Join us virtually for our annual Winter Fiesta, Thursday February 25 at 6:00PM MST, where we will present novelist Denise Chávez with the Richard Harris Book Award for her influential book, "The Last of the Menu Girls".
The Richard Harris Awards are funded by a grant from the Harris family. Harris left a notable legacy as a founding member and past president of the New Mexico Book Association, author of many books, a consummate book man, and a mentor to publishers. The Harris Award is presented annually to a book whose outstanding excellence in every measure, in authorship, editorial preparation, design, and influence, is deemed worthy of high honor and recognition.
About Denise Chávez:
A true child of La Frontera, Chávez is a novelist, playwright, actor, community activist and teacher whose work focuses on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern México. While her work is centered in this ever-challenged break between the worlds, her characters speak to universal themes.
Chávez’s books include The King and Queen of Comezón, A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture, Loving Pedro Infante, Face of An Angel, and a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls and a children’s book, La Mujer Que Sabía El Idioma de Los Animales/The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals. Chávez has performed her one-woman shows, Novena Narrativas: The Novena Narratives and El Muro/The Wall: A Chorus of Immigrant Women's Voices throughout the U.S.
Chávez is the owner and bookseller at Casa Camino Real, a Bookstore and Multicultural Art and Community Center, on the Historic Camino Real. Chávez is a founding member of the American Booksellers Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality Committee.