Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Sept 13-20, 2020

 

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of September 13-20, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the Texas Tribune Festival and the fourth annual Diverse Literary Voices of Texas. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life: Sept. 13, 2020

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Sept 7-13, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of September 6-13, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the international Hay Festival, live online from Dallas, and the Texas Tribune Festival. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    

Friday, September 4, 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway: A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING

A VOTE IS A 
POWERFUL THING
By CATHERINE STIER
Illustrated by Courtney Dawson

Children's Picture Book / American Historical Fiction / Elections and Voting 
Ages 4-7 
Date of Publication: September 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 32

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Callie knows there’s a presidential election coming up, and people will soon vote to decide the country’s leader. 

Her class is having an election too, about an issue that affects them all–the class field trip. Should they choose the cookie factory or the wilderness park? 

Join Callie as she campaigns for the wilderness park she loves and learns how people have organized, marched, and protested for the right to vote. And find out how a vote–even just one vote–can make a difference!


PRAISE FOR A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING
"Gets the job done." ―Kirkus Reviews 
"A galvanizing read for children interested in politics or parents who hope to instill such interests." ―Publishers Weekly

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Catherine Stier is the author of several awarding-winning children’s books. Her titles include If I Were President, If I Ran for President, If I Were a Park Ranger, and the A Dog’s Day chapter-book series. 

In grade school, Catherine ran a class campaign for student council with handmade signs, and, although she didn’t win, she found the process exciting! She went on to earn an MA in reading and literacy from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has conducted children’s literature research. 

She now resides with her husband in San Antonio and volunteers at a local wilderness park.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Top 5 Notable Quotables & Giveaway: SLANTED LIGHT

SLANTED LIGHT
Jackson's Pond, Texas Series, Book 2
by
Teddy Jones

Genre: Literary Fiction / Family Saga / Western Women / Rural Fiction  
Publisher: Midtown Publishing 
Publication Date: August 21, 2020 
Number of Pages: 275

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Teddy Jones’s earlier novel, Jackson’s Pond, Texas, began the saga of the Jackson family. Now, Slanted Light continues their tale. 

Claire Havlicek’s late night call brings her brother Chris Banks from his home in New Mexico back to the town that bears their family name, Jackson’s Pond. She’s collapsed under the weight of threats to her thirteen-year marriage that have undermined her confidence and her will. Her husband, J. D., responds to seduction by a woman in need; theft and the threat of a forced buyout jeopardize Claire’s two medical clinics; drought imperils their ranch and cattle business; a teenage daughter turns to bulimia. 

When Claire admits her limits, her grandmother, Willa Jackson, and the other members of her family help her learn that being human, weaknesses and all, can be a source of strength and joy.



Top Five Notable Quotables 

from Slanted Light by Teddy Jones

 In Slanted Light, Willa Jackson, as the “wise elder” in the story, is the source of some of my favorite quotes. Here are a few:

1. “What’s wrong is seldom one thing; it’s one more thing.” —Willa, speaking of her granddaughter Claire’s collapse under the pressure of several problems (page 153)

2. “You know how it is with people from Texas. We all eventually come home, one way or another.” —Willa, when asked if she’s leaving Taos and has come back to Texas to stay (page 157)

3. “A full explanation could take a long time. The short version is this. False pride makes a person do all they can to make things appear perfect when they aren’t. That leads to being unwilling to ask for or receive help.” —Willa, explaining to her granddaughter what had made her decide to return to Jackson’s Pond (page 181)

4. “Don’t look so stricken. It may never kill me. After all, I’ve made it to eighty-three. For years now I’ve considered each day a gift without a guarantee.” —Willa, explaining to her family that she has a degenerative neurological condition (page 219)

5. “He felt the same way. It’s one thing to gamble, but it’s another to let someone else hold your cards.” —Willa, discussing the possibility of using the cattle for collateral in order to keep the ranch solvent (page 267) 





Teddy Jones is the author of three other published novels, Halfwide, Jackson’s Pond, Texas, and Well Tended, as well as a collection of short stories, Nowhere Near. Her short fiction received the Gold Medal First Prize in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in 2015. Jackson’s Pond, Texas was a finalist for the 2014 Willa Award in contemporary fiction from Women Writing the West. Her as-yet-unpublished novel, Making It Home, was a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in 2017 and "A Good Family" was named a finalist in that contest in 2018. 

Jones grew up in Iowas Park, a small Texas town. She has worked as a nurse, a nurse educator, a nursing-college administrator, and as a nurse practitioner in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. For the past twenty years, she and her husband have lived in the rural West Texas Panhandle, where he farms and she writes.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar for Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of August 30-September 6, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the international Hay Festival, live online from Dallas. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - Aug. 30, 2020

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Review: A PLACE AT THE TABLE

I reviewed A Place at the Table (Clarion Books) by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan for Lone Star Literary Life! This middle-grade novel, about the transformative power of friendship, is a joy. 

"Through cultural and religious misunderstandings (“Sometimes talking with Sara is hard work.”), involving Halloween and pierced ears; through biryani, samosas, and tarka daal, instant mashed potatoes, Hot Pockets, and mac and cheese; with the mezuzah next to Elizabeth’s front door and the Quranic verse in Arabic over Sara’s front door, Faruqi and Shovan exude possibility, writing about the ways we are more alike than we usually know."


Click here to read the entire review at Lone Star Literary Life!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar, Aug. 23-30, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of August 23-30, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.   

Special events this week include the Writers’ League of Texas Virtual Summer Writing Retreat, ArmadilloCon 42, Independent Bookstore Day, and a fundraising screening of Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - August 23, 2020

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