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Winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction! Benjamin Alire
Sáenz''s stories reveal how all borders-real, imagined, sexual,
human, the line between dark and light, addict and
straight-entangle those who live on either side. Take, for
instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of
the Rio Grande. It''s a touchstone for each of Sáenz''s stories.
His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to score,
or they might just stay there for a while and let their story be
told. Sáenz knows that the Kentucky Club, like special watering
holes in all cities, is the contrary to borders. It welcomes
Spanish and English, Mexicans and gringos, poor and rich, gay and
straight, drug addicts and drunks, laughter and sadness, and even
despair. It''s a place of rich history and good drinks and cold
beer and a long polished mahogany bar. Some days it smells like
piss. "I''m going home to the other side." That''s a strange
statement, but you hear it all the time at the Kentucky Club.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a highly regarded writer of fiction,
poetry, and children''s literature. Like these stories, his writing
crosses borders and lands in our collective psyche. Poets &
Writers Magazine named him one of the fifty most inspiring writers
in the world. He''s been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book
Prize and PEN Center''s prestigious award for young adult fiction.
Sáenz is the chair of the creative writing department of University
of Texas at El Paso. Awards: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Lambda
Literary Award Southwest Book Award