Meet authors Dr. Christopher Carmona and Monica Munoz Martinez at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. Both, Carmona and Martinez will be promoting and discussing their most recently published books El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande and The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas. Each author, with their own unique writing style, recounts a snippet in Texas history of vigilantes and law enforcement – including the renowned Texas Rangers – who killed Mexican residents with impunity.
The books presentation and table discussion are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Christopher Carmona is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and the Coordinator for Mexican American Studies for the Brownsville Campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the TX State Board of Education for Mexican American Studies. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the NACCS Tejas Foco Committee on Implementing MAS in PreK-12 Education in Texas. His Short Story collection, The Road to Llorona Park, is listed by NBC News as one of the 8 Great Latino Books published in 2016. Carmona was the winner of the NACCS Tejas Award for Best Fiction Book of 2016 for The Road to Llorona Park.
Monica Munoz Martinez is Stanley J. Bernstein Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She is cofounder of the nonprofit organization Refusing to Forget, which calls for a public reckoning with racial violence in Texas. Martinez helped develop an award-winning exhibit on racial terror in the early twentieth century for the Bullock Texas State History Museum and worked to secure four state historical markers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Anyone interested in hearing the true story of how the Texas Rangers mistreated the Mexican and Mexican American are invited to attend this reading and table discussion. Both Carmona and Martinez will be answering questions form the public throughout the event.
For more information on this event, contact Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246. The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.