22/10/2008“Sun, Stone and Shadows”, a compilation of Legendary Mexican Stories, come to life in the US

Houston, TX, October 21st, 2008 – “Perhaps literature is the best lens through which to observe Mexico’s soul.” wrote Jorge Hernandez, author who put together the collection of the twenty short stories that make up the book Sun, Stone and Shadows. This book is the first to be published specifically for the largest literature program of the U.S., The Big Read.

The Big Read was designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture and promote the transformative power of literature. This was an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, whose main goal is to address the decline of literary reading happening rapidly among all groups in America, especially more among young readers.

The Big Read gives Americans the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, an ambitious national publicity campaign and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.

During the Society of American Travel Writers in Houston, the book “Sun, Stones and Shadows” will be presented to the audience during the closing celebrations that will be hosted by the Mexico Tourism Board. The Big Read describes this anthology presents a collection of twenty stories of extraordinary quality, written by the finest Mexican authors born during the first half of the twentieth century. Through these pages, readers will tour the real and the unreal, the faithfully rendered and the fantastic, as well as the tangible past of Mexican history. Readers will also travel between urban reflections on everyday life and intimate inventions that set Mexico apart from landscapes, other cultures, and other literatures.

The book, masterminded by Garcia Oteyza, cultural attaché in Washington DC for the Mexican Embassy, was started as an idea written on a napkin. He then invited Jorge Hernandez and poet Francisco Hernandez to anthologize the book, formulating a long roster of writers and stories. From the onset, it was decided that the authors who would make up the book, be born before 1940, be of Mexican decent and thus leaving space for another project of big stories of many other writers.

About the Mexico Tourism Board

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Latin America. For more information on destinations and online trip bookings please go to www.visitmexico.com.

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