UPDATE: We are now hosting this event on
Saturday September 30th, 2-4 p.m., due to the recent weather disruptions.
Saturday, August 26th, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Elliott Turner will join us Saturday with his debut novel, “The Night of the Virgin.”
Emmanuel “Manny” Hernandez left the Rio Grande Valley in his youth to pursue his dream of playing professional soccer. When his goal is complicated by a closely guarded family secret, and his ambitions are impeded by injury and misfortune, his life seems to fall apart. Manny’s journey isn’t over however, and he pushes forward, eventually learning that family and community can provide the strength and motivation needed to persevere.
“The Night of the Virgin” is told in four parts of varying style and points of view, providing a pulsating look at the Mexican-American community’s struggles with poverty, alcoholism, and infidelity. Through the story of a brash young man who matures into a loving father, the book addresses the topics of identity and acceptance, hatred and love.
Elliott Turner has covered sports, politics and culture as a freelance journalist with bylines in The Guardian, VICE Sports, Howler Magazine, The Blizzard, and others. “The Night of the Virgin” is his first novel. Elliott lives in Houston with his wife and two children.