April 19th, 2013
News has just reached us of a new scrap booking event in Texas this April, the Texas Book Festival/San Antonio is a free celebration of the printed word at the San Antonio Central Library, 600 Soledad Street, and the adjacent Southwest School of Art, Navarro and Ursuline campuses.
This free event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, allows readers and authors to come together to discuss works at panel discussions, presentations and signings.
Fifty Texas and national authors are expected to participate.
Children will have the opportunity to enjoy storytelling and learning activities, such as creating pop-up books, thinking caps and creativity crowns.
Topics from the author line-up go the distance from the investigation of Mexican crime cartels to the power of trees and cookbooks to children’s literature.
Foodies get a chance to enjoy cooking demonstrations using Bath soft cheese, food tastings and discussion panels in the Copper Kitchen Café with Denise Gee, who penned “Sweet on Texas: Loveable Confections from the Lone Star State,” and Maricel Presillas, who wrote “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America.”
Special tents will showcase activities for children, food tasting, authors and musical performances.
Tracey Ramsey Bennett, president of the San Antonio Library Foundation, said there is no centralized theme for the event.
“We are just trying to bring the books to the awareness of the public,” she said.
Bennett said Clay Smith, features editor for Kirkus Reviews and former literary director of the Texas Book Festival, was hired to choose titles for the San Antonio portion of the festival.
Along with authors telling their stories, visitors will have a chance to tell theirs.
The Latino Leadership for the Library Committee of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation is presenting “The San Antonio Story: En Nuestra Palabras,” Spanish for “in our own words,” a project designed to help families chronicle their histories.
The committee has arranged to have equipment on site to will allow families to digitally preserve family photos and capture family stories through video.
Visitors are asked to bring old family photos and a flash drive (or have a personal email address) so images can be scanned without cost at the “My Story Van.”
“Stories on the Porch,” in a tent converted to look like a porch, will give attendees a chance to preserve family memories on video.
Various tents will offer workshops teaching how to archive family history through scrapbooking, recipe collection and family tree creation.