“Las Nalgas de JLo” by Bárbara Renaud González National Book Launch
April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for the National Book Launch of Las Nalgas de JLo/Jlo’s Booty: The Best & Most Notorious Calumnas & other Writings by the First Chicana Columnist in Texas (1995-2005) by Bárbara Renaud González.
Friday April 28th 6 PM- 10 PM @ Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. SA,TX
Free Admission| Reading | Music | Food/Drinks | Book Signing
About the book
Blurring the borders between literature, journalism, essay, history, memoir and short story, Las Nalgas de JLo is a non-fiction collection of columns, articles, reviews, and poems, most written by Renaud González between 1995-2005 when she was an independent columnist for the San Antonio Express-News. Divided into eight chapters with such provocative headings as “They Say I’m No Lady,” “No Te Dejes/My Line in the Sand,” “Pray For Us Women,” “Forget the War, So We Can Remember It,” and “Las Nalgas de JLo/JLo’s Booty,” each chapter begins with a previously unpublished poem. While most of the 61 columns and articles included in this book were published in the San Antonio Express-News, many were published in other national newspapers and magazines, and some were unpublished due to their content. A “Disclaimer” as an introduction, and an “A-diosa-tion” and Afterword as a Despedida are also included in this collection.
About the Author
Renaud González is an important and dynamic Chicana/Latina voice tackling such hot-button subjects as racism, sexism, homophobia, immigration, sexual abuse, drugs, the environment, war, politics, love and more. Her powerful and authentic writing style, humor, and biting political satire and sarcasm make for perfect commentary on the cultural and social justice issues of our times. “Letting someone like me talk means that you will have to reconfigure the mundo we live in,” writes Renaud González. “In the name of Emma [Tenayuca] and a thousand others who have vanished from history, I deserve to tell my story. And you deserve to hear it.”
Bárbara Renaud González is a Tejana born in South Texas, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle. She graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She worked in Washington D.C., followed by post-graduate work at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying Immigration and Labor. Her novel, Golondrina, why did you leave me?, was the first Chicana novel published by the University of Texas Press in 2009. Author of The Boy Made of Lightning, an interactive children’s book on the life of the late, great voting rights activist, Willie Velásquez, she is currently developing The (S)Hero’s Journey, a series of children’s books about the marginalized (s)heroes of Texas, and finishing her first Tex-Mex adult fairy tale.
For information, call 210.710.8537, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Las Nalgas de JLo and other Aztlan Libre Press publications are available for purchase online at www.aztlanlibrepress.com and are also available through Small Press Distribution at www.spdbooks.org