Rafaela Castro was born in Bakersfield, California, but has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent two years in Brazil with the Peace Corps before receiving degrees in English Literature, Library Science, and Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. She has lectured in Ethnic Bibliography and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley, and recently retired from the Humanities/Social Sciences department of Shields Library at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Dictionary of Chicano Folklore, and Provocaciones, Letters from the Prettiest Girl in Arvin.
Publications and Prizes
Chicano Folklore (Oxford University Press, 2014), Provocaciones: Letters from the Prettiest Girl in Arvin (Chusma House, 2006)
What I'm Reading Now:
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Patty Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle, Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Grapes of Wrath
Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood
Kate Simon, Alice Munro, William Faulkner,John Steinbeck, Jorge Amado, Americo Paredes, etc.
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Listing last updated: June 1, 2013