MAY DECEMBER - San Antonio Book Festival
April 13, 2024


  • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Festival Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 3:00 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

In Like Happiness by Ursula Villarreal-Moura, Tatum Vega feels her life is finally falling into place after a decade spent in a famous author’s shadow. But when a reporter calls, Tatum is forced to reexamine the toxic and obsessive relationship of her past. In The Last Language by Jennifer duBois, Angela faces legal jeopardy after beginning a romantic relationship with Sam, a man under her care with profound physical disabilities. These brilliant novelists will discuss how power dynamics can manifest, the subtexts and complexities to human connection, and language and craft. 

About the Authors

Jennifer duBois - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Justin Perry

Jennifer duBois

Jennifer duBois’s debut novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was the winner of the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, a Whiting Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honor, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. Her second novel, Cartwheel, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the winner of the Housatonic Book Award. DuBois’s third novel, The Spectators, was a recipient of a National Endowments for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of the Stanford University Stegner Fellowship, duBois teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University. The Last Language is her fourth novel.

Ursula Villarreal-Moura - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Levi Travieso

Ursula Villarreal-Moura

Ursula Villarreal-Moura was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of Math for the Self-Crippling, a flash fiction collection. Like Happiness is her first novel.


Ursula Villarreal-Moura - The San Antonio Book Festival

Kelly Grey Carlisle

Kelly Grey Carlisle is the author of the memoir, We Are All Shipwrecks. She is a professor of English at Trinity University. Her essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun,, and others.

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