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Gemini Ink presents nationally recognized author Helena Maria Viramontes, who’ll read from Their Dogs Came With Them, a novel dealing with her childhood in East LA and the formation of Chicano youth gangs.
Regional author Mollie Bickle Cardwell will be at Barnes & Noble to sign copies of her novel Return to Sandy Creek. This book is set in three different areas of Texas: the Hill Country, west Texas and the Gulf Coast.
Author Larry Johnson reads from his novels Mexico By Touch, Inside My World and You Can if You Think You Can.
A special program of readings from his books to help encourage and inspire young blind children Larry Johnson is a very accomplished writer and broadcaster for more than 40 years will do some readings of his books, Mexico By touch, True Life Experiences of a blind American Deejay, You Can If You Think You Can and his latest novel, AND THAT’S HOW I SEE IT.
There will be book signings, a photo op, and an open question and answer time.
Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio Poet Laureate, reads from her book A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying. Poet Tim Z. Hernandez also reads selected poems, and inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Carmen Tafolla emcees.
Author Mark Obama Ndesandjo will be at Barnes and Noble on Tuesday, September 23 for a discussion and signing of his new book, “Obama’s Journey” My Odyssey of Self-Discovery Across Three Cultures.”
President Obama’s brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo will takes his national media tour to San Antonio on September 23, to discuss his much-awaited book: An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery Across Three Cultures at Barnes and Noble. Mark’s revealing memoir recounts his complex relationship with his older half-brother, President Barack Obama, including their first meeting in Kenya over twenty years ago. The book also offers the author's inspiring personal story about identity and multiculturalism. Rare family photos add to the book's personal nature, as does the intense recounting of domestic violence in the home of Barack Obama Sr. and his third wife, Ruth Baker, Ndesandjo’s Jewish-American mother. The book also attempts to set the records straight on several points of the president’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father. In it's connection to President Obama, Mark's story takes on an even greater significance because it becomes all the more directly, a story of American identity and a window into the complex figure of the father they share, Barack Obama Sr., their roots in Kenya, their multicultural identities and their relationships with America. Mark will be donating a portion of this book’s profits to his Foundation to promote art education among disadvantaged children worldwide.
The Voices de la Luna Poetry Group will meet in Barnes & Noble for a writing workshop. They will continue at 7:00 pm with featured readings. If you love poetry, stop by and enjoy.
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.
Joe Holley will be making an appearance at the Twig in support of his novel The Purse Bearer: A Novel of Love, Lust, and Texas Politics
Join internationally celebrated author and Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale for a special event at the Wittliff Collections, which house his archive. The author of nearly 50 novels in a variety of genres, Lansdale has won an Edgar Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, and in 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award. The New York Times describes Lansdale as having a folklorists eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace. Author of the cult classic Bubba Ho-tep, Lansdale's latest novel to be adapted into film is Cold in July, starring Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, and fellow Wittliff donor Sam Shepard. An anthology of his work, Sanctified and Chicken Fried, is part of the Wittliffs literary book series with the University of Texas Press. Joining Lansdale will be journalist Wes Ferguson, whose book, Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, is being compared favorably to John Graves' Goodbye to a River. Also on the bill is Joe's daughter, singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale, who will perform from her new album, Restless, produced by John Carter Cash. Attendees are asked to RSVP to email@example.com to receive further information including parking instructions.
Houston author Sarah Cortez will read from her book Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence, which won a 2013 Border Regional Library Association Award for Southwest Book of the Year and the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Latino Focused Non-Fiction (Bilingual).
The Bilingual Benny series is heralded as a must-read for children ages 3-7 who are learning Spanish, or becoming bilingual. Benny's vibrant character, mixed with helpful teaching tools within the book (like color coded words, a pronunciation guide, vocabulary list and games) make this a fun and educational series. Michael Hodge may be new to authorship, but he has made teaching children a constant in his life. As a black belt martial arts instructor, he taught thousands of children in his academy and throughout public schools the values of goal setting, discipline, and perseverance. A while back, when his daughter was 2, he and his wife were having trouble getting her to speak in Spanish and English. This set Michael on a path of discovery, research, and testing - which has led to his Bilingual Benny series.
