mensajero (2018).
Emceeing the event will be author, filmmaker, director, actor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley Gabriel H. Sanchez. Sanchez is co-founder of, and editor at, The Raving Press which publishes anthologies that include works by local, national, and international authors.
Those in attendance will be able to purchase copies of the book at the event and some lucky people will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of El Mensajero. For more information on this event, contact Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246.