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Luxuries of trade: FOLD exhibit comes to a close

Luxuries of trade: FOLD exhibit comes to a close

McALLEN — From divergent angles around a gown crafted purely of salt, five individuals dressed in black crawled to the center, swooping the mineral with their palms into a single mound.

This piece created by artist Giannina Coppiano Dwin titled “Like the Ocean” was part of FOLD — a collection of contemporary work inspired by a book written by philosopher Gilles Deleuze — at the International Museum of Art & Science.

Reading Rock Stars return to Morningside Elementary

Reading Rock Stars return to Morningside Elementary

The students knew they were in for a treat one recent morning in the library at Morningside Elementary School: the Reading Rock Stars were back in town.

Morningside is in the final year of a three-year Reading Rock Stars grant from the Texas Book Festival. The grant has brought notable children’s book authors, and this year an illustrator, to the school to read their books to the children and then give them each a signed copy.

FESTIBA panels illustrate comics as literature

FESTIBA panels illustrate comics as literature

EDINBURG - When one thinks of resources to improve literacy, comics might not immediately come to mind. There is more to literacy, however, than classic novels. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is on to that.

On day two of the 12th annual FESTIBA celebration, six academic sessions discussing comics as literature and art were hosted inside the Shary Room in the University Library on the Edinburg campus.

Jean Braithwaite, an associate professor of creative writing, presented a Powerpoint presentation titled "Sneak Preview of Jean's groundbreaking research," during the fifth forum of the day on "Point of View in Comics."

Author urges students to pursue their dreams

Author urges students to pursue their dreams

An award-winning Latina children's author shared her passion for writing with students in the age group she writes for Wednesday morning at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center.

Some 200 students in the GEAR UP program in Brownsville schools attended a keynote address by Angela Cervantes that turned into a hands-on workshop about her newest book, "Me, Frida and the secret of the Peacock Ring."

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Big Read keynote Alejandro Zambra discusses culturally charged literature

Big Read keynote Alejandro Zambra discusses culturally charged literature

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 1, 2018 – For Chilean author Alejandro Zambra, there are multiple ways to get home. The feeling of “home” is up to the interpreter – the reader.

“Literature gives you the possibility of talking about many different things at the same time,” Zambra said. “That idea of facing the past – it’s not that you will solve it by writing a book. A book is about what happens when you try to write a book.”

Zambra’s latest book, Ways of Going Home, is a self-reflexive vehicle about dealing with the past, exploring heritage and the idea of belonging.

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