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An engaging, thorough novel about forgotten heroes of aviation history.
Oct 13, 2021
Kirkus Reviews Perez’s debut historical novel fictionalizes the story of three pioneering black aviators who changed the face of aeronautics. When one thinks about America’s aviation heroes, the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart come to mind. Lesser known are Cornelius C. Coffey, John C. Robinson and Willa B. Brown, real-life African-American historical figures […]
Actor, Writer, Director Rose Portillo’s Pandemic summer reading
Sep 21, 2021
"Ay, Severo Perez... estoy triste because I no longer have your words to begin my mornings... ie, I FINISHED your marvelous book. What a beautiful homage to artists and art-making and community and friendship and kindness and love and courage. I know people speak to how well you know San Antonio, (and clearly you do! ), […]
I became a filmmaker by happenstance
Aug 26, 2021
I became a filmmaker by happenstance, honestly. I didn’t go to film school. After graduatingfrom the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, I had to do two years of military service. That’sa story for another day. After being honorably discharged, because I had a college degree, Iqualified for a job as a bureaucrat. For […]
Kirkus Review of Nepantla
Aug 16, 2021
A deeply meaningful collection that navigates important nuances of identity. In the March 1, 2021, issue of Kirkus Reviews "Nepantla Families" - An anthology of Mexican American literature on families in between worlds. "In an anthology that feels long overdue, Troncoso gathers 30 Mexican American writers to relate their accounts of what it means to […]
Odd Birds - One of 24 Great Indie Reads
Oct 03, 2020
Odd Birds was featured on Kirkus Review: 24 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering
Odd Birds is the first TCU Press book club selection!
Apr 02, 2020
Odd Birds was selected as the first TCU Press book club selection. For 6 weeks, TCU Press is hosting an online book club. The virtual book club begins on Friday, April 3. Watch or listen to Severo read the first two pages of the book. For more details and to join in follow TCU Press […]
Alice Embree reviews Odd Birds
Dec 17, 2019
Judge this book by its cover. It is stunning. And Severo Perez’ Odd Birds is a captivating read. Odd Birds [TCU Press, Fort Worth, 2019] is a fictional coming of age story, the tale of three young library interns, an older displaced artist, and the city of San Antonio. Set in 1961, in the town where the author […]
Nov 15, 2019
A tragic twist of fate leaves a revered artist destitute in Texas in this novel. Seventy-year-old Cosimo Infante Cano was born in Cuba but forged a reputation as a modernist painter living and working in Paris. In 1961, he finds himself experiencing the same “nightmarish anxiety” he felt while fighting in the Great War as […]
Severo talks "Odd Birds" on Rag Radio
Oct 25, 2019
Listen to Severo as he talks with the Rag Radio podcast host, Thorne Dryer. They talk about the book, Odd Birds, ... And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him production, and of course some Texas politics. Click here to listen...
Severo Perez to appear at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 27
Oct 25, 2019
Severo Perez will appear at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 27, from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. as part of the panel "Dropped in Texas: International Perspectives On the Lone Star State." Read about more festival highlights here. See the full line up of Adult authors here Severo's Bio for Texas Book Festival
Severo Perez’s Complex Valentine to San Antonio
Oct 21, 2019
The story at the heart of filmmaker Severo Perez’s second novel, Odd Birds (Texas Christian University Press), is a pitch-perfect picaresque tale whose origins date to 1971, when he left his native San Antonio to seek his destiny in Hollywood. Perez has been in Los Angeles ever since, where he has directed and produced such films as […]
For Severo Perez, the Majestic Theater was more than just a movie house
May 07, 2019
LOS ANGELES - Writer/filmmaker Severo Perez and I are drinking coffee at the kitchen table in the pleasant split-level house he and his wife Judy share on a hilly street in Silver Lake, although in our minds we’re a long way from LA. We’re in downtown San Antonio, more than 70 years ago, where a […]
Speaking of Cats selected for To Read & Stage in LA
Apr 23, 2019
Half a century after a bitter labor strike and years of relentless FBI surveillance, long held secrets arrive at the front door of two elderly sisters. Monday, May 6, 2019 at 8pm Company of Angels (CoA)1350 San Pablo St, Los Angeles, California 90033
Severo inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
May 07, 2018
The Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) has inducted Severo Perez as member to the Distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize outstanding literary achievement.
Video Profile Featured on SA300
Mar 01, 2018
Severo Perez was recently featured on the San Antonio news channel SA300. Watch the TV segment!
Willa Brown & The Challengers
Jun 09, 2017
This book is dedicated to Connie Gipson, who started me on this journey. Beginning as an interesting assignment to write and produce the documentary film, Willa Beatrice Brown: An American Aviator evolved into a mission to preserve a piece of history vanishing as I discovered it.
La Bloga Interview: Severo Perez
Jun 09, 2017
Severo Perez was interviewed by Manuel Ramos at La Bloga. La Bloga is The world's longest-established Chicana Chicano, Latina Latino literary blog.
Get a FREE DVD of ...and the earth did not swallow him
Jun 09, 2017
Yes, a FREE DVD of : …and the earth did not swallow him almost. It will cost you a stamp, an envelope and a note, stating why you would like a copy. It doesn’t have to be long, a couple of sentences will do. Emails requests have to take a little more effort maybe two paragraphs long, or […]
4 Dances by Marcos Loya & ... and the earth did not swallow him Film Score
May 26, 2017
The CDs are here!!!! …and the earth did not swallow him film score In 1993, Marcos Loya composed the musical score for the award-winning film …and the earth did not swallow him. Written and directed by Severo Perez, the film is an adaption of Tomas Rivera’s seminal novel, y no se lo trago la tierra. Score […]