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News and notes from the San Antonio Literary scene

Writing and Memory

Gemini Ink's Seventh Annual Summer Literary Festival continues with their series of readings and classes organized around the theme, "Writing and Memory: The World by Heart." The remaining half-day sessions include a review of Studs Terkel's work and the art of oral history (July 25), in anticipation of Terkel's visit to San Antonio this fall, and a crash course for aspiring journalists by the Current's own Lisa Sorg (July 24). Award-winning poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, author of Emplumada and From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger, will facilitate two poetry workshops (July 23 and 24). She joins David Liss and Jan Jarboe Russell at the final Friday Festival Reading on July 23, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Call 734-9673 for registration information or more details.

Literary cumpleaños

During the past 12 months, Valenzuela's Latino Bookstore `See "A Family Tradition," Nov. 20-27, 2003` has hosted an impressive schedule of one to two readings a week by emerging and established authors. For their anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 24, they're inviting all of those writers back for an afternoon of impromptu readings and book signings. Confirmed guests as of press time include Sandra Cisneros, Ito Romo, Dagoberto Gilb, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Victoria Garcia-Zapata, Alicia Z. Galvan, Carlos X. Mata, and Larry P. Johnson. The reception runs from 4-6 p.m.

Prior to the reception, at 2 p.m., prolific children's author Gonzales Bertrand reads from My Pal, Victor/Mi Amigo, Victor, her just-released bilingual picture book dealing with difference and disabilities. Valenzuela's is located at 4535 Fredericksburg. For more information, call 732-2229.

Better late than never?

Thanks to the dedicated effort initiated by a group of South San Antonio High School students and continued by Books in the Barrio, the South Side celebrated Waldenbooks' arrival last month with considerable fanfare praising the chain for finally opening up shop south of Hwy. 90 `See "Books in the Barrio," October 9-16, 2003`. At first glance, the popular mall chain, a subsidy of Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Borders Books, appears to be like their other stores, with the usual inventory of bestsellers and an ample childrens' section occupying its 3,000 square feet. However, unlike other stores, South Park Mall's Waldenbooks' has a generous selection of libros en español, in a much appreciated nod to the area's bilingual and Spanish-speaking residents. (Unfortunately, like their other stores, this one lacks a designated section of Chicano/Latino literature.) Let's hope that Waldenbooks' appearance kicks off a trend, and bookstores become as prevalent as panaderias across San Antonio.

Compiled by Alejandro Pérez

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