A new exhibit at the UA Main Library explores the history of Latino literature in the United States and chronicles a national movement to recover the Hispanic literary tradition. On display from April 2 – June 12, "Arte Público Press and the Legacy of Latino Publishing in the U.S." showcases one of nation’s oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing houses.
Nicolás Kanellos, founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review (formerly Revista Chicano-Riqueña), established Arte Público Press in 1979. As the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit publisher of literature of U.S. Hispanic authors, Arte Público Press showcases Hispanic literary activity, arts and culture. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the customs, characters and themes unique to Hispanic culture in the United States.
In his ongoing efforts to bring Hispanic literature to mainstream audiences, Kanellos also initiated the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project, started in 1992 by Arte Público Press. This 10-year, multimillion-dollar project represents the first coordinated, national attempt to recover, index and publish lost Latino writings that date from the American colonial period through 1960.
"Arte Público Press and the Legacy of Latino Publishing in the U.S." showcases a sampling of Arte Público’s nonfiction titles, novels, children’s books, young adult titles and publications in the areas of drama, theatre and poetry. A selection of publishers' catalogs, book covers and photographs – all on loan from the press – complement the items from Special Collections. The exhibit also includes material preserved through the efforts of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project and documents Kanellos’ more than four decades of professional contributions to the field.