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5.14.17 News Briefs

Vote for your Favorite Texas Bookstore: Round 2, through midnight Sat., May 20


Lone Star Lit’s second annual Texas Readers’ Favorite Bookstores voting continues through May 20, 2017.


In Round 1, book lovers in Texas and beyond have spoken: of the state's nearly 300 independent, chain, and specialty bookstores, each of these 43 received at least one vote in Round 1!


We received 736 votes for favorite bookstores in every corner of Texas (and one in Oklahoma, though sorry, that doesn’t count) — including write-in votes for a few stores that weren’t yet on our radar.


Round 2 Semifinalists

  • Abilene: Texas Star Trading Company
  • Alpine: Front Street Books
  • Amarillo: Barnes & Noble #2665 Westgate Mall
  • Austin: Barnes & Noble #2536 Arboretum
  • Austin: BookPeople
  • Austin: BookWoman
  • Austin: Half Price Books North Lamar #005
  • Boerne: The Bookstore under the Windmill in Boerne
  • Dallas: Barnes & Noble #2884 Lincoln Park
  • Dallas: Deep Vellum Books
  • Dallas: Half Price Books — Texas Flagship Store #001
  • Dallas: The Wild Detectives
  • Denton: Recycled Books & Records
  • Fort Worth: Half Price Books — Hulen
  • Fort Worth: The Last Word Bookstore
  • Frisco: Barnes & Noble at Stonebriar Centre
  • Galveston: Galveston Bookshop
  • Gladewater: Gladewater Books
  • Houston : Nuestra Palabra Art & Books
  • Houston: Blue Willow Bookshop
  • Houston: Brazos Bookstore
  • Houston: Kaboom Books
  • Houston: Murder by the Book
  • Houston: River Oaks Bookstore
  • Katy: Katy Budget Books
  • Kerrville: Wolfmueller’s Books
  • Lexington: 40 Acre Wood
  • Lubbock: Barnes & Noble #2364 South Plains Mall
  • McKinney: Half Price Books — Eldorado/Craig Crossing #085
  • Nacogdoches: The Bosslight
  • New Braunfels: The Purple Chair Children’s Bookstore
  • San Angelo: Cactus Book Shop
  • San Antonio: Dead Tree Books
  • San Antonio: Nine Lives Books
  • San Antonio: The Twig Book Shop
  • South Padre Island: Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard
  • Southlake: Barnes &Noble #2241 Southlake Town Square
  • Spring: Copperfield's Books
  • Tyler: The Last Bookstore
  • Waco: Barnes & Noble #2708 Circuit City Plaza
  • Wichita Falls: Books-A-Million #949


Now, fans have through midnight Sat., May 20, 2017, to vote in Round 2 -- one vote per person, per day, please! Click the ballot below, or email us at We look forward to hearing from you!

We’ll announce the Top 20 finalists on May 21; then, your final Top 10 picks on May 28. Voting is now underway; Round 2 closes midnight May 20, 2017!


Texas Readers’ Favorite Bookstores winners will be determined by reader vote via:

• Our website

• Our e-mail newsletter

• Our social media

• Direct ballots upon request


Texas teen book festival reveals 2017 keynote authors

Young Adult book festival will feature bestselling authors Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds, and star of The Big Bang Theory Mayim Bialik


AUSTIN — The Texas Teen Book Festival has announced the keynote authors for the 9th edition of the annual festival, which will feature New York Times bestselling authors Marie Lu and Jason Reynolds, and actress Mayim Bialik from the popular series The Big Bang Theory. The 2017 festival will take place on Sat., Oct. 7, at St. Edward’s University.


“TTBF 2017 is shaping up to be amazing!” says festival director Shawn Mauser. “Connecting teens with authors they love is the core of what we do. We’re thrilled to give Texas teens the opportunity to meet these exciting, inspiring writers.”


Afternoon keynote speaker Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites and the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. At TTBF, Lu will present her latest work, Warcross, a sci-fi thriller that draws on her experience as a video game artist to conjure an immersive, exhilarating world where a teenage bounty hunter hacks her way into a game’s dangerous depths and quickly learns that choosing whom to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.


Author Jason Reynolds will be the closing keynote speaker and will launch his narrative verse novel, Long Way Down, at the 2017 Festival. This explosive novel narrates sixty crucial seconds of one boy's life — seconds that explore the thin line between avenging violence and perpetuating it. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His debut novel, When I Was the Greatest, was followed by Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); As Brave As You; Jump Anyway; and the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina.


TTBF is also thrilled to announce triple-threat actress, neuroscientist, and author Mayim Bialik as this year’s opening speaker to discuss Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular. Bialik is best known as Amy Farrah Fowler on the comedy series The Big Bang Theory, a role for which she has received four Emmy nominations and a Critics’ Choice Award. She also starred in the early-1990s sitcom Blossom. Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to earn a PhD from UCLA in neuroscience. She is the author of Beyond the Sling and Mayim’s Vegan Table.


A program of the Texas Book Festival, the TTBF is presented in collaboration with BookPeople, a dedicated team of librarians, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University. Major sponsors include H-E-B and Brigid Cockrum and family, and the program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The one-day TTBF will take place on October 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress Avenue. TTBF remains free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and dozens of committed volunteers. For more information, please visit and keep up with announcements at, and on Twitter and Instagram @TXTeenBookFest.


