Cortez mem­oir por­trait of faith

The au­thor, who vis­its Satur­day, also shares her love for Hous­ton.

Austin American-Statesman - - E LIFE & ARTS - By Jill Car­roll Hous­ton Chron­i­cle Cortez E

Sarah Cortez has been a po­lice of­fi­cer, a cor­po­rate ac­coun­tant and a Latin teacher. She dou­ble- ma­jored in re­li­gious stud­ies and psychology at Rice, taught her­self clas­si­cal Greek and earned a master’s de­gree in clas­sics at the Univer­sity of Texas.

About 30 years ago, she be­gan writ­ing and has spent the past few decades build­ing a ca­reer as a poet, ed­i­tor and teacher of writ­ing. She has the ku­dos to prove it, too, hav­ing been in­ducted this year into the Texas In­sti­tute of Let­ters.

Much of Cortez’s me­an­der­ing life jour­ney shows up in one form or an­other in her new mem­oir “Walking Home: Grow­ing Up His­panic in Hous­ton.”

Some­times she re­counts the events of her life in straight, fac­tual nar­ra­tive; other times, they ap­pear as dreams or hopes to be ful­filled. She also, how­ever, re­counts dreams and plans never ac­tu­al­ized — events that never hap­pened, ac­tions she never took.

Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

Hous­ton au­thor Sarah Cortez will be in Austin on Satur­day to dis­cuss her new mem­oir as part of the Texas Hu­man­i­ties An­nual Hol­i­day Book Fair.

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