Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Roundup, March 31- April 6

Bookish events in Texas for the week of March 31 - April 6:

Julia Alvarez 

HARRY RANSOM LECTURE MONDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.
JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL
Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks in a Harry Ransom Lecture on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at Homer Rainey Hall. A book signing and reception follow at the Ransom Center.


RainThe poet will read from her works as part of the First Friday Reading Series, 8:30 p.m., Inprint House, 1520 W. Main; for more details, email Robert Clark at houstonfirstfri@aol.com or HPFest@aol.com.



Susan Wittig Albert
When: Sat, April 5, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: Susan Wittig Albert is back with the release of her latest China Bayles book, Death Come Quickly! She will be taking us on a journey through China's life and might even talk about Laura Ingalls Wilder a little too!


Paul Boor: Author will discuss and sign “The Ice Merchant,” 2-4 p.m., Galveston Bookshop, 317 23rd, Galveston; 409-750-8200 or galvestonbookshop.com.



El Paseo play auditions
Literary Mercado
Steven Saylor
April 1, 6:30 pm
Steven Saylor will sign and discuss his book, Raiders of the Nile (Minotaur; $26.99). Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas

April 4, 6:30 pm
Rohan Gavin will sign and discuss his debut novel, Knightley and Son (Bloomsbury; $16.99) Rohan Gavin is an author and screenwriter based in London. He is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and his enduring love of detective fiction, cars and conspiracy theories inspired him to write this book, the first in a series. Rohan is the son of award-winning children's author Jamila Gavin, and he recently became a father himself.    Knightley and Son is HIGHLY recommended by John! 

April 6, 2:00 pm
Susan Wittig Albert will sign and discuss Death Comes Quickly (Berkley; $25.95). Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes a Victorian mystery series along with her husband under the pseudonym of Robin Paige. 


Monday, Mar 31st at 7PM
MysteryPeople Presents
Internationally Bestselling Author
STEVEN SAYLOR

speaking & signing
Raiders of the Nile:
Novels of Ancient Rome #19


APRIL FOOL'S DAY PUPPET SHOW STORYTIME!
Storytimes
Start: 04/01/2014 10:30 am

ANDREW KNAPP and MOMO - Find Momo
Adult Event
Start: 04/01/2014 7:00 pm

YOGA STORYTIME!
Storytimes
Start: 04/02/2014 10:30 am
Tuesday, Apr 2 at 7PM
BookPeople Presents
Debut Novelist
MIKE FREEDMAN

speaking signing School Board

Thursday, Apr 3 at 7PM
BookPeople Presents
Bestselling Cartoonist of Pearls Before Swine
STEPHAN PASTIS

speaking and signingPearls Falls Fast:A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

Friday, Apr 4 at 7PM
BookPeople Presents
Pulitzer Prize-winning Book Critic
GAIL CALDWELL

speaking and signingNew Life, No Instructions: A Memoir

POETS WHO KNOW IT STORYTIME!
Storytimes
Start: 04/05/2014 11:30 am

Saturday, Apr 5 at 2PMBookPeople Presents
Caldecott Winner
LIZ GARTON SCANLON

speaking and signingThe Good-Pie Party


Tuesday April 01, 2014
Friday April 04, 2014
Saturday April 05, 2014
Smoking Glue Gun Night at Malvern
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Smoking Glue Gun at Malvern Books for a night of readings by Claire Bowman, Meg McKeon, Taisia Kitaiskaia, and Scott Hammer. Smoking Glue Gun will provide refreshments and the new SGG Spring Chapbooks will be for sale!

