Along the River 2

On November 7, VAO Publishing released Along the River 2: More Voices from the Río Grande. Edited by David Bowles and with a cover designed by painter Noé Vela, Along the River features poetry and prose by a host of local talent.

This volume is the second in a series of annual anthologies that provide a forum for the unique vision of regional writers. Proceeds from its sale will be used by Valley Artistic Outreach to continue providing art camps for children and promoting artistic expression throughout the Valley.

Description: Thirty-nine voices mingle like the currents of the great river, flowing into deep narrative resacas and rushing from lyrical reservoirs. Just as the Río Grande wends its way through basins, bosques, deserts, fields—so these poems, stories and essays explore the variegated quiltwork of border culture, streaming somberly through the darkness and coruscating in the light.

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Contributors
Yolanda López
Yaresy Salinas
Vanessa Brown
Valeria Espinoza
Sylvia Pérez
Rossy Lima
Rolando Villafuerte
Robert Paul Moreira
Rob Johnson
Rachel Vela
Nina Medrano
Maria D. Piedra
Minnie Vásquez
Michael Pacheco
Linda Romero
Leopoldo Farías
Kristin Keith
Kathy Trenfield Raines
Katherine Hoerth
Juventino Manzano
Juan González
José Hernández Díaz
Héctor Gómez
G.G. García
Érika Saíd
Erika Garza
Edward Vidaurre
Diana Elizondo
Daniel Tyx
Claudia D. Hernández
Clarrissia Nerio
Christopher Carmona
César de León
Brianda Salinas
Angelo Bowles
Amalia Ortiz
Alejandro Cabada
Alan Oak

Book Details
Paperback: 243 pages
Publishing Date: November 17, 2012
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615723764
ISBN-13: 978-0615723761
Product Dimensions: 5.25 X 8

Book Availability
The anthology will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Along the River 2 will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.7

Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano

On June 29, VAO Publishing will release Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano, an illustrated encyclopedia of legendary creatures from Mexico that will delight both young and old. Featuring fabulous art by co-author Noé Vela, this volume serves as an introduction to the mythology of a great people as well as a tool for enhancing the literacy of language learners. Recommended for young adult readers.

El 29 de junio, el editorial VAO publicará Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano, una enciclopedia ilustrada de seres legendarios de México que deleitará a los jóvenes y a los adultos por igual. Con el fabuloso arte de co-autor Noé Vela, este volumen sirve tanto como introducción a la mitología de un gran pueblo como una herramienta para mejorar las habilidades de los que están aprendiendo inglés o español. Se recomienda para lectores jóvenes.


Book Description
Who protects our precious fields of corn? What leaps from the darkness when you least suspect it? Which spirit waits for little kids by rivers and lakes? From the ahuizotl to the xocoyoles—and all the imps, ghosts and witches in between—this illustrated bilingual encyclopedia tells you just what you need to know about the things that go bump in the night in Mexico and the US Southwest.

¿Quién protege nuestras milpas preciosas? ¿Qué cosa salta de la oscuridad cuando menos te lo esperes? ¿Cuál espíritu acecha a los pequeños cerca de los ríos y los lagos? Desde el ahuizotl a los xocoyoles—y demás diablillos, fantasmas y brujas—esta enciclopedia ilustrada bilingüe te dice justo lo que debes saber sobre las cosas que dan miedo en México y en el suroeste de los Estados Unidos.

Book Details
Paperback: 203 pages
Publishing Date: June 30, 2012
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615571190
ISBN-13: 978-0615571195
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Book Availability
The enciclopedia will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.

Preface to Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings

On February 4, VAO Publishing released Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings, a fascinating glimpse inside a truly unique pioneer woman.  Following is the preface, penned by the editor.

MANY REMARKABLE men and women have made the Río Grande Valley their home over the years: the indigenous Coahuiltecan tribes which hunted and fished along the sacred sliver of water; the Spanish settlers who hoped for glory, gold or God and whose culture flavors our own; and the Americans driven by expansionist vision to push ever farther into the wilderness, risking much.  All of them came to a largely inhospitable region, and over the centuries made it a garden, a monument to humanity’s ability to remake the world.

Donna Hooks Fletcher stands out even among these venerable individuals as bridging their often conflicting visions of the world.  As a divorcée, she flouted the norms of her time.  She was a pioneer and entrepreneur who carved out a piece of the scrub and crafted multiple successful businesses. But she was also a woman of great compassion and charity, who stretched forth a helping hand to others in her community. And like the Native Americans whose lands these were for millennia before us, she felt a great unity with the sacred and sought to teach others to find the divine within themselves and the world.

Within these pages you will discover her voice: clear, unaffected, confident. She faced the world in all its immensity and was not daunted.  We can only hope to do the same.

—David Bowles
21 January, 2012

Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings

In February, VAO Publishing (in conjunction with the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum) will release Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings, combining in a single volume all the surviving works of one of the Río Grande Valley’s most legendary historical figures, the name source of Donna, Texas (subject of the new film Miracle at Donna). This volume will be the first in VAO Publishing’s Río Grande Valley Historical Series


Book Description
Pioneer. Divorcée. Entrepreneur. Rancher. Postmaster. Visionary. Spiritual guide. Recluse. Donna Hooks Fletcher blazed trails for women in deep South Texas in the first few decades of the 20th century, and her life left an indelible mark on the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Now, for the first time, her unique view of the world can be discovered in her own words.

Book Details
Paperback: 135 pages
Publishing Date: February 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615580971
ISBN-13: 978-0615580975
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Book Availability
The collection is available at the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum as well as through Amazon.com as a trade paperback. Additionally, eBook versions will be available this summer. Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.