UTEP professor wins three American Library Awards for young adult novel

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, chair of The University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Creative Writing, has received three 2013 youth media awards from the American Library Association. The announcement was made Jan. 28. 

Benjamin Alire Saenz (J.R. Hernandez/UTEP News Service)


Sáenz’s novel "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" has been recognized with the Pura Belpré Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Honor Book.

In a Feb. 13 article from utepnews.com, Sáenz expressed his gratitude and said he is humbled that his book has touched so many people.

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" is about a 15-year-old loner named Aristotle Mendoza and his friendship with Dante Quintana. It covers themes of identity, friendship, family, and love.

The ALA is recognized worldwide for the high quality it represents as well as its guidance for parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. The 2013 award presentations will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in June in Chicago.

Read more about Sáenz and his novel.