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California Book Club: Jaime Cortez
"Gordo" author Jaime Cortez sits down for a conversation with CBC host John Freeman.

Cortez’s first book of short stories—he is also the creator of a graphic novel and the editor of a groundbreaking collection of gay Latino love stories—takes place in the 1970s at a migrant workers camp on the Central Coast and then a small house in Watsonville. The protagonist is a boy nicknamed Gordo, heavyset and likely gay, who must navigate the vagaries of growing up. For Cortez, this is an unpredictable process, made up in equal parts of insecurity and joy. As the 11 pieces here progress, and the character emerges or develops, we cannot help but be reminded yet again of the complexities of living and all the small details and experiences upon which identity depends.

Dec 15, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jaime Cortez
Author, “Gordo”
Jaime Cortez is the author of “Gordo,” a collection of short stories, and the graphic novel “Sexile,” created for AIDS Project Los Angeles. His work has appeared in “Kindergarde,” “No Straight Lines,” “Street Art San Francisco,” and the San Francisco atlas “Infinite City.”
Sandra Cisneros
Special guest
Sandra Cisneros is a celebrated novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist. Her books include “The House on Mango Street,” “Caramelo,” and “Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories.” Among her many honors are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a National Medal of Arts, a 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a 2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
John Freeman
John Freeman was the editor of “Granta” until 2013. His books include “How to Read a Novelist,” “Tales of Two Cities,” and “Tales of Two Americas.” “Maps,” his debut collection of poems, was released 2017. He is an executive editor at Knopf and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into 20 languages.