Thomas Ray Garcia, The River Runs: Stories

Thomas Ray Garcia's debut short story collection presents revitalized insights into Texas-Mexico border culture, highlighting tales of resilience while refusing to shy away from the omnipresent reality the river imposes. Written from 2015 to 2020, these stories resist a singular vision of the border, centering the Rio Grande as a site of transformation.

Here, river crossings lead to cross country runs and astral projections. A pregnant teenager learns about motherhood from a curandera. A scholarship boy grapples with his fronterizo identity. The sister of a border patrol agent lives in fear of deportation. A child looks into the eye of a drone and sees his family anew.

The River Runs: Stories won the Américo Paredes Literary Arts Prize for Fiction sponsored by FlowerSong Press from McAllen, Texas and Prickly Pear Publishing from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Thomas Garcia is a writer, educator, and entrepreneur from Pharr, Texas. At Princeton University, he received the Ward Mathis Short Story Prize for his U.S.-Mexico borderlands fiction. Thomas is the author of the award-winning short story volume The River Runs and the co-author of the historical memoir El Curso de la Raza: The Education of Aurelio Manuel Montemayor. He also is the founder and Executive Director of the College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP), which teaches college access classes and connects near-peer mentors to students in the Rio Grande Valley.

www.thomasraygarcia.com

 

 

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
306 Pearl Parkway
Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781889568218
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Published: Prickly Pear Publishing - April 5th, 2023

Thomas Ray Garcia's debut short story collection presents revitalized insights into Texas-Mexico border culture, highlighting tales of resilience while refusing to shy away from the omnipresent reality the river imposes. Written from 2015 to 2020, these stories resist a singular vision of the border, centering the Rio Grande as a site of transformation.


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