If you are in the McAllen area, stop by the Barnes & Noble along Expressway 83 (now Interstate 2) and help our effort to contribute to the arts, business, and nonprofits in the Rio Grande Valley. Buy a book, pay an artist, and feed a hungry child. Win. Win. Win.
I don't know if this sounds a bit too "salesy" or not genuine. It's hard for people to define and clearly communicate the good behind their intentions.
Sometimes we do "good" and it is interpreted as bad. Hence the saying "No good deed will go unpunished." I think I say that in a movie somewhere.
The intent here is to find ways for artists to create and be somewhat compensated for their efforts, because if you are (or know) an artist, then you know the struggle.
Artists and writers are seriously underrated in our society. I don't blame regular folks. Everyone has a struggle to focus on and work on. Writers and artists do, too.
But sometimes it seems that the struggle for them is multiplied by the fact that it takes people extra time and energy to give critical thinking to complex ideas, which is the effects of well-crafted literary pieces or artistic paintings and photography.
Whereas entertainment, like going to the cinema, is easy to consume and highly pleasurable. Even when the movie is lame.
In turn, we have luckily found some places that are willing to welcome those efforts and host them, like Barnes & Noble. And what is best is that they also want to help non-profits, as we do.
That is why every time we do a book fair at Barnes & Noble I personally go looking for local charities that serve a particular purpose or serve a great number of people.
As for our most recent book fair, there is still time to help out. If you are in the McAllen area stop by the Barnes & Noble on Ware Rd and Exp 83 (Interstate 2) and buy something, anything (but preferably one of our books) and say you want to help the Food Bank RGV book fair. They will take care of the rest at the counter.
If you shop online you can buy one of our recent books like
"Bad Hombres & Nasty Women"
"Lost: Children of the River"
and use the same id# 12156881 on www.bn.com at checkout.
I want to thank everybody who attended our events in the past two weekends in support of these efforts.
Great thanks to Barnes & Noble Palms Crossing for their warm reception. Thanks to the people at the Food Bank RGV who are doing so much good helping hungry people in our own communities.
And thank you for taking the time to read and maybe take part in this effort.
Until the next event.