Trade. Energy. Security. Immigration. These issues are more than just talking points for politicians; they impact our everyday life. And with our close proximity to the border, Texas has more at stake than most states. Join us for a discussion with six leading authors addressing affairs, immigration, and our region. Our guests will offer insights on the future of binational relations and the role of the region with President Donald Trump and Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador Join us for a discussion and a good cause. We are co-hosting a fundraiser for SOMOS with the Literarity Book Shop, featuring six incredible authors, at 5:30 p.m. MST Tuesday, November 27th at The Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon, El Paso, TX 79901).

Authors Francisco Cantú, Philip Connors, Alfredo Corchado, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Andrew Selee, and Ron Stallworth will give a brief presentation about each of their new books: The Line Becomes a River, A Song for the River, Homelands, and Midnight in Mexico, Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Vanishing Frontiers, and Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime. A discussion will follow moderated by Angela Kocherga, border correspondent, Albuquerque Journal.

The authors will stay for a meet-and-greet reception and book signing. Individual copies will be available for sale at the event. You are welcome to bring your own copies to get them signed. A slack bag that contains three books of your choice will be available for a $100 donation and will include 2 drink tickets. All proceeds go to the SOMOS Fund.


Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Venue: Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon, El Paso, TX 79901)

5:30 p.m. - Reception with authors: Francisco Cantú, Philip Connors, Alfredo Corchado, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Andrew Selee, Ron Stallworth and Moderator Angela Kocherga, border correspondent, Albuquerque Journal.

6:15 p.m. - Presentations of the books by each author.

6:45 p.m. - Q&A Session.

7:00 p.m. - Afterglow reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine (included with your donation).

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Francisco Cantú. is a writer, translator, and the author of The Line Becomes a River. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His essays and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper’s, n+1, Guernica, and on This American Life. He lives in Tucson, where he coordinates the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona.

Alfredo Corchado. He is the Mexico Border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness. Born in Durango, Mexico, he was raised in California and Texas. He worked the fields of California alongside his parents who were members of the United Farm Workers union led by Cesar Chavez. Corchado began his career in journalism at the El Paso Herald-Post, before working for the Wall Street Journal. He is a 2009 Nieman, Woodrow Wilson, Rockefeller, Lannan, USMEX and IOP fellow, and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism. He is also a former director of the Borderlands Program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He has reported on the reach of Mexican drug cartels into the United States, the plight of Mexican and Central American immigrants in the U.S. and government corruption on both sides of the border. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2018. Corchado lives between El Paso and Mexico City but calls the border home. His latest book, HOMELANDS, was launched June 5, 2018.

Andrew Selee. He has been the President of the Migration Policy Institute since August 2017, coming from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he served as Executive Vice President from January 2014 through April 2017, and founded and directed the Center’s Mexico Institute before that.

A frequent commentator in the media, Selee has also written and edited a number of books and policy reports on U.S.-Mexico relations, Mexican and Latin American politics, and Latino immigrant civic engagement in the United States, and he is a regular columnist with the Mexican newspaper El Universal.

His latest book, Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together, was published by Public Affairs in June 2018 and tells the story of the growing integration between Mexico and the United States on a range of issues from investment and innovation to sports, film, and food.