II Gathering of Hispanic Writers Living in the United States / Tribute to Maria Amparo Escandón – Peregrinos y sus Letras

With the purpose of promoting the creative work of Hispanic writers living in the United States of America, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Arizona State University, YMCA (Young Men Christian Association), MACHE (Maricopa Association of Chicanos for Higher Education), Culturadoor and Orbis Press sponsored this tribute with the intention of presenting the immigration experience of Mexicans in the United States. Escandón represents an entire community who has come to live in a new nation making it their own. A bilingual novelist, short story writer, screen writer, and film producer, María Amparo was recognized for her literary work that characterizes the experiences of millions of people, presenting bicultural themes that break the stereotype of the migrant population coming to the USA. The event took place November 19th and 20th at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the Glendale Civic Center in Phoenix Arizona.

American Association of University Women

María was a speaker at A Day of Authors, an event organized by the American Association of University Women, La Habra.

A Novel Idea Deschutes Public Library

Reception and book signing to celebrate the selection of González and Daughter Trucking Co. for Deschutes Public Library’s Third Annual “A Novel Idea… Read Together.”

Around the World

Photo selections of friends and students of María.

Book of the Year Maeva Spain

Selected Book of the Year by Maeva Ediciones in Spain for González and Daughter Trucking Co.

India Book Tour

DC Books published González and Daughter Trucking Co. in Malayalam. María went on book tour around Kerala.

LA Latino Book Festival

The Santitos stand at the Festival was visited by hundreds of readers.

Madrid Book Fair

María visited the MAEVA booth at the Madrid Book Fair. MAEVA named María’s novel González & Daughter Trucking Co. “Book of the Year” in 2005.

Mexico City Launch

Over 500 people attended the Transportes González e Hija, Spanish edition launch at the W Hotel in Mexico City.

Orange County Festival of Women

Featured speaker at the Fifteenth Annual Festival of Women Authors presented by the Literary Guild of Orange County.


María Amparo Escandón reads at bookshops, book clubs, and events.

Salem Public Library

Lecture and book signing for 2007-08 Salem Public Library Author Series.

Santitos the Film

Santitos was shot on location in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Tijuana, BC, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.


To research for González and Daughter Trucking Co. María rode with truckers along the US highways.

Whittier Reads

Reception and book signing to celebrate the selection of González and Daughter Trucking Co. for the One Book, One Author series selected by the City of Whittier.

Newport Beach Public Library Literary Services

Maria participated in the Third Annual Gift of Literacy Fundraising Luncheon at the Radisson Newport Beach with Sonia Nazario.

UCLA Writing Studio

Maria taught a four-day, full immersion workshop designed to teach students how to release their own, distinct voice and make it emerge from their inner wealth of experience, authentic feelings, desires and fears.

Chicano Conference at Feria del Libro de Guadalajara

Feria del Libro de Guadalajara (the third largest book fair in the world) in association with the University of Guadalajara, hosted the City of Los Angeles as its guest city this year, and planned a Chicano Conference with two panels of scholars, journalists and artists, including best-selling author María Amparo Escandón, journalist Ruben Martínez, best-selling author Luis Rodríguez, playwright José Ignacio Valenzuela, Denise Sandoval, Sandra de la Loza, and others. Time was not enough, or course, but all of the participants laid down some basis for the discussion of the issues around Chicano expression in the artistic creation nowadays in Los Angeles.

UCLA Extension Magic Realism: Crossing Literary Borders

In this hands-on, two-day course, María Amparo Escandón taught how the term “Magic Realism” was coined and how this movement flourished in Latin American fiction, what is understood as Magic Realism today, which are the best examples, and how Magic Realism can be adopted by American fiction successfully. Students also learned how to apply this to their own work by writing a short piece in class and writing an assignment to be submitted on the second day of the course.