Fronteras: Writer Rudy Ruiz Delivers Magical Realism On The Border; Árbol De La Vida Sneak Peek | Texas Public Radio

Fronteras: Writer Rudy Ruiz Delivers Magical Realism On The Border; Árbol De La Vida Sneak Peek

Mar 29, 2019

A Revolutionary-era Mexican soldier who wants to build bridges across the border. A Mexican American girl not allowed to speak Spanish at home speaks in code with her grandfather. These are just a few of the stories award-winning writer Rudy Ruiz included in his 2013 short story collection, “7 for the Revolution.”

Also, Norma Martinez gets a look at a giant tree of life that tells the story of the city’s ranching history.

Rudy Ruiz, award-winning writer and CEO of San Antonio corporate social marketing agency, Interlex Communications.
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“...To Me, What History Shows Us Is That It's A Slippery Slope.”

Ruiz’s short story collection earned recognition at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, including first place in Best Popular Fiction Book and Best First Book. The Brownsville-native incorporates his border town upbringing with magical realism in his fiction writing.

He is currently the CEO of the San Antonio corporate social marketing agency Interlex Communications. He not only employs fiction to advocate for social causes but through this communications agency, he helps clients make positive impacts in the lives of their diverse audiences, who are often traditionally-underserved populations.

FRONTERAS EXTRA: Rudy Ruiz Asks Readers To 'Walk In Someone Else's Shoes For A Few Pages'

 

Árbol de la Vida: Memorias y Voces de la Tierra, still under construction near San Antonio's Mission Espada.
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San Antonio Stories Blossom With Árbol De La Vida

Public art is typically defined as artwork that enhances public spaces. But what happens when you involve the public in the creation of public art? That’s the case with a giant tree of life that is not only a jewel for an area mission but an expression of San Antonio’s ranching history.

 

 

 

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1 and Lauren Terrazas can be reached at lauren@tpr.org and on Twitter @terrazas_lauren.