Thursday, June 20, 2013

Luci Tapahonso Featured on New Mexico PBS Series ¡COLORES!

Navajo Poet Lau­re­ate and Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico Eng­lish Pro­fes­sor Luci Tapa­honso shares how her poetry hon­ors words on last week’s episode of ¡COLORES! New Mex­ico PBS’ weekly arts and cul­ture series. “Things that a per­son says, that a per­son lit­er­ally utters, is a sacred thing,” Tapa­honso said. This episode of ¡COLORES! was broadcast on Fri­day, June 14 at 9 p.m.

Jana Giles receives Professorship at University of Louisiana-Monroe

Alum Jana Giles has recently applied for and received the University of Louisiana-Monroe McKneeley Professorship in English Literature for 2013-16. It provides $5,400 for three years from the university foundation to support her research.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tony Hillerman Portal Preview Event in Zimmerman Library

On Friday, June 14th at 5:30 pm University Libraries will host a preview event for the Tony Hillerman Portal ­– – in the Willard Room in Zimmerman Library. The demonstration of the portal will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to all.
In 2005, Tony Hillerman donated his manuscripts, papers and notes to Zimmerman Library. It was immediately clear that they represented a treasure trove of unique historical anecdotes and an insightful roadmap into his creative process. Given Tony's stature as an icon of New Mexican culture, combined with the exhaustive nature of his collection of papers, it is clear that there existed an amazing opportunity to make them available for research, education and public enjoyment.
Recent advances in interactive technology offer exciting ways that we can make Tony's papers available electronically. Using hyperlinked text, digital images, audio and video, making his work come alive in ways never before thought possible. Users of this resource will be able to:
  • Read Tony's manuscripts online, and view them in his own handwriting
  • Learn about Tony's life and career
  • View interviews with Tony, and experience New Mexico and the Southwest through his eyes
  • See Tony's notes and idea books, and learn how he worked and developed his literary ideas
  • Learn about New Mexico life, history and culture
His entire collection will be available to Hillerman enthusiasts, students and scholars world-wide through a unique website. The project goals are to: 
  • Digitize Tony's manuscripts, papers, and idea notebooks (digitization alone will ensure the long term preservation of Tony's work)
  • Collect and digitize photos, videos and documents about Tony's life and career
  • Create electronic links in the digital manuscripts to references Tony made to New Mexico people, events and places.
  • Design and build a web portal where internet users can go to view Tony's manuscripts and historical information about his life.
This is the first phase of the three-year project.This project will help further education in the Humanities, provide researchers an extensive new resource with which to investigate Tony Hillerman’s life and works, and help secure his legacy for future generations.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rudolfo Anaya's new novel: The Old Man's Love Story (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series)

To add to the kudos, Rudy Anaya also completed his new novel, The Old Man's Love Story (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series).
“There was an old man who dwelt in the land of New Mexico, and he lost his wife.” From that opening line, this tender novella is at once universal and deeply personal. The nameless narrator, a writer, shares his most intimate thoughts about his wife, their life together, and her death. But just as death is inseparable from life, his wife seems still to be with him. Her memory and words permeate his days. In The Old Man’s Love Story, master storyteller Rudolfo Anaya crafts the tale of a lifelong love that ultimately transcends death."

Rudy Anaya honored for his new children's book, How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico

Once again emeritus Professor Rudy Anaya is being showered with awards for his new children's book, HOW HOLLYHOCKS CAME TO NEW MEXICO.

Winner, Children's Fiction, National Federation of Press Women, 2013

First Place, Children's Fiction, New Mexico Press Women, 2013

Pablita Velarde Award For Outstanding Children's Book, Historical Society of New Mexico, 2013

Silver Finalist, Cover Design, Children's/Young Adult, Ben Franklin Book Awards, 2013

Finalist, Children's Picture Book, Hardcover Fiction, 2013 International Book Awards

Finalist, Best Interior Design, International Book Awards, 2013

Silver Medal Children's Illustrated Book (Grades 3-6), Nautilus Book Awards, 2013

Finalist, Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book, International Latino Book Awards, 2013

Runner Up Children's Picture Book, Great Southwest Book Festival, 2013

Honorable Mention Children's Picture Book, Los Angeles Book Festival, 2013

Honorable Mention Children's Picture Book, New England Book Festival, 2013

Honorable Mention Children's Picture Book, Paris Book Festival, 2013

Honorable Mention Children's Picture Book, San Francisco Book Festival, 2013