 
Storytime Sunday
Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun storytime. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.
Retro Media Fridays
Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.
Give 5% to Mother Earth
All Austin-area HPBs are joining the "Give 5% to Mother Earth" campaign. Come shop with us on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, and we will donate 5% of our gross sales from that day to benefit seven Austin environmental nonprofits. While you are in-store be sure to check out our books on earth-friendly ideas.
Edible Book Festival
April 1 is International Edible Book Festival Day! Mark your calendars and start cooking up ideas to enter. Your North Lamar HPB is contest host for food entries on Tuesday, April 1, from 2-4pm. All edible books must be "bookish" through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form. Prizes awarded for various categories. Check out last year's winners: https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~ebf. What better time than April Fool's Day to eat your words. See store for details.
Storytime Sundays 
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.
Sandy Smith Book Signing
Meet author, Sandy Smith at your North Lamar HPB. Sandy will sell, sign, and talk about her middle-grade series, Seed Savers, on Friday, April 25, starting at 5 p.m. The futuristic Seed Savers series is about two twelve-year-old girls Clare and Lily who become involved with a secret society known as Seed Savers. This society teaches gardening in a world where gardening and saving seeds is against the law and a government agency called GRIM controls the nation's food.
Storytime Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Southpark Meadows HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday, and then each child can take a pre-selected book home for free. Children of all ages are welcome. 
Tuesday Night Specials
Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won't know what's on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.
Second Sunday Storytime
Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade. See you April 13!
Storytime Sunday
Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.
Comic Book Wednesdays
Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.
$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.
Animal Adoptions
Cute kitties and canine companions will visit our Flagship HPB on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. The League of Animal Protectors, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes. See you April 19!
Storytime Sunday
Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.
Take Time to Read Donation Drive
Your Ridgmar HPB is participating in the Grand Lodge of Texas' "Take Time to Read Program." Stop by our store on Saturday, April 5, between noon to 3 p.m. and donate a children's book to a worthy cause. Plus, purchase and donate a book from our store and receive an additional 20% off your entire purchase. Want to know more? Volunteers will be on hand for information about this literacy program.
Knitting and Crochet Club
Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don't worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you April 15!
HPB Humble Book Club
Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
April 7: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Storytime Wednesday
Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.
First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you April 3!
Storytime Sunday
Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.
Storytime Sunday
Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from preschoolers to 5th graders.

What: Jason Mott will discuss and sign his novel, THE RETURNED.
When: Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 pm

What: Andy Horne will sign his novel, MIXED COMPANY.
When: Saturday, April 5, 2:00 pm


40th Anniversary: Brazos Celebrates Karl Kilian
Reception
Start: Apr 4 2014 6:00 pm
End: Apr 4 2014 9:00 pm

40th Anniversary: Brazos Celebrates Our Customers
Reception
Start: Apr 5 2014 12:00 pm
End: Apr 5 2014 6:00 pm

40th Anniversary: Brazos Celebrates Our Patrons and Partners
Reception
Start: Apr 6 2014 5:00 pm
End: Apr 6 2014 8:00 pm

Welcome Malta!

This afternoon I am delighted to welcome Malta to Texasbooklover. Merhba!
Fun fact: The Maltese speak a unique language, Malti, the only Semitic language written in Latin characters.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Ballad of a Small Player

The Ballad of a Small Player
By Lawrence Osborne
Hogarth, 257 pgs
978-0-8041-3797-3
Submitted by the publisher
Rating: 4 of 5
Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.
“Lord Doyle” (the Chinese may not know who he really is but he is under no illusions) is a British lawyer, dissolute gambler and fugitive from the law. Having fled Sussex a decade ago, he has adopted Macau, China as his playpen and money as his preferred toy. Also hookers.  He is holed up in the Hotel Lisboa, reputed to be the world’s largest casino, with revenue of $7m a day. Doyle haunts the VIP rooms, minimum bet $10k, maximum $2m. He is not the only thing haunting those rooms.

In Lawrence Osborne's The Ballad of a Small Player, our hero is an addict, no doubt about it. Doyle’s hands sweat and his mouth goes dry; he feels dizzy; he feels like a “shaman.” This is dopamine flooding the system, folks. And guess what? It doesn’t really matter if he loses. He needs to lose as well as he needs to win. It’s the roller coaster (the “electric flow of my own irresponsibility”) his brain chemistry has been taught to require. The casino managers and employees revile him, are disgusted by this gwai lo, even as they rely on him and his ilk for their livelihoods. Punto banco baccarat is the drug of choice. I did not know from baccarat (“that slutty dirty queen of casino card games”) so please indulge me as I explain.

