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Austin-based journalist and author Chris Tomlinson became a reporter in 1994, covering the end of Apartheid in South Africa and reporting from 50 countries and nine war zones including Rwanda, Somalia, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hailed as a “masterpiece of authentic American history,” his book Tomlinson Hill tells the stories of two families who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name.
Chris Tomlinson, both an award-winning journalist and author, has come out with a new book entitled, “Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name-One White, One Black.” In this true and revealing story of two families who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name, Tomlinson explores the history of race and bigotry in Texas while also managing to disclose a great many untruths that are latent in the unsettling and complex story of America. Internationally recognized for his work as a fearless war correspondent, Tomlinson has used the reporting skills he honed as a highly respected reporter covering ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East to fashion a perfect microcosm of America's own ethnic strife.
Take turns telling parts of scary stories in a haunted place at this story circle. The last one standing wins a prize.
Kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio are on hand for the final competition in their annual Club-Wide Spelling Bee.
Visiting authors to the Romance Writers of America annual conference will be at the Twig Book Shop. They will be available for signing during the last hour of the farmers market (12-1pm) and then will begin a panel discussion with a Q&A afterwards. Authors include, Eloisa James, Jennifer McQuiston, Candis Terry, Jennifer Ryan, Maya Rodale, Katherine Ashe, Julie Anne Long, and Sophia Nash.
An unexpected journey begins when Julia Conley inherits an old house in London from a great-aunt she hardly remembers. While cleaning the old house with the intent to sell it, Julia stumbles upon a mysterious painting with ties to an affair 150 years in her family’s past. As the past and present unfold against each other in the narrative, Julia discovers that her ancestor Imogen Grantham embarked on an affair with an artist named Gavin Thorne when he was hired to paint her portrait. Gavin’s heritage soon seems to play a part in Julia’s family tree and the clues strewn throughout the house make for an involving mystery whose art-world implications imbue the romantic indulgence with an intellectual glow. "That Summer" also got a great review on the NY Times Book Review.
Lacy Johnson was held prisoner in a basement apartment that her ex-boyfriend rented and outfitted for the sole purpose of raping and killing her. She escaped, but not unscathed. The Other Side is the haunting account of a first passionate and then abusive relationship, the events leading to Johnson's kidnapping and imprisonment, her dramatic escape, and her hard-fought struggle to recover. At once thrilling, terrifying, harrowing, and hopeful, The Other Side offers more than just a true crime record. In language both stark and poetic, Johnson weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women.
Bring your favorite book to swap and take a new book home!
Author of four novels, the most recent being “Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel,” Diana Lopez is an accomplished writer. Not only is her book “Choke” currently in production for a Lifetime movie, she also teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria, and is the editor of Huizache, a magazine of Latino literature.
Join Barnes & Nobles on the children’s stage as they feature books and activities that showcase the Marvel character for Marvel Day.
Barnes & Nobles will feature stories about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during their story time.
Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction, including her memoir, On the Outskirts of Normal. Her tale tells the story of raising her black daughter as a white woman in a small Texas town. This book was recommended reading from Oprah’s book club, and won numerous acclaim. Debra has also appeared in many periodicals including the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly’s Longreads.com, Guernica, The Southern Review, and others. She currently teaches in the MFA Program at Texas State University.
Books about Star Wars will be featured at Barnes & Nobles story time as part of their Page & Screen weekend.
With an introduction by local artist and Korima Press author Anel I. Flores, Jesus Alonzo, along with the 2014 cast members Manuel Barraza, Linda Copeland, Jaime Gonzalez, and Toni Sauceda will present selected readings and performances from the book. This will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a book signing. Books and cover art prints will be available for sale at the event.
After an amazing run at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the publication of Jotos del Barrio is now upon us! Playwright Jesus Alonzo will read from the book and a few cast members will be making appearances with some special performances. The book will be available for sale and the author will be signing copies after the reading!
Barnes & Nobles features the new book “Pete the Cat and the New Guy.”
Barnes & Nobles is featuring “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!” for their Hometown Hero Storytime.
Sam Snoek-Brown will be at Barnes & Nobles signing his brand new book “Hagridden.” The book is set during the final days of the Civil War.
