Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome Belarus!

This evening I am delighted to welcome readers in Belarus to Texas Book Lover. Pryvitańne! Dobro pažálovat'!

My review of Happiness for Beginners in Lone Star Literary Life!

My review of Happiness for Beginners (St Martin's Press: 2015) by Katherine Center was published in the new edition of Lone Star Literary Life! Please give it a read and if you like it, share it. Thanks!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Roundup: March 30 - April 5

Bookish events in Texas for the week of March 30 - April 5, 2015:

Special Events:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Exhibition, Austin, February 10 - July 6

Our Lady of the Lake Literary Festival, San Antonio, March 27 - April 12

Texas Writers: a Humanities Texas Exhibition, San Antonio, April 1 - 29

Monday, March 30:
Austin
BookPeople, CHRIS CANDER speaking & signing Whisper Hollow, 7PM

Monkeywrench Books, Former Austinite Andrew Maraniss discusses Strong Inside: Sports and Race in the South, 6PM

Dallas
The Wild Detectives, Grub Street Grackle release party, 7:30PM

Houston
B&N - River Oaks, Another Day with Her: Lost in Diagnosis, Understanding Bipolar Disorder, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Megan Kruse - CALL ME HOME, 7PM

Tuesday, March 31:
Austin
BookPeople, Artist, Author, & Musician Alan Schaefer & Joe Nick Patoski speaking & signing Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982, 7PM

Harry Ransom Center, novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje converses with writer Geoff Dyer in a Harry Ransom Lecture, 7PM

Malvern Books, An Evening with David Abel & David Longoria, 7PM

Resistencia Bookstore, Poets on the Road, 7PM

Spider House Cafe & BallroomAustin Poetry Slam, 8PM

Carrollton
Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, Oliver Blume will moderate a panel of Texas authors: Diana Finfrock Farrar (The Door of the Heart), Riley Adair Garret (Andi Unwrapped), Kevin Backer (The Preacher’s Son) and Deb Lewin (One Brain Injury Will Change Your Mind!) as part of North Texas Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s “An Evening of Authors,” 6:30PM

Dallas
Aaron Family JCC, Dr. Ruth Pinkenson Feldman will discuss The Green Bubbie, 7PM

Dallas Public Library - Skillman Southwestern Branch, Doug J. Swanson will read and discuss his latest book, Blood Aces, 6PM

Horchow Auditorium, Huan Hsu will discuss The Porcelain Thief as part of Dallas Museum of Art Arts and Letters Live, 7:30PM

Frisco
Frisco Heritage Center, MEET THE AUTHOR - Reavis Z. Wortham, 7PM

Houston

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, Chad Morris presents The Impossible Race, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Kathi Appelt celebrating her two newest books: When Otis Courted Mama and Counting Crows, 3:30PM

Tyler
University of Texas at Tyler - R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Rod Canion presents his new book, Open: How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing followed by book signing and reception, 7:30PM

Wednesday, April 1:
B&N - Town & Country, Best Selling Author Chad Morris presents The Impossible Race, 5:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Katherine Center will discuss and sign her newest novel, HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS, 7PM

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center, Space City Slam: Jupiter Preliminary, 6PM

Museum of Fine Arts - Caroline Wiess Law Building, MFAH Lecture & Book Signing - BIG Little House: Small Houses Designed presented by architect and author Donna Kacmar, 7PM

San Marcos
Wittliff Collections, reading with Kim Addonizio, 3:30PM

Friday, April 3:

B&N - Sunland Park, Tom Brown: Spiritual Gifts for Spiritual Warfare, 1PM

Houston
B&N - Westheimer, Robert Johnston Signing Sanctification, 1PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Meredith Moore will discuss and sign her novel for young adults, I AM HER REVENGE, 2PM

Murder by the Book, M.J. Carter will sign and discuss The Strangler Vine, 4:30PM

Hurst
B&N - NE Mall, Book Signing With Author Nell ChristiansonBorrowed Goods It All Belongs to Him, 1PM

