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Rudolfo  A.  Anaya

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fiction by Rudolfo Anaya
Sonny Baca mystery series

children's books

other works by Rudolfo Anaya

works about Rudolfo Anaya

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         Rudolfo Anaya portrait in color

“I've always used the technique of the cuento. I am an oral storyteller, but now I do it on the printed page.
I think [that] if we were very wise we would use that same tradition in video cassettes, in movies, and on radio.”

“The battle of good and evil is always for the soul.”

“Every writer needs a guide, because writing is an exploration and the exploration is not only for me, it's for the reader.”

“Books are the mirror in which we see ourselves.”

— Rudolfo Anaya


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Born in Pastura, New Mexico; at 15, the family moved to Albuquerque's Barelas barrio south of Downtown; graduated Albuquerque High School in 1956; earned degrees in English and counseling from U.N.M.; taught at Harrison Junior High, then Valley High School, then U.N.M.; retired in 1993
recipient of the National Medal for the Arts in 2001 http://www.nea.gov/honors/medals/medalists_year.html
Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award 2011 http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/book-prizes-previous-winners/

Nine of Anaya's books were listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]

Rudolfo Anaya entry at Wikipedia
browse books at the Rudolfo Anaya Store at Amazon

Primary  Fiction  by  Rudolfo  Anaya
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"Bless Me, Ultima" [1972] by Rudolfo Anaya
received People's Choice Award at the 2007 New Mexico Book Awards
listed #1 on the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]
selected by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program
won the Premio Quinto Sol national Chicano literary award

This novel of a young boy in New Mexico in the 1940s has sold more than 300,000 copies in paper-back since its 1972 debut; attempts to ban the books
from classrooms have been unsuccessful – so far; the book deserves a place in all fiction collections, especially those serving Xicano populations.

Bless Me, Ultima novel by Rudolfo Anaya  Ultima, an elderly curandera (one who cures with herbs and magic), comes to Antonio Marez's
New Mexico family when he is six years old, and she helps him discover himself in the magical
secrets of the pagan past.

Kindle Edition from Grand Central Publng [6/2012] for $7.99
Warner Books mass pb [4/94] for $5.91
Grand Central Publng mass pb [1995] out of print/70+ used
Warner Books 25th Anniversary Edition 8x5¼ pb [4/99] for $9.82
Warner Books 8¾x5¾ hardcover [4/94] out of print/used
Quinto Sol Publns 8¾x6 pb [1972] out of print/70+ used
'Bless Me, Ultima' 2010 stageplay by Rudolfo Anaya  
"Bless Me, Ultima" stageplay [2010] by Rudolfo Anaya
first performance at Vortex Theatre Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March-April 2010; directed by Valli Marie Rivera
performed October 2010 at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico
performed March-April 2011 at Teatro Visión in San José, California
performed March 2015 at Laredo [TX] Theater Guild International
Bless Me, Ultima feature film  "Bless Me, Ultima" feature film [indep release Feb 2013]
Filmed near Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010; based on the award-winning classic Xicano novel of 1972 by Rudolfo Anaya; a young Hispanic boy grows up during World War II under the wing of Ultima, who is a curandera (healer) or maybe a witch – or she just knows everything. • Co-produced by Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton; adapted & directed by Carl Franklin; starring Luke Ganalon, Miriam Colon, Benito Martinez, Dolores Heredia, Joaquín Cosio, Castulo Guerra & David Rees Snell
Sony Pictures Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [9/2013] for $8.07
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 1/2013 official trailer [2:32] online at YouTube
watch full movie [11/2014 upload, 1:45:54] online at YouTube

poster/logo for Bless Me, Ultima opera by Hector Armienta  "Bless Me, Ultima: The Opera" [2017] by Héctor Armienta  7/2017
Opera Southwest [est. 1972] and the National Hispanic Cultural Center [est. 2000] in Albuquerque, New Mexico commissioned an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s best-selling novel "Bless Me, Ultima" to be written by composer Héctor Armienta, who is based at Opera Cultura [est. 2008] in San José, California; excerpts were performed at a workshop event in June 2017 in San José with guest artist mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman; the opera's world premiere is scheduled for February 2018 at N.H.C.C. - performers include Kirsten Chávez & Daisy Beltran and conductor Guillermo Figueroa
webpage for 6/2017 workshop performance
webpage for 2/2018 world premiere performance

Heart of Aztlan by Rudolfo Anaya  "Heart of Aztlan: A Novel" [1976] by Rudolfo Anaya
The Chavez family moves from a rural life to the barrios of Albuquerque,
New Mexico in the 1950s – with a touch of Anaya's magical realism.