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First annual Texas Sports Hall of Fame Book Festival announces lineup for July 15 in Waco


WACO — The Texas Sports Hall of Fame announces its first Book Festival, to be held Sat., July 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Admission is free.


Sponsored by Texas A&M University Press, Texas Tech University Press, and Waco City Cable Channel, the one day event will showcase the best in books devoted to Texas sports, and many legendary authors and athletes will be on hand for the event.


Featured authors:

•    R. Gaines Baty, Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty

•    Chad S. Conine, The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game

•    Mel Renfro (signing only), Forever a Cowboy

•    Mac Engel, Pigskin Rapture: Four Days in the Life of Texas Football

•    Robert Jacobus, Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century

•    Al Pickett, Mighty, Mighty Matadors: Lubbock Estacado High School Integration and a Championship Year

•    Carlton Stowers, Where Dreams Die Hard: Staubach, Oh Brother, How They Played the Game and Texas Football Legends

•   Jeff Miller, The Game Changers: Abner Haynes, Leon King, and the Fall of Major College Football’s Color Barrier in Texas

•    Jim Reeves, Dallas Cowboys: The Legends of America’s Team

•    Bill Brown, Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart – Blazing a Trail from Expansion to the World Series

•    Frank Sikes, West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach

•    Tim Price, Shooting for the Record: Adolph Toepperwein, Tom Frye, and Sharpshooting’s Forgotten Controversy

•    Ed Housewright, Beyond Just Win: A Profile of G.A. Moore, Texas High School Football’s No. 1 Coach

•    Ryan Bush, The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Rookies, the Shotgun, And a Hail Mary Vaulted the 1975 Dallas Cowboys Into the Super Bowl

Putt Riddle, Friday's Winners


For more information about the book festival or the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, visit or call 254-756-1633.


(Information from organization’s press release)


Texas book festival to host Reading Rock Stars  presentations by Laura Bush and other renowned authors

Mrs. Bush will also announce the 2017 recipients of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants


Austin — The Texas Book Festival will host its Reading Rock Stars program on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Thomas Tolbert Elementary School. Beginning at 11 a.m., the school will host three authors —James Luna, author of two bilingual picture books; Hena Khan, Pakistani-American author of Amina’s Voice, and Texas Book Festival Founder, beloved First Lady, and bestselling children’s book author Laura Bush. Additionally, Mrs. Bush will announce the 2017 recipients of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants.


The Texas Book Festival’s Reading Rock Stars literacy program brings books to life for children in low-income schools by inviting authors and illustrators into classrooms with entertaining presentations that inspire students to read, write, and create. The Texas Book Festival also gives each student an autographed copy of each author’s book and provides the school library with a new set of books. After each presentation, the author personally hands a signed book to each student. Texas Book Festival will be donating a total of 580 books to Thomas Tolbert Elementary School.


The Texas Book Festival has coordinated more than 350 author visits and provided more than 81,000 books to students in Title I schools across Texas since its inception.


For more information on the Texas Book Festival and Reading Rock Stars, visit For more information on the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, visit


WHO:      James Luna – The Place Where You Live

                 Hena Khan – Amina’s Voice

                 Laura Bush – Our Great Big Backyard


WHEN:    Friday, May 19

11 a.m. – Pre-K & Kindergarten – James Luna (library)

11a.m. – Grades 4 and 5 – Hena Khan (gym)

12:45 p.m. – Grades 1, 2, and 3 – Laura Bush (auditorium)


WHERE:   Thomas Tolbert Elementary School

                   4000 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75233


(Information from organization’s website)


Brookins to discuss her memoir, Rise, at WTAMU’s summer Roundup event June 5; Thomas, Lewis, Claire, Navarro also featured


CANYON — West Texas A&M University will welcome author and motivational speaker Cara Brookins as the keynote speaker for the West Texas Writers’ Academy Writers’ Roundup dinner on Monday, June 5. Brookins’s memoir, Rise: How a House Built a Family, details how she and her children left a traumatic situation and built a house from the ground up with their own hands.


The event begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing by authors from across the nation who are attending the Writers’ Academy at WTAMU. Authors will include New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas, Reader’s Digest Select author Timothy Lewis, USA Today Bestselling author Bethany Claire, and Harlequin author and bestselling hybrid author of contemporary and historical romance Jolene Navarro. Readers will find books of various genres from romance to western to thriller. Authors will sell their books and talk to readers until 7 p.m.


Dinner and remarks from Lewis will begin at 7 p.m. ,with Brookins taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.


After escaping two abusive marriages, Brookins was in desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one. So she did something incredible. Equipped with only YouTube videos and a 9-month bank loan, Brookins built her own house—all 3,500 square feet of it—from the foundation to the roof (and everything in between) with a work crew made up of her kids. The completed house has five bedrooms, a three-car garage, a shop, and even a two-story tree house.


Rise is Brookins first work of nonfiction. Other books by Brookins include Little Boy Blu, Timeshifters triology—Mark of the Centipede, Mark of the Serpent and Mark of the Spider— Gadget Geeks, Doris Free: A Harvest of Friends, Doris Free and Treasure Quest.


The Writers’ Roundup dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased with advance reservations by calling Education on Demand at 806-651-2037.


(Information from organization’s press release and website)


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