Trinity University Press

Books about Hispanic

Chili Queens, Hay Wagons, and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

Cover for Chili Queens, Hay Wagons, and Fandangos: The Spanish Plazas in Frontier San Antonio

As San Antonio's frontier era was ending in the 1870s and 1880s, Military Plaza was a vivid outdoor market. By night it was a crowded dining venue where storied chili queens dished out spicy meals and saloons and fandango halls pulsed nearby. A cathedral dating from 1738 faced Main Plaza, where Apache chieftains and Spaniards had long ago buried a hatchet, a lance, six arrows, and a horse to signify peace. On Alamo...

The greatest strength of the book is the rarely seen photographs and artwork that bring the plazas to life. Fisher illustrates the book with views of the plazas and their...San Antonio Express-News

Rosita’s Bridge

Mary McMillan Fisher (author), Barbara M. Whitehead (illustrations)

Cover for Rosita’s Bridge

This is the true story of Carla Maria presenting flowers to her grandmother, singer Rosita Fernandez, when the bridge at San Antonio’s open air Arneson River Theater was named Rosita’s Bridge—not just a bridge across a river but a bridge between cultures.  Rosita tells Carla Maria of immigrating from Mexico in a family of sixteen children, of her father and uncles helping to build the River Walk in the late 1930s,...

Based on a true story . . . this tale focuses on Rosita Fernandez who became known as “San Antonio’s First Lady of Song” during a career that spanned more than 50 years.... — Publishers Weekly