Showing posts with label award winning author. Show all posts
Showing posts with label award winning author. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nash Candelaria dies on January 5, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nash Candelaria was a great man. He died on January 5, 2016. He was born to Ignacio Nuanes Candelaria & Flora Rivera, who were both native Nuevo Mexicanos with deep roots in the state’s Spanish Colonial, and Mexican & Territorial periods. His only sibling, Lillian Flora Candelaria, preceded him in death, in May 2009.

I am privledged to have known Nash since I was 17 years old – he was my second cousin, mentor and friend. My sister Pearl Louise (1962-1999) and I met Nash and his wife Doranne at his residence in Palo Alto, California. He was a great influence on me in my writing, research and quest for knowledge of my family history. Furthermore, he was influential in his patience, kindness, generosity, positive attitude, and open-mindedness. I’ll always treasure his simple, encouraging words to me: “Keep on keeping on.”

His biography on reads “Nash Candelaria is a descendant of one of the pioneer families that founded Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1706. He is the author of several important works of Chicano literature including “Not by the Sword,” an American Book Award Winner, and “Memories of the Alhambra,” one of the seminal novels of Chicano literature.”  Nash’s contribution to literature, family history research, and social change can’t be emphasized enough – while he was a very modest gentleman about his accomplishments, he is deserving of much praise. I am glad that I was able to honor him in my second book “Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo.” (Río Grande Books, 2014)

For more information about Nash Candelaria, please read his obituary, and see his catalog of work at

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Por constancia/So that it may be validated: Family History in the Río Abajo
is the recipient of the Historical Society of New Mexico award: "Fabiola Cabeza de Baca," 2015.

This is an intimate portrait of a place and the people who lived there, painted in loving brush strokes on a wide canvas. This book is a most welcome addition to the historiography of New Mexico."
-Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian

This title, and the award winning "Becoming a part of my history: Through Images & Stories of My Ancestors" are both available through Río Grande Books, Barnes & Noble online, and

Both titles are published by Río Grande Books, Los Ranchos de Alburquerque, NM, and available locally at the Bookworks Bookstore and the University of New Mexico Bookstore.

Please visit Historical Society of New Mexico for more information about their programs.