Xavier Garza was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and along with being a luche libre aficionado he is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their son Vincent.
He published his first book, Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys (Arte Publico Press), in 2004. Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask was released in Spring 2005 by Cinco Puntos Press and quickly became a hit among children and lucha libre fans. Lucha Libre won an Honor Book, Américas Award and a STARRED REVIEW from Críticas Magazine.
He followed that up with Charro Claus & the Tejas Kid, now available in paperback.
Xavier’s second bilingual lucha libre cuento, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel was published in 2011 as the first in a series about a teenage lucha libre fan. The American Library Association chose the book as a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.
Críticas Magazine gives praise for Xavier: Masterful bilingual children’s books: Xavier Garza comes to town
Click here to read a Latina Lista review for Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid.
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