PBB is purely a game of chance; there is no skill involved. Each player (punto) is given two cards; add the values of those cards and the highest number wins. Cards two through nine are face value; the ten and the face cards are worth nothing; the ace is valued at one. If your score is higher than ten then you subtract ten (a modulo ten).  If your two cards total less than five then you can request a third card. For example: the banco deals and your cards are a four and a 7; your score is one modulo ten because 4+7=11, which is greater than ten, so you subtract ten. The highest possible score in PBB is nine, a “natural.” Page 46:
“Punto banco baccarat is a struggle with the pure laws of chance. When you play it you are alone with your fate, and one is not often alone with one’s fate. When you play it your heart is in your mouth. Your pulse quickens to an unbearable pace. You feel that you are walking along the edge of the volcanic precipice made of sharp, hot rock cut as fine as a razor and capable of breaking with all the drama of glass. It is a game surrounded by threatening possibilities: instant death, which comes even quicker than it does with poker or roulette. That’s what I like about it. There’s no lingering illusion. Death by guillotine.”
Our story opens as Doyle loses yet again and allows himself to be picked up by a young woman at the baccarat table, Dao-Ming. She is lovely and a tad shy, not long out of her village. They share the night and Doyle finds himself rather touched by her simple ways, affected as he no longer thought possible. She feels the same way about him. He is supposed to call. Surprise! He doesn’t call. Instead he returns to the tables and manages to lose his last two chips. The Lord, intermittently suicidal, is sitting at the Hotel Intercontinental in Kowloon indulging in his last meal, which he cannot pay for, when a woman sits down at the table with him. It is a sophisticated, stylishly dressed and well-spoken Dao-Ming. She rescues him: pays his bill and spirits him away to her home at the top of a hill on Lamma. She nurses him and feeds him and restores him. Once restored our Lord Doyle, inescapably, begins to itch for the baccarat tables. So Dao-Ming makes his return possible and then disappears. Doyle embarks upon the longest, grandest most ridiculous winning streak anyone anywhere has ever seen. We’re talking millions. But guess what? It’s not enough. It’s not the point. The point is the roller coaster. And you can’t have a roller coaster if you never plunge. Page 228:
“Take the example of tossing coins. The outcomes of each toss of a coin are statistically independent and the chances of getting heads, for example, on each toss is always ½. The probability of getting two heads in two tosses is ¼, and so on. If a player tossed five heads in a row, the probability of which is only 1/32, the other player might assume, according to the fallacy, that a tails is “due” pretty soon. This is incorrect. The probability of flipping twenty-one heads in a row is, in fact, 1 in 2,097,152, but the probability of flipping a head having already flipped twenty times is, surprise surprise, still only ½.”
Lawrence Osborne has invented an original and intriguing character in the other-worldly Dao-Ming. She is a master blend of contradictions as she simultaneously offers up her physical self and slams down tight the grille barring her authentic ego. Lord Doyle, on the other hand, is not unique; no, he is all too common. Doyle is a sad case, pitiable, even tragic, and sometimes deranged, but he is never laughable. This is one of the myriad instances in which this author proves his skill: I cared about Doyle, even in his most abased moments when his addiction has him on the mat; even as he finally went about strategically, deliberately ruining himself. He believes that in his ruination what he truly needs will come back to him.

Lawrence Osborne is not just a master at creating complicated human beings, he also excels at immersing you in his environment. Osborne paints Macau and Hong Kong alive with his prose. You can hear the strident mobs in the pits; taste the oolong tea; see the garish pseudo-Roman circus décor of the casinos; smell the stench of the ubiquitous clouds of cheap cigarette smoke; feel the rain soaking your hair as you take the ferry to Hong Kong – it is monsoon season in the South China Sea. But here in the land of the I Ching there is also a sixth sense.

Are you superstitious? No? Are you sure?

