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Local professor and author, Norma Cantu, celebrates literary quinceanera

By Saul Hernandez

La Prensa de San Antonio.- Norma Cantu, professor and ardent advocate of education, is also an author and grand contributor to literature.

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Her education was the key to her success and she demonstrates it proudly carrying with her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

She currently is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she directs the doctoral program in English. Her specialty in Cultural Studies, Chicano/a, and Latino/a Literature and Film espouses her Hispanic heritage.

The professor is a recognized scholar and well-known as a folklorist for her award winning books including Canicula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera.

The novel celebrates fifteen years in print, and even had a literary quicenanera at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center last April. Cantu said in an interview on NPR that Canicula refers to the dog days of summer, a common reference in Laredo to the very hot afternoons people would choose to stay indoors – as in “Don’t go out in la Canicula.”

The novel features her fictionalized memoir of her time in Laredo during the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s. Using photographs as a backdrop, she brings the images to life and recalls her own childhood living between the borders of America and Mexico.
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