Events

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Art & Story Workshop: Aztec Warrior @ The Storybook Garden
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

AztecWarriorIn this Art & Story Workshop, participants will create a piece of art incorporating culture, color, pattern & line. Participants will free-draw without pencil and eraser! The inspiration for the art comes from the book FEATHERED SERPENT DARK HEART OF SKY by David Bowles.

Fee: $20
Participants will receive art instruction and a copy of the book which is valued at $16.95. Seating is limited, please reserve a seat by following the link to complete a reservation.

This class is recommended for 5th Graders and up.

Please leave us a message if you have any questions!

 

Author Meet & Greet: David Bowles @ The Storybook Garden
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

David Event

Award-winning author David Bowles will read from his latest book, FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF SKY.

Mr. Bowles’ book will be available for purchase. A limited number of autographed copies of David’s books will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event and would like a personalized copy, please call us before the event at (956) 968-READ/(956)968-7323.

If you can’t attend the event or need a copy shipped to you, you may call the store and we can help you, too.

There is no charge to attend this event.

About the book: The stories in FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEARTH OF SKY trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history, we learn about the Creator Twins, Feathered Serpent, and Dark Heart of Sky, and how they built the world on a leviathan’s back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes—elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading.

David Bowles stitches together the fragmented mythology of pre-Colombian Mexico into an exciting, unified narrative in the tradition of William Buck’s Ramayana, Robert Fagles’ Iliad, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Myths. Readers of Norse and Greek mythologies will delight in this rich retelling of stories less explored.

Legends and myths captured David Bowles’ imagination as a young Latino reader. He was fascinated with epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey. Despite growing up on the United States/Mexico border, he had never read a single Aztec or Mayan myth until he was in college. This experience inspired him to reconnect with that forgotten past. Several of his previous books have incorporated themes from ancient Mexican myths.

About the author: South Texas native David Bowles is an award-winning author and professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Bowles is the author of several other titles, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book, The Smoking Mirror and Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas. His writing has appeared in Translation Review, Metamorphoses, Asymptote, Rattle, Axolotl, Huizache, Concho River Review, Border Senses, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas and more.