April 13, 2024


  • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Texas Monthly Tent
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 2:00 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

In The Bullet Swallower, an epic family saga of two generations—the legendary bandido El Tragabalas in 1895 and his descendant, Jaime Sonoro, a renowned actor and singer in 1964—author Elizabeth Gonzalez James reminds us that neither the past or the future are as far away as we think. The Blueprint spans 1880s Louisiana and 2030 Texas, where in the near-future, an algorithm determines Solenne’s life as a Descendant of Slavery. Echoed in her story is that of her enslaved ancestor, Henriette. Rae Giana Rashad pens a reminder of how to draw strength and wisdom from the past and paths of ancestors. These two novelists will discuss writing past, present and future Texas stories, and balancing ancestors, identity, and what we owe to one another.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Gonzalez James - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Nancy Rothstein

Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Elizabeth Gonzalez James is the author of the novel Mona at Sea and the chapbook Five Conversations About Peter Sellers. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewThe RumpusstorySouthPANK, and elsewhere, and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She was Interviews Editor at The Rumpus, and a former contributor to Ploughshares. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Massachusetts. The Bullet Swallower is her new novel.

Rae Giana Rashad - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: G. M. Jones

Rae Giana Rashad

Rae Giana Rashad holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. Born and raised in Texas with roots in Louisiana, her writing is infused with southern influences and Black history. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband and three children. Her debut novel is The Blueprint. 


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