Friday, December 31, 2010

Bihl Haus Update

From our friends at Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Some very exciting NEWS! The Express named the Bihl Haus installation by David Zamora Casas as one of San Antonio's Best Visual Arts Exhibits of 2010! Before 2010 comes to an end, you can help support incredible programming like this by making an end-of-year, tax-deductible contribution to Bihl Haus Arts. Please go to our website at, and click on the "Donate" button. I hope we can count on you for your support.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, art-filled holiday season!


More on the "Best of 2010" at

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

From our friend, Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex:

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble

We will meet tonight, December 30th, and
we'll be having an extended open mic session with
no featured readers. So come prepared to read six
or seven of your poems. This is an opportunity to share
more of our poetry, as we all become featured readers.

Thursday, December 30th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.,
Northwoods Barnes & Noble, 281 & Henderson Pass.

Spread the word and bring a friend or two...

Your host...

Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holding Patterns

Here's a poem by Diane Gonzales Bertrand that appeared in Sunday's San Antonio Express-News:

Holding Patterns

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet Announcement

We will meet this month, December 30, between Christmas and
the New Year. We'll be having an extended open mic session, and
no featured readers. The response to this venue has been surprising,
so I'm anticipating that all of you who responded will be in attendance.
During the year we only get time to read two or three poems at a venue,
so come prepared to read six or seven of your poems. This is an opportunity
to share more of our poetry, as we all become featured readers.

Thursday, December 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Northwoods Barnes & Noble
281 & Henderson Pass.

Spread the word and bring a friend or two...

Your host...

Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Children's Book Day Tres Rebecas

Children's Book Day at Tres Rebecas
Saturday, December 18th, 2010
10:30 am-1:30 pm
711 S. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Select a gift that lasts forever in a child's memory-- a book!

Meet the authors at Tres Rebecas, where every book purchased helps put new books into Bonham Academy's dual language library! Reading opens your world to information, exciting stories, and great adventures. Here's some you'll hear on Saturday!

Xavier Garza's book, Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid, is set on the border where Santa needs a helper and Charro Claus and theTejas Kid come to the rescue.

Lupe Ruiz-Flores will read from her newest book, The Battle of the Snowcones. Although it is set in summer, every reader will enjoy hearing how two young girls, try to outdo each other by selling the most "raspas", and can still be friends. It's a wonderful book with a message that is perfect for this holiday.

Diane Gonzales-Bertrand will be selecting several books to read from her almost two dozen books for children and teens. Her stories capture the San Antonio family lifestyle perfectly!

Roxanna Montes-Bazaldua, selected as outstanding teacher in San Antonio, always generates fun and excitement with her book Legend of the Cascarón.

Juan Tejeda and Anisa Onofre present their Aztec Calender Coloring Book with twenty symbols of the Aztec Calendar with their names in Nahuatl, Spanish, and English.

We'll also have other holiday books on hand --The Legend of the Poinsettia, Too Many Tamales, Growing Up With Tamales, Mimi's Paranda, the Twelve Dog Days of Christmas, and Ya Llegan los Tres Reyes among others.

We have sold almost 200 copies of Comadres, Tamales, and the Meaning of Civilization,
but still have a few signed copies available. A vacumm-packed dozen of frozen tamales are also available. Reserve yours today!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review: Quixote's Soldiers

Here's a book review I wrote on "Quixote's Soldiers" for I hope you enjoy it.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SLHW Honors Past President

Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio
honors Past president, Vincent Bosquez

The current board of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio would like to recognize an individual whose contributions to the society have been of great significance.
Under his dedicated leadership in the office of President from 2006 to 2010, the society gained visibility and recognition within the San Antonio community.

Because of his determination we achieved non-profit status. This enables the Society to apply for grants. We are currently working to obtain funds through this method so that the goals we set since the beginning may be realized.

He created a blog, SLHW Literary Notes and has diligently blogged for several years about our Society and other literary events in San Antonio. In doing this, he also created a very effective way to communicate not only official news, but also members’ writing news and accomplishments. All we have to do is send him an e-mail and he will post it.

During his tenure, the Society also sponsored a writing contest, hosted numerous prestigious speakers like Marcela Landers, Laura Esquivel, Diana Gonzales Bertrand and Diane Lopez. He worked closely with Barnes and Noble to coordinate efforts to increase Hispanic and Latino activities in the bookstore as well as in the community.

Because of his sense of direction, we have forged relationships with writing institutions, writer’s groups and associations and the Society is now well-recognized in the area.
For his dedicated leadership, determined effort and diligent hard work, the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio would like to present this token of appreciation to Vincent Bosquez, the Society’s president from 2006 to 2010.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet at The Twig

Beverly Monestier and Leticia Austria will be ourfeatured readers for December. Come prepared for some exceptional poetry by these two remarkableaward winning poets, on Tuesday night at The Twig, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Our featured readers will begin at 7:00 p.m. Open mic begins at 8:00, so bring a poem to share, because Open Mic is where anybody in theaudience can share their poetry. Then, after open mic, our featured readers will close with an encore poem, each.

The Twig Book Shop is the premiere poetry place in San Antonio.

Located at 200 E. Grayson, Ste. 124, San Antonio, TX in the revitalized historic Pearl Brewery. Bring yourself; bring a friend; bring a poem!See you Tuesday December 14th!

Floyd L. Lamrouex
(210) 656-3131

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cinco Minutos with You Dec. 13

Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Fellow Writers,

Please join the Society of Latino and Hispanice Writers of San Antonio for our 6th annual Cinco Minutos with You Holiday Extravanza at Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, on Monday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. This event features a reading by one of San Antonio's prominent authors, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, along with readings by other members whose works were selected by UTSA professor Dr. Santiago Daydi-Tolson for this festive event.

