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Books written by authors with ties to San Antonio

Stock your shelf with these 29 reads from + about the 210.

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What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in San Antonio.


  • “Valleyesque: Stories” by Fernando A. Flores | Release date: May 3, 2022 | The South Texas author of “Tears of the Trufflepig” weaves surreal border stories in one of The Million’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2022.”
  • “More Than You’ll Ever Know” by Katie Gutierrez | Release date: June 7, 2022 | True crime author Cassie Bowman unravels the affairs and murders in the life of Lore Rivera.
  • “Nobody’s Pilgrims” by Sergio Troncoso | Release date: May 10, 2022| Three teenagers escape hitmen and their own troubled pasts in this road trip thriller with heart.
  • “The Peculiarities” by David Liss | Release date: Sept. 7, 2021 | Unravel supernatural mysteries in Victorian London, complete with secret societies and cloak-and-dagger conspiracies.
  • “Beasts of the Earth” by James Wade | Release date: Oct. 11, 2022 | This upcoming release from the Hill Country author of “River, Sing Out” and “All Things Left Wild” features modern Western themes and vivid Texas landscapes.
  • “The Queen of the Cicadas” by V. Castro | Release date: June 22, 2021 | Stories from 2018 and the 1950s weave around the urban legend of “La Reina de Las Chicharras” in this paranormal thriller.
  • “West Side Love Story” by Priscilla Oliveras | Release Date: June 1, 2022 | Priscilla draws from her father’s ties to San Antonio to tell this “Romeo and Juliet"-inspired love story about competing mariachi bands.
  • Secret of the Moon Conch” by David Bowles and Guadalupe García McCall | Release date: June 6, 2023 | A tale told across centuries about surviving and falling in love.

For the family

  • “The Turtle of Michigan” by Naomi Shihab Nye | Release date: March 15, 2022 | This standalone sequel to “The Turtle of Oman” focuses on Aref, a boy from Muscat moving to Michigan — perfect for readers 8-12.
  • “Camilla la Magica Makes Tamales” by Chef Cariño + Paloma Cortez | Release date: April 6, 2022 | Camilla la Magica and her pup Osito learn to make her Abuela’s magical tamales. Don’t worry, the recipe is included.
  • “I Will Always Come Back to You” by Carmen Tafolla | Release date: Feb. 22, 2022 | This picture book, beautifully illustrated by Grace Zong, teaches children 4-8 that distance cannot diminish love.
  • “Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun” by Jonny Garza Villa | Release date: June 8, 2021 | Julián Luna’s plans for the future are thrown into disarray as he learns to be his real self in this YA story about coming out.
  • “This Poison Heart” by Kalynn Bayron | Release date: June 14, 2021 | Myth, mystery, and magic swirl around an abandoned apothecary in this YA contemporary fantasy novel by the author of “Cinderella Is Dead.”
  • Mi Cultura: Bringing Shadow into Light” by Al Rendón | Release date: Oct. 3, 2023 | Inspire the family with photographs about South Texas from a legendary San Antonio photographer.
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Enjoy fiction and non-fiction reads with ties to the Alamo City with authors like Rick Riordan, Bryan Burrough and Eric C. Mapes (to name a few).

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Learn something new

  • “Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan | Release date: Oct. 1, 2019 | A master of Texas history, Stephen tells the story of the Lone Star State from 11,000 BC to today.
  • “Mommy Lied to God” by Carlos Maestas | Release date: June 30, 2020 | Learn the art of authentic storytelling + how to share your experiences with the world.
  • “Eleanor in the Village” by Jan Jarboe Russell | Release date: March 30, 2021 | Eleanor Roosevelt is known as a legendary human rights advocate, and this biography tells the little-known story of her time in New York’s Greenwich Village.
  • “West Side Rising” by Char Miller | Release date: Sept. 7, 2021 | Read about how the Flood of 1921 changed San Antonio, and how disasters reveal systems of injustice.
  • Streets of San Antonio” by Eric C. Mapes | Release date: March 3, 2008 | Take a deep dive into the history of famous street names in the Alamo City — or check out our guide.
  • Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth” by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford | Release date: June 7, 2022 | Unravel the great Texas myth and learn from these researchers about one of San Antonio’s oldest landmarks.
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Part of a series

  • “Big Red Tequila” by Rick Riordan | Release date: June 28, 2005 | You know Rick Riordan’s all-time classic mythology series — but the award-winning “Tres Navarre” PI series is where it all began.
  • “Dead City” by Joe McKinney | Release date: Oct. 1, 2010 | It’s the season of zombie stories, and who better to write the “Deadworld” series than a former San Antonio disaster mitigation specialist.
  • How to Kill a Goat and Other Monsters” by Saúl Hernández | Release date: March 19, 2024 | This queer writer from the 210 explores themes of grief, loss, identity, and lineage through his first collection of poems — part of the Wisconsin Poetry Series.
  • Fat Angie” by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Release date: Nov. 3, 2021 | Known for books with South Texas influences, this trilogy series is about finding your voice and embracing who you are.
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Pickup a copy of “The House on Mango Street” at one of San Antonio’s lovely book stores.

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Personal stories

  • “Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars” by Col. Eileen M. Collins | Release date: Oct. 19, 2021 | The first woman to command an American space mission tells her story in her own words, from training at Lackland to exploring the stars.
  • “Broken (in the Best Possible Way)” by Jenny Lawson | Release date: April 6, 2021 | With humor and honesty, Jenny walks readers through her own experiences with depression and anxiety.
  • “A House of My Own” by Sandra Cisneros | Release date: Sept. 6, 2016 | The author of “The House on Mango Street” compiles essays from her life into this “jigsaw autobiography,” including the inspiration for her classic works.
  • The Bully in Your Pocket: Your #1 Playbook to Defeat Online Trolls” by Lorenzo Gomez III | Release date: Dec. 28, 2023 | Through personal experiences, Gomez offers readers advice on how to block out the bullies that live on social media.
  • Matthew the Marvelous - An Autism Superhero Adventure” by Nicola Stewart and Matthew Stewart | Release date: April 21, 2024 | Written by an SATXtoday reader and her son, this story aims to spread kindness + awareness about some of the challenges he has had and shares the progress that he has made.

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