Midland
B&N, Author Signing: The Alastrine Legend by Debbie Nordman, 1PM

Plano
B&N - Preston/Park, Rebarkable Lilly - Book Signing, 2PM

San Antonio
B&N, Lea Valle presents Sweet Paleo, 12PM

The Woodlands
B&N - Woodlands Mall, Chris Hernandez: Line in the Valley, 2PM

Sunday, April 5:
Apparently nobody reads on Easter so y'all will have to entertain yourselves.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Crepuscule W/Nelllie by Joe Milazzo


Crepuscule W/ Nellie
By Joe Milazzo
Jaded Ibis Press
November 2014
978-1937543600
"When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. Point me to the skies, earth's vain shadows flee. I'll triumph still, if only you'll abide with me."
I know I need to try to stay away from music metaphors to describe Crepuscule W/ Nellie by Joe Milazzo but I'm going to begin by saying that this novel is a sumptuous symphonic language feast. Yep—truly. You will be dizzyingly drunk, happily drowning in the stuff. Multiple first-person narratives will subsume you in the characters and the effect will make you feel as if you are there, as if you are them.

Crepuscule W/ Nellie is not an easy read. Minimally but imaginatively threaded together out of phone calls, cartons of folders, film negatives, recording masters, conversations, and free associations, the conceit is original and intriguing and aggressively nontraditional, though I'm not sure I'm prepared to crown, or consign it as experimental. There is nothing approximating what we would typically recognize as plot in this work. I would call this pure intention, instead—the author's variation (there I go again) on the little understood but much talked about life of an artist. Jazz lovers will be familiar with Thelonious Monk's composition for jazz piano by the same name, a love offering to his wife, Nellie. Monk lovers will also be familiar with another of his compositions titled "Pannonica," so called for the Baroness Pannonica ("Nica") de Koenigswarter, his patron of many decades. Is this second song also a love offering? Plato or Eros? That is a question but not the question and not the point of Crepuscule W/ Nellie. The point is that you cannot—cannot—completely know another individual so love necessarily entails a leap of faith. And that's okay.

I came to Milazzo's novel with no previous knowledge of Monk beyond his music. As the author notes, little personal information about Monk has been known until very recently in a small, sudden spate of material in the form of biographies and a couple of documentary films. I can confirm this as I tried to find historical facts for this review. As little as is known about Monk and Nica, even less is known about Nellie. Clichés are unworthy of Nellie Smith Monk but she is the glue. I found her to be the most fascinating character in this collection of character studies. She is level when Monk is unbalanced and Nica is swooning and Frank, the Baroness's "most loyal valet," is crooked. Nellie was no victim of this jazz trio; she chose. Addressing her husband as "Melodious Thunk," she understood that "Monk had made her crave [. . .] the right she could do in being right by him [. . .] If he was ever going to give her a reason why not to love him, it would be because he was Monk. Not because the Monk she knew was a deception. It would be because she had changed." Nellie is underestimated, as she says to Nica, "You have some purpose [. . .] in thinking that I should be exceptional but elect not to be. Or have forgotten how to be. Or take for granted that no Nellie could ever be."

But when the confrontation comes between Monk and Nellie it's not about Nica and the pain is extraordinarily deep.

Nica is, Nica is . . . Yes, well. When the confrontation comes between Monk and Nica it is a betrayal, but not by either party, and the ensuing conversation is the funniest passage in a book that doesn't have much in the way of humor (although it is suffused with authorial good humor toward these characters).

Monk "is off to one side, straddling the piano bench almost as if it were a teeter-totter and he were, so his hunching suggests, simply waiting for a denser partner to oppose him." And not just physically. "T.S. [Monk] was no Rubinstein, no Horowitz. No grave leonine head. No tails. Fallen socks. Nothing Listzian in his conception. No tincture of Rachmaninoff. T.S., he seemed to have been plucked free of memory, plucked free of those long roots that so love to clump and snare." Monk is "Scrupulous dishevelment, not the Joker in the pack, not as first impressions might lead you to believe, but the Knave of Diamonds."

Now let's talk about that lavish language. One of the blurbs on the back of the book calls Milazzo's prose "maximalist." That's the perfect term—why say anything in three words if you can use twenty-three? This is almost always a death knell, but in Crepuscule W/Nellie it works.

