Peter Gadol

Peter Gadol is the author of six books: Coyote (Crown 1990), The Mystery Roast (Crown, 1993), Closer to the Sun, (Picador USA 1996), The Long Rain (Picador USA, 1997), Light at Dusk (Picador USA, 2000), and Silver Lake (Tyrus Books 2009). His next novel, The Stranger Game (Hanover Square Press, 2018), will be out in October. The book has been optioned by FX to be developed as a television series. Peter Gadol’s work has been translated into several languages, and his short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Story, Bloom, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Review, and StoryQuarterly. He has taught at the California Institute of the arts and, since 2005, at Otis College of Art and Design, where he is Chair of MFA Writing. He lives in Los Angeles.


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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