With the Supreme Court's recent dismantling of the Voters Rights Act and the rising importance of the Latino vote, this conversation is a timely one. Political scholars and co-authors Matt Barreto (UCLA) and Henry Flores (St. Mary's University) will serve as astute historians and prognosticators under the moderation of Gilbert Garcia. Free, 10am Sat, Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad St.
While Texas politicians continue to draw unfavorable attention to our fair state, Texans can be proud of the tradition of strong female writers who call this state home. Moderated by Rachel Crawford, this panel offers three such examples, with the effervescent Rosemary Catacalos (2013 Texas Poet Laureate) leading the pack. Catacalos, Mary Guerrero Milligan and Sobia Khan will share their experiences on the Lone Star literary scene and discuss what it means to be a woman writing about the Texas experience. Free, 11am Sat, Rogers Hall, Southwest School of Art (Navarro Campus), 1201 Navarro St.
Chicano professor, novelist and collector of awards for fiction, Luis Alberto Urrea will discuss his latest literary ventures with former San Antonio Express-News book editor Gregg Barrios. With so many shared experiences and interests, these two will, no doubt, carry on a conversation you'll want to check out. Free, 12:30pm Sat, Coates Chapel, Southwest School of Art (Ursuline Campus), 300 Augusta St.
While she is beloved all over the world, San Antonians of a certain age will always relate to Naomi Shihab Nye as our literary den mother. Subsequent to those years as visiting poet for San Antonio's public schools, Nye has accumulated prestigious fellowships, literary awards and published scads of well-received writing in various genres. This book, Nye's latest in lyrical fiction exploring childhood, portrays a boy, his grandfather and a shared love of mother nature. Free, 2:15pm Sat, Central Library Story Room, 600 Soledad St.
You call yourself a loyal San Antonian? We dare you to resist your midday siesta and make an appearance at Mayor Ivy Taylor's book launch. Co-authors Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce and Frederick Williams will join the SA mayor and DreamWeek founder Shokare Nakpodia (who will moderate) to discuss their joint venture and the experiences inspired by it. It's scarcely available online, so purchase a copy while you have the chance. Free, 3pm Sat, Central Library Gallery, 600 Soledad St.
Hometown powerhouse Rick Casey (longtime newspaper man and host of KLRN's Texas Week With Rick Casey) moderates a panel with Jan Jarboe Russell and Richard Reeves, respective authors of spanking-new books addressing WWII internment camps. Russell's well-received The Train To Crystal City is aptly paired with Reeves' Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II. Be sure to ask about San Antonio's own sordid involvement during Q&A. Free, 4:30pm Sat, Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad St.
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