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Author Talk - Jonny Garza Villa for Canto Contigo, June 1 @ 3PM CST

Author Talk - Jonny Garza Villa for Canto Contigo, June 1 @ 3PM CST

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WHEN: Saturday, June 1 @ 3PM CST

WHERE: Chapterhouse Bookstore (3317 SW 6th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79106)

HOW: RSVP to reserve your seat OR RSVP with book to reserve a seat and a copy of Canto Contigo that can be picked up at the event and signed by the author. All RSVPs with a book will also receive a coupon for a free chocolate dipped strawberry by Chica Fresa to be redeemed at the event. Additional food items by Chica Fresa will be available to purchase separately at the event.

Choosing to RSVP with the book helps support our store and future programming. If you choose the RSVP with book option, please find us at the event to receive your book or contact us through Instagram (@chapterhouse_bookstore) or email ( to arrange an earlier pickup.

About the Book

When a Mariachi star transfers schools, he expects to be handed his new group's lead vocalist spot—what he gets instead is a tenacious current lead with a very familiar, very kissable face.

In a twenty-four-hour span, Rafael Alvarez led North Amistad High School’s Mariachi Alma de la Frontera to their eleventh consecutive first-place win in the Mariachi Extravaganza de Nacional; and met, made out with, and almost hooked up with one of the cutest guys he’s ever met.

Now eight months later, Rafie’s ready for one final win. What he didn’t plan for is his family moving to San Antonio before his senior year, forcing him to leave behind his group while dealing with the loss of the most important person in his life—his beloved abuelo. Another hitch in his plan: The Selena Quintanilla-Perez Academy’s Mariachi Todos Colores already has a lead vocalist, Rey Chavez—the boy Rafie made out with—who now stands between him winning and being the great Mariachi Rafie's abuelo always believed him to be. Despite their newfound rivalry for center stage, Rafie can’t squash his feelings for Rey. Now he must decide between the people he’s known his entire life or the one just starting to get to know the real him.

Canto Contigo is a love letter to Mexican culture, family and legacy, the people who shape us, and allowing ourselves to forge our own path. At its heart, this is one of the most glorious rivals-to-lovers romance about finding the one who challenges you in the most extraordinary ways.

About the Author

JONNY GARZA VILLA (they/them) is an author of contemporary young adult novels inspired by their own Tejane & Chicane and queer identities including their debut novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, a Pura Belpré Honor Book, a Finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters' Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book, and a Kirkus Best YA Fiction of 2021 selection; Ander & Santi Were Here, a Stonewall Honor Book, a Barnes & Noble YA Book Club selection, a LatineLit Bestseller, an AudioFile Earphone Award Winner, and named a Best YA of 2023 selection by and Audible; and Canto Contigo.

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