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First Bookstore Opens in San Antonio’s West Side Cultural District

SAN ANTONIO – A historic building on the west side of town has been given a makeover to help preserve Hispanic and Latino culture.

On Friday, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will debut its new book and gift shop featuring Latino artists and authors.

The new store is on the corner of Guadalupe Street and South Brazos Street inside the old Progresso Pharmacy. The iconic white and black building has been transformed into a Latin bookstore.

“Since we are a multi-disciplinary center in Guadalupe and also like to cover the literary arts, I thought it would also be important to have a center for literary, academic and children’s offerings,” said Christina Balli. Ballí is the nonprofit’s executive director.

Ballí said the project began five years ago and was made possible through bond financing from the city of San Antonio of more than $1 million. Now they are excited to finally open to the public and activate the space.

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“Unfortunately, we have low literacy rates. Of course it’s a desert of books, just like sometimes it’s a desert of food, you know,” Ballí said. “It’s a resource wasteland in many ways (and) in many areas, but it’s not a cultural wasteland. It is a culturally rich region. So having a Latino-specific bookstore here in this neighborhood will make it even more of a culturally rich neighborhood.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will open on a small scale Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., followed by a book reading.

The book reading will be led by authors Carmen Tafolla and Tomás Ybarra Fausto at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will continue across the street in Plaza Guadalupe with the Guadalupe Dance Company’s 30th anniversary performance.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center launches its Latin bookstore (Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center)

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