Helena María Viramontes

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Helena María Viramontes is the author of Their Dogs Came with Them, a novel, and two previous works of fiction, The Moths and Other Stories and Under the Feet of Jesus, a novel.  Named a USA Ford Fellow in 2007 by United States Artists, she is also the recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Luis Leal Award.  Viramontes is currently Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she is at work on a new novel.


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Bookworm on KCRW

with host Michael Silverblatt, August 16, 2009

"This is one of those rare occasions where I read a book, I felt that I knew this writer very well, we'd spoken before on Bookworm, and along came a book, twelve years after her last one, that really is what is in the purest form a breakthrough book.  Nowadays they talk about a breakthrough book and what they mean is it's a bestseller, but when the term was invented, it referred to a writer who really had broken through to a new level of treating her material and her themes and found a level of expressiveness and structure that brought her work to a culmination.  And that's what we have in Their Dogs Came with Them . . . . There are certain books—and I'm a pretty good judge of this—that are going to become, over time, the books of their time .  .  .  . This is one of them."

-Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW's Bookworm

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Their Dogs Came with Them