Alberto Álvaro Ríos began hosting Books & Co. in 2009. No stranger to the series, he was the first guest author in 1993. Rios is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for almost 30 years and where he holds the further distinction of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English.
Rios is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, called Capirotada, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and was the 2009 OneBookAZ adult selection.
Ríos is the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, the Western States Book Award for Fiction, six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, and inclusion in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, as well as over 300 other national and international literary anthologies. His work is regularly taught and translated, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music.
Short Stories Collections
Ron Carlson is the author of nine books of fiction, most recently his novel Five Skies (Viking 2007). Other works include A Kind of Flying (W.W. Norton 2003), the novel The Speed of Light (HarperCollins 2003), and the story collection At the Jim Bridger (Picador paperback 2003). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Epoch, The North American Review, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his awards is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. Carlson is Professor Emeritus in English/Creative Writing at Arizona State University and the Director of Graduate Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.
Jana Bommersbach is an acclaimed and respected journalist whose work has encompassed every facet of the profession. She's been a reporter and editor for both weekly and daily newspapers. She wrote a popular book about Winnie Ruth Judd and is a major contributor to an anthology. In addition, she's written columns and investigative stories for magazines and appeared on television with both political commentaries and investigative stories. Bommersbach’s latest book, Bones in the Desert, The True Story of a Mother’s Murder and a Daughter’s Search was published in October 2008 by St. Martin’s Press. Bommersbach has been honored by the Arizona Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Arizona Chapter of the ACLU, the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and American Women in Radio and Television.