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.

Combustible Sinners and Other Stories

On March 27, VAO Publishing will release Combustible Sinners and Other Stories, a collection of Young Adult shorts by Myra Infante.


Book Description
Lissi Linares is a pastor’s daughter whose love for others contrasts with her fear of eternal damnation.  Little Jasmine “Jazzy Moon” Luna is determined to save Jesus from being crucified.  Naida Cervantes hides a brutal secret behind shapeless, florid dresses.  Hermana Gracie tries to set her son up with a good Christian girlfriend, only to make a surprising discovery. Zeke wants a new guitar and Ben wants a cool girlfriend, but what they find as migrant workers in Arkansas changes their desires. These individuals and others try to negotiate the often rocky intersection of faith and culture in seven independent but intertwining tales that explore life in an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.  Frank, funny and heart-breakingly real, this volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of a little-known subset of Hispanic culture.

Book Details
Paperback: 182 pages
Publishing Date: March 27, 2012
Language: English
ISBN 10: 0615556701
ISBN 13: 978-0615556703
Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: ? pounds

Book Availability
In addition to VAO Publishing’s own store, the novel 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. Combustible Sinners 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.

Combustible Sinners to Be Released March 2012

VAO Publishing is pleased to announce its first planned publication of 2012. Combustible Sinners and Other Stories is a collection of YA shorts by Myra Infante. The volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.

Myra Infante lives and teaches in South Texas. 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.