IN PERSON Jonny Garza Villa | Canto Contigo

What:

We are very excited to welcome Jonny Garza Villa to the shop in conversation with Sim Kern to celebrate their new book, Canto Contigo.

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Event Guidelines:

In order to go through the signing line and meet Jonny Garza Villa for book personalization, please purchase Canto Contigo from Blue Willow Bookshop. Since quantities are limited, we recommend purchasing your book ahead of time to ensure that you receive a copy. Your book can be picked up at the event.

If you cannot attend the event or you live out of town and would like a signed copy of the book, please indicate any personalization requests in the “comments” section when you check out.

If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to remain at home and we will get your book signed for you. If you need a surgical mask, we have them on hand if you find yourself without one. 

If you have a disability and require accommodation for this event, please let us know no later than 48 hours before the event by phoning (281) 497-8675 or emailing cathy@bluewillowbookshop.com.

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

When:

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 5:00 PM Central Time

Where:

Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079

About the Authors:

JONNY GARZA VILLA (they/them) is an author of contemporary young adult literature with characters and settings inspired by their own Tejane, Chicane, and queer identities, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun and Ander & Santi Were Here, a Bookshop.org Best YA of 2023 selection. Whatever the storyline, Jonny ultimately hopes Latines, and, more specifically, queer Mexican American young people will feel seen in their writing. When not writing, Jonny enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, visiting taquerías, listening to Selena, and caring for their many cacti children. They live in San Antonio.

Sim Kern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Free People's Village, an Indie Next pick. Their debut horror novella, Depart, Depart!, was selected for the Honor List for the 2020 Otherwise Award, and their short story collection, Real Sugar is Hard to Find, was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as, “a searing, urgent, but still achingly tender work that will wow any reader of speculative fiction.” As a journalist, they report on petrochemical polluters and drag space billionaires. Sim spent ten years teaching English to middle and high schoolers in Houston, Texas, before shifting to writing full-time. Find them all over the internet, but especially on tiktok at @simkern.

Ordering:

Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping can run from $25-50US in addition to the cost of the book and can take up to 3 months to reach its destination. Additionally, we can only ship to certain regions and countries. This purchase will include a shipping charge of $50US and if the charge is less than that, we will refund the difference when we ship your book.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Canto Contigo: A Novel By Jonny Garza Villa Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250875754
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - April 9th, 2024

When a Mariachi star transfers schools, he expects to be handed his new group's lead vocalist spot—what he gets instead is a tenacious current lead with a very familiar, very kissable face.


The Free People's Village By Sim Kern Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781646142668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Levine Querido - September 12th, 2023

USA TODAY BESTSELLER
Official IndieNext Selection

"Incisive and insightful." — Texas Monthly

From environmental journalist and founder of the #TransRightsReadathon Sim Kern, comes the eat-the-rich climate fiction you won't want to put down:


In an alternate 2020 timeline, Al Gore won the 2000 election and dec