Authors Uncovered

Access to books and the authors who wrote them

The only thing greater than reading a book is hearing from the person who wrote it. At Authors Uncovered, you’re offered a front-row seat to the minds of those who’ve put great stories and research onto the page. Currently, all author events will be broadcasted on Zoom. 

  • Purchase their book
  • Ask the author your most pressing questions
  • Hear from other fans of the books you’ve read

Authors Uncovered with Maceo Montoya in conversation with Xico Gonzalez | October 6 at 6 p.m.
Portrait of Maceo Montoya.Authors Uncovered is proud to welcome California-based author, artist, and educator Maceo Montoya. Moderated by Xico Gonzalez, a Sacramento-based artist, educator, and social justice advocate. 

His first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for "Best First Book" and Latino Stories named him one of its "Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch." In 2014, University of New Mexico Press published his second novel, The Deportation of Wopper Barraza, and Copilot Press published Letters to the Poet from His Brother, a hybrid book combining images, prose poems, and essays. Montoya’s third work of fiction, You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories was a finalist for Foreword Review's INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award. Montoya is also the author and illustrator of Chicano Movement for Beginners, a work of graphic nonfiction. His most recent novel is Preparatory Notes for Future Masterpieces.

In the visual arts, Montoya's paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. He has collaborated with other writers on visual-textual projects, including David Montejano's Sancho's Journal, an ethnography of the Brown Berets in San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero's A Crown for Gumecindo, and Arturo Mantecon's translation of Mexican poet Mario Santiago Papasquiaro's Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth. In 2021, Red Hen Press published American Quasar, a collaboration with Fresno poet David Campos featuring 19 of Montoya's monoprints.

Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He comes from a family of artists, including his father Malaquias Montoya, a renowned artist, activist, and educator, and his late brother, the poet Andrés Montoya. Maceo graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his Master of Fine Arts in visual art from Columbia University in 2006. He is currently an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches courses on Chicanx culture and literature.

Advance registration for this virtual event on Zoom is required. 

Authors Uncovered Podcast

Listen to our Authors Uncovered podcast and enjoy conversations with our local and touring authors including our latest with author Ben Philippe discussing his book Sure I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump.

Watch Again 

You can watch recordings of our Authors Uncovered conversations on YouTube. 

Frank Abe and Ross Ishikawa | August 25
Watch the conversation with author Frank Abe and artist Ross Ishikawa, two of the creators behind the graphic novel We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration. The Honorable Kara Ueda facilitates this discussion.

Ben Philippe | July 14 
Catch the recording of our virtual Authors Uncovered event featuring Ben Philippe, author of Sure I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump.

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Have Questions?
Will I have time to speak one-on-one with the author?

During our virtual events, you may ask your questions to the author in the chat and our host will pose them to the author at the end of the program.

Who sells the books?

We partner with various local book stores including Underground Books and Face in a Book.

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