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Awards, Interviews and More

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March 17, 2024

The Texas Institute of Letters Selects Estella González's first novel,  Huizache Women, as a finalist for its Jesse H. Jones Best Book of Fiction Award.

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January 4, 2024

Huizache Women, a novel about three generations of women by Estella Gonzalez, is now available on Kindle. Along with her short story collection, Chola Salvation, this is Gonzalez's second digitized book.


Nov. 1 - March 1

Estella Gonzalez will judge the Somos En Escrito writing contest for Latinx writers published in 2023. The winning writer will receive  $500 award. Stories must be submitted by editors. Click here for more information.


Writer Daniel Olivas review's Estella Gonzalez's novel Huizache Women while delving into its origins and her novel writing process.

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From East LA to Tucson, this Chicana author's dream came true

La Estrella-Arizona Daily Star

La  Estrella profiles author Estella González about her writing journey and and writer-in-residence stint for Pima County Public Libraries.

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2023 PCPL Writer-in-Residence: Estella González

Pima County Public Library

Author Estella González will serve as the 2023 Spring writer-in-residence for Pima County Library. She will offer eight 30-minute One-on-One sessions per week, by appointment:

Talk to her regarding all aspects of your writing and publishing journey. Estella will also offer special programs during her residency including a generative workshop at the Tucson Festival of Books on Sunday,  March 5.

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Chola Salvation selected as finalist for First Book and Literary Categories in the 2022 New Mexico Arizona Book Awards.

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Reader's Digest Lists Chola Salvation  Among Top 30 Books for Latinx Heritage Month.


Estella González Wins Gold and Rising Star prize at Internat'l Latino Book Awards

Chola Salvation awarded gold medals for Best Collection of Short Stories-English and Best First Book-Fiction at the 24th International Latino Book Awards (ILBA) held in Los Angeles. Estella González was also selected as one of four authors for ILBA's inaugural Rising Stars marketing prize. 

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Estella González Selected for 2022 Philip Freund Award in Creative Writing

Estella Gonzalez and three other writing alumni will be honored with the 2022 Philip Freund Award for Creative Writing in recognition of excellence in publication. A reading will be held for the recipients at 5 p.m. Nov. 17. on the Cornell campus.

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2022 International Latino Book Awards recognizes Chola Salvation with Honorable Mention and Finalist Honors

Chola Salvation receives "Honorable Mention" for The Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Focused Fiction Award - English and is a finalist for the "Best Collection of Short Stories-English" and "Best First Book-Fiction-English".


Short Story Podcast now on Apple Podcasts and Fictionz!

Chola Salvation short story "No Such thing" is now a podcast on Apple Podcasts and the platforms. Listen to the first episode for free by clicking on the link below.


Plenty of Emotion Packed Into Estella Gonzalez's "Chola Salvation"

The Albuquerque Journal

Reviewer David Steinberg interviews author Estella Gonzalez about the titular story of her short story collection for his column.


Chola Salvation Listed in Top 11 Books for 2021

The Millions

Acclaimed writer Carribean Fragoza includes Chola Salvation in "A Year in Reading:  Carribean Fragoza" for online literary magazine, The Millions.

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Reader's Digest

List of best Latinx books for 2021 including Chola Salvation.


Boston and Chicago Libraries List Chola Salvation on Latinx Heritage Lists

Journal of Storytelling

Chola Salvation picked for Latinx Heritage Month books by Boston and Chicago Libraries. Click on photo for Boston list.


Tucson Portrait Series on Race Features Poem by Estella González

National News

Gonzalez's poem "Writers Workshop" included in "Voices of Race," a portrait series dedicated to amplifying the voices of our BIPOC communities and being a call of action for all people, particularly white communities to be social change agents.

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Walla Walla Public Library selects Chola Salvation as its adult fiction book of the week for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Los Angeles Literature

Los Angeles Literature blogger Brian Dunlap announces Chola Salvation's publication and Gonzalez's inspiration for the stories.

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Chola Salvation among 2021 Selected List of Adult Fiction by Latinx Authors


Writer Zach Powers interviews Esella González about Chola Salvation and the art of fiction.

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Chola Salvation one of 21 books listed by prominent Latina organization Las Comadres on its 7th annual summer reading list.


Latinas Y Cafe

Latino broadcaster Armando F. Sanchez interviews Estella González for his YouTube series on Latina role models.

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Press release by Arte Público Press announcing the publication of Chola Salvation. It also includes background information on Estella González and a summary of the collection.


Latinx in Publishing lists Chola Salvation and other books by Latinx authors releasing in April.

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List of anticipated Latinx books, including Chola Salvation, for the spring as compiled by Boricua Reads

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