Saturday, May 27, 2017

Meet the Author series

Saturday, June 3rd     1–3 PM
“The Night of the Virgin”
Book discussion, reception and signing with author Elliott Turner

When Manny Hernandez turned eighteen, he left behind the desperately poor Rio Grande Valley with one goal in mind: become a professional soccer player. He stumbled a few times, but found plenty of adventure along the way as he and his best friend Hector traveled across Texas and the West Coast. Still, what happened on the field isn't even half the story. A pulsating and raw look at the Mexican-American community's struggles with poverty, alcoholism, infidelity, spirituality and prejudice. A thoughtful reflection on a brash young man who grew into a loving father. An indisputably American tale where a dream lead to a journey that twisted when you wanted it to turn.
Elliott lives in Texas and his soccer journalism has been published at The Guardian, VICE Sports, FourFourTwo, Howler Magazine, The Blizzard, Yahoo Sports, and countless others. 

Sábado, 24 de junio     1–3 PM

Reflejos de Estrella: Cuentos que sanan el alma

(Star Reflexes: Stories that heal the soul)
Book discussion, reception and signing with author Blanca Dominguez
Reflejos de estrella es un compendio de relatos, cuentos, poesías y reflexiones escritos en un lenguaje sencillo para que lleguen a los corazones y generen un cambio constructivo, así como una invitación a reflexionar sobre aquellos sucesos de su vida que han sido significativos, difíciles -quizás traumáticos- pero que han ayudado a construir su carácter. Solo déjese llevar por el título que más le llame la atención y cree su propia historia para encontrar la moraleja en la poesía de su vida.
Blanca Domínguez nació en Colombia y obtuvo su Licenciatura en Lenguas Modernas y Educación en la Universidad del Valle. Posteriormente se trasladó a México, donde recibió su certificación como PMP® Project Management Professional.
Desde temprana edad se sintió atraída por la meditación y siguió las lecciones del Maestro Paramahansa Yogananda en el instituto Self Realization Fellowship. Posteriormente entró en contacto e incursionó en diversas corrientes espirituales. En el 2004 inició su carrera como Sanadora Pránica, siguiendo las técnicas de Master Choa Kok Sui, en Pranic Healing®.
Blanca vive ahora con su esposo y su hija en Austin, Texas en donde coordina una clínica de Sanación Pránica®, ofrece consultas privadas y dirige sesiones de meditación.
Los cuentos surgen de la necesidad de sanar por medio de relatos, de simplificar lo complejo para contribuir a ofrecer esperanza y a que cada uno encuentre en sí mismo, y en los demás, la chispa Divina.
El libro está escrito en español pero la charla será bilingüe

Saturday, June 24th     1–3 PM

Star Reflexes: Stories that heal the soul

(Reflejos de Estrella: Cuentos que sanan el alma)
Book discussion, reception and signing with author Blanca Dominguez
Star Reflections is a compendium of stories, poems and reflections written in simple language to reach the heart and generate a constructive change, as well as an invitation to reflect on those events in your life that have been significant, difficult - Perhaps traumatic - but have helped to build your character. Just let yourself be led by the title that attracts your attention and create your own story to find the moral in the poetry of your life.

Blanca received a B.A in Languages and Education from the Universidad de Valle in Colombia, then  moved to Mexico City and obtained a PMP Certificate from the Project Management Institute.  These qualifications allowed me to work as a Consultant for over 10 years developing Entrepreneurs, involved in multiple consulting projects in Mexico City and Latin America.
In 2007 she moved to Austin, and worked at Le Cordon Blue as Financial Advisor for Students, later transferring to DeVry University where she works as Academic and Financial Adviser.

“I have been able to merge my professional knowledge and career with my Spiritual development, practicing yoga, meditation and most recently receiving the initiation of Kriya Yoga. I have received extensive training in PRANIC HEALING®, a system developed by Master Choa Kok Sui, which includes Basic and Advanced Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Psychological Healing and Arhatic Yoga.  For the past eight years,I have been the administrator of the South Pranic Healing Clinic in Austin and have conducted meditation retreats in Cali Colombia, and the Amazons with the Huitoto ethnic community.”

The book is written in Spanish but the talk will be bilingual.

                                       Saturday July 1st 2017   1-3PM

Meet the Award Winning Author
Patty York Raymond

The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores. “Let’s go,” he yells to his Catahoula Cowdog as his father warns him not to get underfoot. With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD that is sure to get the children singing and dancing! 
Patty York Raymond is a native of Laredo. She earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and her Administration and Supervision from          Texas A&M         International University.  Patty has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators in a variety of roles including social worker, teacher and administrator. She and her family reside in McAllen, Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women. Patty’s debut book, It’s Too Windy! was recently honored with the International Latino Book Award for 2016. 
It’s Too Windy! is about family and how establishing long lasting traditions leads to developing close family ties that last a lifetime. Hooray! Yeah! Yippee! Yahoo! Jessica and David can’t wait to swim in the grandparents’ pool. But how long will they have to wait? "Like" itstoowindy on Facebook!
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