FESTIBA: Jardín del Arte

VAO Publishing will have a table at tomorrow’s Jardín del Arte, a community festival taking place at the Edinburg City Hall from 5 to 10 pm.  This event is part of the annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA), created in 2006 to promote an interest and appreciation for reading and early literacy, celebrate and appreciate the arts and humanities, and broaden cultural awareness within the South Texas community.

Drop by if you have a chance: there will be books and t-shirts for sale, as well as information about Valley Artistic Outreach and its mission.

UPDATE
Here’s a photo from the event:

From 3/30/12

Combustible Sinners Launches at Local Museum

The Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum will be hosting its monthly artist reception at the town’s Historical Donna News Building, 129 S. 8th Street, on March 30, from 4:30 to 6 pm.

March’s “Evening of Art” is the latest in an ongoing series of celebrations of exhibits hosted by the museum.  Admission is free, and hors d’oeuvre will be served.

This month’s reception honors the work of author Myra Infante, whose first book is released this month, and Nicol Bowles, an artist whose work is on display at the museum throughout the month of March.

Myra Infante lives and teaches in the Rio Grande Valley. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas Pan American. Myra has traveled with the UTPA Study Abroad program to England, Spain, France, and Italy. She plans to spend her life teaching, writing, and traveling.  Her first book, Combustible Sinners and Other Stories, is being released by VAO Publishing on March 27.  The collection of short fiction brings to life the familiar yet freshly different world of a community of Hispanics in the RGV and northern Mexico.

Nicol Bowles is a resident of Donna. An accomplished photographer, painter and graphic artist, Nicol has had work exhibited at Douglas Clark Studio, the McAllen Library, Peace & Coffee, Roosevelts at 7, and other venues.  She has designed the covers of several books, including Combustible sinners and Other Stories, as well as logos, flyers, web sites and t-shirts for a host of local organizations.  In addition to her work as co-director of the non-profit Valley Artistic Outreach, Nicol is pursuing a degree in graphic design.  She is also director and head editor of the literary magazine Gallery.

For further information, contact Dalia Jiménez or Elvira Tovar at 956-464-9989 or e-mail them at   dmuseum_edu@yahoo.com.  The exhibit is open to the public during normal museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm each day.

Border Noir submission deadline extended

VAO Publishing has extended the deadline submissions for its upcoming title Border Noir: Hard-Boiled Fiction from the Southwest, edited by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-author of the recent film Machete. The anthology will be available late summer 2012 in trade paperback and eBook form.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

About the Editor
Álvaro Rodríguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. With filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, he is the co-writer of the wishing-rock children’s movie SHORTS (2009), and MACHETE (2010) starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro, and is the screenwriter of the vampire western FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (2000). His short stories (including a Pushcart Prize nominee) have appeared in The Mesquite Review, flashquake, BorderSenses and Popcorn Fiction.

D’Angelo Chronicles

Humanity stands poised at the brink. Our next steps will either destroy us or elevate us to a new stage in our development. It is a crucial time: The actions of every person matter. A single family could tip the balance.

This is the story of that family.

    

 


About the Series
D’Angelo Chronicles is an intellectually engaging, heart-pounding science fiction series from the mind of author David Bowles.  Books I and II are available now in their original binding; deluxe editions with extended features will be released in January 2012 to coincide with the publication of The Rising Red.

 

VAO Publishing’s Pushcart Prize Nomination

Each year, small presses and literary magazines across the country get to nominate up to 6 of the pieces they’ve published for the Pushcart Prize.

We are proud to announce the nomination of “The Time about the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez from Along the River.

You can read Álvaro’s story here: The Time about the Dog

Call for Submissions for Border Noir

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Border Noir: Hard-Boiled Fiction from the Southwest, edited by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-author of the recent film Machete. The anthology will be available in May 2012 in trade paperback and eBook form.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

Content Guidelines:
The simplest definition of noir is fiction that focuses on mostly amoral characters, that typically involves crime or misdeeds, and that evinces a bleak or fatalistic view of the universe. However, noir doesn’t have to be overly depressing or serious; in fact, black humor is often a secondary characteristic. And though noir usually features stripped-down, utilitarian prose, it doesn’t have to; a complex, dense and subtle style can also be used to create stories in this genre.

See this article for a very clear (and amusing) discussion of the common traits of noir fiction.

What we’re looking for in Border Noir are stories set in the US Southwest (or with origins in/implications for the area) that explore the darker, tougher and grittier underbelly of life in this region. We are interested in everything: straight-up hard-boiled detective fiction, procedural police stories, tales of ordinary losers trapped by the consequences of their own actions, gothic pieces, and even edgy magical realism that borders on the horrific or phantasmagorical.

We are especially looking for authors from south Texas or the Southwest, but we are also interested in compelling work by writers from elsewhere who are able to capture something essential about this region.

Authors will be paid an initial $25 upon acceptance, plus a 2% royalty on the first 600 copies sold.

For further information, call us at 956.246.0353 or drop us an e-mail at noir@valartout.org.

About the Editor
Álvaro Rodríguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. With filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, he is the co-writer of the wishing-rock children’s movie SHORTS (2009), and MACHETE (2010) starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro, and is the screenwriter of the vampire western FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (2000). His short stories (including a Pushcart Prize nominee) have appeared in The Mesquite Review, flashquake, BorderSenses and Popcorn Fiction.