Rudolfo Anaya, University of New Mexico professor emeritus of English, is among those being honored in the 32nd Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

The announcement from the LA Times:

National Medal of Arts winner Rudolfo Anaya is the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. New Mexico-born Anaya's award-winning 1972 debut novel "Bless Me, Ultima" is the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon. It was followed by the sequels "Heart of Aztlan" and "Tortuga," and Anaya's compendium of works include "Alburquerque," the Sonny Baca quartet of detective novels and a number of books for children and young adults. Throughout his career Anaya also served as a professor in the University of New Mexico's Department of English Language and Literature.

English Department Chair Gail Houston said, "Not only is it wonderful for the department to honor such a distinguished professor emeritus; he's also just a wonderful person." She added that the department will host a celebration in his honor at a later date.

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