All They Will Call You Presentation and Discussion

Event has passed (Wed Nov 15, 2017 - Wed Nov 15, 2017)
California Historical Society
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Join us for a riveting presentation and conversation on award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez's new book, . The author will present a brief overview of the book followed by a conversation with independent journalist Gabriel Thompson. The event will close with an audience Q&A and a book signing.

All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of "the worst airplane disaster in California's history," which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens-farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee)."

Tim Z. Hernandez is a writer and performance artist. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Colorado Book Award for poetry, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. Named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, he was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie's song of the same name. The result of this work is the basis for latest book, All They Will Call You (University of Arizona Press).

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist who has written feature articles for the New York Times, Harper's, New York Magazine, Slate, Mother Jones, Vice, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Nation. His articles about labor and immigration have won a number of prizes, including the Studs Terkel Media Award and the Sidney Award. He is the author of five books; his most recent, Chasing the Harvest, is an oral history collection of California farmworkers.


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