'La Sandra' receives her COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio
Yes, even Chicano literary giants need the COVID-19 vaccine, amigos. Sandra Cisneros is back in San Antonio, and she was spotted receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. University Health System shared a photo of Cisneros in her signature embroidered Mexican tunic and market bag. RELATED: S.A. COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Alamodome reschedules vaccine appointments in AprilPer Cisneros' website, she's a "dual citizen of the United States and Mexico." She previously lived and wrote in San Antonio and held a writer-in-residence position at Our Lady of the Lake.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio Book Festival will feature authors Jeff VanderMeer, Nic Stone and Kristin Hannah
click to enlarge Courtesy Photos / San Antonio Book FestivalJeff VanderMeer, Nic Stone and Kristin Hannah (left to right) are among the authors appearing at the 2021 San Antonio Book Festival. Among the other writers slated to appear are Nic Stone, author of the No. 1best-selling young-adult book, and Kristin Hannah, best-selling author of the, a novel set in Texas during the Great Depression.After the 2020 San Antonio Book Festival was canceled due to the pandemic, this year it will be held as a virtual event.The 2021 event has also added its first lit crawl, a virtual block party for book lovers. The gathering will feature a conversation with the minds behind, an anthology about some of the world’s top female comedians, plus a cocktail demo.A full list of the 2021 San Antonio Book Festival’s participating authors is available online . Registration is free via the festival's website Locally owned retailer Nowhere Bookshop will serve as the official bookseller for the festival.sacurrent.com
‘We had stepped into a void in history that needed to be exposed’: Book honors heroic women of Texas and Mexico
SAN ANTONIO – March is Women’s History Month and some heroic women are being honored in a new book called “Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico.”The book was the idea of local artist Kathy Sosa. She learned that many women made that journey alone and later would influence an entire culture in Texas. “We had stepped into a void in history that needed to be exposed.”With the help of Ellen Riojas Clark, Jennifer Speed and her husband Lionel Sosa the book began to evolve. It ends up be a collection of 18 essays written by authors, journalists and scholars. “That was a huge highlight that day she said she would like to contribute to the book,” Sosa said.
San Antonio book club virtually discussing Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico with Sandra Cisneros
Facebook/ Trinity University PressSan Antonio author Sandra CisnerosTrinity University Press is inviting the public to a Wednesday night release and virtual discussion of its new bookThe anthology, available online now , celebrates the women of early Texas and Mexico with 18 portraits of female role models and subversives who were revolutionary in their visions and ideas.Trinity's monthly Maverick Book Club features authors discussing books that help shape Texas' narrative landscape. Wednesday's live Zoom event will spotlight contributor Sandra Cisneros along with editors Ellen Riojos Clark and Kathy Sosa. Contributor and local scholar Norma Elia Cantú will moderate.The authors will discuss the lives and contributions of nun and writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, uncompromising artist Frida Kahlo and labor leader Emma Tenayuca, among others.The free event starts at 7 p.m. Register for the webinar hereStay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Book Festival Reveals Stacked 2020 Author Lineup
click to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Book Festival / Collage by Kelly Merka NelsonFrom Left: Amalia Ortiz, Yvette Benavides, David Martin Davies and Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson). Local TPR stalwarts Yvette Benavides and David Martin Davies will also be on hand to promote their upcoming bookSan Antonio 365: On This Day in History. Event Details San Antonio Book Festival @ Central Library and Southwest School of Art 600 Soledad St. and 1201 Navarro St. Downtown San Antonio, TX When: Sat., April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Free Special Events and Words MapHeads up, Alamo City bibliophiles the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) just announced the lineup for this year, and it's a good one.Alamo City readers will recognize a slew of familiar names from the list. The lineup of more than 120 guests is filled out by a slew of authors in every genre imaginable, including notables like Y.A.sacurrent.com
Author Sandra Cisneros Digs Herself a Grave with Continued Support of Controversial Novel American Dirt
click to enlarge Ray Santisteban / Macmillanwriting my Latino novel: "We fled late in the night, or /la noche/ as Mami calls it. That's the same shit I've been told as a writer: your name will tank sales, baby. The book is written by a white woman, Jeanine Cummins, who critics say leans heavily on racist stereotypes throughout the novel. ""I knew this story," she continued, "and I said, 'Ok, she has transformed it into a thriller novel.' I thought, 'Great, now were going to engage someone who wont come to a book written by Sandra Cisneros or by Reyna Grande.'sacurrent.com
'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war
Her scathing review of “American Dirt,” in which she accuses Cummins of appropriating works by Latinos, went viral. “American Dirt,” published last week, tells the story of a Mexican woman and her 8-year-old son fleeing to the U.S. border after a drug cartel kills the rest of their family. Some Latino celebrities posted selfies with the book; Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek later apologized for promoting “American Dirt” without having read it after she was attacked on social media. Latino critics say ``American Dirt'' contains stereotypes, incorrect regional slang, and cultural inaccuracies. Tony Diaz, a Mexican American novelist in Houston, had promised to organize a protest outside.