I have established the Troncoso Reading Prizes for children and young adults at the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library in Ysleta. These six prizes for grade school, middle school, and high school students in the Ysleta area will be given out every year for those who read the most books from September 15-November 15. The librarians at the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library will administer the prizes. Read more about the Troncoso Reading Prizes and download the rules for eligibility.
Yale Writers' Conference: "The faculty includes Tom Perrotta, Susan Orlean, ZZ Packer, Richard Selzer, Kevin Wilson, Donald Margulies, Nathaniel Rich, Marc Fitten, MG Lord, Eileen Pollack, Laurel Snyder, Sergio Troncoso, and Trey Ellis, among other distinguished writers." Read more about Yale Kicks Off Second Writers' Conference Today - BWWBooksWorld by books.broadwayworld.com
A friend of mine, Rosario Rojas, snapped this picture of Santiago Troncoso Boulevard as she was coming from Chihuahua to Juarez, Mexico. My grandfather Santiago Troncoso was editor and publisher of El Dia in the 1920s, one of the first daily newspapers in Juarez, Mexico. He was thrown in jail dozens of times by the Mexican government for writing critical articles about them. His print shop was fire-bombed three times. He was an advocate for freedom of the press.
With two of my favorite writers from El Paso, Benjamin Alire Saenz and Daniel Chacon, on their program “Words on a Wire.” We argue about tamales, asaderos, literature, creativity, and what it is to be an artist. I read from The Nature of Truth, a novel about a Yale researcher who discovers that his boss hides a Nazi past.
"For this reason, Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence, a treasure trove of one dozen personal essays, deserves to be celebrated, read, and discussed in every community in North America. Not a book about Mexico or narcotrafficking per se, Our Lost Border is meant, in the words of its editors, Chicano writers Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso, “to bear witness,” to share what it has been like to live and travel in this region of Mexico’s many regions, and what has been…