October 22 & October 28, 2005:  Latino Book Festival & Texas Book Festival

I finished off a busy month with two weekends of travel.  The first was down to Pomona, where I attended the Latino Book Festival as a guest panelist.

The second was to Austin, where I stopped by the Texas Book Festival to hand out some Desert Blood 10pm/9c promotional materials and meet with other authors.

Cisco and I spent a couple of days in San Antonio, hanging out with old friends and making many new ones!

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This year’s Latino Book Festival was held in Pomona, California.

Sitting on a panel with authors Rene Colato, San Wei Chan, Monica Brown, and Abraham Urias.

Author Ramona Winner was the moderator.

Desert Blood 10pm/9c was displayed on the Barnes & Noble table!

A look at the festival booths.






Signing promotional chapter books for some kids at the Texas Book Festival.

My friend Gina and her daugher Mariah were kind enough to come with me and help distribute materials.

Cisco explores the children’s book section of the festival.

Many of the events were held inside the Texas State Capitol building!

Cisco relaxes with a copy of The Devil’s Highway outside the main signing booth.






Taking break on the front lawn of the Capitol Building.

This was my first visit to the Texas Book Festival.

Alicia Gaspar de Alba, the author of the other Desert Blood!

Alicia poses for a picture with another author friend, Luis Alberto Urrea.

Here’s what a late night spent partying in San Antonio did to Cisco!






It was Dia de los Muertos in San Antonio!

My buddies Jeff Rodriguez and John Longoria.

Enjoying dinner at La Fogata Restaurant in San Antonio.

Posing for a picture in San Antonio’s Market Square.

Strolling through El Mercado after breakfast at Mi Tierra.