You won’t find words like “drugs” or “border,” “Mexico” or “United States” in Yuri Herrera’s Kingdom Cons, even though it’s the story of a narcotrafficker and the young, accordion-playing balladeer he invites into a dangerous world of excess and wealth, the threat of violence looming high on the hill. That’s because Herrera’s novel, originally written in 2004, is disguised as a fairy tale in which allegory tells the real tale of the power of art in a world where power is the only currency. When Herrera stops by Brazos Bookstore, he will join with the University of Houston’s Ursula Fuentesberain to discuss this, the last of a loosely related trilogy (along with the critically acclaimed Signs Preceding the End of the World and The Transmigration of Bodies) to be translated into English from its original Spanish.

7 p.m. Saturday. 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit brazosbookstore.com. Free.
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