This is Frank, describing the Baroness's mansion:
This home's considerable inner is a presence more outer. One trusts that one has not misspoken, but, yes, it does emerge, baseboards and cornices, sconces, moldings and mantles, alcoves undisclosing like the hoods of cloaks, the rooms of this house spreading out their ampleness as if laying a table setting over the whole of the property.
Milazzo riffing (sorry!) on the nature of interruptions:
Interruption has a nature, and inclinations, and aptitudes. Interruption has a trade. Interruption extracts the raw materials from deep within the abstractions of those activities that, being the rightful holdings of some other party, are signed over to one's stewardship, and from the onerous and the never-ending, from the monotonous and the waste unwanted, interruption manufactures idleness. Such a precious commodity idleness is. Interruption, and always and hereafter one is in a position to strike a bargain, interruption is not indolence, interruption makes all work for oneself.
This is John (Coltrane, I suspect) taking in the action at a pawn shop: "The wriggling and humiliation of having to bid for the pleasure of having some avaricious guido revise your notions of value while need crawled up your calf, then your thigh, wrapped its feelers around your vertebrae."

See what I mean?   

Joe Milazzo
This book requires patience and I will not claim that mine did not periodically fall short of the mark. There are a couple of characters, John and Bean, whose narratives don't add to the overall work except to allow Milazzo to spin more gorgeous language. There is a fantastical caper hatched by Nica and Frank that is so outlandish that it seems to belong in a different narrative; it does make your eyes pop out and your mouth drop open.

In an afterword, Milazzo explains, "Although some, though not all, of the characters in the novel have been derived from and named after actual historical personages, the events reported and the relationships explored here are almost entirely invented." He christens this a work of "speculative historical fiction." I don't know what to call it but I can go along with that. Crepuscule W/ Nellie is a book you would do well to read twice. At least. It is frustrating, brilliant, challenging, and ultimately rewarding, much like Thelonious Sphere Monk himself: "Not the facts. The truth."

Originally published in The Collagist

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Roundup: March 23 - 29

Bookish events in Texas for the week of March 23 - 29, 2015:

Special Events:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Exhibition, Austin, February 10 - July 6

Wildcatter Exchange, Fort Worth, March 27 - 28

Our Lady of the Lake Literary Festival, San Antonio, March 27 - April 12

Dogwood Book Festival, Palestine, March 28

Monday, March 23:
Wortham Center, Inprint presents Kazuo Ishiguro, 7:30PM

Seguin
AgriLife Extension Bldg, Mark Gustafson presents A Naturalist's Guide to the Texas Hill Country, 6:30PM

Tuesday, March 24:

Houston

Wednesday, March 25:
Houston
Austin
B&N - Lakeline, Vegetable Gardening Q&A with Trisha Shirey, author of Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest, 7PM

BookPeople, Bestselling Author HARLAN COBEN speaking & signing The Stranger, 7PM

Malvern Books, W. Joe’s Poetry Corner with David Jewell, 7PM

Texas Running Company, Kristin Armstrong and Susan Shorn, along with editor Sarah Bowen Shea, will sign Tales from Another Mother Runner, 7:30PM

UT - Avaya Auditorium, Michener Center Reading Series presents ALAN CHEUSE, 7:30PM


Texas Theatre, Oral Fixation presents “Writing On The Wall”, 8PM

The Wild Detectives, Brian Abrams – Party Like a President, 7:30PM

Denton
University of North Texas - Willis Library, Friends of the UNT Libraries will host their annual meeting and dinner featuring Deborah Crombie, book signing follows, 6PM

Fort Worth
TCU, Thomas Zigal (Many Rivers to Cross) will speak, 6:30PM

Houston
Murder by the Book, Joseph Kanon will sign and discuss his newest book, Leaving Berlin, 6:30PM

Lewisville
B&N - Vista Ridge, Blue Warrior by Mike Maden, 4:30PM

Lubbock
Texas Tech, Iron Horse Literary Review presents A Fiction Reading by Tiphanie Yanique, 7:30PM

Friday, March 27:
Horchow Auditorium, DMA Arts & Letters Live presents Marcus Samuelsson: Savory Success, 7:30PM

