San Antonio-based Anel L. Flores has published a new book about self discovery with food, culture, and gender identity titled Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. BookWoman, a local Austin feminist bookstore, is holding a special book reading by Flores on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas tells the story about a young girl Paloma searching for truth within herself whilst facing the judgements of everyone around her. By becoming more in depth with herself she explores the beauty of food, the beauty of her culture, and more importantly, the beauty of herself as a lesbian. Author Anel L. Flores splits each discovery into three sections: food, religion, and sex. The story is told through a collection of vignettes about Paloma’s journey with herself.
Anel. L Flores is a hard working woman as she manages being a writer, artist, academic tutor, program director, independent educator, entrepreneur, and real estate professional with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Among her occupational achievements, Flores gives back to her community by involving herself with several activist, women empowering, and social justice organizations.
She is a member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social an organization that promotes and expands knowledge in the Chicana, (Afro/Asian) Latina, Indigenous women’s and queer studies. She also plays a role in the organization Las Comadres where Latinas can come together in their community to build a personal and professional relationship with one another. She is also a member of The National Association of Latinos in Arts and Culture that expands Latino art field and combines their talent into the work field. Another organization she is affiliated with is the Macondo Writer’s Workshop, which integrates a writer’s passion to create something that impacts the community in a non violent way.
Through her organization involvements, Anel L. Flores is dedicated to all of her passions that oddly intertwine. Her hard work can be shown through her accomplishments of being published in anthologies, journals, theaters, and galleries.
BookWoman will be hosting the reading and singing event on Thursday, Feb. 7 located on 5501 N Lamar Blvd. The reading is set to start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. For more details about the event visit BookWoman’s website and the Facebook event. For more updates on Anel L. Flores be sure to visit her website.