Sunday Sermon


Saturday, March 29, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival


The San Antonio Book Festival (successful spawn of the Texas Book Festival) is April 5th downtown at the central branch of the San Antonio Public Library, the neighboring Southwest School of Art and the Empire Theater. There will be more than 90 authors and organizers expect to double last year's attendance of more than 4,000.

Author presentations will be held indoors while outdoors the festival grounds will have book sales, signings, children’s story time and learning projects, family activities and a technology area. Food trucks will offer a variety of eats; special tents will feature live music and recipe demonstrations by cookbook authors. The large Exhibitor Tent will host a literary marketplace for booksellers, publishers, and literacy, learning and cultural organizations. Join me!

Click here to view and print the full schedule.

Click here for Literary Death Match at the Empire Theater, April 5, 6:30.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Happy birthday Heinrich Mann


The German novelist Luiz Heinrich Mann was born March 27, 1871. His attacks on militarism, nationalism, and the authoritarian social structure of German society forced him to flee the Nazis in 1933. Y'all go read The Blue Angel (originally Professor Unrat).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Moon Sisters

By Therese Walsh
Crown Publishers, 317 pgs
978-0-307-46160-5
Submitted by the publisher
Rating: 3.5 of 5
"If you live your whole life hoping and dreaming the wrong thing... what does that mean about your whole life?" - Beth Moon
The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh is an exploration of the simultaneous joys and anguish of hope and a lesson that there is never just one point of view with which to approach life. Everyone here is hoping for something: Jazz hopes for normal; Olivia hopes for reprieve; their grandmother hopes for peace; their father hopes for cessation; Red Grass hopes for reunion; Hobbs hopes in spite of himself. What did I learn? That "what-ifs taste like cheese from a can." No regrets.

As the story begins Olivia discovers her mother dead at the kitchen table, collapsed beside her typewriter and a sealed envelope, with the oven on and the pilot light off. It is frigid February in West Virginia, the kitchen window and the door to the living room tightly shut against the cold. Did she or didn't she?

The Moon Sisters is divided into the five stages of grief.

Denial: Olivia Moon, the younger sister, the dreamer and wanderer, suffers (?) from synesthesia and cannot be depended upon to do the sensible thing. Synesthesia tangles the sensory wiring in your brain. You smell colors and see sound. Olivia absolutely denies that her mother might have committed suicide and has literally stared straight at the sun so much after her mother's death that she is now legally blind; she's got black spots in the center of her vision.

Anger: Jazz Moon, the older sister, the practical one, is the one everyone can depend on now that Beth is gone. She has always taken up Olivia's slack. She is convinced that her mother committed suicide and she's livid, always, with no patience or sympathy for her younger sister or their father who's begun drinking heavily.

Bargaining: Beth Moon worked on a book for years, a fairy tale that took place in the cranberry bogs of West Virginia, but never brought herself to finish the story. She seemed to suffer from clinical depression: mood swings, anxiety, excessive sleeping, indecision, exhaustion, inescapable sadness, an absence of light. Her husband offered to take Beth to the cranberry bogs in the hope that she would see her will-o-the-wisp and finally find inspiration for the conclusion of her book but she refused to go. Olivia gets it into her head that she'll achieve some form of closure if she travels to the bogs herself, witnesses the magic, and scatters Beth's ashes. Their grandmother convinces Jazz to drive Olivia there. Against her will and better judgment, Jazz agrees.

Their vehicle breaks down along the way and Olivia jumps a freight train while Jazz is dealing with the mechanic. She is bone-weary of what the poet Shel Silverstein called the "...mustn'ts, ...the don'ts...the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts...the never haves..." Jazz goes after her. The two sisters spend the next three days traveling by rail, foot and hitch, meeting a motley crew of outcasts (including Red Grass and Hobbs) along the way, to finally arrive at their destination.

