Texas A&M-Kingsville professor debuts new book with signing event

John E. Conner Museum - 04/13/17 - 04/18/17

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Dr. Andres Soto, associate professor in the biological and health science department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, grew up in a colonia near Edroy. He tells stories about growing up in this rural area of South Texas in his new book, Life in a South Texas Colonia. Soto will be available for a book signing and discussion from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the John E. Conner Museum. Copies of the book will be available for $30.

Like many rural areas, colonias often lacked many of the modern features and facilities that are taken for granted like sewer systems, paved streets, indoor toilets and even electricity and water. Despite these hardships, the residents of the colonia were bound closely together by the ties of friendship and family.

Soto would go on to earn his doctorate in coastal sciences from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at University of Southern Mississippi. As his son was growing up in urban Austin, Soto realized his child lacked a sense of the community values and relationships he experienced in the colonia near Edroy, so he created the book based on his reminisces.

Life in a South Texas Colonia includes anecdotes from Soto’s youth, accompanied by his paintings which capture the people and places of his childhood in a colorful, primitive folk style.

Visitors to the book signing event are encouraged to stay for the opening reception of the Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. 

The Conner Museum is located at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave. on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. For more information, call 361-593-2810. The Conner Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays and most university holidays.