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Texas Book Festival — San Antonio Edition

The Texas Book Festival starts a chapter in San Antonio

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San Antonio sometimes gets knocked for not being literary, or even literate, enough for such a big city with such grand “creative class” ambitions. Here’s your chance to prove the haters wrong and engage in the first-ever San Antonio edition of the Texas Book Festival, a literature love-in birthed in Austin that quickly grew into a giant. Our version might not be quite so gargantuan as the weekend-long affair to our north, which attracts hundreds of writers from across the country, but we’re holding our own, dammit. In partnership with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Texas Book Festival presents more than 60 stand-out authors across genres for a day of panels, signings, and family-friendly activities. Events are spread out between the Southwest School of Art campus and nearby Central Library. Here are our top 10 can’t-miss panels, listed in chronological order. Free, 10am-5pm, Central Public Library, 600 Soledad, and Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, saplf.org/bookfestival.  — Callie Enlow

The Shadow Catcher: A U.S. Agent Infiltrates Mexico’s Deadly Crime Cartels
Moderator: Sergio Troncoso
Born to Mexican-American migrant workers, our country's immigration woes tug at Hipolito Acosta's heart. As an undercover federal agent, he spent years infiltrating drug- and human-smuggling rings and saw firsthand what many migrants face coming to the U.S. He recalls sucking down exhaust fumes when coyotes crammed him and a South American child into the back of an old, beat up Chevy Nova. Smugglers packed him into the back of a U-Haul with immigrants, traveling thousands of miles with little food or water. He chronicles the experiences his first book, The Shadow Catcher. We spoke with him week, read the interview here. 10-10:45 a.m., Navarro Classroom, Navarro Campus. — Michael Barajas

You Can’t Go Home Again: Fiction about Family Secrets with Nan Cuba and Andrew Porter
Moderator: David Martin Davies
Nan Cuba, professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University and founder of Gemini Ink, began her career as an investigative journalist; after obtaining her MFA, she began publishing poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews in journals such as the Bloomsbury Review and Descant. Cuba’s debut novel, Body and Bread, which comes May 2013 from Engine Books, examines the effects of suicide on family survivors through a story that ranges from the questions of childhood to the challenges of aging. Watch Cuba and Andrew Porter, author of the novel In Between Days, talk about letting family secrets out of the bag this Saturday. Interview: Cuba spoke with the Current about her new book, and what she’s working on now. 10-11 a.m., Gallery Shop, Ursuline Campus. — Scott Andrews

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