Depression: Of course, nothing quite works out as hoped. There's that word again. As Olivia observes: "It never occurred to me until after Mama died that there might be a danger in the way we went about wishing, by asking a force outside ourselves - be it fate or luck, Santa Claus or Baby Jesus - to make something come true. Maybe wishing made it less likely that we'd try to make things come true on our own. Maybe wishing made something inside us go lax."

Acceptance: But things do work out, in the most unexpected ways. Each of these flawed, scarred and lovely people finds what they were originally hoping for. Forced outside of themselves by circumstances, they find what they were searching for in each other.

Therese Walsh is also the author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, an award-winning website and online writing community.

I'm going to present you with two quotations about hope. With which will you agree?
Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. - Friedrich Nietzsche
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Welcome Dominican Republic!

Tonight it is my privilege to welcome the Dominican Republic to Texasbooklover. ¡Bienvenidos!


Texas Tuesday - Texas Institute of Letters Finalists


TEXAS INSTITUTE OF LETTERS FINALISTS

Finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters awards for 2014 have been announced! The awards are for works appearing during calendar year 2013. The Institute was founded in 1936 to recognize literary achievement and to promote interest in Texas literature. Authors must have lived in Texas for at least two years or their works must relate to the state. 

JESSE JONES AWARD FOR  FICTION ($6,000)

Rick Bass, All the Land to Hold Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Philipp Meyer, The Son (Ecco Press); Tom Zigal, Many Rivers to Cross (TCU Press).

CARR P. COLLIN S AWARD FOR NONFICTION ($5,000)

Jeff Guinn, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson (Simon & Schuster); Nick Kotz, The Harness Maker's Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas (TCU Press); John Taliaferro, All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt (Simon & Schuster); Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf).

STEVEN TURNER AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION ($1,000)

Nan Cuba, Body and Bread (Engine Books); Kelly Luce, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object); Mario Alberto Zambrano, Lotería (Harper).

RAMIREZ AWARD FOR SCHOLARLY BOOK ($2,500) 

Raul Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard University Press). 

HELEN C. SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR POETRY ($1,200) 

Bruce Bond, Choir of the Wells (Etruscan Press); Lance Larsen, Genius Loci (University of Tampa Press); Pattiann Rogers, Holy Heathen Rhapsody (Viking).


BOB BUSH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR FIRST BOOK OF POETRY ($1,000)

Frances Hatfield, Rudiments of Flight (Wings Press); Stacy R. Nigliazzo, Scissored Moon (Press 53); Sasha West, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial).

H-E-B/JEAN FLYNN CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD ($500)

Sherry Garland, illustrated by Layne Johnson, Voices of Pearl Harbor (Pelican Publishing); Xavier Garza,
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Bingo Rematch (Cinco Puntos Press); Patricia Vermillion and Kuleigh Smith, Texas Chili? Oh My! (TCU Press).

H-E-B AWARD, YOUNG ADULTS BOOK ($500)

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books)

EDWIN “BUD” SHRAKE AWARD FOR SHORT NONFICTION ($1,000)

John MacCormack, "Life on the Shale," San Antonio Express-News; Jessica Wilbanks, "On the Far Side of the Fire," Ninth Letter. 

KAY CATTARULLA AWARD FOR SHORT STORY ($1,000) 

Bret Anthony Johnston, “To a Good Home,” Virginia Quarterly Review; Edward McPherson, “Reunion 1938,” Epoch; Paul Christensen, “My Beautiful Life,” Agni.

FRED WHITEHEAD AWARD FOR DESIGN OF A TRADE BOOK ($750)

Bill Brammer for Hometown, Texas, by Karla K. Morton (TCU Press); Ann Giangiulio for Remember Dippy By Shirley Reva Vernick (Cinco Puntos Press); Lindsay Starr for Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, edited by Chad Hammett (University of Texas Press). 

SOEURETTE DIEHL FRASER AWARD FOR BEST TRANSLATION OF A BOOK ($1,000)

David Bowles, Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry (Lamar University Press); Johnny Byrd, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite Out of Their Minds (Cinco Puntos).