UT Dallas, Yevgeniy Yevtushenko poetry reading "Life as Adventure," 4:30PM

Denton

Saturday, March 28:
B&N - Preston/Royal, Jeff Hampton Signs Grandpa Jack, 2PM

SMU’s Collins Executive Education Center, Willard Spiegelman (How Poets See the World) will receive the Annual Literati Award at Tables of Content - Other authors include Luke B. Goebel (Fourteen Stories, None of Them Are Yours), Jenny Martin (Tracked) and Merritt Tierce (Love Me Back), 7:15PM (reception at 6)

Frisco
Half Price Books, local author Nikki Fagan signs her children’s book Foxy and Wolfy: What Kind of Friend is This?, 12PM

Garland
B&N - Firewheel Mall, Kelly K. Lavender Signs Beautiful Evil Winter, 2PM

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop, Texas Bluebonnet List Author and illustrator Nathan Hale will meet and greet customers, 11AM


Museum of Fine Arts - Audrey Jones Beck Building, Book Signing: Texas Abstract, 3PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Maureen A. Maillet reads and signs The Peanut Butter Theory, 4PM

Writespace, Lit-Con: Sci-Fantasy Readings and Cosplay Contest, 7PM

Hurst
B&N - NE Mall, Book Signing With Author Arianne "Tex" ThompsonMedicine for the Dead, 3PM

San Antonio

Sugarland
Half Price Books - Highland Square, local author Cindy Schroppel signs her Christian novel Skandalon, 1PM

Harmony School of Science, Space City Slam: Apollo Preliminary, 12:30PM

The Woodlands
B&N - Woodlands Mall, Michelle Moran: Rebel Queen, 2PM

Sunday, March 29:
Austin
B&N - Arboretum, Meet & Greet Book Signing With Nery Roman: The Inability to See the Other Side of Reality!, 2PM

Houston
B&N - Westheimer, Tarif Youssef-Agha Signing A Journey Around the Arab-Spring Revolutions The Quest for Freedom, Dignity and Democracy, 1PM

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: The Abrupt Physics of Dying


The Abrupt Physics of Dying 
By Paul E. Hardisty
978-1910633052
£8.99, 429 pages

The Abrupt Physics of Dying wastes no time. The debut thriller from Paul E. Hardisty, the first in a planned series, opens on page one with Kalashnikovs, kidnapping and grand theft auto. Our hero Claymore Straker has an appropriately shady past but is currently a hydrologist for Petro-Tex, an international oil company, where he is responsible for environmental impact. See? Dangerous territory already, even before the men with the guns show up. Straker finds himself in the middle of a lethal feud between the tribes, the Yemeni government and global business interests (aka money). When the Bedouin begin to fall ill, a shadowing sheik by the name of Al Shams recruits (aka blackmails) Straker to get to the truth of the matter at the unholy confluence of oil and water.

Straker reminds me of the Downey version of Sherlock Holmes crossed with Erin Brockovich. He visualizes beforehand what he needs to do in the action sequences; he’s smart, unconventional and a bit of a smart ass. Abrupt Physics is not your average thriller. There’s history and a good deal of philosophy, the modern tension between religion and the secular, between the Arab tribes,
“The company,’ spat Al Shams. ‘Petro-Tex. You speak as if this thing were human, one of Allah’s creations. It is not. It is inanimate, soulless, not of this world. It exists for one purpose only, as we both know…To get the oil that lies beneath this land. Our land. It will do anything to get it. It will pay people like you whatever it must to placate the villagers, to assuage the regulators.”
and Petro-Tex, as well as Straker himself,
“Clay forced a laugh, coughed, looked across the fire at Abdulkader. The man’s stoic fatalism – that granitic belief in a higher power – was something he had never understood. Empirically, it made no sense. Observation denied it. And yet envy flooded through him now, raw, thirsty, an insatiable dark negative that seemed to pull in everything around him, leaving him standing alone and naked, the last torn strips of his logic hanging like rags from his frame.”
Hardisty’s descriptions of the Empty Quarter are well- and closely observed.
“The wadi cut down through the plateau of softer rocks, shales and marls, down to the hard limestone that formed the base of the first scarp...The wadi sides steepened...the stratified, fractured face of time where a hundred millennia, the whole of human history, lay compressed into a single layer – a hand span’s width of lithified sand grains, quartz and plagioclase from a beach on a lonely stretch of coastline that once basked under clear skies, the crystalline blue of the shallows teeming with freakish new life, all now extinct.”
Paul E, Hardisty
The story and setting remind me of Taylor Stevens’ series of thrillers starring Vanessa Michael Monroe: international intrigue, sophisticated treatment of non-western cultures – which means neither demonized nor romanticized, abundant gray areas where there are no simple choices, and peopled with the sorts of psychopaths addicted to adrenaline. The science reminds me of Patricia Cornwell’s Scarpetta novels. All of these similarities are good things but Abrupt Physics is not derivative. This is a modern treatment of a centuries-old conflict between indigenous peoples and usurpers bent on exploitation, us and them.