Back to School story time will feature Peanut Butter & Cupcakes
Sister Elise Garcia, who attended the Global Rights of Nature conference in Ecuador in early 2014, will share report backs from the conference and insights into how the global rights of nature movement might inform local organizing in San Antonio and South Texas.
Jolene Navarro will be at Barnes & Nobles signing her brand new book, “Lone Star Hero.” Her previous book is titled “Lone Star Holiday.”
Eleanor Bravo, the Southwest organizer for Food and Water Watch, will share her insights from working with communities in Dallas and Los Angeles to ban or restrict fracking. Following this plática, we will screen the documentary “Rooted Lands/Tierras Arraigadas,” which focuses on a New Mexico county of Hispanos that has become the first in the US to ban fracking.
Written by J.R. Helton, "The Jugheads" follows the Steward family on a rollercoaster ride through America's dark side, encompassing urban grit, suburban sprawl, and unspoiled country. Dragged around by his physically and emotionally hectoring father, Jake and the rest of his family must find a way to live in the shadows cast by their own American gothic.
The San Antonio Public Library has joined with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Holocaust Museum of San Antonio to tell the stories of the victims of the Holocaust, including those who were not Jewish, beginning in April and continuing throughout the month of May. For information about digital exhibits, videos and testimonials from survivors, visit learnandremember.org or mysapl.org. Ana Rado Thur., May 8, 6:00PM at Parman, Rose Williams Mon., May 12, 6PM at Igo, and Susanne Jalnos Thur., May 15, 6PM at Mission.
For lovers of the movies Titanic and Twister, Galveston 1900: A Storm, A Story of Twin Flames is the story of a young couple enduring the struggles of ethnic prejudice in the community and religious intolerance within their own family all in the shadow of the devastating storm which nearly swept Galveston off the face of the Earth. Paperback signed edition available now! Digital editions are available on Google Play and Amazon for $4.99. For more information or to place an order for paperback, call (210) 651-2562 or visit http://on.fb.me/1iJ1iqF
Partnering up with the San Antonio Public Library, Story Time Stampede is a new way for families to learn more about the art and history of the American West through storytelling and gallery experience. The stories explore narratives about vaqueros, cowboys, and Native American traditions. Featured upcoming themes for Story Time Stampede include, Bison, Outlaws & Bandits, Horses, and Campfire Cooking. There is one on the second Saturday of every month at 11am and 1pm.
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With a nod to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and its lecture series Mixed Taste, the McNay launched its own Mash-Up Series in 2012 and continues it this week with an interactive experience inviting participants to “make the mash-up connection” between professor of Islamic art Stephennie Mulder and pastry chefs Anne Ng and Jeremy Madrell.
Reportedly one out of every six Americans is now of Hispanic origin, an impressive social transformation with enormous political, economic and cultural consequences. To better understand this culturally shifting phenomenon, SPAIN arts & culture commissioned curator Claudi Carreras to gather the strongest photographic voices tackling issues of Latino identity. The resulting exhibition comprises works by established and emerging photographers such as Carlos Alvárez Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina Marcelle d’Au-tremont, Calé, Dulce Pinzón, Susana Raab, Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.
With the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio providing a test sountrack, TPR’s free event invites guests to listen to the Tobin itself, hearing how the peformance space changes and magnifies the music being played. Acousticians, engineers and designers of the Tobin will break down the science of acoustics, from sound’s reverberation properties to how building shape can affect audio. Let’s just hope the TPR or Tobin folks will make good use of the opportunity to drop a Beastie Boys “Sound of Science” joke.
Though they live in Austin, OBN III’s members make their sonic home in the Motor City. Strutting like Raw Power-era Iggy, shredding like Fred “Sonic” Smith, OBN III’s play pure, fist-through-the-drywall, 40-to-the-face rock ‘n’ roll. With SA punkers Fruit Punch and White Christ.
Though the name would be perfect for a band of the heavy metal variety, Otis the Destroyer is anything but abrasive. The Austin-based blues group is indeed heavy on soul and hardcore for good, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Indie-poppers Sick/Sea’s sugary sweet ballads can cure just about any illness with soulful ethereal vocals and powerful harmonies. The term “math rock” is often confused as being for geeks, but SA’s Feuding Fathers prove otherwise. With complex drumming and elaborate guitar work, Feuding Fathers are the kings of mathematical cool.
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