Winners will be reported in an upcoming issue of the Texas Observer.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Roundup March 24-30

All your bookish events in Texas for the week of March 24-30, 2014

Blanton Museum, Austin: Zadie Smith will be reading on March 27


The Tough Broads book club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Our next book:
March 25 - Love and Lament

Storytime is every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. We read stories, sing songs, and do an art activity. The themes change weekly. This storytime is great for toddlers and preschoolers.

Chelsea Handler
Start: 03/29/2014 2:00 pm


Mon, March 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Book Club
Start: 03/24/2014 7:00 pm
Adult Event
Start: 03/24/2014 7:00 pm
Storytimes
Start: 03/25/2014 10:30 am
Adult Event
Start: 03/25/2014 7:00 pm
Storytimes
Start: 03/26/2014 10:30 am
Book Club
Start: 03/26/2014 7:00 pm
Book Club
Start: 03/27/2014 5:30 pm
Adult Event
Start: 03/27/2014 7:00 pm
Adult Event
Start: 03/28/2014 7:00 pm
Storytimes
Start: 03/29/2014 11:30 am
Adult Event
Start: 03/29/2014 7:00 pm
Adult Event
Start: 03/30/2014 1:00 pm
Book Club
Start: 03/30/2014 5:00 pm




Mar 24 2014 7:30 pm

Mar 25 2014 7:00 pm

Mar 26 2014 7:00 pm

Mar 27 2014 7:00 pm

Mar 28 2014 7:00 pm

Mar 29 2014 10:00 am

Mar 30 2014 2:00 pm


Arlington – Lincoln Square
Storytime Sunday
Stop by the Lincoln Square Half Price Books every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale. Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Arlington – South Arlington
Storytime Sunday
Pack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun storytime. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age.

Retro Media Fridays
Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and Laserdiscs.

Austin – North Lamar
Storytime Sundays
Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Burleson
Tuesday Night Specials
Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won't know what's on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Corpus Christi
Second Sunday Storytime
Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade. See you March 9!

Dallas – Northwest Highway
Chelsea Handler Book Signing
Comedienne, talk show host and New York Times Bestselling author Chelsea Handler will sign her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, on Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Half Price Books Flagship store in Dallas. Copies of Uganda Be Kidding Me are available for purchase as specially-priced new items. Quantities are limited. No pre-orders. This is a book signing only, no memorabilia, please.

Storytime Sunday
Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity. Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

Comic Book Wednesdays
Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.

$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Dallas – Preston Village
Storytime Sunday
Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Humble
Storytime Wednesday
Bring the kids for a children’s storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

Mesquite
Storytime Sunday
Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Storytime and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall
Storytime Sunday
Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Storytime recommended for kids ranging from preschoolers to 5th graders.

Round Rock
Stephanie Timmons Book Signing
Meet inspirational author Stephanie Timmons at your Round Rock HPB on Saturday, March 29, starting at 11 a.m. Stephanie will sell and sign her book, Stephanie's Inspirations.


Harbinger Asylum presents a reading/signing from Transcendent Zero Press, March 28 7:30


Author Signing: Shana Galen and Vicky Dreiling
Start: 03/25/2014 6:00 pm

I'll Take Romance Book Club
Start: 03/26/2014 7:00 pm

Author Signing: Colleen Hoover
Start: 03/28/2014 6:00 pm

Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start: Mar 25 6:00 pm

Start: Mar 25 7:00 pm

Start: Mar 26 6:30 pm

Start: Mar 26 6:30 pm

Start: 4:30 pm


Children's Reading Hour
Sat, March 29, 11am – 12pm
Sat, March 29, 1pm – 3pm



Mary Emmerling Tuesday, Mar. 25 6-8 pm: The American Flag: Art, Design, Fashion
Bryant Boutwell Thursday, Mar. 27 5-7 pm: John P. McGovern, MD: A Lifetime of Stories

Pete Gershon Saturday, Mar. 29 4-6 pm: Painting the Town Orange:The Stories Behind Houston’s Visionary Art Environments (Landmarks)