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The Mayor and the Judge

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff (who is retiring soon) will speak about the Alamo City’s response to the pandemic and its impacts on the county. The conversation will include details Wolff discusses in his latest book, The Mayor and the Judge. 10: 30-11: 15 am, Hawn Holt Family Auditorium; Book signing to follow, 11:30 am, Festival Marketplace

Phil Hardberger Park: Deep in the Heart of San Antonio

Phil Hardberger, former mayor and founder of Phil Hardberger Park, will discuss his book, which uses essays and photography to chronicle the heart and daily activities of San Antonio’s beloved 330-acre park and its land bridge. 12: 30-1: 15 pm, Rogers Hall; Book signing to follow, 1:30 pm, Festival Marketplace

Fiction

Sandra Cisneros Presents: Writing as a Second Act

Award-winning novelist and poet Sandra Cisneros moderates this author-led conversation with Ruth Behar, Ito Romo, Renato Rosaldo and Richard Santos, who will all explore what inspired them to follow writing as a second career. 10-11 a.m., The Russell Hill Rogers Tent; Book signing to follow, 11:15 am, Festival Marketplace

This Time Tomorrow with Emma Straub

New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub discusses her latest novel. Named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2022” by Harper’s Bazaar, This Time Tomorrow offers a different kind of love story, with a reimagined twist on time travel. 2: 45-3: 30 pm, The Russell Hill Rogers Tent; Book signing to follow, 3:45 pm, Festival Marketplace

Vigil Harbor with Julia Glass

National Book Award Winner Julia Glass will chat about her latest novel, Vigil Harbor. The book takes place in a small coastal community entangled with climate instability, political violence and lost love. 3: 45-4: 30 pm, The Russell Hill Rogers Tent; Book signing to follow, 4:45 pm, Festival Marketplace

Non-fiction

Assimilation and Belonging

Julissa Acre, a best-selling author and frequent Time contributor, will talk about her latest book, You Sound Like a White Girl, which questions the myths often associated with immigrant assimilation. 11:15 am-noon, The Russell Hill Rogers Tent; Book signing to follow, 12:15 pm, Festival Marketplace

Life on the Rocks: Coral Reef and Family Trauma

Science-based writer and editor Juli Berwald explores her latest book, Life on the Rocks. The book and session address the urgent needs to save the coral reefs, the grief of climate change, and the beauty behind it all. 1: 30-2: 15 pm, Hawn Holt Family Auditorium; Book signing to follow, 2:30 pm, Festival Marketplace

Poetry

When Poetry Sings of Destruction: Machetes, Barbarians, and Ricochets

Poets Tomás Q. Morin, Roger Reeves, and Alexandra van de Camp join forces to discuss the impacts of strong topics, like identity and sorrow, and share in the vulnerabilities often required in their art form. 10-11 am, Latino Collection Resource Center ‘Book signing to follow, 11:15 am, Festival Marketplace

A Conversation with Jericho Brown and Natalie Diaz

Pulitzer Prize winning poets Jericho Brown and Natalie Diaz read from their latest collections and discuss how poetry and the access to poetry play an important role in the community and on the page. 1: 30-2: 30 pm, The Russell Hill Rogers Tent. Book signing to follow, 2:45 pm, Festival Marketplace

Politics

American Reboot with Will Hurd

Former Republican Congressman and CIA officer Will Hurd discusses his recent release, American Reboot, which he describes as a playbook for those rooted in the ideals of bipartisanship, inclusivity, and democratic values. 2: 30-3: 15 pm, Hawn Holt Family Auditorium; Book signing to follow, 3:30 pm, Festival Marketplace

The Texas Triangle with Henry Cisneros

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros joins journalist David Hendricks for a discussion of their book, The Texas Triangle, which takes a look at how the growing metroplexes (as well as their population growth, economics and education) are impacting the state and its infrastructure. 4: 30-5: 15 pm, Hawn Holt Family Auditorium; Book signing to follow, 5:30 pm, Festival Marketplace

Children’s Authors

La Tamalerita

San Antonio sisters Paloma and Cariño Cortez (who is also a chef) will read from their book, Camilla la Mágica Makes Tamales. The sisters’ ties to the culinary industry began with their family’s Mi Tierra restaurant. There’s also a special surprise in store for the audience. 10-10: 30 am, HEB Children’s Gazebo; Book signing to follow, 10:45 am, Festival Marketplace.

Don Tate Reads from Pigskins to Paintbrushes

Illustrator and founding host of the Brown Bookshelf, Don Tate, reads from his most recent book, Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes. noon-12: 30 pm, HEB Children’s Gazebo; Book signing to follow, 12:45 pm, Festival Marketplace

The First Cat in Space… Ate Pizza?

New York Times best-selling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor recipient illustrator Shawn Harris explore and read from their latest hilarious graphic novel, The First Cat In Space Ate Pizzaadapted from their live cartoon series. 12: 30-1: 15 pm, Coates Chapel; Book signing to follow, 1:30 pm, Festival Marketplace

San Antonio Book Festival

May 21

Central Library and Southwest School of Art

Find the full schedule here

Admission is free

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