June 12, Maceo Montoya Speaks at Woodland Public Library
Posted on June 9, 2014
Woodland Friends of the Woodland Public Library Presents:
Author Maceo Montoya at the Woodland Public Library on Thursday, June 12, 6:00pm
The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, Maceo Montoya’s second novel, will be the topic of his talk at the Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of the Library on Thursday, June 12, at the Leake Center, 250 First St. At 5:30 PM, there will be a members-only Ice Cream Social; memberships may be purchased at the door with new and renewing members receiving a $5 book buck which is good at all FOL book sales through June 2015. Montoya’s presentation will begin at 6 PM, and he will be available to sign books; Avid Reader will provide Montoya’s books for purchase.
The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, set in Woodland, provides insight into lives of those with roots on both sides of the border, many of the issues they face and brings focus to aspects of their lives that are not often visible. In that way, Montoya gives voice to an otherwise largely silent segment of our population.
Wopper Barraza is deported to Michoacan, Mexico, following his fourth DUI violation. “But I haven’t been there since I was a little kid,” says Wopper, whose parents brought him to California when he was three. The reader joins Barraza as he delves into municipio life, with its intrigue as well as colorful aspects.
“A brilliant and innovative take on an issue close to the hearts and minds of families who have one foot planted firmly on both sides of the border. It is a deportation story in reverse: a bold re-envisioning with unexpected consequences, mystery, and insight.”
– Tim Z. Hernandez, author of Mañana Means Heaven
“I love this novel …Wopper Barraza is everywhere, yet he is a story never told since we are used to just remembering Mexico, not double-remembering—Mexico, U.S.A., then back again. Montoya’s dialogue is fierce, his multi-voices tender and rough-cut crystal; his characters are carved with the dark-real scalpel of Juan Rulfo and Victor Martinez. Montoya makes it look so easy to enter lives never entered. A first in Chicana/Latino letters. Wopper is our new reality—a heavy prizewinner on all accounts and in both directions.”
-Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate
“I think that art drives people’s understanding of communities and cultures, and we can’t deny the importance of the Mexican-American/Chicano community in the Southwest, in California, and particularly in this agricultural valley. Chicanas/os and Mexicans play a major role throughout this state. As an artist, I hope that the stories I tell together contribute not only to revealing these important communities and individual stories that need to be told, but also to an understanding of the universality of art and literature.”, says Maceo Montoya, who sees the link between art and community as essential.
Maceo Montoya who is from Elmira, CA, is a well known painter, author and educator. He graduated from Yale University in 2002, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Columbia in 2006, is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis, and is affiliated with TANA, a community-based arts organization in Woodland, CA. His web site is: www.maceomontoya.com.
Please join us on June 12, at 5:30 PM for the FOL Annual Membership Meeting, ice cream social and author event featuring Maceo Montoya, at the Leake Center. For more information please visit our web site, www.woodlandfol.org.