It took local author Manuel Ramos, best known for his Denver-centric crime fiction, ten years to finish King of the Chicanos, a novel that rides on the history of the Chicano movement of the 60s. But he knew it was something he had to do. I believed that some of the history of that time period is being lost, and that its being re-created as a mythology thats not real, Ramos explains. The people actually involved should tell their story, and I kept telling them that. But after a while they said, Youre a writer. Why dont you do it?
Ramos took on the challenge, slowly unraveling a fictional yarn about Ramón Hidalgo, a character who starts out as a migrant worker and ends up a radical activist and political leader. A personal saga as much as a historical one, the novel is imbued with an element of rich storytelling from someone who knows what hes writing about.
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Celebrate a project worth waiting for when Ramos reads from King of the Chicanos tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. For more information, go to www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-322-7727.
Thu., May 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010