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Author: Tomas Moniz and Michelle Gonzales in conversation

Big Familia
Tuesday, 10/12/2021
6:00 - 7:00
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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This will be a hybrid event, join us live in-person or via Zoom (registration required). 


Tomas Moniz and Michelle Cruz Gonzales discuss writing groups, literary support and resisting stereotypical Latinx representation, along with short readings. 


Tomas Moniz is a father, writer, teacher and performer. His debut novel Big Familia was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel 2020 Award, a finalist for a LAMBDA 2020 award for Bisexual Fiction and a finalist for the Foreword Review Indies Award. In July 2019, he released a chapbook, All Friends Are Necessary, with Mason Jar Press. He edited Rad Dad, Rad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He is an Artist Affiliate at the Headlands Center for the Arts 2020/2021. He's represented by Eleanor Jackson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency


Michelle Cruz Gonzales is an English professor and author of the memoir, The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk which is taught in colleges and universities all over the United States. She has essay and fiction in anthologies by Putnam, PM Press, Seal Press and Literary Kitchen, and she has published online in Longreads, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Latino Rebels and Mitu. She recently completed a satirical novel about near-future-California that secedes from the US and forces intermarriage between whites and Mexicanos for the purpose of creating a race of beautiful, intelligent, hardworking people and she is currently at work on a screenplay.


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Tomas Moniz - Website | Tomas Moniz - Instagram | Tomas Moniz - Twitter

Michelle Gonzales - Website | Michelle Gonzales - Instagram | Michelle Gonzales - Twitter 


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¡VIVA! at the Library is an annual celebration of Latinx heritage, cultures and traditions. San Francisco has a rich Latinx heritage that is highlighted in a diverse array of exciting programs for all ages, from Spanish/bilingual storytimes to cooking classes, author talks to art and cultural presentations.

From favorite authors to visionary artists to experts in fields as diverse as public health, local history, technology and culture, this series brings voices you want to hear to your home.

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