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Xavier Garza

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and luche libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their young son Vincent.

He published his first book, Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys (Arte Publico Press), in 2004. Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask was released in Spring 2005 and quickly became a hit among children and lucha libre fans. Lucha Libre won an Honor Book, Américas Award and a STARRED REVIEW from Críticas Magazine.

He followed that up with Charro Claus & the Tejas Kid: The story of Santa's primo and his little sidekick, now available in paperback.

His latest book, and second bilingual lucha libre cuento, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel is available now! The American Library Association chose the book as a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.

Críticas Magazine gives praise for Xavier: Masterful bilingual children's books: Xavier Garza comes to town

Click here to read a Latina Lista review for Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid.

Esau Andrade Valencia

Born in Tepic Nayarit, Mexico, Esau Andrade Valencia comes from a family of artists which includes his mother Guadalupe Balencia and his brother Raymundo Andrade. He attended La Escuela de Artes Plasticas of the Universidad de Guadalajara.

In 2008, Cinco Puntos published a bilingual children's book with illustrated by Esau called A Perfect Season for Dreaming / Un tiempo perfecto para soñar.

Esau’s paintings are included in the collection of The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California; Saint Michael church in San Miguel del Valle, New Mexico; the Chrysler Company, San Antonio, Texas; The Hispanic Broadcasting Company, Los Angeles, California, as well as in the Downey Museum of Art in Downey, California.

He frequently has one-man exhibitions at Galeria Uno, Puerto Vallarta, and in the U.S. where shows include exhibitions at the Chac Mool Gallery, (Los Angeles); Louis Stern Gallery, (Los Angeles); Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery, (Los Angeles); Hamilton Gallery, (Los Angeles); Tatewari Gallery, (Sedona, Arizona); Iturralde Gallery, (Los Angeles); San Antonio International Airport,The Downey Museum of Art ( Downey, Ca.); Euroamerican Gallery, (New York, New York); Allene Lapides Gallery, (Santa Fe, New Mexico);Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Ca. and The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California., among many others.

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