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Pachanga de Palabras: Westside Book Festival

Sat., Sept. 28, 6-10 p.m.
Plaza Guadalupe 1327 Guadalupe St., San Antonio San Antonio

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The Pachanga de Palabras will have book & zine vendors, food vendors, interactive free workshops for children and adults, poets, live music and a drag king story time. This festival seeks to promote literacy as well as celebrate bilingual and Spanish literature. Gacho Marx, La Voz de Los MENtirosos, San Antonio's only Drag King Troupe, will be the Emcee for the festival! Follow us on Instagram @echalebooks and Facebook at @echalebooksSA. For more info, email echalebooks@gmail.com.

Meet the Poet: Chibbi Orduña

Tue., Oct. 1, 6-8 a.m.

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Meet spoken word artist, Chibbi Orduña, at the Central Library. Originally from Laredo, Texas where he founded Laredo Border Slam, Chibbi also co-founded Write About Now, a poetry organization in Houston. Now a three-time member of San Antonio’s only national slam team, PuroSlam, he has published two books - “Where the Wild Things Grow” and “Otro/Patria”. Hear him speak about the experiences that have shaped him as a poet and share some of his work. (210) 207-2500

PuroSlam Poetry ft. DJ Donnie Dee

Every other Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Mix 2423 N St. Mary's, San Antonio Central


PuroSlam is a weekly poetry competition open to anyone with original content. Audience members serve as judges, hecklers and arbiters of taste, at least for the night. Free Speech 100%, cash and prizes awarded. DJ Donnie Dee spins. So bring a thick skin and your best stuff and show San Anto what you got! Sign up 9:30, slam 10ish. (210) 735-1313

Cocktail Reception with Best-Selling Author Stephen Harrigan

Fri., Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Tusculum Brewing Company 236 S. Main Street, Boerne Boerne

Buy Tickets$75


Cocktail reception to celebrate the release of "Big Wonderful Thing", a book about the history of Texas, by best-selling author Stephen Harrigan. Food, wine and beer provided by Tusculum Brewing Company and a copy of "Big Wonderful Thing" provided by UT Press is included with the ticket price. Stephen Harrigan will be present at the event to sign books. 8302493053

Boerne Book and Arts Festival

Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boerne Main Plaza 100 Block N Main St., Boerne Boerne


Best-selling author Stephen Harrigan will kick-off the Boerne Book and Arts Festival. There will be many other authors in attendance, including Joe Nick Patoski, Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Mari Mancusi, W.K. Stratton and more. 8302493053

Sun Poets Writing Workshop

Second Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble (San Pedro Crossing) 321 N.W. Loop 410, #104, San Antonio San Antonio


Poets of all experience levels are welcome to share their works in progress. (210) 342-0008

Book Launch and Signing - Sad Songs and Gray Dresses

Sat., Oct. 12, 2-4:45 p.m.
Dead Tree Books 5645 S Flores Ave, San Antonio Downtown

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Local author Ruth Mini will be at Dead Tree Books to launch and sign her debut novel "Sad Songs and Gray Dresses." Proceeds of the book will go toward the Ruth Mini Mobile Library which is a community service initiative that gives away free books to people all over San Antonio. Books will be available for purchase. (830) 542-8463

Visiting Artist Talk: Amaranth Borsuk

Mon., Nov. 11, 6 p.m.

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Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar and book artist whose work encompasses print and digital media, performance and installation. Her most recent volume is The Book (MIT Press, 2018), an exploration of a technology we think we know intimately. Borsuk is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, where she also serves as Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. (210) 200-8263

Brian Kilmeade: America— Great From the Start

Sat., Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio River Walk

Buy Tickets$45-$210

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In celebration of the release of his sixth book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers, Fox & Friends co-host, leading nationally syndicated radio host, and New York Times bestselling author, Brian Kilmeade, brings his well-known humor and commentary to the stage for his live show, America: Great from The Start. A unique evening of conversation, where Brian will tackle some of the day’s hottest political topics, share exclusive stories from his own path to success, and for the first time on stage discuss Sam Houston. Every ticket purchase comes with a copy of the book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers. (210) 223-8624

Eleven Reflections on September

Sat., May 16, 8-10 p.m.
Carver Community Cultural Center 226 N Hackberry, San Antonio San Antonio

Buy from Ticketmaster$25


Eleven Reflections on September is an introspective look on the lives of Muslim Americans living in the aftermath of 9/11. This all-woman, Middle Eastern music ensemble performs spoken word; the poems you will hear progress from lyrical to abstract and broken as they span the fall of the Twin Towers, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the rise of the Arab Spring, the refugee crisis, and more. The evening promises to be a concert, a performance art piece and a slam night. (210) 207-7211

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