In memoriam: Luis Zapata- A trailblazer and a pioneer of the LGBT Literature in Mexico!

I was shocked by the news of the untimely demise of Mexican author Luiz Zapata, who is considered a trailblazer of the LGBT literary genre in Mexico. As the newspaper, Millenio reported he had been sick for sometime. Luis Zapata Quiroz‘s acclaimed book, “El vampiro de la colonia Roma,” is considered one of the first books that broke the silence on the issues of gay presence in Mexican literature. It was the recipient of the 1979 Juan Grijalbo book prize.

I leave you with some of his books that we have in our collections and a video recording. RIP, Luis Zapata.

  1. De cuerpo entero / Luis Zapata.
  2. Melodrama : De petalos perennes
  3. En jirones
  4. Ese amor que hasta ayer nos quemaba
  5. La hermana secreta de Angélica María


In Memoriam: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020): Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States!

Some notable Americans have left a lasting impression on my immigrant soul, while the others have just faded into the nothingness of faint memories. I remember the justness, kindness, and integrity of Americans from all walks of life. Some I have met in person, while the others, I will probably never meet. But their decisions have continued to influence our society in general and me on a very personal level. Such was the impact of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States- her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg and she is no more. However, the decisions and opinion pieces that she has written will continue to have their effects on our society for the longest. Here is her obituary in Guardian Newspaper.

She passed away on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, 5780.

I celebrate her life by sharing some of the books about her that we have in our collections.

Here are the links to the catalog record (from L to R).

Column 1

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a life / Jane Sherron de Hart.
Published New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

My own words / Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams.
Published New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Colum 2 (L to R).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy of dissent: feminist rhetoric and the law / Katie L. Gibson.
Published Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2018.

Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on life, love, liberty, and law / Jeffrey Rosen.
Published New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

Column 3 (L to R).

The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg / edited by Scott Dodson, University of California, Hastings, College of Law.
Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

America’s Jewish women: a history from colonial times to today / Pamela S. Nadell.
Published New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019].


Below is her interview by BBC.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rare interview: ‘It’s not the best of times’ – BBC Newsnight (2017). Fair Academic Use Only.







In memoriam: Chilean novelist Luis Sepúlveda passed away due to COVID-19!

A well-known prolific Chilean novelist, Luis Sepúlveda passed away yesterday in Spain due to the complications resulting from COVID-19 infection as reported by the Spanish newspaper El País yesterday. The library has several of his key titles. From early on Sepúlveda became involved in political activism, forming part of the Chilean communist and socialist youth (juventudes comunistas y socialistas chilenas). He was one of many left-wing authors, activists, and intellectuals who supported the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973). After Augusto Pinochet’s military coup, he was arrested and jailed for two and a half years. After his release, mediated by Amnesty International, he left Chile for exile. He is considered one of the most read Latin American authors in Europe.

I leave you with some of his well known works. The images are under the fair academic use guidelines and upon clicking you will be transported to the bibliographic record of his work in UC Berkeley Library’s Catalog. RIP Luis Sepúlveda!

And if you do care, here is his interview below.