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Michael Angel Nava (born September 16, 1954 in Stockton, California) is an attorney and writer.

He is a third-generation Californian of Mexican descent. He was born and raised in Sacramento. He was the first member of his family to attend college, graduating with honors from the Colorado College in 1976. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981.

In 2002, he was also awarded an honorary degree as a Doctor of Humane Arts from the Colorado College in recognition of his literary achievements.

He began his legal career as a trial lawyer in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office where he prosecuted criminal cases and did approximately 50 jury trials.

He was an associate at the appellate boutique firm of Horvitz and Levy before becoming a judicial staff attorney for the Honorable Arleigh Woods, the first female African-American appellate court justice in California. He served in that capacity from 1986 to 1995. Among the notable cases he worked on was Jasperson v. Jessica’s Nail Clinic, the first published decision to uphold an HIV/AIDS anti-discrimination statute.

After Justice Wood’s retirement, Nava returned to his native Northern California, settling in San Francisco In 1999, he joined the staff of the California Supreme Court and since 2004 he has been a judicial attorney for Justice Carlos R. Moreno, only the third Latino to sit on the California high court. Justice Moreno was also recently considered for the United States Supreme Court seat that went to Justice Sonia Sotomayer.

Nava began writing what would become his first novel — The Little Death — while in law school. Published in 1986, it was the first of seven novels featuring a gay Latino criminal defense lawyer named Henry Rios, based in Los Angeles. The six books that followed — Goldenboy (1988), How Town (1990), The Hidden Law (1992), The Death of Friends (1996), The Burning Plain (1998) and the final volume Rag and Bone (2000) — were published to increasing praise from mainstream publications that did not ordinarily review the works of gay and lesbian writers. His novels were awarded six Lambda Literary Awards and he was ultimately awarded the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award for Gay and Lesbian literature from the Publishing Triangle, a GLBT professional group within the publishing industry.

Despite the fact that he has not published a work of fiction since 2000, his novels continue to be the subject of scholarly discussion about gay and Latino/a writers. In an interview in the Latino/a literary blog, La Bloga, he revealed that he has been at work on an historical novel set around the time of Mexican Revolution in Mexico and Arizona tentatively entitled "The Children of Eve." He is also co-author of the book "Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America."

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Total Books: 37
Lay Your Sleeping Head
2016 - Lay Your Sleeping Head [The Henry Rios Novels] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781945521003
ISBN-10: 1945521007
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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The City of Palaces A Novel
2014 - The City of Palaces a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780299299101
ISBN-10: 0299299104
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Burning Plain
2004 - The Burning Plain [Henry Rios, Bk 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555838133
ISBN-10: 1555838138
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 5

The Death of Friends
2004 - The Death of Friends [Henry Rios, Bk 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555838140
ISBN-10: 1555838146
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2

Hidden Law
2003 - Hidden Law [Henry Rios, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781555837785
ISBN-10: 1555837786
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2

Howtown
2003 - Howtown [Henry Rios, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781555837792
ISBN-10: 1555837794
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2

Goldenboy
2003 - Goldenboy [Henry Rios, Bk 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555838294
ISBN-10: 1555838294
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

The Little Death
2003 - The Little Death [Henry Rios, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781555838300
ISBN-10: 1555838308
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2

Der kleine Tod
2002 - Der Kleine Tod (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886199013
ISBN-10: 3886199010
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Stadt der Ehre
2002 - Stadt Der Ehre (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886199112
ISBN-10: 3886199118
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Rag and Bone
2002 - Rag and Bone [Henry Rios, Bk 7] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425184707
ISBN-10: 0425184706
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 4

Die lange Nacht
2001 - Die Lange Nacht (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886199686
ISBN-10: 3886199681
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Little Death
2001 - Little Death [Henry Rios, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781555836948
ISBN-10: 1555836941
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Rag and Bone
2001 - Rag and Bone [Henry Rios, Bk 7] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780399147081
ISBN-10: 039914708X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 3

El chico de oro
1999 - El Chico De Oro (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788475843766
ISBN-10: 847584376X
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Goldjunge
1999 - Goldjunge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886199037
ISBN-10: 3886199037
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The Burning Plain
1999 - The Burning Plain [Henry Rios, Bk 6] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780553580853
ISBN-10: 055358085X
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 9

The Burning Plain
1998 - The Burning Plain (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780399143106
ISBN-10: 0399143106
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3

Das innere Gesetz
1997 - Das Innere Gesetz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783886199181
ISBN-10: 3886199185
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Goldenboy
1996 - Goldenboy [Henry Rios, Bk 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555833664
ISBN-10: 1555833667
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

Created Equal Why Gay Rights Matter to America
1995 - Created Equal Why Gay Rights Matter to America (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312117641
ISBN-10: 0312117647
Genres: Nonfiction, Gay & Lesbian
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1992 - The Hidden Law [Henry Rios, Bk 4] (Hardcover)Paperback
1990 - How Town [Henry Rios, Bk 3] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover