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Sergio Troncoso's Podcasts
www.SergioTroncoso.com
Category: Literature
Location: New York, NY
Sergio Troncoso is the author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, The Nature of Truth, and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.
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December 10, 2014 11:51 AM PST

Daniel Chacon and Benjamin Saenz sit down in the studio for a chat with author Sergio Troncoso, an El Paso native who has republished his novel The Nature of Truth, which follows a half-Mexican, half-German Yale research student who tracks down the Nazi past of one of his professors. Sergio explains what drove him to republish the work, and he reads an excerpt. Sergio also explains to us why Ysleta is his favorite part of El Paso...and in this online-exclusive extended conversation, Sergio, Ben and Daniel argue over which El Paso restaurants are the best.

(2014; mp3 audio format; 33 minutes)

July 07, 2014 10:37 AM PDT

WBUR's Tom Ashbrook of On Point talks with Clay Smith, Sarah Bird, Sergio Troncoso, and Philipp Meyer about "That Texas Tone in Literature." These writers discuss the mythology of Texas versus the reality of the Texas miracle, the oil boom, Latinos and immigration, cattle country, urban Texas, and the borderlands.

(2014; mp3 audio format; 46 minutes)

July 07, 2014 06:50 AM PDT

KCUR's Steve Kraske interviews writer Sergio Troncoso about visiting Independence, Missouri to teach at the George Caleb Bingham Academy for the Arts during the summer, with student Ashton Harris. They talk about the importance of teachers and mentors, teaching writing to high school students, immigrant values, and creating a writing community. Kraske also asks Troncoso about Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

(2014; mp3 audio format; 32 minutes)

March 30, 2014 07:27 AM PDT

For his series on the U.S.-Mexico border, NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Sergio Troncoso and his parents Rodolfo and Bertha Troncoso at their home in Ysleta. The family talks about growing up with kerosene lamps and stoves and an outhouse in the backyard, but his father’s humorous and honest responses to being a proud Mexicano steal the show.

Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.

(2014; mp3 audio format; 8 minutes)

November 15, 2013 06:30 PM PST

Louie Saenz from public radio station KTEP in El Paso, Texas interviews the author Sergio Troncoso about immigrant values, education, fatherhood, and the value of working together. Troncoso reads from his novel From This Wicked Patch of Dust and his essay in Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.

(2013; mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

From This Wicked Patch of Dust:

"Troncoso's novel is an engaging literary achievement." ---Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence:

"A bold collection of essays." ---The El Paso Times

October 06, 2013 03:33 PM PDT

Angela Elam interviews author Sergio Troncoso on New Letters on the Air (2013), the longest continuously-running broadcast of a national literary radio series. Troncoso talks about growing up in Ysleta on the United States-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas and making the leap to Harvard College. He also discusses his philosophical collection of essays and using moral examples in writing to effect change and new perspectives; and why he wrote his series of essays about his wife's battle against breast cancer. Troncoso describes the joys of HTML and creating his own website. The author reads from Crossing Borders: Personal Essays and his novel From This Wicked Patch of Dust. Visit www.SergioTroncoso.com.

(2013; mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

October 06, 2013 02:45 PM PDT

Benjamin Alire Saenz and Daniel Chacon talk with Sergio Troncoso, author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. Troncoso co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence. The collection features essays from writers on both sides of the United States-Mexico border who share personal essays about how life, culture, and families have been affected by the escalating violence spawned by the 2008 drug war. Troncoso also talks about his return home to El Paso to receive the Literary Legacy Award on November 9, 2013. See www.SergioTroncoso.com.

(2013; mp3 audio format; 29 minutes)

For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Sheryl Luna's "Seven" from the collection of the same name.

And in today's Poetic License, El Pasoan Paul Pedroza reads an excerpt from the essay he contributed to Our Lost Border. The essay is entitled "The Bridge to an Alien Nation."

October 20, 2012 11:32 AM PDT

C.M. Mayo talks with Sergio Troncoso, author of the novel From This Wicked Patch of Dust and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. They discuss the fragmentation of our country and culture, connecting to recreate new groups and families, and the Librotraficante movement against the banning of books in Arizona.

Troncoso is also the author of the novel The Nature of Truth, and the short story collection The Last Tortilla, which won the Premio Aztlan. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. His website is www.SergioTroncoso.com.

C.M. Mayo is the author of the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, which was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2009, and the collection Sky Over El Nido, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a travel memoir Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico.  Her website is www.cmmayo.com.

This conversation was recorded on Skype during the summer of 2012.

July 10, 2012 10:41 PM PDT

Sergio Troncoso talks with Ted Wanner in a preview of Troncoso's appearance at the Texas Library Association's annual conference in Houston, Texas in April 17-20, 2012. Troncoso discusses his panel, "Latino Literature: Then and Now," as well as his two recent books, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays and the novel From This Wicked Patch of Dust. His website is www.SergioTroncoso.com.

From This Wicked Patch of Dust:

"Nuanced and authentic....The real beauty of this book is that it mines the rich diversity of tradition and culture among Latinos, as well as the commonalities they share with other Americans- love of family, faith, and country." ---The Dallas Morning News

Crossing Borders: Personal Essays:

"Troncoso's book is a piece of artwork and a piece of heritage that everyone, not just Latinos, should take the time to read." ---Portland Book Review

June 26, 2012 10:08 AM PDT

Writer Daniel Chacon of Words on a Wire, a radio program of El Paso's KTEP, talks with Sergio Troncoso about being a writer in New York City with roots in El Paso, his wife’s battle against breast cancer, and his relationship to Judaism.

(2011; mp3 audio format; 11 minutes)

Sergio Troncoso is the author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, The Nature of Truth, and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories. His website is www.SergioTroncoso.com.

From This Wicked Patch of Dust:

"Troncoso is clearly adept at his craft, telling a story filled with rich language and the realities of family life....Troncoso's novel is an engaging literary achievement." ---Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Crossing Borders: Personal Essays:

"These very personal essays cross several borders: cultural, historical, and self-imposed....We owe it to ourselves to read, savor and read them again." ---The El Paso Times

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