This event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends!

If you have missed a few meetings, this would be a wonderful time to drop in on the Society and catch-up with old friends. We truly miss you!

Keep Writing,

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

From Bihl Haus Arts

From Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

In need of a moment of escape from the maddening crowds of holiday shopping? We have the perfect solution! Join us at Bihl Haus this Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2-5 pm, for a dialog between noted anthropologist MEGAN BIESELE, an activist scholar in Namibian culture, and prolific sculptor DANVILLE CHADBOURNE, followed by the debut of a new collaborative performance by poet and vocalist YVE ANDERSON and percussionist TIBO on the African drums.

A little more about this event:

Bihl Haus Arts is pleased to present a Bihl Haus Dialog with noted anthropologist Megan Biesele, PhD, exhibiting sculptor Danville Chadbourne, and art historian and Bihl Haus Executive Director Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD. They will discuss Danville’s work, on exhibit in “Retrospective II: Wood Reliefs,” from the multiple perspectives of anthropology, art history and contemporary art criticism, and artmaking. The Dialog, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11th at 2 pm, is followed by a special musical performance (3 pm) and closing reception (to 5pm) for the exhibition.

And about Megan:

This Dialog features special guest Megan Biesele, who received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1975. She has spent the past 40 years working in the areas of language development and human rights of the peoples of Botswana and Namibia, southern Africa. Megan taught anthropology and art history at UT Austin, Texas A&M, and Rice University in Texas and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She helped found one of the first US anthropological advocacy organizations, the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF) in 1973 and currently serves as its Director (, From the 1970s through the ‘90s, Biesele worked for communities in Botswana and Namibia as an advocate and documentarian. She served as director of an NGO, the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation of Namibia, during Namibia’s transition to independence (1987-92). She was an elected member of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) of the American Anthropological Association. In 2000 she received the Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology from the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Biesele is the author of numerous books, including Shaken Roots: Bushmen of Namibia Today (Johannesburg: 1990), “Women Like Meat”: The Folklore and Foraging Ideology of the Kalahari Ju/’hoan (Johannesburg: 1993), and Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination (co-editors, Peter P. Schweitzer and Robert K. Hitchcock. New York: 2000).

And the performance:

The dialog will be followed by the debut of a new collaborative work by poet and vocalist Yve Anderson and percussionist Tibo, who performs on the African drums. This is Yve and Tibo's second performance at Bihl Haus Arts--if you saw them the first time at the David Zamora Casas event, then I know you'll want to see them again. If you didn't, then you simply must! Yves poignant poetic voice and Tibo's rhythmic percussion, informed by years and years of study of various forms of African and Caribbean music, merge to create one of the most exciting and original musical performances at Bihl Haus yet!

And the exhibit, too!

The dialog and performance are part of the closing reception for Retrospective II, an exhibit of wood reliefs produced by sculptor Danville Chadbourne between 1980 and 1999. Danville’s fetishized, ritualized objects in this exhibit stir a collective memory that connects us as human beings to a primordial past. If you haven't seen this show yet (and it's a stunner!) this is the last opportunity to do so.

So, join us for this amazing amalgam of art and creativity and knowledge. Our holiday gift to you!

P.S. As always, please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested.

This program, which is free and open to the public, was funded in part by the Texas Commission for the Arts through the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Bihl Haus Arts ( is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located at 2803 Fredericksburg Rd., on the premises of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments. Bihl Haus Arts is the only professional nonprofit art gallery on the premises of 100% senior affordable housing in the U.S. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose. For more information (210) 383-9723, or

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Meet Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Today!

Meet Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Author of The Dirty Girls Social Club

and recently released The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story

Today, Sunday, Dec. 5

1 p.m.

Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing

Free and open to the public

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Latinidad Best of 2010 List

Here is the Top 10 List from Latinidad – 12/10: Best of 2010 by Marcela Landres:

The Latinidad List

Best Debut – Drowning Tucson by Aaron Michael Morales
Writing so breathtakingly brutal, you feel as if you've been stabbed.

Poetry – Up Jump the Boogie by John Murillo
R&B licks meet hip-hop beats in this soulful collection.

Chick Lit – Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith (a.k.a. Marta Acosta)
Frothy perfection for readers who appreciate both substance and style.

Mystery – Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico, Book Five by Steven Torres
Beautifully detailed depiction of big crimes in a small town.

Thriller – Freedom by Daniel Suarez
Scarily plausible story inspired by our growing dependence on technology.

Memoir – The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldana
Elegant and earnest, Saldana's journey is equal parts prayer, poem, and parable.

Self-Help – The Image of Success by Lizandra Vega
Essential reading for anyone seeking a job or a promotion.

Cookbook – Daisy's Holiday Cooking by Daisy Martinez with Chris Styler
A godsend for hosts and hostesses who want to entertain with a Latin flair.

Young Adult – The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante
Quietly devastating tale of an overachiever and her troubled sister.

Children's Picture Book – The Best Family in the World by Susana Lopez,
illustrated by Ulises Wensell
Imaginative and heartwarming celebration of adoption.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Three Kings

Here's a book review on Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's new book, The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story.


Alisa will be in San Antonio at Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Meet Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

The Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers is hosting New York Times bestselling author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez for a discussion and book-signing on her recently released novel, The Three Kings: A Christmas Dating Story, at Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Valdes-Rodriguez is the author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and has more than one million books in print in 11 languages. Since her bestselling debut novel was published in 2004, Alisa has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Time magazine, “Woman of the Year” by Latina magazine, and a “Breakout Literary Star” by Entertainment Weekly.

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