Black Dove Reading & Signing: May 25
Xicana feminist Ana Castillo is a novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist, playwright, mother and activist. Her work — especially her novels So Far from God and Sapogonia, and collection Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma — has been lauded over the years for its treatment of race, class, gender and socio-political histories. Castillo visits BookWoman to read from her new memoir Black Dove, which takes an honest look at her life as a daughter of immigrants in Chicago and as the mother of a troubled Chicano youth in a nation full of racism, police brutality and mass incarceration.
Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. She was also awarded a 1998 Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago. Dr. Castillo’s So Far From God and Loverboys are two titles on the banned book list controversy with the TUSD in Arizona.
June 2015, Ana Castillo was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in literature for her “literary contributions to the Latino/a community, and commitment to the betterment of our younger generations” by Latina 50 Plus, a motivational organization based in the Bronx, NY.