Author Rudy Ruiz has upcoming book events for the new Valley of Shadows novel
Events will include bookstores in San Antonio and Austinas well as a virtual session
SAN ANTONIO, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — San Antonioauthor based, Rudy Ruizwill participate in three events dedicated to his latest novel, valley of shadowswhich should come out September 20, 2022.
valley of shadows is Ruiz’s third work of fiction. The novel explores the distinct dynamic between the US-Mexico border through a neo-Western that follows Solitario Cisneros, a Mexican sheriff from the town of Olvido who finds himself on the US side of the border after the Rio Grande River shifts. Incorporating elements of historical fiction, horror, mystery, and magical realism, the novel offers a unique perspective on isolation, collaboration, and injustice that is highly relevant today.
Ruiz will be featured at three literary events following the release of his book, including:
valley of shadows has already received critical acclaim, receiving a star-studded review from the American Library Association’s Booklist, who said, “Ruiz’s engaging tale…is immersive and atmospheric…Ruiz skillfully combines elements of romance, historical mystery , horror and magical realism to deliver a richly satisfying adventure.”
When talk about the themes of the bookand how the book can bridge cultural gaps, Ruiz said: “Ultimately, my writing is about empathy. It’s an invitation for the reader to walk in someone else’s shoes, no matter what. I hope that when a non-Latino reader immerses himself in one of my stories or novels, he will experience some of the emotions, some of the challenges, some of the aspirations of the characters whose thoughts… If we can see into each other’s worlds, we can find common ground and appreciation and that can lead to good things: like lasting relationships, collaboration, love, and healing. “
Valley of Shadows is available for pre-order at Amazonand will be available from Barnes and Noble and other participating bookstores on September 20.
About Rudy Ruiz
Rudy Ruiz grew up in Brownville, TX. He attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy. There he also studied literature and creative writing and he received a Ford Foundation scholarship to support his writing career. His first book of fiction was a collection of short stories titled Seven for the Revolution. His second fiction book, a novel titled The resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez, was published in 2020. His debut novel won two gold medals at the 2021 International Latino Book Awards and was named one of the Top 10 Best First Novels of 2020 by the American Library Association’s Booklist. In addition to being an author, Ruiz is a contributor to CNN and other major media outlets, and is the CEO and co-founder of Interlex, an advocacy marketing agency that focuses on social issues. Ruiz currently lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children.
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