David Bowles - FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF THE SKY

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
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2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

The stories in Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history we learn about the Creator Twins, Feathered Serpent, and Dark Heart of Sky, and how they built the world on a leviathan’s back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes—elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading.

David Bowles stitches together the fragmented mythology of pre-Colombian Mexico into an exciting, unified narrative in the tradition of William Buck’s Ramayana, Robert Fagles’ Iliad, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Readers of Norse and Greek mythologies will delight in this rich retelling of stories less explored.

Legends and myths captured David Bowles’ imagination as a young Latino reader. He was fascinated with epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Despite growing up on the United States/Mexico border, he had never read a single Aztec or Mayan myth until he was in college. This experience inspired him to reconnect with that forgotten past. Several of his previous books have incorporated themes from ancient Mexican myths.


A Mexican-American author from deep South Texas, David Bowles is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. His YA graphic novel Clockwork Curandera, illustrated by Raúl the Third, will be published in 2019. He is currently writing a middle-grade adventure book with Adam Gidwitz. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941026724
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - May 22nd, 2018