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 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.

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 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.

Along the River

On May 18, VAO Publishing released Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley. 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, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the recent films Shorts and Machete.
This volume is the first in a projected series of annual anthologies that will 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.

Álvaro Rodríguez
David Bowles
Angélica Maldonado
Yaresy Salinas
María Ramírez
Daniel Tyx
Mónica G. Hernández
Félix Omar Vela
Evangelina Ayon
Lois Marie Garza
Charlene Bowles
Robert Brown
Cindy Jáimez
Virgilio B. Valencia
Alfredo Ortiz
Javier David González
Matthew Madrigal
Olga Lidia Cervantes
Richard D. Givens
Verónica Sandoval
Edwin de Kock
Gwenda J. González
Jonathan Corey Mangan
Kristin Michelle Keith
María Piedra
Ludivina V. Vásquez
María de la Luz Quiroga
Clarrissia Nerio
Nina Medrano
Rosalia Arriaga
Anna Lilia Castillo
Gloria M. Alvarado
Edwin Sandoval
Book Description
These unique voices combine in a harmony of Mexican and American, of magical and ordinary, of tragedy and triumph. From established writers to emerging talents, the contributors to this volume represent the depth and beauty of a community that is just beginning to make itself heard.
Book Details
Paperback: 168 pages
Publishing Date: May 18, 2011
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615480667
ISBN-13: 978-0615480664
Product Dimensions: 5″ X 8″
Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
Book Availability
Along the River will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores.  To preview and purchase online, select one of the following options: