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Borderlands Conference | Francisco Cantú, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, & Yuri Herrera

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Francisco Cantú, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Yuri Hererera will read and sign their works as part of the two-day University of Utah Guest Writers Borderlands Conference. 

Francisco Cantú is the author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American EssaysHarper'sn+1Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson.


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly, The Millions and elsewhere. His debut story collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI's The World.  It was published in Spanish translation by the author, and is forthcoming in German and Dutch. Antonio lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he's currently at work on a novel.


Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a fronteriza from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, USA and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015), winner of the PEN America/Osterweil, GLCA, and Utah Book Awards, as well as Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press April 2019). She holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, CantoMundo, and the Poetry Foundation. She teaches poetry at Bennington College. 


Yuri Hererera was born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970. He studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was published to great critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian‘s Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books, going on to win the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. He is currently teaching at the Tulane University, in New Orleans.

Borderlands Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Cantu & Ruiz-Camacho)

Friday, April 5th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Scenters-Zapico & Herrera)

Friday, April 5th,  2:00 - 3:00 PM Roundtable Discussion with all four authors.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copies of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the BorderBarefoot Dogs: Stories, The Verging CitiesLima :: Limón, and Signs Preceding the End of the World today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book(s) personalized.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Salt Lake City Public Library
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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La línea se convierte en río: Una crónica de la frontera Cover Image
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015