According to Daniel Cano (Class of ’77, B.A., English; ’84, M.A., Spanish), all one needed to make it as
a journalist in 1920s Los Angeles was the ability to read and write, and a good mentor. In Cano’s case,
all that was needed to become an award-winning novelist was his desire to become a writer and his education. The professor of English at Santa Monica College recently received the 12th International Latino Book Award for historical fiction with “Death and the
American Dream,” which tells the story of a Mexican immigrant who becomes a reporter on a
Spanish language newspaper.