Arturo Longoria to discuss new book at MOSTHistory Oct. 22

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes historic naturalist Arturo Longoria for a book signing and presentation of “The Sand Sheet” on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Joining the presentation is Cappadona Ranch. Attendees will be able to sample their mesquite bean products which include roasted-mesquite bean coffee and mesquite bean jellies. Longoria’s book and Cappadona Ranch products will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

More than two million acres of sand, born and blown from an ancient sea beginning about ten thousand years ago, stretch across eight counties in deep South Texas. Known as the Coastal Sand Plain, the Texas Coastal Sand Sheet, or just the Sand Sheet, it is a region of few people and little rainfall. Among the dunes and dry, brown flats, only the hardiest shrubs and grasses provide habitat for the coyotes, quail and rattlesnakes that live here.

Longoria, whose cabin sits amid the sand scrub and desert motts of granjeno, brasil and mesquite, knows this land intimately. A student of bushcraft and natural history, Longoria found refuge in this remote and hostile country as he recovered from a rare illness. He weaves a story of beauty and survival in a land where the vastness of Texas' storied ranches and rich oil fields serves as the backdrop for a steady migration of long distance “travelers,” who cross over the border and into el desierto at great peril.

“The Sand Sheet” is about a harsh and dangerous landscape that has nonetheless given sustenance and solace to a writer for whom the Sand Sheet became both his home and his inspiration.

Longoria is a writer and former journalist and teacher. He is the author of two award-winning books of non-fiction, Adios to the Brushlands and Keepers of the Wilderness, also published by Texas A&M University Press. Cappadona Ranch is locally run by the Cappadonna family in Linn, Texas, who use natural products from South Texas.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.