J. L. Bautista was born in California and lives and travels between there and Madrid, Spain. Fiestas, the writer’s first published book, is drawn primarily from the recollections and experiences of family and friends before, during, and after the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939; it was the winner of the 2005 George Garrett Prize in Fiction. The author’s second book will be published in the fall of 2012, a novel entitled The Road, and Nothing More, which also has a Spanish theme, but more importantly is about how people survive in circumstances that ill-favor humanity, love, and beauty.

Past publications include short fiction, poetry, and essays. Work as a journalist and researcher has been all-important to the writing. Beyond the history of 20th century Spain and its citizens, the most important theme in the writing concerns the lives of marginalized peoples in modern society. J. L. Bautista has yet to doubt that life is worth what it does to us.