Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SwTX Picture Book Salon: Xelena González and Adriana Garcia

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Date(s) - 01/19/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Barnes and Noble Bookstore, San Pedro
321 NW Loop 410 #104 - San Antonio, TX 78216


Author & Illustrator of

Saturday, January 19, 2019
10 AM – Noon


Come join us for a conversation with San Antonio’s own Xelena González and Adriana Garcia, the author and illustrator of ALL AROUND US.

This gorgeous picture book, set in San Antonio, follows a grandfather and granddaughter as they explore the concept of circles together. Circles are everywhere—in their eyes, tummies, on bicycles, in the sky, and also in the memory of their ancestors—and in the new life of this granddaughter.

SWTX Regional Advisor Charlotte Sullivan Wild will moderate the discussion, followed by an open Q&A and a book signing.

We hope to see you there!

Xelena González is the author of ALL AROUND US (Cinco Puntos Press, 2017), winner of multiple accolades, including the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Texas Institute of Letters “Best Picture Book” award, and an American Indian Youth Literature Honor Award. MOONSEEKER, her much-anticipated sophomore collaboration with San Antonio muralist Adriana Garcia, is forthcoming in 2019. Xelena also writes for adult readers, regularly contributing essays and poems to various anthologies/compendiums. She has worked as a journalist, dancer, writing instructor, and more recently, as a librarian in both the public sector and at an international school in China.

Adriana M Garcia is an award winning Texas based visual artist. She most recently received the prestigious Pura Belpré Honor Book award for illustration of the children’s book ALL AROUND US by Xelena González, which has received seven awards this year. Garcia completed an 11ft X 117ft mural entitled “De Todos Caminos Somos Todos Uno” for the 2018 San Antonio San Pedro Creek improvements project. Adriana has exhibited her art both locally and nationally and has been invited to present at conferences, schools and museums such as National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) and the McNay Art Museum.  She has enjoyed working as an arts administrator and an art/design instructor for both youth and adult learners.