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News and notes from San Antonio's literary scene

Felicitaciones!
Kudos to Diane Gonzales Bertrand, who has been receiving much praise for My Pal, Victor/Mi amigo, Victor, her latest bilingual childrens' book about a friendship between two boys. Most recently it was honored as September's book of the month from area Barnes & Noble stores. The retailer also recognized Gonzales Bertrand as their author of the month for her many contributions to family-oriented Latino themed literature.

Get your read on
The city's Learning and Leadership Development Centers (LLDC) are celebrating September with a series of Literacy Festivals around town. Saturday, September 25, join the good people at the Billa LLDC, 1033 Ada Street behind McCreless Mall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of family activities and a chance to see what the center offers, from GED instruction, reading, writing, and math refreshers to ESL classes and computer training.

Friday night poetry
Marian Haddad writes of family and self, as a Syrian-American poet born and raised in the El Paso borderlands. Pecan Grove Press and H. Palmer Hall are hosting a reading and reception in honor of her most recent collection of poems, Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home, Friday, September 17, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m, at St. Mary's Louis J. Blume Library.

Without a trace
Local Latino literary fans are scratching their heads over the apparent disappearance of Valenzuela's Latino bookstore. Richard and Sue Martinez had just commemorated the one year anniversary of their family-run shop, unique to San Antonio, and appeared confident and optimistic about celebrating many more to come. WOTS hopes it's just a temporary setback and la familia Martinez will be up and running another shop by the time this column runs next month. (See related story, "Una Trieste Notícia," by Santiago Dadyi-Tolsen.) •

Local, independent, en español

On September 25, Carlos Durand and Bernice Gil will celebrate the grand opening of Libros y mas, a Spanish-language bookstore featuring a wide range of titles from Latin American literature to books for children and youth. The store, located on South West Military, could be the first of several branches throughout the city. Stay tuned for more info.

By Alejandro Pérez


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