Michael Nava (1166 words)


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Michael Nava is an award-winning Chicano novelist, detective fiction writer, writer of nonfiction, lawyer, and advocate for underrepresented groups, especially gays and lesbians. He is most recognized for his acclaimed Henry Rios Mystery Series; the novels in the series have garnered multiple Lambda Literary Awards. As a gay Chicano lawyer and writer, Nava’s contributions to American literature, especially the mystery genre, are unprecedented. He is the first and most celebrated gay Chicano writer to openly and repeatedly deal with gay themes in this genre.

Nava’s great-grandparents migrated to the United States from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution and eventually settled in Sacramento, California. Born Michael Angel Nava …

Citation: Perez, Daniel Enrique. "Michael Nava". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 June 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12114, accessed 30 November 2021.]

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