Monday, August 31, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar for Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of August 30-September 6, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the international Hay Festival, live online from Dallas. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - Aug. 30, 2020

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Review: A PLACE AT THE TABLE

I reviewed A Place at the Table (Clarion Books) by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan for Lone Star Literary Life! This middle-grade novel, about the transformative power of friendship, is a joy. 

"Through cultural and religious misunderstandings (“Sometimes talking with Sara is hard work.”), involving Halloween and pierced ears; through biryani, samosas, and tarka daal, instant mashed potatoes, Hot Pockets, and mac and cheese; with the mezuzah next to Elizabeth’s front door and the Quranic verse in Arabic over Sara’s front door, Faruqi and Shovan exude possibility, writing about the ways we are more alike than we usually know."


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Monday, August 24, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar, Aug. 23-30, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of August 23-30, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.   

Special events this week include the Writers’ League of Texas Virtual Summer Writing Retreat, ArmadilloCon 42, Independent Bookstore Day, and a fundraising screening of Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - August 23, 2020

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Author Interview & Giveaway: NACHO'S NACHOS

NACHO'S NACHOS
The Story Behind the 
World's Favorite Snack
by
Sandra Nickel
Illustrated by 
Oliver Dominguez

Genre: Picture Book / Nonfiction / Food History / Latinx Interest  
Publisher: Lee & Low Books 
Publication Date: August 11, 2020 
Number of Pages: 32

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NACHO’S NACHOS is the deliciously true story about how nachos were invented—about what happened when a regular customer asked Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya for something new, and there were no chefs in the kitchen. 

2020 is the eightieth anniversary of the invention, and Oliver Dominguez’s illustrations transport us back to the border of the Rio Grande in 1940, when Nacho’s quick thinking resulted in a snack now eaten everywhere from Texas to Paris to Hong Kong!




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An Insider’s View of the Victory Club, where nachos were invented, 

with Sandra Nickel, author of Nacho’s Nachos

Ignacio Anaya invented nachos eighty years ago at the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. Sadly, the Victory Club no longer exists. However, Sandra Nickel, the author of Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack, is here to give us an insider’s view into the legendary restaurant.

If you had to choose one word to describe the restaurant, what would it be?

“Posh.” It was very stylish, with white tablecloths and waiters in white jackets. It had a moonlight patio for dancing and a small orchestra. If my memory is correct, there was even a pianist entertaining guests during the day.

What type of things were on the menu?

Things Julia Child would have been proud to make—lobster thermidor and duck à l’orange. But it also had wonderful Mexican specialties, such as tampiquieña. And, of course, Ignacio Anaya’s nachos were on every menu!

Where exactly was the Victory Club located?

The Victory Club, or the Club Victoria, as it was called in Spanish, was in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, right across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, Texas. It was a few hundred feet from the international bridge. In fact, if you stepped out the door and turned left, you would have been crossing the bridge in only a few minutes.

Who came to the Victory Club?

Guests from both sides of the border. There was greater freedom of movement in 1940, and I don’t think people thought twice about crossing the Rio Grande for dinner. There was a US military base in Eagle Pass at the time, and I believe the Victory Club was a favorite of the officers, enlisted men, and wives.

Who was the owner?

Rodolfo de los Santos, who plays a role in the nachos story. He recognized the brilliance of Nacho’s invention and immediately put it on the menu. When the Victory Club closed in 1961, de los Santos helped Anaya set up his own restaurant.

Have you seen pictures of the Victory Club?

Luis Anaya and Roberto de los Santos Jr. shared a few with me. I’m sorry I don’t hold the rights to pass them on to you. However, you can visit the Lone Star Lit Book Blog Tour’s Sneak Peek to see what a fantastic job Oliver Dominguez did of recreating the Victory Club that shows the outside, with Ignacio Anya and Rodolfo de los Santos. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?!


Sandra Nickel writes books and poetry for young readers. In 2020 and 2021, she has three books coming out: Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack (Lee & Low), The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe (Abrams), and Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson (Abrams). Sandra’s poetry can be found in SCOOP magazine. 

Sandra holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has presented workshops on writing for children and young adults throughout Europe and the United States. Sandra has twice won the Katherine Paterson Prize for picture books.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Book Trailer & Giveaway: AIRBORNE


AIRBORNE
by DiANN MILLS

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 
Date of Publication: September 8, 2020
Number of Pages: 400

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Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released. While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field ... and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out. 

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.

=== A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR The story line for Airborne came to me three and a half years ago. All I had was a what-if: A virus unleashed on an international flight. 

The search to find experts who were willing to give me accurate information took another year. Along the way, God placed the right people in my path: a woman and new friend whose doctorate is in microbiology and immunology, a man who trains flight attendants for the airline that I envisioned in my story, a pilot who not only flies for my designated airline but is also a suspense and thriller writer, the amazing people and resources of the CDC, and the wisdom and guidance of the FBI. Tyndale House Publishers saw my passion for Airborne. 

This book was completed and edited before COVID-19 spread across our globe. My mission then and now is to show a story that weaves hope, reality, and the sacrificial work of first responders when a deadly virus spreads through innocent people. My prayer is people will experience God’s presence during our current global crisis. Will you join me in that prayer?


DiAnn Mills
is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; director, alongside Edie Melson, of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Mountainside Retreats; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. 

DiAnn is passionate about helping other writers be successful and speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston. DiAnn is very active online and loves to connect with readers on social media and at diannmills.com






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