On the down side, some of the bad guys are stereotypes, even intermittently cartoonish, and Hardisty needs to work on his sex scenes – especially word choice. Tone down some of the melodrama and I think he’s got a good thing going on here. Since practice makes better, I’m looking forward to future installments in the series.

The reluctant warrior trope is oft-used but that’s because it speaks to us. The repentant sinner who has cleaned up his act, forced by circumstances to resurrect his inner bad guy, but this time uses his powers for good. The concept doesn’t need to be original but the treatment does. And it is.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Roundup: March 16 - 22

Bookish events in Texas for the week of March 16 - 22, 2015:

Special Events:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Exhibition, Austin, February 10 - July 6

SMU Lit Fest, Dallas, March 19 - 21

Monday, March 16:
Colorado City
Mitchell County Library, Travis W. Inman signs When Love Called, 4PM

Dallas
Magnolia Lounge - Fair Park, Pandora's Box presents : Samira Noorali, MH Clay, Gene Barry and Singer Lily Taylor, 7PM

Wyly Theater, Oral Fixation show “Writing On The Wall,” 8PM

Houston
Murder by the Book, Olen Steinhauer will sign and discuss his new stand-alone novel, All The Old Knives, 6:30PM

Tuesday, March 17:
TCU, Peter Stark (Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival) will be the featured guest speaker at the TCU Library Annual Dinner, 6:30PM

Houston

Murder by the Book, C.J. Box will sign and discuss the newest book in his Joe Pickett series, Endangered, 6:30PM


Houston
Murder by the Book, Jacqueline Winspear will sign and discuss her new Maisie Dobbs novel, A Dangerous Place, 6:30PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Chris Cander reads and signs Whisper Hollow, 7PM

Thursday, March 19:
Allen
Allen Public Library, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook will discuss Peopling of the Americas: Is Clovis First Finally Dead?, 7:30PM

Austin
South Congress Books, Jesse Sublett book signing and performance, 2PM

Conroe
Lone Star College-Montgomery, Sarah Bird reads and discusses excerpts from her works, 7PM

Dallas
Highland Park United Methodist Church, James McPherson will discuss The War That Forged a Nation, 7PM

Horchow Auditorium, Jo Baker: Jane Austen Remixed, 7:30PM

Nasher Sculpture Center GalleryLab: “The Mother Tongue” Talk on Translation & Art with Will Evans (Deep Vellum Publishing) & Dr. Sean Cotter (translator & professor at UT-Dallas), 6PM


Wordspace Member Salon, featuring John Slate, 7PM


San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Poetry Double-header with Barbara Ras and Noel Crook, 5:30PM

Friday, March 20:

Union Coffee House, Nailed It! Open Mic, 8PM

Garland
B&N - Firewheel Mall, George Arnold Signs Kremlin Kerfuffle: Koshki of the CIA, 4PM

Houston

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Gemini Ink Spring Fling Faculty Reading, 6:30PM

Saturday, March 21:
Allen
Allen Public Library, Troy will discuss The Money Island, 3PM

Austin
B&N - Arboretum, Meet & Greet Book Signing With Brannon PerkisonThe Do-Nothing, 2PM

Bullock Museum, BOOK IT, TEXAS!: HOLY GHOST GIRL, 10:30AM

Malvern Books, The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged, 2PM

Dallas
B&N - Lincoln Park, Susie Jennings: 31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles One Woman's Legacy of Unconditional Obedience, 3PM

Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff, WordSpace presents GENE BLAIR, traveling poet and publisher from Ireland, 8PM

Garland
B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Howard T. Joe: Essential Guide to Treat Diabetes and to Lower Cholesterol, 2PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Sarah Cortez will be joined by several other poets as they read from GOODBYE MEXICO: POEMS OF REMEMBRANCE, 4PM

Hurst
B&N - NE Mall, Book Signing With Author Kelly K. Lavender:Beautiful Evil Winter, 11AM

Irving
Irving Public Library - South Branch, grand opening with Young Adults author Elizabeth Eulberg, 9:30AM

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Welcome Zambia!

