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Shop Books by Thomas Ray Garcia

Based in the Rio Grande Valley, Thomas Ray Garcia is the award-winning author of The River Runs: Stories. He is also the co-author of the historical memoir, El Curso de la Raza: The Education of Aurelio Manuel Montemayor, and the children's picture book, Speechless.

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The River Runs: Stories

The River Runs presents revitalized insights into the Texas-Mexico border region by centering the Rio Grande as a site of belonging and becoming. These 11 stories feature characters facing the realities of living alongside a river running through their countries, communities, and cultures.

"Thomas Ray Garcia's The River Runs flows like precious water from the sacred cenote of contemporary Mexican American literature." Dr. Robert Paul Moreira

"This intriguing collection of short stories is reminiscent of Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. While The River Runs does not contain poetry, the prose is often lyrical and swells with imagery and symbolism." - Lone Star Literary Life


El Curso de la Raza:

The Education of Aurelio Manuel Montemayor

El Curso de la Raza tells the story of Chicano activist and self-described fronterizo Aurelio Manuel Montemayor, whose dual identities as an educator and political organizer informed his hitherto little-known role in developing a course, or curso, that cultivated Chicano leadership from the barrios.

"El Curso de la Raza is more than a memoir; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of Chicano activism and the quest for social justice."

- Latino Book Review

"Readers curious to know more about the Chicano Movement and students delving into its history and influence will find plenty to consider in this important new work." - Lone Star Literary Life

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