HISTORY THROUGH FICTION - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: East Terrace
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 5:15 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Travel back in time with historical fiction. A nineteenth-century utopia becomes a powder keg of political intrigue in Key West. Love, secrets, and pain from the past through the rise of Nazism to the Cuban Revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Joy Castro (One Brilliant Flame) and Armando Lucas Correa (The Night Travelers) discuss their new books, stories of love and survival, and writing historical fiction. 

About the Authors

Joy Castro - The San Antonio Book Festival

Joy Castro

Joy Castro is the award-winning author of Flight Risk, a finalist for a 2022 International Thriller Award; the post-Katrina New Orleans literary thrillers Hell or High Water, which received the Nebraska Book Award, and Nearer Home; the story collection How Winter Began; the memoir The Truth Book; and the essay collection Island of Bones, which received the International Latino Book Award. A former writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, she is currently the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she directs the Institute for Ethnic Studies. Her latest novel is My Brilliant Flame.

Armando Lucas Correa - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Ciro Guitérrez

Armando Lucas Correa

Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children. The Night Travelers is his latest novel.


Armando Lucas Correa - The San Antonio Book Festival

Patricia Portales

Patricia Portales, Ph.D. is Professor of English and Humanities at San Antonio College. She is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a contributing writer for the San Antonio Report and the San Antonio Current. Her chapter “Tejanas on the Home Front: Women, Bombs, and the (Re)Gendering of War in World War II Literature” appeared in Latina/os and World War II: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology published by the University of Texas Press.

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