The narrative below was prepared by Nancy Deviney, Executive Director, Texas Tropical Trail Region for its 142nd monthly Partner Event in Edinburg (Hidalgo County), on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This is an extract from the day's agenda of the meeting. This book-fair will be held at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.
Four authors residing in and/or with roots in the Rio Grande Valley will be on hand at Sekula Memorial Library to review their books and have copies available for purchase. These authors and their books are:
David Bowles of Donna – “Border Lore” (25 Folktales & Legends of South Texas) and “Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley” (Ghost stories from Fort Brown to Fort Ringgold including haunted hotels, chapels & ruins in between).
Monica Burdette of Rockport – “Mesquite Country: Tastes & Traditions from the Tip of Texas” (Published by the Hidalgo County Museum in 1996 while Ms. Burdette served on the Board of the museum), “The Inn at Canelo Ranch Cookbook” (Ms. Burdette and her husband opened a Birding Bed & Breakfast in Kenedy County in 1989. El Canelo Ranch was known as the home of the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl when a pair nested, year after year, in the garden at the Inn), and “Borderlands: The Heritage of the Lower Rio Grande Valley through the Art of Jose Cisneros” (This book was authored and published by the Hidalgo County Museum, 1998).
Eileen Mattei of Harlingen – “For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley” (Through stories and vintage photographs, the Valley’s medical history is captured in this coffee table book, giving uncommon and sometimes startling glimpses of Rio Grande Valley medicine.) and “Quinta Mazatlán – A Visual Journey” (Photographer Deval Pino Shah and writer Mattei collaborated on this celebration of the architectural and cultural wonders of McAllen’s most distinctive mansion and landscape).
Deval 'Pino' Shah of McAllen – “Architecture of the Lower Rio Grande Valley: An Introduction” (Through photographs, this book celebrates 160 years of the architecture of the Texas-Mexico border region, its craftsmen, its culture and its climate) and “Quinta Mazatlán – A Visual Journey” (Photographer Shah and writer Eileen Mattei collaborated on this celebration of the architectural and cultural wonders of McAllen’s most distinctive mansion and landscape).