His talent and its recognition are represented by our family's guest, Patti Hartmann, the acquiring editor of University of Arizona Press.She
accepted the manuscripts of Mario's published and unpublished stories posthumously and compiled them in the first book devoted exclusively to his
work.Most of his
writing was done in the late 1940s.
Carmen, who is Mario's mother, sits directly across the table from Patti
.At 104, she
is succumbing to Alzheimer's.But she
knew why we were there: "Mario escribiÛ", she
As all of us gather this reunion afternoon to think about Mario's legacy, Patti Hartmann
tells us with a book of their own, his
stories have become immediately accessible to the academic community.
...I wonder if Patti, the academic press editor, has ever sat at the table with the extended family members of one of her writers and watched them reach out to his fiction as part of their own story.