Beautiful Morning at the Twig!

On Saturday, May 4th, I set up a table at the Twig Bookshop in the Pearl District of one of my favorite cities: San Antonio, the Alamo City. Sprinkles of rain fell intermittently, but the awning protected all.  This was Farmer’s Market morning, a weekly event that transforms the entire Pearl area (former home of the Pearl Brewing Company, which closed in June 2001. Miller Brewing Company in Fort Worth contracted with Pabst to take over the production of Pearl and Lone Star brand beers. In the 2010s Pearl beer was still sold in regional markets in Texas. Information courtesy of Texas State Historical Association).  Vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, lavender, popcorn, homemade soaps, baked goods, jams and jellies, and more lined the walkways and plaza in spite of any threats of rain. Two friends and I arranged my small table just outside the Twig, hoping to snag a few book and history lovers for a good conversation and maybe even a book purchase.  All sales took place within the Twig, though I offered bookmarks, flowers, and small painted cards with each purchase.  I autographed books as they were purchased.  What a beautiful morning to share the story of a little-known woman from the early 1800’s.  Hers is an enduring story relevant today more than ever.  You may not know the name of Señora Candelaria, but you will never forget her courage and resilience! It’s a timeless account and I hope you will take the time to read it.

-Shawn

A flock of golondrinas or swallows fly up and away.

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