This evening it is my privilege to welcome readers in Zambia to Texas Book Lover.

My Review of Crepuscule W/Nellie

My review of Crepuscule W/Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) by Joe Milazzo was published in The Collagist today! Please go check it out and if you like it, share it. Thank you!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Welcome Kyrgyzstan!

This morning I am delighted to welcome readers in Kyrgyzstan to Texas Book Lover. Kosh kelingizder! Dobro pažálovat'!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Roundup: March 9 - 15

Bookish events in Texas for the week of March 9 - 15, 2015:

Special Events:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Exhibition, Austin, February 10 - July 6

Monday, March 9:
Austin
Austin History Center, an evening conversation with local writers S. C. "Sam" Gwynne and Jeff Kerr discussing Gwynne's book Empire of the Summer Moon, 6:30PM

BookPeople, ANTONIO RUIZ-CAMACHO discusses & signs Barefoot Dogs, 7PM

Spider House Cafe & BallroomAustin Poetry Slam, 8PM

UT - Fine Arts Library, Music Faculty Book Reading: Robert S. Freeman reads from The Crisis of Classical Music in America: Lessons from a Life in the Education of Musicians and Robin Moore reads from Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance, 4PM

Cedar Hill
Half Price Books, authors Michelle Stimpson and CaSandra McLaughlin will sign their book A New Beginning, 6:30PM

Houston

Brazos Bookstore, Keija Parssinen discusses & signs THE UNRAVELING OF MERCY LOUIS, 7PM

Warehouse Live, Houston Moth StorySLAM: Hair, 6:30PM

San Antonio
Gemini Ink, Great Books Series Seminar: Flannery O'Connor, 5:30PM

Wednesday, March 11:

Blue Willow Bookshop, Lauren Oliver will discuss and sign VANISHING GIRLS, her new book for young adults, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho discusses & signs BAREFOOT DOGS, 7PM

Cherryhurst Park Community Center, FCP presents Claudia Kolker discussing her book, The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope, 6:15PM

Murder By the Book, Ian Caldwell will sign and discuss The Fifth Gospel, 6:30PM

Victoria
UHV - Alcorn Auditorium, Spring Reading Series: Stephen Harrigan, 12PM

Friday, March 13:
Brazos Bookstore, Beats Party: celebrate Jack Kerouac’s birthday and the legacy of the Beat Generation featured readers include Inprint’s Rich Levy, Houston Chronicle’s Maggie Galehouse, Gulf Coast’s Adrienne Perry, local poets Erika Jo Brown and BJ Love, and more, 6:30PM

Discovery Green, Orbit Poetry Slam, 6PM

The Ensemble Theatre, Disturbing The Peace Youth Slam and Showcase, 7PM

Saturday, March 14:
B&N - River Oaks, Reboot with Joe: Fully Charged Discussion and Signing with Joe Cross, 2PM

B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Author Shicreta Murray: Hear the Sound, 3PM

B&N - Westheimer Crossing, Meena Dhanjal Signing Mattie Has Wheels, 1PM


River Oaks Bookstore, Robert Woolfolk will discuss and sign Little Slices of the Big Easy, 2PM

Round Rock
B&N - La Frontera, Paula King-Harper signs Prosperous Living, 2PM

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, Martha Louise Hunter signs Painting Juliana, 2PM
Austin
Half Price Books - North Lamar, Christina M. Berry will sign her novel Alicia, 2PM

Dallas
B&N - Lincoln Park, Joe Cross signs Reboot with Joe Fully Charged: 7 Keys to Losing Weight, Staying Healthy and Thriving, 2PM

South Dallas Cultural Center, In the Words of a Sistah: The Evolution 2015, 3PM

Houston
Christ Church Cathedral, Elizabeth Head Black presents Hand in Hand, 9AM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Mary Carolyn Geoge presents Rosengren's Books: An Oasis for Mind and Spirit, 2PM