McAllen Book Festival

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The McAllen Book Festival returns this Saturday, November 7 from 10:00-5:00! Last year’s event was fantastic and I’m really excited about this year. The official announcement:

The McAllen Book Festival will be held this Saturday, November 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM at McAllen Public Library. (It is the main branch at Nolana and 23rd Streets.) This free festival features acclaimed authors for children and young adults, speaking at the top of each hour, as well as live music, youth activities, vendors, and food trucks all day. 

The full schedule is available online.

I’ll be there! Come join me!

YA Author Guadalupe Garcia McCall Coming to UTPA!

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Guadalupe Garcia McCall has written two young adult books, Under the Mesquite Tree and Mariposas, both of which deal with border issues and settings. I highly recommend both!

I just received the following announcement:

Acclaimed author Guadalupe Garcia McCall will give a reading and answer questions about being a writer on Friday, March 22, at 2 PM in ARHU 351. Guadalupe Garcia McCall came to the United States with her family at the age of six and grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas. Her semi-autobiographical verse novel Under the Mesquite (2011) earned the Pura Belpré Award from the American Library Association, among many other honors. The International Reading Association is granting Garcia McCall the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Her newest novel is Summer of the Mariposas (2012). This event is hosted by English 3325, “Children’s and Adolescent Literature,” as part of FESTIBA. Arrive early for pan dulce.

La Epoca de Oro: Media Exhibit at MoSTH

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On September 11, 2011 La Epoca de Oro: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in the Rio Grande Valley exhibit opens at the Museum of South Texas History. The museum newsletter gives some background:

In the early 1930s, talking pictures became a global phenomenon, and the Mexican movie industry entered what is now termed the Golden Age of Cinema, or La Epoca de Oro, finding a ready audience for its products in the United States, with its expanding Spanish-speaking population.

Nowhere was that more obvious than in Texas, and expecially the Rio Grande Valley, where there were Hispanic families who had lived in the region for generations, as well as an influx of Mexican workers supporting the burgeoning growth in the area before, during, and after World War II. At one point, more than 30 theaters operated in South Texas, showing nothing but Spanish-language films.

The exhibit will tell the story of these theaters and will display original Mexican movie posters from the 1930s-1960s as well as lobby cards, publicity photos, artifacts, and movie trailers.

On the opening day of the exhibit there will also be a presentation by Rogelio Agransanchez Jr., author of Mexican Movies in the United States: A History of the Films, Theaters and Audiences, 1920-1960.

More from Valley Authors

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There’s a new anthology featuring Valley authors!  The book, Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Rio Grande River, contains 60 original short stories and poemsIt is edited by David Bowles, who works at Donna ISD and teaches classes at UTPA. describes the book:

These unique voices combine in a harmony of Mexican and American, of magical and ordinary, of tragedy and triumph. From established writers to emerging talents, the contributors to this volume represent the depth and beauty of a community that is just beginning to make itself heard.

In another Valley-related literacy event, David Rice, author of Crazy Loco, will host a reading and book signing of his latest book, Heart Shaped Cookies and Other Stories. This will be Thursday, August 18, at Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. Call 956-383-6246 for more information and to RSVP.

Author Reading: Rene Saldana

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Local author Rene Saldaña will be doing a reading from his latest novel A Good Long Way at the Peñitas Public Library on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:00pm. The library is at 1111 Main Street in Peñitas. Call (956) 583-5656 for more information about the reading.

A Good Long Way is a young adult novel set in the Rio Grande Valley. An excerpt from the School Library Journal describes it:  “Beto López is a high school senior who thinks that family rules no longer apply to him. Roelito, an A student, wants to be like his “cool” older brother, yet Beto’s bad habits of staying out late, skipping class, and making poor grades concern him. After a late-night confrontation with their father, Beto runs away from home. His first thought is to turn to Jessy, his best friend, for help and guidance. She wants out of her deplorable home life, too, but also wants to go to college and knows that being alone in the world and without plans is never the answer. This fast-paced novel will make readers think about their own lives and responsibilities.”