Sunday, April 28, 2019

Meet the Author


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday May 11th 2019   10-12 AM
                    Book signing and discussion with author, GG Hesterberg        

In Stories by the Seashore, author G.G. Hesterberg takes you on a journey through true stories, from the simple to the sublime, each one a glimpse of God’s hand in her life. Whether you are looking for an introductory Bible study, want to dive deeper in your spiritual walk, or if you simply love a good story, this book is for you.
Please note the time of this author event. We are hoping to avoid the heavy weekend traffic on the bridge and allow our attendees time for quality beach activities.
When a favorite 7th-grade English teacher told Hesterberg that she had a gift, his words sparked a passion for writing. As an adult, she discovered her great-grandmother was a published Spanish poet, and the passion burned even brighter. A church leader noticed her skill with words and asked her to write for a Christmas devotional. She felt drawn to write again and again. Hesterberg has written for Woman's World, The Mighty, Earnest, and God-sized Dreams. She lives in South Texas with her husband, three children, and a dog.

                                                        This event is free and open to the public.                                                    
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Friday, April 12th from 5-7 PM
Book signing and acoustical performance with Robert Hunter

Nashville Singer, Songwriter and Best Selling Author, Robert Hunter is will be performing and signing copies of his new novel Relapse: A Love Story at Paragraphs Bookstore on South Padre Island! 

The reclusive rocker with an alt-country vibe who gave us the songs “Wasted and Sober,” and “Outta My Mind”, appeared destined, at the time, to will his way into the music industry with a plan and a purpose. Afterglow was a record that seemed to defy all the latest trends. His sound is gritty and authentic. It’s unique in this day of computerized instruments. And yet, perhaps not surprisingly, he managed to find an audience. Robert then scored with his hits Gone for Good and "Ditto Baby".  Both reached the FM bands and garnered over one hundred thousand music video views – all while he claimed not to have, or want, any major label representation. We were all waiting for the tour and what would come next. 

Then months of silence. 

When we reached out to Robert, he shared with us that his wife, Becky, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, just before the “Afterglow” album was set for release. Robert said, it sent him sideways but also inspired him. 

“She’s just the most loving, patient and kind girl I’ve ever known. Life is so unfair. But Becky doesn’t see it that way. She never did. She says we’ve been chosen by God to endure this. I didn’t believe her at first. I spent a lot of time questioning everything. Those were the darkest days of my life.”

“What brought you out of it?” We asked. 

“She did!” he said. “It’s strange because I was supposed to be the one trying to save her. But she was, all along, saving me. She told me not to give up, to keep writing and publish this crazy story I’ve been working on – Relapse. And to make another record. Eventually, I had no choice but to listen. Becky was bald -and beautiful- and promising me that everything was going to be OK.”

Robert says that the only thing that mattered was the cure and the doctors worked miracles. It’s a heartfelt story you’d have to hear to believe. 

While in recovery, Robert and Becky focused on the road ahead. They disappeared to the mountains several times, got lost on purpose, and gained a lot of perspective.  There, Robert finished the novel he says is, “Absolutely the most ludicrous thing you will ever read. But Becky endorses it.” 
   
He got a publisher, finished the new record in Nashville - and then started to plan a fifty states in fifty two week tour, as per Becky's request. 

The nationwide “Relapse + Revival” tour is about much more than promoting a book and a record. It’s a chance for the dynamic pair to see the whole country and have a grand adventure – just like Becky hoped for, when she was in treatment. 

Now Becky is in remission – and the future has never looked brighter!  The couple have been on the road since March 31, 2018.  Now more than nine months into their adventure with forty two states visited and over 75,000 miles on their RV, you can see Robert Hunter perform acoustically – live – here at Paragraphs, on South Padre Island, Friday, April 12 from 5PM-7PM.  And meet Becky, the courageous and tenacious girl, who inspired Relapse, Revival and everything after. Admission is FREE and guests will receive a FREE copy of Robert’s album Revival with each Relapse book purchase. Questions, please call (956) 433-5057.

Follow Robert Hunter and Becky on Facebook and Instagram @roberthuntermusic, and at www.RelapseandRevival.com

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hello to all our readers. More store activity for you


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Voces: A Lyric Anthology de Nuestro Pueblo
Saturday – March 30th 2019   1–3 PM
Book signing and discussion with the authors:
Maria Elena Salazar (Brownsville)        Marta Salazar-Paniagua (Dallas)
Maria Antonia Ramirez (Dallas)
Sylvana Avila Alonso (Dallas)      Dr. Melba Salazar-Lucio (Brownsville)

Voces, A Lyric Anthology de Nuestro Pueblo is a collection of literary works written during the Voces writer’s workshops in the fall of 2016. The new pieces of poetry and prose (including a one-act play) were published in chapbook form and released in the winter of 2017. The strong voices became stronger and the soft voices became stronger. They opened up to share their personal stories and writing experiences often describing their fears of writing and exposing themselves to others. One writer said she’d been writing for years, “every chance I could and on any piece of paper”. Another writer told of always writing only to box up her works for years. Now finding the courage to open them and share with the world.

The participants were excited to read their works on stage at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, and for most of the writers, it was their first experience reading in public. Several writers have continued to write and submit their works to journals and publishers like Huizache - The Magazine of Latino Literature, The Chachalaca Review, and Floricanto Press. Voces is like home. It is a place where writers write, share, critique, revise and publish. The writers are among family where they are safe and their stories are nurtured. We know because we have been taking care of our babies too. We will turn into leonas y leones if anyone tries to hurt them. But we also know that babies grow up. We help them along, then ultimately and reluctantly let go.

Voces is presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc. (OCCA), a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to promote the arts and education. OCCA has hosted writer’s workshops and published three chapbooks, in 2011, 2017, and 2018. The objective of the Voces Chapbook & Writer’s Workshops is simply to “promote the writing of new works and publishing by raza writers.”  To date, Voces has published 173 new works by thirty writers and ten images – one self-portrait and nine photographs. OCCA is proud to present the The Voces, A Lyric Anthology de Nuestro Pueblo


This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Monday, February 25, 2019

WOW We even have authors during Spring Break!



Upcoming author events    

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Paragraphs’ book club- Gown
Wednesday – February 27th  11:45 – 1PM

TK’s First Lesson
Saturday – March 2nd 2019  1–3 PM
Book signing and discussion with author David Leija

Borderlands
Sunday – March 3rd   1-3 PM
Book signing and discussion with author Steven Schnieder

The Story is Beginning and Here I am Soaking Wet: Poems for Forest Bathing
Saturday – March 9th 2019    1-2PM
Book signing and readings with poet Kent Wittenburg

Paragraphs’ book club- Ways of Going Home
Wednesday – March 27th   11:45 – 1PM
A NEA Big Read book selection 2018