Michael Nava

Michael Nava

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 six 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 an 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 LeopardLove in the Time of Cholera, and Doctor Zhivago, but with its own intimacy and grandeur.”

The City of Palaces earned Nava his ninth Lambda Literary Award nomination.

Currently, he is engaged in revising and republishing the Rios novels in a new edition. This project will also include at least two new Rios novels. The extensive revision of the first Rios novel, The Little Death, Nava retitled it, Lay Your Sleeping Head, was published in December 2016 by Korima Press. He is currently at work on a new Rios novel, set in San Francisco in 1984, and the sequel to The City of Palaces.

Nava has also had a distinguished legal career, having earned his law degree from Stanford University.  He retired from the law in July 2016. He can reached though his Facebook page, “Michael Nava, Writer”