560 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6927-4
Published: February 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4331-1
Published: October 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4332-8
Published: August 2018
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Awards & distinctions
Finalist, Best Biography Book Award, International Latino Book Awards
Based on previously unexplored archives and over ninety oral histories, this compelling biography traces the life of a complex and constantly evolving individual, from Olivares’s humble beginnings in San Antonio, Texas, to his close friendship with legendary civil rights leader César Chávez and his historic leadership of the United Neighborhoods Organization and the sanctuary movement.
About the Author
Mario T. García is distinguished professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America.
For more information about Mario T. García, visit the Author Page.
“Professor García brings us the inspiring story of a liberationist priest who established a sanctuary for the unwanted in the 1980s, a light to shine on the traumatic times we live in today.”
--Rubén Martínez, Loyola Marymount University
“Like any good biography, Father Luis Olivares teaches us not only about the personality of an individual but also demonstrates how a life is woven into a wider tapestry of history and community. . . . A fascinating story.”--American Catholic Studies
"A major contribution. Father Luis Olivares's story is a significant one, and in García’s hands, it is very well told."--Gilberto Hinojosa, University of the Incarnate Word
"Beautifully written and impeccably sourced. With grace and a storyteller's heart, García has done an exceptional job in bringing the incredible story of Father Luis Olivares to life."--Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University
Multimedia & Links
- The author is interviewed on this episode of KSTX-San Antonio's Fronteras: "Faith Politics, 1980s Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles." (7/4/2019, running time 21:25)