Univ NM Press 9x6 pb [3/88] for $12.21

"Tortuga" [1979] ISBN 0-915808-34-X

"Cuentos: Tales From The Hispanic Southwest" [1980] ISBN 0-89013-111-2

"The Silence of Llano" [1982] ISBN 0-89229-009-9

Legend of La Llorona novel by Rudolfo Anaya  "The Legend of La Llorona: A Short Novel" [1984] by Rudolfo Anaya
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]A different version of La Llorona (the Weeping Woman), a folk legend of Old Mexico, interwoven with the controversial historical figure La Malinche, who helped Hernán Cortés [1485-1547] conquer the Aztec Empire.
Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol Intl. 9x6 pb [1984] out of print/used
Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol Intl. 2nd edition 9x6 pb [10/94] out of print/used
"The Adventures of Juan Chicaspatas" [1985] ISBN 0-934770-45-X

"Lord of The Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcóatl" [1987] ISBN 0-8263-1001-X

"Alburquerque" [1992] ISBN 0-8263-1359-0
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]

"The Anaya Reader" [1995] ISBN 0-446-67077-4

"Jalamanta: A Message From The Desert" [1996] ISBN 0-446-52024-1

"Serafina's Stories" [2004] ISBN 0-8263-3569-1

The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories book by Rudolfo Anaya  "The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories" [18 stories 2006]
Univ Oklahoma Press 8½x5½ hardcover [3/2006] for $12.95
Univ Oklahoma Press hardcover [3/2006] out of print/used
Randy Lopez Goes Home novel by Rudolfo Anaya  "Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel" [2011]
A young Hispanic man, successful in the Anglo world, returns to his village in northern New Mexico to reconnect with his past and to find the wisdom that the Anglo world has not provided. He encounters his godparents, hopes to meet up with his lost love, Sofia, and engages in conversations about life with a series of spirits: coyotes, cowboys, Death, and the devil; winner of 2011 New Mexico Book Award for Fiction
Univ OK Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [6/2011] for $13.57
The Old Man's Love Story novella by Rudolfo Anaya  "The Old Man's Love Story" [2013]
An old man living in New Mexico loses his beloved wife. Life goes on, infused with memories and with quiet conversations with her spirit. After a year of mourning, he strikes up an acquaintance with a widow.
Anaya's stories are not usually action-packed-action, but you know that you will love the people in this tale; winner of 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Romance Fiction
Univ Oklahoma Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/2013] for $13.96

Sonny  Baca  Mystery  Series
Sonny Baca lives in the Westside/South Valley barrio of Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and is the great-grandson of famed lawman Elfego Baca [1865-1945].

Zia Summer mystery novel by Rudolfo Anaya  "Zia Summer" [1995]
Listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]; Sonny Baca investigates the brutal, ritualistc murder of his cousin, whose husband is a candidate for mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Univ NM Press 9x6 pb [5/2008] for $14.00
Warner mass pb [10/96] out of print/many used
Warner hardcover [6/95] out of print/many used
Rio Grande Fall mystery novel by Rudolfo Anaya  "Rio Grande Fall" [1996]
Listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]; Though supposedly killed in a flash flood {in "Zia Summer"}, evil Raven returns for revenge and jeopardizes tourist dollars during Albuquerque's gigantic fall Balloon Fiesta by killing a visiting balloonist.
Univ NM Press 9x6 pb [9/2008] for $12.21
Warner mass pb [11/97] out of print/many used
Warner hardcover [9/96] out of print/many used
Shaman Winter mystery novel by Rudolfo Anaya  
"Shaman Winter" [1999]
Listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]; While Sonny Baca is recov-ering from injuries (sustained in "Rio Grande Fall"), evil Raven invades Sonny's dreams and kidnaps the mayor's daughter.
Warner mass pb [4/2000] out of print/used
Warner hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Jemez Spring mystery novel by Rudolfo Anaya  "Jemez Spring" [2005]
Listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]; After Sonny is asked to help solve the death of the governor (drowned and half-boiled in a spa), terrorists threaten to set off a dirty-nuke bomb in a pristine wilderness, and evil Raven may be behind both schemes.
Kindle Edition from Open Road Media [6/2015] for $9.99
Univ NM Press 9x6 pb [2/2015] for $16.10
Univ NM Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2005] for $19.95

Other  Works  by  Rudolfo  Anaya

"A Ceremony of Brotherhood, 1680-1980" [1981] edited with Simon J. Ortiz

"Cuentos Chicanos: A Short Story Anthology" [rev 1984]
edited with Antonio Márquez 0-8263-0772-8 & 0-8263-0771-X
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]

