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Inaugural Fort Worth BookFest kicks off Sat., Oct. 14


FORT WORTH —The inaugural Fort Worth BookFest will debut on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth. Locally, regionally and nationally known authors and publishers will appear at the free event.


A key feature of the festival will be the Children’s Square, which is a collaboration with the Fort Worth Library and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Mayor Betsy Price, Congressman Marc Veasey, and other celebrity readers will read aloud to the younger visitors and Bella the Begonia will read and interact with the youngest.


The Fort Worth BookFest is a strategic collaboration with Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair and publisher of the QBR/The Black Book Review, a review of current works by authors.


The festival has program partnerships with BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas), the City of Fort Worth, TCU, TCC, and TWU, among others.  In addition, Bookfest is sponsored by Linebarger Attorneys at Law, Best Maid Products, the North Texas Cluster of The Links, Incorporated, NBC 5 and other corporate and media partners.


For more information, visit or contact the organizers at


Author Sandra Cisneros wins Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Institute of Letters


Internationally acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros (left) has been named winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’s prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement. This is the highest honor given by the TIL, which was established in 1936 to recognize and celebrate the state’s literary artists. The award will be presented to Cisneros at the TIL’s annual banquet, set for April 7, 2018, in San Antonio.


“Sandra Cisneros has been a guiding force in American literature for over thirty years,” said TIL president Steve Davis. “We are overjoyed at this opportunity to recognize her in Texas, where Sandra has made so many historic and enduring contributions.”


Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working class. Born and raised in Chicago, she moved to San Antonio in the 1980s and made her home in the city for decades. Her first book, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary schools, high schools, and universities across the nation. The book continues to inspire generations of readers.


Cisneros’s other acclaimed works include Woman Hollering Creek: Stories; the novel Caramelo; two full-length poetry books, My Wicked, Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; a memoir, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life; and two illustrated books: Hairs = Pelitos and Have You Seen Marie?


Since moving from San Antonio in 2012, Cisneros has become a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.


“I travel back and forth to Texas now more than I do to any other region in the country,” Cisneros said. “I may no longer make my home in Texas, but Texas stories still make their home in me. Thank you, TIL, for this great recognition for my labor.”


Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the


(Information and photograph from organization’s press release)






Schedule posted for Lubbock Book Festival, Oct. 28

S. C. Gwynne to headline with The Perfect Pass; Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson keynoter for children


Lubbock enters the book festival arena this fall with the all-day Lubbock Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. More than three dozen best-selling authors and regional favorites have been confirmed to read, sign books, and greet fans at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, a cornerstone of the Lubbock Cultural District.


Keynoters include S. C. Gwynne, author of the nonfiction bestsellers Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches (2010) and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson (2015). Most recently, Gwynne explores how throwing passes revolutionized Texas’ most popular sport in The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football (2016)‎, including a nod to the innovations of Mike Leach, former Texas Tech University head coach.


More than 20 regional and national bestselling authors are scheduled to attend the Lubbock Book Festival, including Jodi Thomas, a member of the National Romance Writers Hall of Fame, and John R. Erickson, creator of the beloved Hank the Cowdog series for young readers.


Fans can also look forward to appearances by writers Terry Jennings, author of the heartfelt memoir/biography Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad (2016); Adán Medrano, cookbook author of Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes (2014) and Angelina LaRue, author of The Whole Enchilada (2015), with a luncheon cooking demonstration; and Patrick Dearen, Western Writers of America Spur Award winner for The Big Drift (2014), as well as newcomer to the book scene Karin McCay, news co-anchor of Lubbock’s KCBD-TV, with her Magic Mommy series of titles for children.


The Lubbock Book Festival will play a key role in the 20th anniversary of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, known locally as LHUCA (pronounced Luka). The center’s studios, galleries, and performance spaces host a busy schedule of film screenings, exhibitions, concerts, and dance performances. With the new book fest, the center will strengthen its connection to the literary arts, Executive Director Jean Caslin said.


Moreover, the new festival is in keeping with a quote from George Washington, appropriately lettered above the door of LHUCA’s Firehouse Theatre: “To encourage literature and art is the duty that every good citizen owes to his country.”


Festival admission is free and open to the public; tickets will be required for some free events as well as Saturday's cookbook luncheon. A full schedule and lineup is in progress at, with further events to be announced as festival time approaches.


(Information from organization's press release)



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Odessa Council for Arts & Humanities offers drawing for two tickets to “An Evening with David Sedaris”


ODESSA — David Sedaris, award-winning author and critic, will appear at the Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland Tues., Nov. 7, 2017, at 7 p.m.


With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, all of which have become bestsellers. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in Best American Essays. Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 titled “Meet David Sedaris.”


Sedaris’s new book is a collection of his diaries, titled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977–2002).


Reserved tickets are still available at the Wagner-Noël website, ranging from $11 to $52. But you can register to win tickets by emailing us here by OCTOBER 18, 2017. The winner will be notified by email or phone and announced in the Oct. 22, 2017 issue of Lone Star Literary Life. Questions? Email us at


Nancy A. Nasher to Receive May Dickson Exall Award from Library Group

Author Jonathan Eig to speak at Friends of the Dallas Public Library Gala


DALLAS — Nancy A. Nasher, owner of NorthPark Center, will be honored with the May Dickson Exall Award at the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FDPL) annual gala on Thursday, October 12.


The award, for outstanding contributions to libraries and literacy in Dallas, is named for the longtime civic leader who led the campaign to open Dallas’s first public library in 1899.


Among her achievements, Nasher spearheaded the opening of Bookmarks, the first public library branch for children in a commercial retail establishment in the United States, at NorthPark in 2008. Since then more than one million visitors have had the opportunity to enjoy the library and its wide variety of programs focused on promoting early literacy.


 “The amazing success of Bookmarks is just one chapter in Nancy Nasher’s long career of championing literacy in our city,” said Kate Park, FODPL executive director. “She has set an example of civic and business leadership for the whole country, and it is so fitting she should be honored as this year’s Exall winner.”


The annual banquet benefits Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocates for the city’s twenty-nine libraries and their educational programs. Tickets are $175, and sponsorships are still available.


The gala’s featured speaker will be Jonathan Eig, author of acclaimed biographies of Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Al Capone, as well as The Birth of the Pill, a fascinating saga of science, social attitudes and birth control. Ken Burns calls him “a master storyteller.” Eig’s new book, Ali: A Life, will be published October 3, and is already earning rave reviews.


May Dickson Exall, a native Texan who died in 1986, was the Dallas Public Library’s first president.  She hosted art exhibitions in the library, which led to the establishment of the Dallas Museum of Art.


Nasher, a graduate of the Hockaday School, Princeton University, and Duke University School of Law, has long supported arts, education, health, and many other philanthropic causes in Dallas and around the country. For more than forty years Nancy and her husband, David J. Haemisegger, have dedicated their professional careers to making NorthPark one of the most successful and admired shopping centers in the United States.


Nasher said she was excited to create “a dynamic educational space” at NorthPark. “From its inception, Bookmarks has been a vibrant and energetic learning destination dedicated to fostering a love of reading at an early age,” she said. “We are so proud it serves over 150,000 children each year.”


The banquet will be held at O’Hara Hall on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown Dallas. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to


(Information from organization’s press release)


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