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Virtual Event - Rudy Ruiz, discussing VALLEY OF SHADOWS with Jenn Givhan

Event date: 
Monday, September 26, 2022 - 6:00pm

Rudy Ruiz, discussing VALLEY OF SHADOWS
with Jenn Givhan

A Virtual Event! 

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How to Order a Signed Bookplate from Rudy Ruiz:

  1. Add VALLEY OF SHADOWS and/or any of Rudy's available backlist of books to your cart.

  2. At checkout in the "order comments" box, simply write "bookplate." Please note that it may be up to several business weeks after the order deadline for you to receive your bookplate. Thank you for understanding!

*A bookplate is essentially a signed sticker that is separate from the book itself, meaning that the book is not directly signed.  Once you receive your bookplate, you are free to affix it to your book, or wherever you see fit to do so.*

How to Order a Signed/Personalized Book from Jenn Givhan:

  1. Add RIVER WOMAN, RIVER DEMON to your cart.

  2. At checkout in the "order comments" box, put that you’d like a signed copy in the order comments on the checkout screen, along with the desired personalization if any (i.e., “To Mysty”). Personalization requests for anything beyond a name, like a note, quote, or doodle, are up to the author’s discretion and are not guaranteed.

About the Authors
was raised around ranches and horses, reared on tales of the Old West and the Mexican Revolution, but then he moved on to Harvard and success as an award-winning author of literary fiction. Now he brings his brand of polished storytelling, cultural immersion and magical realism to a visionary novel that explores and upends classic American genres: Western, Southern Gothic and Horror. The results are pioneering, poignant and powerful. The novel, VALLEY OF SHADOWS, will be released by Blackstone Publishing on Sept. 20, 2022, just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.

JENN GIVHAN is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet, novelist, and transformational coach from the Southwestern desert and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices. Jenn is the author of five full-length poetry collections, most recently BELLY TO THE BRUTAL (Wesleyan University Press), and the novels TRINITY SIGHT, JUBILEE, and RIVER WOMAN, RIVER DEMON (Blackstone Press). Her work has appeared in THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE NATION, POETRY, and many others. Follow her at

In the 1950s, tensions remain high in the border town of La Frontera. Penny loafers and sneakers clash with boots and huaraches. Bowling shirts and leather jackets compete with guayaberas. Convertibles fend with motorcycles. Yet amidst the discord, young love blooms at first sight between Fulgencio Ramirez, the son of impoverished immigrants, and Carolina Mendelssohn, the local pharmacist's daughter. But as they'll soon find out, their bonds will be undone by a force more powerful than they could have known.

Thirty years after their first fateful encounter, Fulgencio Ramirez, RPh, is conducting his daily ritual of reading the local obituaries in his cramped pharmacy office. After nearly a quarter of a century of waiting, Fulgencio sees the news he's been hoping for: his nemesis, the husband of Carolina Mendelssohn, has died.

A work of magical realism, The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez weaves together the past and present as Fulgencio strives to succeed in America, break a mystical family curse, and win back Carolina's love after their doomed youthful romance. Through enchanting language and meditations about the porous nature of borders--cultural, geographic, and otherworldly--The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez offers a vision of how the past has divided us, and how the future could unite us.


Valley of Shadows By Rudy Ruiz Cover Image
Currently unavailable, email or call for more information.
ISBN: 9781982604646
Published: Blackstone Publishing - September 20th, 2022

The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez By Rudy Ruiz Cover Image
Currently unavailable, email or call for more information.
ISBN: 9781665088121
Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 12th, 2021

River Woman, River Demon By Jennifer Givhan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665057509
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 4th, 2022