RUBEN MARTINEZ discusses and signs his book DESERT AMERICA

Ruben Martinez

Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West (Metropolitan Books)

Rubén Martínez, the acclaimed author of Crossing Over and the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University, will discuss and sign his revelatory new book on the 21st century American West, Desert America.

"No book that I've read in the last twenty years has inspired so much genuine hope for the future of the West." Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

"Most people experience the desert by car—they drive, stop to get gas, drive on, and after a while, they don’t see it anymore. Now the big plan is to cover the desert with solar panels and in ten years or less, it will all be gone, just like that. Maybe then, Rubén Martínez’s testament will be as close as you can get to the living feel of this beautiful land. After reading, I bet you’ll want to drive out there and take a look. But you better hurry." Ry Cooder, guitarist, singer, composer, and author of Los Angeles Stories

"Martínez offers reportage beyond the simple binaries of the immigration issue or the drug war. He delivers a lively, compassionate intervention into our collective conception of the Southwest… This thoughtful and well-written account intimately explores the convolutions of racism and class conflict that have come to define a divided America." Publishers Weekly

Rubén Martínez, an Emmy-winning journalist and poet, is the author of Crossing Over and The New Americans. He lives in Los Angeles, where he holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Marymount University.


Event date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805079777
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Metropolitan Books - August 7th, 2012

A brilliantly illuminating portrait of the 21st-century West--a book as vast, diverse, and unexpected as the land and the people, from one of the foremost chroniclers of migration.

Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312421236
Availability: Special Order
Published: Picador - September 1st, 2002

The New Americans: Seven Families Journey to Another Country Cover Image
By Ruben Martinez, Joseph Rodriguez (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781565849983
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Press - December 1st, 2005