Funny as Jon Stewart makes it, things really are this dire in my community. Visit Save Ethnic Studies to learn more about the 11 brave teachers who are not allowed to use Chicano/a texts at Tucson High School.

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Check here for info on events and all manner of literary this-and-that for writer Manuel Muñoz. If you are interested in contacting Manuel for a reading or require permissions for use of his work, please contact his trusty and speedy agent, Stuart Bernstein, at:

Stuart Bernstein
Representation for Artists
63 Carmine Street, no. 3D
New York, New York 10014
212-924-1894 tel / 212-924-6467 fax


Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories, Zigzagger (Northwestern University Press, 2003) and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007), which was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published in 2011.

He is a recipient of a 2008 Whiting Writers’ Award and served as a juror, with A.M. Homes and Christine Schutt, for the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Awards. He is currently serving, with Madison Smartt Bell and Achy Obejas, as a judge for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Awards.

Manuel is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (2006) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2008). He received a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Award for his story, “Tell Him About Brother John.” His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Eleven Eleven, and Boston Review, and has aired on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. A native of Dinuba, California, Manuel graduated from Harvard University and received his MFA in creative writing at Cornell University. Manuel has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s creative writing program since 2008. He is an associate professor, and currently lives in Tucson.

The paperback of What You See in the Dark released in March 2012; many thanks are in order to indie bookstores across the country, who were especially critical in helping the hardcover succeed in the wake of limited review coverage.

Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Mysterious Press Bookstore, New York, NY
Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT (with a review too!)
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Russo’s Bookstore, Bakersfield, CA
Fig Garden Bookstore, Fresno, CA
M Is for Mystery Bookstore, San Mateo, CA
Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
Rainy Day Books, Kansas City, MO
Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA
The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, IL
Women and Children First, Chicago, IL
Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
Main Street Books, Mansfield, OH (gracias, Llalan Fowler, for the enthusiastic note about your store’s book group)
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA (with special thanks to the clerk who immediately recognized my name from the credit card and asked if I could sign their stock)

If you have an indie bookstore in your community, do consider your support of it: I urge you to do your part in keeping such a valuable resource in your community. And, despite my own misgivings about digital readers, please talk to your local store about how you can buy your e-books through them—every sale counts toward keeping them in business.

If you’re participating in a book group or simply want some insight on the book’s last chapter, I urge you to visit the wonderfully considerate and well-argued essays offered up by two film critics: Charles Taylor at the IFC film blog and Miguel Rodriguez at KPBS’s Cinema Junkie.