Author

Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven crime novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. The Rios novels won seven Lambda Literary awards and Nava was called by the New York Times, “one of our best.” In 2001, he was awarded the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in LGBT literature.  A native Californian and the grandson of Mexican immigrants, he divides his time between San Francisco and Palm Springs.

In 2014, he published The City of Palaces a historical novel set in the years just before and at the beginning of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.  Novelist Christopher Bram said about The City of Palaces: “City of Palaces begins as the love story of two good people, a Catholic and an atheist, who find each other in the corrupt world of belle epoch Mexico City. 

It grows into a magnificent epic about family, politics, art, revolution, and hope.  This is a masterly work of old-fashioned storytelling, rich and spacious and moving, a novel that deserves to be compared to The Leopard, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Doctor Zhivago, but with its own intimacy and grandeur.”

Nava has also had a distinguished legal career, having earned his law degree from Stanford University.  He retired from the law in July 2016. 

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Bibliography

Novels

The Henry Rios Novels

  • The Little Death (1986)
  • Goldenboy (1988)
  • Howtown (1990, revised edition 2019)
  • The Hidden Law (1992, revised edition 2019)
  • The Death of Friends (1996, revised edition 2019)
  • The Burning Plain (1998)
  • Rag and Bone (2000)
  • Lay Your Sleeping Head (2016)
  • Street People (2017)
  • Carved in Bone (2019)

The Children of Eve Novels

  • The City of Palaces 

Short Stories

  • “Street People“ in Finale: Short Stories of Mystery and Suspense (ed., Michael Nava ) (1989)
  • “Grief“  in Certain Voices (ed. Darryl Pilcher) (1991)

Non-fiction

Books

  • Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America (with Robert Dawidoff) (1994)

Essays

  • “Gardenland” in Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong (ed. John Preston) (1991)
  • “Abuelo” in A Member of the Family: Gay Men Write About Their Families (ed. John Preston)(1994)
  • “Coming Out and Born Again” in Wrestling With the Angel: Faith and Religion in the Lives of Gay Men (ed. Brian Bouldrey) (1995)
  • “The Marriage of Michael and Bill” in Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create (ed. Michael Lowenthal) (1996)
  • “Boys Like Us” in Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (ed. Patrick Merla) ( 1997)
  • “Charity” in Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories (ed. Esmeralda Santiago) (1998)
  •  “A Diamonds Is Forever “  in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (eds. Katherine V. Forrest, James Van Buskirk)  (2007)

Poetry

  • “Sixteen Poems” in The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry and Drama (ed. Stephanie Fetta) (2008)

About Michael Nava (Selected Bibliography)

  • “Michael Nava” in Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by George Klawitter (ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson) (1993)
  • “Michael Nava” in Gay and Lesbian Characters and Themes in Mystery Novels by Anthony Slide (1993)
  • “Sexuality Degree Zero: Pleasure and Power in the Novels of John Rechy, Arturo Islas and Michael Nava” in Critical Essays: Gay and Lesbian Writers of Color by Ricardo L. Ortiz (ed. Emmanuel S. Nelson) (1993)
  • “Michael Nava” in Something Inside: Conversation With Gay Fiction Writers by Philip Gambone (1999)
  • “Michael Nava” in Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicano/a Identity by Ralph Rodriguez (2005)
  • “Michael Nava” in Chicano Detective Fiction: A Critical Study of Five Novelists by Susan Baker Sotelo (2005)
  • “Michael Nava” in Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations With Writers and Artists by Frederick Aldama (2006)
  • “A Gay Mystery Writer Who Chronicles the Aftermath of AIDS” in the New Yorker by Garth Greenwell (9/11/2015)