Texas Book Fest amplifies Latino voices at ¡Ahora Sí! tent


For the third year in a row, you’ll be able to sample some of the Latino authors at the ¡Ahora Sí! tent at the Texas Book Festival (¡Ahora Sí! is the Spanish publication of the Austin American-Statesman). Most authors will appear both during the regularly scheduled sessions in and around the Capitol building and at the ¡Ahora Sí! tent, which this year will be on 11th Street, between Congress Avenue and Brazos Street. Come hear engaging presentations in English, Spanish and bilingual formats and join the conversation.

These are some of the highlights of the ¡Ahora Sí! tent (please check texasbookfestival.org for final times, as programming is subject to change):

Fiction and nonfiction

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Come hear the new Latinx fiction panel with El Paso author Christine Granados, Austin’s Natalia Sylvester, and Barrio Writers founder Sarah Rafael García (pending author availability).

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Paco Ignacio Taibo II is one of the most prolific Mexican writers with over 40 historical novels and thrillers, and he’s the author of a biography of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Pancho Villa. ¡No te lo pierdas!

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Former TV anchor Olga Campos Benz has taken some of her real-life experiences as a broadcast journalist and transformed them into her debut novel, “It’s News to Me.”

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Austin author Ire’ne Lara Silva and other contributors will discuss the anthology “Imanimam: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands,” a collection of poetry and essays about the famed Tejana author and theorist Gloria Anzaldúa.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Bárbara Renaud González will talk about being Chicana and social justice in the Lone Star state, through the lens of her most recent book, “Las Nalgas de J.Lo.”

2:30 – 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Guatemalan-American author Jorge Argueta, who has a mixed genre memoir in bilingual format, and José Antonio Rodríguez, who has written a memoir about being born in Mexico and growing up in South Texas, discuss the poetry of the past.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Enjoy the live dramatic interpretation of “La Roja,” set in McAllen, Texas. Joseph Huerta will talk about his coming-of-age novel.

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Children’s and Young Adult literature

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Bilingual storytime with mixed media artist and illustrator Juana Martínez-Neal, who hails from Lima, Peru, and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Bilingual storytime with award-winning Mónica Brown, whose latest book is “Frida Khalo and Her Animalitos,” about the renowned Mexican artist and her relationship to pets.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Get to know the winners of this year’s Tomás Rivera Award for best children’s book: Young Adult author Francisco X Stork who wrote “Disappeared,” and author and illustrator of the picture book “Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood,” F. Isabel Campoy.

11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Storytime with Cynthia Leonor Garza who will read from her debut picture book, “Lucía the Luchadora.” She currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with her two young daughters and husband.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: Storytime with Guatemalan author Jorge Argueta, an award-winning poet and author of more than 20 children’s picture books, including “Somos como las nubes/We Are Like Clouds.”

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