When: Mon., April 17, 4-5:30 p.m. 2017
In 2009, Trinity professor Amy Stone attended Cornyation for the first time and was taken by both the diversity of the crowd and the campy farce itself — which was first produced in 1951 as a satire of the notoriously elite Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo and has evolved into a wildly popular, all-encompassing spoof. Certifiably hooked, Stone started digging into the history of Cornyation in 2012 as something of a “pet project” that led to two years of research. Five years in the making, Stone’s new Trinity University Press book Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition presents her many findings in a format that’s part scrapbook, part crash course. Brought to life through 40-plus interviews, excerpts from scripts and more than 100 photos that date as far back as the 1950s, the book offers a fascinating look at Fiesta’s development into a more inclusive “party with a purpose” and Cornyation’s transformation from a “Fiesta for the little people” to a major fundraiser that’s donated more than $2 million to local HIV/AIDS charities. Recently highlighted through a San Antonio Book Festival panel, Cornyation officially launches with a reception, talk and book signing with Stone at Trinity’s Holt Center.