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NM PBS honors renowned author

New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya with the cover art for his book, “Bless Me, Ultima.” (Journal File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico PBS will air two programs to remember renowned author Rudolfo Anaya.

Anaya died on June 28 at the age of 82.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, “Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words” will air.

The episode follows Santa Fe-based filmmaker David Ellis as he documents the struggles of Rudolfo Anaya, author of “Bless Me, Última,” the first Hispanic writer to achieve major publishing success.

Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere – through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish – and in the end, succeed. His insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, “¡Colores!” will air “From Curandera to Chupacabra: The Stories of Rudolfo Anaya.”

The episode follows Anaya’s path as he introduces readers to the unique landscapes and characters of New Mexico, reawakening traditions and defying stereotypes of the Mexican American experience.

Both episodes air on New Mexico PBS channel 5.1

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