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Chicano author to read from his new book Más Sabe el Diablo

Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.

Roberto Perezdiaz

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: "Más Sabe el Diablo" reading by author Roberto Perezdiaz

• WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Tuesday

• WHERE: Alcorn Auditorium, 3007 N. Ben Wilson Street

• COST: Free

From court cases to lunchtime observations, Roberto Perezdiaz finds the subjects of his short stories in everyday life.

Perezdiaz is the author of "Más Sabe el Diablo," a collection of short stories that take on themes of innocence and maturity.

The book contains 11 short stories written in Spanish, though most of Tuesday's presentation will be in English.

It was published in Mexico City by Ediciones Eón in March.

"As a Mexican-American, it was a special achievement to publish in Spanish," Perezdiaz said. "I was proud to reach the point in my Spanish that I could get published in Mexico City."

During a visit on Tuesday to the University of Houston-Victoria, Perezdiaz will read from his collection and talk about how the book came together.

Perezdiaz said the theme of "Más Sabe el Diablo" is reflected by the title.

"There was actually a telenovela series on TV by the same name," the author said. "It translates to 'The Devil Knows More.'"

The stories in the book describe going from the innocence of a young child to being a suspicious old man.

The lecture ties in with the university's new Spanish bachelor of arts degree, said arts and sciences dean, Jeffrey Di Leo.

"This is the type of event that enhances student learning," Di Leo said.

"It will be a great opportunity for our students to learn about literature from someone who has mastered the Spanish language."

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