FAMILY CURSES with V. CASTRO and RUBÉN DEGOLLADO - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Latino Collection Resource Center
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:15 am
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

In Rubén Degollado’s The Family Izquierdo, three generations of a Mexican American family are bound together by love… and a series of unfortunate incidents. When one family member digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izquierdos take it as proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them. In V. Castro’s The Haunting of Alejandra, a demon stalks the women of Alejandra’s family for centuries, and Alejandra must find a way to process the trauma of her past and the pain she inherited from her foremothers. Join these two outstanding Texas authors to hear about writing family curses and generational family stories.

About the Authors

V. Castro - The San Antonio Book Festival

V. Castro

V. Castro is a two time Bram Stoker Award nominated Mexican American writer from San Antonio, Texas, now residing in the UK. As a full-time mother she dedicates her time to her family and writing Latinx narratives in horror, erotic horror, and science fiction. Her most recent releases include Aliens: Vasquez from Titan Books and Out of Aztlan from Creature Publishing. She is also the owner of the online shop La Muerte Market. The Haunting of Alejandra is her latest novel. 

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Rubén Degollado

Rubén Degollado is an educator from Texas and the author of The Family Izquierdo. His young adult novel, Throw, was published in 2019 and won the Texas Institute of Letters 2020 Award for Best Young Adult Book. His fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction JournalGulf CoastHayden’s Ferry Review, and Image.


Rubén Degollado - The San Antonio Book Festival

Richard Santos

Richard Z. Santos’ debut novel, Trust Me, was a finalist for the Writer’s League of Texas Book Awards and was named one of the best debuts of the year by CrimeReads. He’s the editor of the collection A Night of Screams: Latino Horror Stories out in June 2023. He is the executive director of Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides creative writing workshops to students in under-resourced areas. He is a former board member of The National Book Critics Circle and has judged contests for The Kirkus Prize, The NEA, and many more. Recent work can be found in Austin Noir (Akashic Books), Lone Stars Rising (Harper Collins), Texas Monthly, CrimeReads, and more. In a previous career, he worked for some of the nation’s top political campaigns, consulting firms, and labor unions.

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