The San Antonio Book Festival, in partnership with Alamo Colleges District, proudly presents its first Pride event: JOHN PAUL BRAMMER—popular advice columnist and author behind the memoir, ¡HOLA PAPI! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons—in conversation with Michael Quintanilla at the Scobee Education Center & Planetarium. San Antonio’s Kristi Waters will emcee and kick the night off with a drag performance. Author signing to follow with book sales provided by Nowhere Bookshop. This event is free and planned for adults. No registration required.
- 7PM Presentation
- 8PM Book sales & signing
- Free parking –> USE GARAGE #3!
- Free wine/beer (while supplies last)
“[John Paul Brammer] created the column several years ago and channeled the format into an essay-filled memoir… Expect, above all else, vulnerability… Our advice? Devour whatever Brammer cooks up.”— USA Today
About the Book
From popular advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling JP’s journey from small town Oklahoma to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation. In ¡HOLA PAPI!, JP weaves together his personal story of growing up biracial and in the closet in America’s heartland with fresh and incisive answers to some of life’s toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Readers have long flocked to JP’s advice column for his honest, heartfelt wisdom and will find no shortage of his sage and hilarious advice in his first book. Any reader—gay, straight, and everything in between—can find themselves in these 14 illuminating essays.
About the Author
John Paul Brammer is an author, illustrator, and columnist from rural Oklahoma currently living in Brooklyn. He runs the popular advice column “¡Hola Papi!” on Substack, which is syndicated in New York Magazine’s The Cut. His work, including essays, short fiction, and illustrations, has appeared in The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Catapult, Business Insider, and many more. ¡Hola Papi! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons is his first book.
JP runs a shop where you can find his artwork and designs. You can keep up with JP on Twitter or Instagram at @jpbrammer.
Photo credit: Nathan Thompson
About the Moderator
Michael Quintanilla is a San Antonio native and graduate of Trinity University. He landed his first job as a crime reporter at the San Antonio Express-News more than 40 years ago. He later covered fashion, style, and other subjects for The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications, before returning to the Express-News, where he ultimately retired.
He spends his time emceeing events and designing his famous Fiesta hats, which have gotten him dubbed “Mr. Fiesta.”
Photo credit: San Antonio Magazine
About the Emcee & Performer
Kristi Waters has been crowned the Best Drag Performer in town by the San Antonio Current three years in a row (2020-2022). Before slaying the stage, Kristi used to be a teacher in Corpus Christi, but now she’s bloomed into a multitalented performer and comedian with sold-out shows like “I Promise I’m Funny” and “Santa, I Can Explain!” She’s also the general manager at Paramour.
You can keep up with Kristi on Facebook or Instagram.
- June 22
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Event Category:
- Get Lit Author Series
- Event Tags:
- Get Lit
- Scobee Education Center & Planetarium
1198 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212 United States + Google Map
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