Please join Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library for the first in our three-part series, “Bridging La Frontera” featuring El Paso author Daniel Chacón on Thursday, October 20 at the JDC Library in Fort Davis.

Daniel Chacón is an award-winning author who has written four works of fiction and is the first speaker in our series about life on both sides of the border.

His most recent work, Hotel Juarez, is a collection of short stories that contains images which come to life in the readers’ minds: “a girl remembers her father who taught her to love books and libraries. A book can whisper at you, call you from the shelves. Sometimes a book can find you. Seek you out and ask you to come and play…”

Hotel Juarez received the 2014 Pen Oakland Award for Literary Excellence and 2013 Tejas NACCS Award for Best Fiction.

Chacón’s earlier works include Chicano Chicanery and Unending Rooms followed by And the Shadows Took Him. He also collaborated on The Last Supper of Chicano Heros, a compilation of selected works of José Antonio Burciaga.

Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, Chacón’s newest novel, D, will be published in 2017.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a “Members Only” wine and cheese reception for the author at the Hotel Limpia veranda. Purchase a membership at the door to attend the reception – $10/individual and $15/family.

The free, public program begins at 7 p.m. at the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis where Daniel Chacón will discuss the process and art of writing.

Chacón’s books will be available for purchase and signing. For further details, contact the library at (432) 426-3802.

“Bridging La Frontera” series is made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas with generous local support from Big Bend Coffee Roasters and Fort Davis State Bank.