Kenny's Pick of the Week

January 8, 2018

Los Tejanos and Lost Cause
Jack Jackson

By 1730, the viceroy of New Spain had issued orders to map plazas, squares, and parks for the  Canary Islanders (in San Antonio) who would be arriving in 1731.  The first square was Plaza de Armas; when the islanders arrived, they marked off the Plazza de las Islas.  Construction of Municipal Market began in 1899. 

The market house, built in Paschal Square, was demolished in the 1930s, but the Municipal Market Annex, constructed in the 1920s survived.  The annex buildings would become El mercado and Centro de Artes.  In the 1970s, a permanent building for the farmers market was built in Hay Market Plazza.  Today, these buildings, along with historic buildings in the area, are known as Market Square.

Lisa's Pick of the Week

November 8, 2017

Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him

$2 paperback  can be ordered at Dead Tree Books
Warning: before you start reading this, know that it is a long, and still ongoing, series, and you may end up hooked.  This is a dark series with a lot of mystery to it.  I have read the first two volumes, and there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the plot.  Demonic possession?  Aliens?  And what about Kyle's relationship with his ex and his daughter?  Can that be mended?  What is Kyle?  Is he even on the
side of good?  Does he have a choice in the matter?

I am hooked.  Be warned.

A Novel Bookstore

January 9, 2016

"We have no time to waste on insignificant books, hollow books, books that are here to please.
"We have no time for those sloppy, hurried books of the 'Go on, I need it for July, and in September we'll give you a proper launch and sell one hundred thousand copies, it's in the bag' variety.
"We want books that are written for those of us who doubt everything.  Who cry over the least little thing, who are startled by the slightest noise.
"We want books that cost their authors a great deal, books where you can feel the years of work, the backache, the writer's block, the author's panic at the thought that he might be lost:  his discouragement, his courage, his anguish, his stubbornness, the risk of failure that he has taken.
"We want splendid books, books that immerse us in the spendor of reality and keep us there; books that prove to us that love is at work in the world next to evil, right up against it, at times indistinctly, and that it always will be, just the way that suffering will always ravage hearts.  We want good novels.
"We want books that leave nothing out:  neither human tragedy nor everyday wonders, books that bring fresh air to our lungs.
"And even if there is only one such book per decade, even if there is only on Vies minuscules every ten years, that would be enough.  We want nothing else."
Laurence Cosse', A Novel Bookstore.  New York, 2010