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.
The point here is that we are trying to open opportunities for artists to participate in a way that could lead to the sale of their art.
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.
This time it was the Food Bank of the RGV. Next time, who knows. We would like suggestions for non-profits which we could approach here in the Valley. It costs them nothing and they stand to gain some contribution from our sales at our events.
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.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is a writer, poet, blogger, actor, and all-around artist from South Texas.
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