LatinaLista — Bless Me, Ultíma catapulted author Rudolfo Anaya onto the national literary stage in 1972. His magical plot weave of Hispanic tradition with modern-day challenges, a mix of both English and Spanish text and portrayal of Chicano culture established Anaya’s reputation as the “abuelo of Chicano literature.” His list of published works since that literary debut — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s stories, anthologies and plays — cements his influential role in American literature.
Until now, not all of his books have been adapted to the 21st Century style of reading, otherwise known as e-books. However, digital publisher Open Roads Media, has converted nine of his titles into the e-book format. Among them are: Alburquerque, Tortuga, Serafina’s Stories, Jalamanta, Heart of Azlan and The Sonny Baca Novels.
Via technology, Anaya’s name is spreading beyond the classrooms, where his books have been popular for class assignments, and into the hands of readers of all ages who enjoy an old-fashioned pastime of enjoying a good story.
In honor of the launch, a special video on Anaya’s legacy and impact on Chicano and American literature was created by Anaya’s documentarian.