San Antonio Book Festival: More notable picks

Sandra Cisneros, moderated by Ramiro Salazar
1pm, West Terrace, Central Library
You know you love La Sandra even more now that she’s left her 20-plus year home in SA, and she’ll be performing new and old works. Mainly we’re just interested to see Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar try to “moderate” the inspiring Latina author.

Johnny Cash: The Life
Robert Hilburn, moderated, by John Burnett
2:30pm, Empire Theater
Longtime Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn got to know Johnny Cash particularly well during his Folsom Prison concert and recently released the definitive biography of the Man in Black (who briefly called SA home).

Dry Country: Water Issues in Texas
David K. Langford, Char Miller and Charles R. Porter, moderated by David Ladensohn
2:15pm, Gallery, Central Library
Accept the fact that water scarcity will be a topic of increasing relevance for your remaining years in Texas. Last year we spoke with former Trinity professor Char Miller when he visited the book fest, and if he can’t persuade you to pay attention, no one can.

Dallas 1963
Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, moderated by Cary Clack
10am, Rogers Hall, Southwest School of Art, Navarro Campus
We spoke with former Express-News arts editor and all-around bad ass Bill Minutaglio last year when he and Steven Davis’ thoughtful, uncomfortable book about the cultural climate surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Dallas 1963, was released.

De Dónde Eres: Wrestling with Ethnicity
Tim Z. Hernandez, Ito Romo and Mario Alberto Zambrano, moderated by Michael Soto
1pm, Swartz Room, Central Library
We found The Border is Burning, the first collection by SA’s Ito Romo to be “evocative vignettes of characters on the brink of alienation, addiction, desperation and loss.”

Our Town: Stories that Shaped San Antonio
Nick Kotz and Ignacio Garcia, moderated by Gilbert Garcia
Noon, Auditorium, Central Library
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kotz’ family history The Harness Maker’s Dream is a fascinating ride through the 20th century immigrant experience via San Antonio innovators the Kallisons (of Kallison’s Department Store and Kallison Ranch).

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