SOUTHSIDE PRIDE - San Antonio Book Festival
April 13, 2024


  • 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Swartz Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 2:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Utilizing interviews with family and close friends, photos, documents, and newspaper articles, Juan Tejeda tells the story of his brother and family in Mi Carnal Frank: A Family Memoir and Biography of U.S. Congressman Frank Mariano Tejeda, Jr., 1945 – 1997. Over twenty years as a politician and public servant, Congressman Tejeda advocated for social, education, economic and environmental justice, the rights of the poor and his Mexican American community, and the people he represented.

About the Author

Juan Tejeda - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Anisa Onofre

Juan Tejeda

Juan Tejeda retired in 2016 as a professor of Mexican American Studies and Music at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. He is a writer, musician, educator, ex-Jefe Segundo of Xinachtli (the first traditional Mexica-Azteca Conchero dance group in Texas), arts administrator and activist. From 1980 to 1998 he was the Xicano Music Program Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center where, among his many duties, he founded and directed the annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio. He is the button accordionist for the Conjunto Aztlan. He and his wife, Anisa Onofre, are the publishers of Aztlan Libre Press, a small, independent publishing company based in Yanaguana dedicated to the publishing, promotion, and free expression of Indigenous/Xicanx literature and art. He will present Mi Carnal Frank: A Family Memoir and Biography of U.S. Congressman Frank Mariano Tejeda Jr. 1945-1997.


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