San Antonio Book Festival: More notable picks




Sandra Cisneros, moderated by Ramiro Salazar

1pm, Saturday, April 5

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.


Read: Sandra Cisneros's Defenders and Detractors Debate What the Celebrated Author has Meant to San Antonio




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).


Read: Music Journalist Robert Hilburn Talks About His Book, 'Johnny Cash: The Life'

Book Excerpt: Johnny Cash: The Life





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.

Read: Interview with Char Miller




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.

Read: 'Dallas 1963' Co-author Bill Minutaglio Discusses JFK in Texas



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.”


Read: SA's Ito Romo Debuts Illuminating Collection


Listen: Ito Romo Reads "Vacation"



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).

Read: Renowned Journalist Covers His Family’s SA History in New Book


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