Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/26-10/2

Bookish events in Texas for the week of September 26-October 2, 2016: 

Special Events:
Banned Books Week, nationwide, September 25-October 1

Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, Bryan/College Station, September 29-October 2

Waco WordFest, September 30-October 2

Boerne Book Festival, October 1

Evening with the Authors, Lockhart, October 1

5th Annual Houston LibroFEST, October 1

Texas Teen Book Festival, Austin, October 1

Ongoing Exhibits:
The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth Poetry Slam and Open Mic, 8PM

Bohemeo’s, Glass Mountain Reading, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Ananda Devi reads and signs EVE OUT OF HER RUINS, 7PM

San Antonio

Memorial Wine Cellar, iWrite Luncheon Kick Off Party, 6:30PM

BookPeople, New York Times Bestselling Author RIDLEY PEARSON speaking & signing Lock & Key: The Initiation, 6PM

Farewell Books, "Just the Few of Us" group poetry reading with ADRIENNE HERR, DION JAMES, JOOLS MCKNUCKLES, and ZOE DARSEE, 6PM

Harry Ransom Center, 2016 Burnshaw Lecture: a reading by Naomi Shihab Nye, 7PM

Mr. Catfish & More, NeoSoul Poetry ATX, 8PM

Highland Park United Methodist Church, Book Signing, Lecture, Reception with Craig Nelson, author of Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness, 6PM

UT-Dallas, Ananda Devi lectures from Eve Out of Her Ruins, 5PM

The Wild Detectives, Cruzando el Border series: Daniel Saldaña París reads and signs Among Strange Victims, 7:30PM [bilingual event]

Fort Worth
Texas Christian University, Ananda Devi lectures and discusses Eve Out of Her Ruins, 9:15AM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series 10th Anniversary Reading featuring Mat Johnson, Adrienne Perry & Rob Wilder, 8:30PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Chris Holmes reads and signs his poetry collection, Just Another Black Voice, 4PM

San Antonio
Friday, September 30:

Saturday, October 1:
MATCH Houston, 2016 Houston History Conference: The History of Houston's Musical Soul with keynote address by Texas author Joe Nick Patoski, 9AM
Round Rock
Half Price Books Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!

San Antonio
Recycled Reads Bookstore, Open Mic Poetry, 3:30PM


Texas Prison Museum, Dr. Mitchel Roth reads and signs Convict Cowboys: The Untold Story of the Texas Prison Rodeo, 2PM

Half Price Books Local Author Sundays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!

San Marcos
Texas State University-Wittliff Collections, Rocky Schenck signs The Recurring Dream, 2PM

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: AMADO MURO AND ME by Robert L. Seltzer

I reviewed Amado Muro and Me: A Tale of Honesty and Deception (Texas Christian University Press) by Robert L. Seltzer, with an introduction by Naomi Shihab Nye, for Lone Star Literary Life. This is a touching memoir about the year the author first encountered racism, and the father who helped guide him through. From the review:
Robert Seltzer’s father was the journalist and short story writer Chester Seltzer,who wrote under the pseudonym Amado Muro. Most readers never knew he was Anglo. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chester was afflicted, or blessed, with a powerful case of wanderlust. During his wanderings, he fell in love with Mexico. Later he married a Mexican woman, Amada Muro, whose family fled the Mexican Revolution for the safety of El Paso. 
A man born to money and privilege, Chester was an iconoclast who rejected these values, finding his compatriots in society’s alienated. “[My father] did not just write his short stories,” Robert writes, “he lived them. . . . A kind of latter-day Jack London . . . he rode the rails throughout the Southwest, writing about men who never saw the good times that followed the Great Depression.” 
In Amado Muro and Me: A Tale of Honesty and Deception, Robert writes achingly of a father he did not fully comprehend until after his death. Chester spent much time writing, and much time away from home. “His stories were heartfelt and lyrical,” his son writes, “but they exhibited a compassion toward others that should have been directed toward his family.” This memoir is Robert’s nuanced, subtly beautiful, belated appreciation.
Click here to read the entire review. Thank you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Excerpt and Giveaway: MURDER IN G MAJOR by Alexia Gordon

Murder in G Major
A Gethsemane Brown Mystery
Alexia Gordon
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Suspense / Paranormal
Publisher: Henery Press
Date of Publication: September 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 268

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Stranded in Ireland after losing both a gig and her luggage, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown hopes to win her way back to the States by accepting a challenge: turn rowdy school boys into a champion orchestra. She's offered lodging in a beautiful cliffside cottage once owned by her favorite composer. The catch? The composer's ghost. He can't rest in peace until he's cleared of false charges of murder-suicide. Desperate after a quarter-century, he begs Gethsemane for help. A growing friendship with the charming ghost spurs Gethsemane to investigate. Her snooping provokes a long-dormant killer and she soon finds herself on the wrong sort of top ten hit list. Will Gethsemane uncover the truth as she races to prevent a murderous encore or will she star in her own farewell performance?


