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BernCo to Rename North Valley Library after Rudolfo Anaya

03/14/2018

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library are renaming the North Valley Library after local Chicano literature icon Rudolfo Anaya.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at 7724-B 2nd Street NW.

“Bernalillo County is proud to honor Rudolfo Anaya for his many years as one the most popular authors in New Mexico history,” says County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. “The Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library will stand as a memorial to the literary legacy that he has left for us all.”

Rudolfo Anaya was born on October 30, 1937, in Pastura, New Mexico, and moved to Albuquerque when he was 15 years old. After graduating from Albuquerque High in 1956, he earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from UNM in 1963 and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 1972. Mr. Anaya was a guidance counselor at APS for seven years and eventually became an English professor at UNM.

His most famous book, "Bless Me, Ultima," has been one the most widely read and critically acclaimed books in contemporary Chicano literature for decades. Rudolfo Anaya is most widely known for his books, "Bless Me, Ultima," "Heart of Aztlan," "Alburquerque" and "Tortuga." His children’s books include "The Farolitos of Christmas" and "Roadrunner’s Dance."

In the last few years, "Bless Me, Ultima" was made into a major motion picture, and recently, an opera created and performed by Opera Southwest and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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