We’re excited to once again partner with ¡Ahora Sí!, the Austin American-Statesman’s Spanish language newspaper, to present a tent at this year’s Texas Book Festival dedicated to bilingual programming and Latin@ culture. From in-depth literary discussions to children’s storytimes; a close examination at issues of education and voter turn-out; a celebration of Tejana art; and more, the tent will be busy all weekend with engaging authors and conversations.
The ¡Ahora Sí! Tent is located in the center of the Festival, at the intersection of Congress and 11th Street, right next to the C-Span2/Book TV Tent.
Bilingual Storytime with René Colato Laínez
Sat Nov 5 10:00 AM
Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning illustrator René Colato Laínez as he reads Mamá the Alien!
Bring your young readers to the Ahora Sí tent for a bilingual conversation with Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us) and René Colato Laínez (Mamá the Alien), two wonderful authors whose familes’ journeys from Mexico and El Salvador have inspired important, engaging new books for kids.
Bilingual Storytime with DUNCAN TONATIUH
Sat Nov 5 11:30 AM
Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh as he reads The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes.
Bilingual torytime with YUYI MORALES Yuyi Morales
Sat Nov 5 12:00 PM
Join us for a special bilingual storytime with award-winning illustrator Yuyi Morales as she reads RUDAS: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas!
New Literature from Latin America
EDUARDO RABASA, ANDRES NEUMAN,
MAURO JAVIER CARDENAS & ANTONIO RUIZ-CAMACHO
Sat Nov 5 12:45 PM
Latin America is a powerhouse of dynamic new literature. Catch up with the latest work from some of the region’s most acclaimed, awarded and up-and-coming authors.
Behind the Scenes of Tacos in Texas
MANDO RAYO & JAROD NEECE
Sat Nov 5 1:45 PM
Taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece drove hundreds of miles across Texas to discover and document the traditions, recipes, stories, and personalities behind the state’s favorite food – tacos. Today, they take us behind the scenes of their muy sabroso taco tour to share the making of The Tacos of Texas.
Celebrate the winners of this year’s Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Duncan Tonatiuh and Ashley Hope Perez, with members of the Award’s national committee, Oralia Garza de Cortés, Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez and Pat Enciso. They’ll discuss the meaning and history of the award and why it’s vital to honor, share and support Latino literature for young readers.
Sat Nov 5 3:30 PM
Both Diane Guerrero, actress on Orange in the New Black, and Julissa Arce, who became a CEO at Goldman Sachs while undocumented, know first-hand the struggle of living as a Mexican immigrant in America. They also know what it’s like to achieve their dreams against all odds. Join them as they share their exceptional stories of facing challenges and finding success.
In I-DJ, a young man is given a Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass album and believes he has discovered the Latino role model he has been searching for. The play, which goes through the present day, takes in the turmoil of the times, digging in to the civil rights movement, the struggle for gay identity, the AIDS crisis and other headline generators. Join Greg Barrios and Ben Olguin for a life performance!
Entre Guadalupe y Malinche gathers work about the lives and experiences of women who identify as Tejanas in both the literary and visual arts. Join editors Inés Hernández-Ávila and Norma Elia Cantú and contributors Rosemary Catacalos and Carmen Tafolla for this celebration of Texas-Mexican woman and their art.
RAZA RISING: Chicano Empowerment Through Education and the Vote
RICHARD GONZALES & GREGG BARRIOS
Sun Nov 6 1:00 PM
As the largest minority group in this country, why don’t Chicanos vote in numbers comparable to their registered numbers? What does the election of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton mean for Chicanos? Join authors and journalists Richard Gonzales (Raza Rising), Gregg Barrios (I-DJ) and as they discuss education, voting and the issues facing Chicanos in Texas today.
Middle Grade Magic and Mystery
DIANA LOPEZ & RENE SALDANA, JR.
Sun Nov 6 2:30 PM
Join Diana Lopez and René Saldaña, Jr. for a bilingual session about their new middle grade novels, Something Up My Sleeve and A Mystery Bigger than Big. Magic and mystery await!