“Gordon strikes a harmonious chord in this enchanting spellbinder of a mystery.” Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Book Club

"Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes Gethsemane Brown, baton in one hand, bourbon in the other. Stranded in an Irish village where she know no one (but they all know her), she's got just six weeks to turn a rabblesome orchestra into award-winners and solve a decades-old murder to boot. And only a grumpy ghost to help her. There's charm to spare in this highly original debut."  Multi-award-winning author, Catriona McPherson

“Gordon has composed a masterful and magical debut. . .Murder in G Major captivated me from the first page to the last, transporting me to the windswept cliffs of Ireland.”  Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author of Michelangelo’s Ghost

“Alexia Gordon’s debut is delightful: an Irish village full of characters and secrets, whiskey and music – and a ghost! Gethsemane Brown is a fast-thinking, fast-talking dynamic sleuth (with a great wardrobe) who is more than a match for the unraveling murders and coverups, aided by her various –handsome – allies and her irascible ghost. Can’t wait to see what she uncovers next!” J. Suzanne Frank, AKA Chloe Green, author of the Dallas O’Connor mysteries


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Book Excerpt from
Murder in G Major
By Alexia Gordon

Gethsemane Brown leaned closer to the windshield. She could just make out a thatched cottage through the gray curtain of rain pounding southwestern Ireland’s coast. The whitewashed house perched a few hundred yards from an ominous cliff. Farther up the road a lighthouse stood sentry over the rocky landscape. She rested her head against the window’s cool glass, trying to ignore the sound of tires skidding on wet gravel, and reconsidered her any-job-is-better-than-no-job philosophy. Right now unemployment sounded appealing.

Next to her the car’s driver, Billy McCarthy, kept his eyes on the tortuous road. “I hope you’ll like Carraigfaire Cottage, Dr. Brown.” Gethsemane flinched and held her breath as a rock wall loomed into view. Billy swore and spun the steering wheel hard. Car under control again, he continued. “Sorry about yer luggage.”

One more disaster in a string of disasters. Stolen luggage, stolen money, stolen career. She’d been promised the assistant conductor position with the Cork Philharmonic. A shoo-in. She didn’t even have to interview. She gave up everything for it—her apartment in Dallas, her furniture, her fiancé—and booked a one-way ticket to Ireland. To have it snatched by the music director’s mistress…She bit back an expletive. Now look at her, stranded halfway between the airport and the back of beyond, reduced to racing up a suicide hill toward—what? A deserted cottage in some village she’d never heard of. Why not go back? All the way back to the beginning, before the international concert circuit, before moving from place to place and job to job while climbing the ranks of the orchestra. Why not admit her ambitious, workaholic, jet-setting lifestyle ended up a bust and go back to Virginia where she’d grown up? Start over. And face Mother’s disappointment and her eldest sister’s ridicule? Gethsemane clutched her violin case to her chest and shuddered. Could be worse. She could be back in Finland where she’d been the only African American in the orchestra and she hadn’t spoken the language. At least here they spoke English.

The car swerved. Billy wrestled the vehicle and swore again, not in English.

Gethsemane tightened her grip on her case. “What?”

“Nothin’. ’Twas Irish. Gaeilge. Not fit to translate in mixed company.”

So much for speaking the language.


A writer since childhood, I won my first (okay, so far, only) writing prize, a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, in the 6th grade. I continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. My medical career established, I returned to writing fiction.

Raised in the southeast and schooled in the northeast, I migrated to the southwest after a three-year stint in Alaska reminded me how much I needed sunlight and warm weather. I completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas then moved to El Paso, Texas where I currently practice medicine. If pushed, I will admit Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. I enjoy classical music, art, travel, embroidery, and a good ghost story.

I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Writers’ League of Texas. I am represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services, LLC and published by Henery Press.



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