"A Chicano In China" [1986] ISBN 0-8263-0888-0

"Voices: An Anthology of Nuevo Mexicano Writers" [1987] editor 0-8263-1040-0

"Aztlán: Essays On The Chicano Homeland" [1989]
edited with Francisco A. Lamelí 0-929820-01-0

"Tierra: Contemporary Short Fiction of New Mexico" [1989]
as editor, ISBN 0-938317-09-1

"Flow of The River" [2nd ed. 1992] ISBN 0-944725-00-7

"Descansos: An Interrupted Journey" [1995]
with Denise Chávez & Juan Estevan Arellano 0-929820-06-1

"Chicano/a Studies: Writing Into The Future" [1999]
edited with Robert Con Davis-Undiano

"The Curse of The Chupacabra" [2003]
listed among the 100 Best Books In New Mexico [Jan 2011]

"Chupacabra and The Roswell UFO" [2008]

The Essays book by Rudolfo Anaya   "The Essays" [2009]
by Rudolfo A. Anaya, Foreword by Robert Con Davis-Undiano

Univ OK Press 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2009] for $24.95
Poems from the Río Grande book by Rudolfo Anaya  "Poems From The Río Grande" [2015]
by Rudolfo Anaya, Foreword by Robert Con Davis-Undiano

won International Latino Book Award for Best Single-Author Poetry Book
Univ Oklahoma Press 8¾x5¼ pb [8/2015] for $15.25
Univ Oklahoma Press pb [8/2015] out of print/used
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Stageplays  by  Rudolfo  Anaya

Billy the Kid and Other Plays book by Rudolfo Anaya  "Billy The Kid and Other Plays" [2011] by Rudolfo Anaya
Afterword by Cecilia J. Aragon & by Robert Con Davis-Undiano

includes seven stageplays: "The Season of La Llorona", "Billy The Kid", "The Farolitos of Christmas", "Matachines", "Who Killed Don José?", "Ay, Compadre!", and "Angie"
Univ Oklahoma Press 9x6½ pb [12/2011] for $24.95
2013 poster for Rudolfo Anaya's stageplay "Rosa Linda"  "Rosa Linda" stageplay [April 2013] by Rudolfo Anaya
The play was first drafted in 1981 and is set in the 1900s on a cattle ranch in Northern New Mexico. After a hiatus of over 30 years, Anaya revised the manuscript; the play was staged (with music & dancing) in collaboration with the Vortex Theatre Company; the April 2013 world premiere was directed by Valli Marie Rivera at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Season of La Llorona stageplay by Rudolfo Anaya  "The Season of La Llorona" stageplay [2016] by Rudolfo Anaya
Said to be his first play, so written in the 1970s; first staged in partnership with Teatro Nuevo México [est. 2003] in October & November 2016; the latter event was at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Children's  Books  by  Rudolfo  Anaya

The Farolitos of Christmas book by Rudolfo Anaya & Amy Córdova  "The Farolitos of Christmas: A New Mexico Christmas Story" [ages 5-9; 1987]
by Rudolfo Anaya, with illustrations by Amy Córdova

New Mexico Magazine 8½x5¾ pb [6/87] out of print/used
Disney-Hyperion 11¼x8¾ hardcover [12/95] out of print/40+ used
Disney-Hyperion 11¼x8¾ hardcover [12/95] out of print/used
Maya's Children / La Llorana book by Rudolfo Anaya  "Maya's Children: The Story of La Llorana" [ages 6-9; 1997]
by Rudolfo Anaya, with illustrations by Maria Baca

Generations of Hispanic-American young people have heard the tale of 'La Llorona', the crying woman who killed her children long ago and who wanders through the night wailing with grief and sometimes kidnapping unchaperoned youngsters. Author Anaya provides a less violent version of the story, one that is sad and poetic and wistful.
Disney Press 10½x8¼ hardcover [5/97] out of print/used
Hyperion Books 10¼x8¼ library hardcover [5/97] out of print/used

"Farolitos For Abuelo" [1998] illustrated by Edward Gonzalez 0-7868-0237-5

"My Land Sings: Stories From The Rio Grande" [1999] illustrated by Amy Córdova 0-688-15078-0

"Roadrunner's Dance" [2000] illustrated by David Diaz 0-7868-0254-5

Elegy on the Death of César Chávez book by Rudolfo Anaya & Gaspar Enriquez  "Elegy On The Death of César Chávez" [YA 2000]
by Rudolfo Anaya, with illustrations by Gaspar Enriquez

Cinco Puntos Press 8x6½ pb [4/2004] for $8.95
Cinco Puntos Press hardcover [10/2000] for $16.95
Cesar E. Chavez [1927-93] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

"The Santero's Miracle: A Bilingual Story" [2004]
illustrated by Amy Córdova, Spanish translation by Enrique Lamadrid 0-8263-2847-4

