Tonight, Nicole and I had the pleasure of attending a Big Reads Event at the Valley Ranch Library in Irving, Texas. They hosted the talented Benjamin Alire Saenz, and we were both thrilled to finally meet him.
Saenz is the author of many novels, short story collections, and poetry books. He’s written Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Last Night I Sang to the Monster, In Perfect Light, and Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, among many others.
At the event, Saenz discussed his childhood, and how he first ventured into reading. He also touched on how writing has helped him personally and how the emotion in all of his stories is real, even when the stories are fictitious. He discussed his Mexican-American identity as well as his experience coming out as a gay man later in life. Overall, his panel was beautiful and inspiring, just as his books.
We both got the chance to get our books signed by him, and I gave him a mug which I painted myself inspired by Aristotle and Dante. It was a wonderful experience. I really respect and admire Benjamin Alire Saenz. I look forward to all of his forthcoming books. There’s no doubt I’ll continue reading everything he ever writes.