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.
Carolyn Osborn will be reading from her recently published novel Where We Are Now, a collection of stories about family.
The Devil's Backbone, the first of a trilogy by Bill Wittliff published by the University of Texas Press, is an engrossing tale of a runaway boys search for his missing Momma across the old-time Southwest badlands. A page-turner packed with colorful characters, folk wit and wisdom, and unexpected twists of events, the story transforms into mythic quest through the magic of Wittliff's imaginative narrative and Jack Unruh's equally wondrous illustrations. Unruh's original drawings will be on view during the event. Attendees are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further information including parking instructions.
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.
San Antonio's Youth Poetry Organization, Fresh Ink, is back with monthly poetry slams and open mics. Get there early for the poetry workshop!
Be mezmorized by the sounds from the Sun's Poet Society
Get punched in the face with the words of a righteous poet at the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. The scandelous J. Alejandro hosts as authors recite thier proudest works.
The sophisticated and soulful 2nd Verse bursts with beautiful spoken word poetry every second Friday of the month. Hosted by Glo and Vocab, 2nd verse is open to all levels of creativity
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Of the current generation of post-Disney super starlets, Demi Lovato has stayed closest to the squeaky image of the Mickey Mouse ears. It appears that the 180-degree image change of Spring Breakers or twerk-appropriation isn’t necessary for the 22-year-old singer to lead a procession of multi-platinum bubblegum hits. In fact, Lovato doubled-down on her Disney investment last year, covering Idina Menzel’s Oscar-winning “Let It Go” from Frozen, ear-worming her voice into the next generation of Disney audiences. And with her booming set of mezzo-soprano pipes, Lovato isn’t letting go anytime soon.
In addition to art for sale from 10 Texas galleries, cocktails by Bohanan’s and appetizers courtesy of Gaucho Gourmet, this fourth annual fundraiser welcomes student artists from SAY Sí and models in full body makeup inspired by works of art in the McNay’s collection
Two strangers fall in love on a cruise and decide to meet atop the Empire State Building in six months time. Of course, the universe sometimes interferes with love’s sweetest intentions. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr tug on every heartstring in 1957’s An Affair to Remember. Called one of the greatest love stories of all time by the American Film Institute, this timeless tale has inspired droves of modern-day romancers; just think, without it, there would be no Sleepless in Seattle. The Botanical Garden screens the classic—bring the blankets, bring your sweetie and revel in the romance.
The Gothic era of the Catholic Church, overt sexuality and female power are among the themes informing “Salvation,” the spring 2015 collection from local designer Leighton Whittington’s new fashion line Leighton W. Couture. Flowy and revealing, yet toughened up with hard-edged styling and a rebellious spirit, the debut collection makes its statement almost entirely in black and gold (an on-trend color palette if you ask Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen). Blurring lines between exhibition opening and fashion show, “Salvation” highlights more than 20 original looks (worn by models and local personalities) enhanced with a sound installation, visual art by James Raska and a confessional area with wearable prizes based on the best Facebook and Instagram posts tagged #salvation2015. According to Whittington, “The time has come for a fashion salvation and resurrection.”
Launched in 1980 by the local nonprofit Texas Talent Musicians Association, the Tejano Music Awards is dedicated to providing “a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music,” as well as a public forum for the genre’s songwriters, performers and musicians. Most recently celebrated for his satirical CD ¡La Migra Gone Wild!, Corpus Christi-based vocal impressionist and magician Happy the Comedian hosts the 34th annual event—which kicks off with a red carpet ceremony before swinging into full gear with an awards extravaganza featuring performances by more than a dozen influential acts, including Elida Reyna y Avante, Ruben Ramos, Stefani Montiel (left), Los DesperadoZ, Stephanie Lynn, Dwayne Verheyden and Tortilla Factory.
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