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Press Release 9/4/20

(Kent, Connecticut) – Kent Memorial Library and House of Books invite you to join a book talk and virtual signing with Texas-born author and Kent resident Sergio Troncoso. Mr. Troncoso will discuss his newest book, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son. This event will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Sergio Troncoso is the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels Nobody’s Pilgrims, The Nature of Truth, and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He edited Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature of Families in between Worlds and Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence.

Among the numerous awards he has won are the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and the Silver and Bronze Awards for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. For many years, he has taught fiction and nonfiction at the Yale Writers’ Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut. He is President of the Texas Institute of Letters.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Troncoso was born in El Paso, Texas and now lives in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received two graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy from Yale University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Mexico, where he studied economics, politics, and literature. He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. The El Paso City Council voted unanimously to rename the public library branch in Ysleta as the Sergio Troncoso Branch Library. He has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay category.

Troncoso’s stories and essays have been featured in many anthologies, including We Wear the Mask: Fifteen True Stories of Passing in America, Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, New Border Voices, Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing,and Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas-Mexican Literature. His work has also appeared in CNN Opinion, New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Guard Literary Review, Texas Monthly, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Pembroke Magazine, and Other Voices.

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This event is free and open to the public. On Zoom. Please register for Zoom login information.

House of Books, located at 4 North Main Street, features a large selection of current releases, literature and children’s books in addition to a carefully curated selection of cards, gifts, calendars, reading glasses and journals. For more information or to order books go to

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit for more information.