ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya is receiving another honor in Albuquerque.
Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library are scheduled Thursday to rename a library in the city’s North Valley neighborhood after the author of “Bless Me, Ultima.”
Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley says the Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library will be a memorial to the novelist’s literary legacy.
Anaya, sometimes called the godfather of contemporary Chicano literature, was born in Pastura, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa.
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Experts say Anaya’s World War II-era novel about a young Mexican American boy’s relationship with an older curandera — a healer of Mexican Indian heritage — influenced a generation of Latino writers because of its imagery and cultural references that were rare at the time of its publication.