"The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story" [2007]
illustrated by Amy Córdova, Spanish translation by Enrique Lamadrid

Juan & The Jackalope children's book by Rudolfo Anaya & Amy Córdova  "Juan and The Jackalope: A Children's Book In Verse" [ages 9-12; 2009]
by Rudolfo A. Anaya, Illustrations by Amy Córdova

Univ New Mexico Press 10¼x9 hardcover [11/2009] for $14.78
La Llorona / Crying Woman children's book by Rudolfo Anaya & Amy Córdova  "La Llorona: The Crying Woman" bilingual children's book [2012]
by Rudolfo A. Anaya, Illustrations by Amy Córdova

won the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Children’s Picture Book • essentially the same story as the 1997 book, with new illustrations, and with deft Spanish translation by Enrique Lamadrid
Univ New Mexico Press bilingual edition 10¾x9 hardcover [9/2011] for $16.34
How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico book by Rudolfo Anaya  "How Hollyhocks Came To New Mexico" [2012] by Rudolfo A. Anaya,
Illustrations by Nicolás Otero, Translation by Nasario Garcia

book won the National Federation of Press Women Book Award for Children's Fiction in June 2013; also winner of 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Children’s Picture Book, Best Cover Design, and Best Book of The Year
Rio Grande Books 10x8 hardcover [10/2012] for $22.46
How Chile Came to New Mexico book by Rudolfo Anaya  "How Chile Came To New Mexico" [2014] by Rudolfo A. Anaya,
Illustrations by Nicolás Otero, Translation by Nasario Garcia

won the 2015 NM Press Women Book Award for Children’s Books
Rio Grande Books 10x8 hardcover [2/2014] for $22.46

Works  About  Rudolfo  Anaya

The Magic of Words / Rudolfo Anaya book edited by Paul Vassallo  "The Magic of Words: Rudolfo Anaya and His Writings" [1982]
Edited by Paul Vassallo

Univ New Mexico Press 7x5 hardcover [6/87] out of print/many used
Rudolfo Anaya Focus on Criticism book by Cesar A. Gonzalez-T.  "Rudolfo A. Anaya: Focus On Criticism" [1990]
by Cesar A. Gonzalez-T

Bilingual Review/Lalo Press 8½x5½ pb [12/1990] out of print/used

"Conversations With Rudolfo Anaya" [Univ Press Mississippi 1998]
Edited by Bruce Dick & Silvo Sirias /1578060788/

"Rudolfo A. Anaya: A Critical Companion" [1999]
by Margarite Fernandez Olmos /0313306419/

Rudolfo Anaya Annotated Bio-Bibliography book by Cesar A. Gonzalez-T. & Phyllis S. Morgan  "A Sense of Place: Rudolfo A. Anaya: An Annotated Bio-Bibliography" [2000]
by Cesar A. Gonzalez-T & Phyllis S. Morgan
— includes article/essay "The Ritual and Myth of Experience In The Works of Rudolfo A. Anaya" by Cesar A. Gonzales-T
Univ California Ethnic Studies 11½x9 hardcover [12/2000] out of print/used

"Man of Aztlan: Biography of Rudolfo Anaya" [2001] by Abelardo Baeza
http://www.amazon.com/Man-Aztlan-Biography-Rudolfo-Anaya/dp/1571685642/

'Conversation with Rudolfo Anaya' docufilm for N.E.A.   "The Big Read: A Conversation with Rudolfo Anaya" docufilms [2009 & 2012]
Docufilm made for the N.E.A. Big Read Program website in two versions: 9-minutes and 27 minutes; author Anaya speaks, sometimes answering off-camera or on-camera questions
directed by Lawrence Bridgescredits at IMDb
watch 7/2009 short version [9:15] at YouTube
watch 1/2012 long version [26:38] at YouTube

The Magic of Words docufilm about Rudolfo Anaya  
"Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words" docufilm [indep 2012]
by David Ethan Ellis

30 minute running time • not listed at IMDb
DVD available on the producer/official movie site

L i n k s
Rudolfo Anaya entry at Wikipedia
Rudolfo Anaya Papers, 1960-2004 at U.N.M.
March 2010 interview "Rudolfo Anaya - In His Own Words" at Latinopia website
article “Rudolfo Anaya Shares His Philosophy” by Tom Lynch in the Las Cruces Sun-News on 18 February 2000

Study books recommended by author Rudolfo Anaya (in "Zia Summer" [1995]):
"The Tewa World", "Ceremony", "The Man Who Killed The Deer",
the poetry of Simon Ortiz, and Joe Sando's history of the pueblos

here on the Rudolfo Anaya Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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