Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an award-winning American poet, novelist, and writer of children's books. He is known for his impactful work that often explores themes of love, identity, and belonging, particularly within the Latino community. Some of his notable works include 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,' which has received critical acclaim and numerous literary awards.


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  1. 1. Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club

    "Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club" is a collection of seven short stories, all of which are connected by the Kentucky Club, a bar in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The stories explore various themes such as love, loss, addiction, and identity, and feature a range of characters, from a young man coming to terms with his sexuality to an older man reflecting on his past relationships. The author uses the backdrop of the U.S.-Mexico border to highlight the complexities and struggles of the characters' lives.

  2. 2. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

    In this coming-of-age novel, two Mexican-American teenagers, Aristotle and Dante, form an unlikely friendship during the summer of 1987. As they navigate their way through adolescence, they uncover the complexities of their identities, family dynamics, and the world around them. Through their shared experiences, they discover the power of love, self-acceptance, and the profound mysteries that the universe holds.