San Antonio Book Festival Releases The Moth Storytellers

Tuesday 02nd, April 2019 / 14:11 Written by
San Antonio Book Festival Releases The Moth Storytellers

Storytellers for The Moth Features Five Authors at This Year’s San Antonio Book Festival

The international storytelling show will feature five storytellers on The Majestic Theatre stage sharing notable experiences from their personal lives. This year’s event includes Alistair Bane, Kate Braestrup, Reyna Grande, Ernesto Quiñonez, and Lori Weitzner. (See their bios below.)

San Antonio Book Festival


The San Antonio Book Festival (SABF), the free and family-friendly literary-themed event, brings The Moth back for its 7th annual festival. This year’s lineup has just been revealed and includes:

  • Visual artist from the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma Alistair Bane
  • Bestselling author Kate Braestrup
  • Mexico native and bestselling author Reyna Grande
  • Acclaimed novelist Ernesto Quiñonez
  • Award-winning designer Lori Weitzner of Lori Weitzner Design

In the age-old tradition of true stories told live, The Moth is an international storytelling show that features five storytellers on stage sharing an authentic experience from their own personal lives. The Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. The performances dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

The Moth will be hosted at The Majestic Theatre on Friday, April 5 and will showcase five authors as they share their own personal story. To view full bios of the storytellers please visit the link below. The San Antonio Book Festival will be on Saturday, April 6.

San Antonio Book Festival


Friday, April 5, 2019, 7 p.m.  


The Majestic Theatre

224 East Houston Street

San Antonio, TX, 78205


To purchase tickets, please click here.

General Admission tickets range from $25-$45. VIP tickets are $100 and include admission to the exclusive afterparty with The Moth storytellers and producers, San Antonio Book Festival authors, and complimentary food and beverages.

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The Moth Storyteller Bios

Alistair Baneis a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma and currently resides in Denver Colorado. Besides being a storyteller he is also a visual artist. He makes dance regalia, quilts and paints. In 2016 he was a resident artist for the Denver Art Museum’s Native American Arts Program. In his spare time he enjoys rehabilitating feral rez dogs, which is a much more relaxing hobby than it might sound like, as long as you don’t mind a tiny bit of growling.

The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Kate Braestrup spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, D.C. and Sabillasville, Maryland. Educated at the Parsons School of Design, the New School and Georgetown University, Kate published a novel, Onion, in 1990. She entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997 and was ordained in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining games wardens as they search the wild lands and fresh waters of Maine for those who have lost their way, and offering comfort to those who wait for the ones they love to be rescued. Braestrup is married to artist Simon van der Ven and between them, they have a total of six children. Kate is also the bestselling author of Here If You Need Me (Little-Brown, 2006), Marriage and Other Acts of Charity (Little-Brown, 2009), Beginner?s Grace (Simon and Schuster, 2010) and Anchor & Flares (Little-Brown, July 2015).

Originally from Mexico, Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) and its much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (2018). Her other works include the novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (2009). Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by high schools, colleges/universities, and cities across the country.Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The young reader’s version of The Distance Between Us received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017. Currently, she teaches creative writing at writing conferences, travels across the country and abroad to give presentations about her books, and is at work on a novel set during the Mexican-American War.

Ernesto Quiñonez is an acclaimed novelist and a product of public education from kindergarten to his Masters at the City College of New York. His latest novel “Taina” about a teenage immaculate conception in Spanish Harlem will be published by Random House on September of 2019. He is a Sundance Fellow and an Associate Professor at Cornell University.

Lori Weitzner, principal and Creative Director of Lori Weitzner Design is internationally known for her contributions to the world of textiles, wall coverings, rugs and other products for interiors. Expanding upon her textile background, she has recently launched a jewelry and accessory line under her own name. Her work is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Cooper-Hewitt in New York and The Victoria Albert in London. She is the recipient of more than twenty-five prestigious design awards and her work is featured regularly in the media, including Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times. She recently authored her first book, Ode to Color, The Ten Essential Palates for Living and Design, published by Harper Collins and lectures around the world on the effects of color on our well being. She lives in New York City with her husband Mike and daughters Emma and Sophie.

About San Antonio Book Festival:

The mission of the San Antonio Book Festival is to unite readers and writers in a celebration of ideas, books, libraries and literary culture. The signature program of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, SABF was first presented in April 2013.Founding Partners are the Texas Book Festival, the San Antonio Public Library, and Southwest School of Art. Through active partnerships with school districts and community organizations focused on literacy, education and culture, the Festival connects with educators, parents and students, pre-K through college. SABF reaches out to those who are well read and those who love to read well.

About The Moth:

The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

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