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Art&Seek on Think TV: Author Oscar Casares

by Jerome Weeks 27 Oct 2009 4:22 PM

In Cormac McCarthy’s novels, the Texas-Mexico border is a major, dramatic life-changing event for young Anglos headed south. In Oscar Casares’ writing, the border is a fact of life — to be negotiated, ignored, overcome. The Brownsville native talks to us about family legends, the border and his new novel, Amigoland.


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Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Oscar Casares earned a bachelor’s degree from UT-Austin. But he didn’t start writing short stories about his life in the Rio Grande Valley until he was working in an advertising job in Minnesota. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and his first story collection, Brownsville, was released in 2003 — to great acclaim.

Casares has won a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His first novel, Amigoland, was published in August this year. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Texas.

  • Sylvana Avila Alonzo

    Great interview, especially the explanation of the “border” not being the “other” but being the mainstream. Thank you. I look forward to reading both Brownsville and Amigoland.

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