- Photo of Tony Diaz, with some Banned Books in Arizona
“My first job as a child was to translate the outside world for my parents. Now, I translate our culture for the rest of the world.”
Tony Diaz is leading one of several caravans from Texas to Arizona. Visit tonydiaz.net to learn more about him. He is the founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. Tony Diaz “El Librotraficante” is a novelist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Arizona has banned Ethnic Studies books!
On March 2012, Librotraficante.com will be bringing contraband Latino and Mexican American books back into Arizona from Houston, California and elsewhere.
Some of the banned authors include Sandra Cisneros, Howard Zinn, Sherman Alexie, Shakespeare, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dagoberto Gilb, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Luise Alberto Urrea Manuel Muñoz, Rene Alegria, Roberto Rodriguez, Christine Granados, Diane Lopez, Zelen Suchlit, Elena Díaz Bjorkquist, Harbeer Sandhu, Lupe Mendez and Liana Lopez. Honoring their Tucson Cultural Heroes: Curtis Acosta, Sean Arce, UNIDOS, PIMA MECHA, Tucson High Mecha and others.
This is a free speech issue. It is about preserving our cultural histories in America for present and future generations. Many folks have endorsed this movement, including the Association of American Publishers.
Here are some of the authors supporting Librotraficante: librotraficante Allies
Here is their caravan schedule
If you would like to donate any novels or books by these authors to one of the libraries, please visit this website for their mailing addresses: librotraficante.com