Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Roundup: November 30 - December 6, 2015

Bookish events in Texas for the week of November 30 - December 6, 2015: 

Special Events:
Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, Wichita Falls, November 1 - December 1

11th Annual Signatures Author Series, The Woodlands, December 4

Austin Writergrrls Book Fest, December 5

Local Author Book Fair, Houston, December 5

Take Your Child to a  Bookstore Day, December 5

Monday, November 30:
Aaron Family JCC, Mitch Albom presents The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, 7PM

The Wild Detectives, Matt Zoller Seitz discusses and signs Mad Men Carousel, 7:30PM

B&N - River Oaks, J. Scott Savage signing Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention, 6PM

Irving Public Library - South, NaNoWriMo Wrap-up Party!, 6PM

Tuesday, December 1:

San Antonio

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, UTSA Poetry Readings, 7PM


Grand Prairie
Betty Warmack Public Library, Jeffrey Eaton presents Murder Becomes Miami, 6:30PM


Poison Girl Cocktail Lounge, Gulf Coast Reading Series, 7PM

River Oaks Bookstore, John C. Meyer reads and signs Time of Destruction, 5:30PM

B&N - River Oaks, Victoria Martin reads and signs Itty Bitty Wouldn't Budge, 4PM

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Reading featuring Michael Sofranko, 8:30PM

San Antonio


B&N - Preston/Royal, Erin Seidemann signs Postcards From the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix, 2PM

Dallas Public Library - Central,  Launch Partyfor Adult Coloring Book Featuring Dallas Artists, 3PM

Warwick Melrose Hotel, Professor Jeremi Suri discusses his new book, Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy, 9:30AM

El Paso
Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Tell Me What You See" with Yvonne Collins, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
Ashton Hotel, 240th Jane Austen Birthday Luncheon, 10:15AM

The Dock Bookshop, From the Page to the Stage: Denise Montgomery & Denise Bryson Book Signing Event, 3PM

B&N - Firewheel Mall, Marci Peschke signs her books in the 'Kylie Jean' Series, 2:30PM

Murder By the Book, Lark Brennan reads and signs Dangerously Yours: The Durand Chronicles - Book One and Laura Griffin reads and signs Shadow Fall, 4:30PM


B&N, Dr. Kirk Lewis signing Put Away Childish Things and The Chase: Our Passionate Pursuit of Life Worth Living, 1PM

B&N - Creekwalk Village, Derek Haas will sign A Different Lie, 5PM

San Angelo
Tom Green County Library, John Osterhout will discuss and sign The Schnoz of the Rings and David Osterhout will discuss and sign OinK! Only in Korea!, 1PM

San Antonio
B&N - La Cantera, Middle Grade & YA Author Panel with Sherry Thomas, Tracy Deebs, Mari Mancusi, Cory Oakes, 2PM

South Padre Island

Paragraphs on Padre Bookstore, Meet the Author Series: Karen Klassen discusses and signs The Rhythm of Time, 1PM

Sunday, December 6:
The Woodlands
B&N, Marilyn Harkrider signs Santa, Is It Really You?, 2PM

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: STILLWATER by Melissa Lenhardt

I recently reviewed Stillwater (Skyhorse Publishing) by Melissa Lenhardt for Lone Star Literary Life. It's the first in a smart, fun new mystery series. From the review:
Jack McBride’s wife, Julie, has up and disappeared, abandoning McBride and their son, Ethan (“the proof they had once been in love and happy would walk in the room, ear buds in, the musty, sour smell of puberty following him like the contrail of a jet.”). Needing a fresh start, McBride has left his position with the Dallas FBI office and moved to the sleepy East Texas town of Stillwater with thirteen-year-old Ethan, to accept a position as chief of police. Stillwater has a freakishly low crime rate until McBride arrives to encounter murder, a fifty-year-old cold case, blackmail, rumors of the previous chief’s long-standing corruption, racketeering — and that’s just the first week.
To read the entire review please click here. Thanks!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Roundup: November 23 - 29, 2015

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

Special Events:
NaNoWriMo, November 1 - 30

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, Wichita Falls, November 1 - December 1

Indies First!, November 28

Monday, November 23:
Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Jessamyn Hope presents her new novel, Safekeeping, 7PM

B&N - River Oaks, Chris Bridge signs Read to Me! & The Same Heart, 4:30PM

Tuesday, November 24:
Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff, The Writer's Garret presents Stone Soup Showcase with Gayle Bell (Poetry), Christopher Soden (Mixed Genre), Daniel Evans (Prose and Poetry), and Opalina Salas, 7PM

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

San Antonio
The Korova, PuroSlam! with DJ Donnie Dee, 10PM

Wednesday, November 25:
Dallas City Performance Hall, Oral Fixation storytellers present "Too Many Cooks," 8PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Friday, November 27:

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Testify storytellers present "Potluck," 7:30PM

Saturday, November 28:



Round Rock

The Twig Book Shop, Candie Graham discusses and signs I Only Quote From The Best - Revisiting Hollywood's Golden Age, 5PM

Sunday, November 29:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson

My new review for Lone Star Literary Life is LOVING DAY (Spiegel & Grau) by Mat Johnson. This book is what literature should be. It made me laugh; it made me cry; it made me think. From the review:
“I’m not white, but I can feel the eyes of the few people outside on me, people who must think that I am, because I look white….This disconnect in my racial projection is one of the things I hate.… My mother was black — that counts, no matter how pale and Irish my father was.”
Warren Duffy’s father has died, and Warren returns to Philadelphia from Wales, leaving a failed comics shop, career, and marriage behind, to settle his father’s estate. Broke, Warren appears at a local comic convention with his illustrations, maybe to sell a book or two. Instead Warren discovers that a youthful fling with a Jewish white girl has bequeathed him a seventeen-year-old daughter, Tal. She moves in with Warren and while searching for a new school the pair discover the Mélange Center for Multiracial Life, which turns out to be a sort of biracial commune for “inclusion of all perspectives of the…mixed-race experience.” Is this the answer to Warren’s search for home?

To read the entire review please click here. Thank you!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Roundup: November 16 - 22, 2015

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

Special Events:
NaNoWriMo, November 1 - 30

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, Wichita Falls, November 1 - December 1

Art Walk 2015, Alpine, November 20 - 21

Monday, November 16:
Brazos Bookstore, Edward Carey reading and signing LUNGDON, 7PM

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium, Conversations with the Director: MFAH Director Gary Tinterow talks with Christopher Rothko about his new book, Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out, 6:30PM

Richardson Public Library, Writers Guild of Texas monthly meeting: Author Pat Haddock will present "My Self-Publishing Journey: Muddling Through," 7PM

Sachse Public Library, For NaNoWriMo: "Lost and Found: Has Anyone Seen Where My Plot Went?" with Author Michelle Munzeler, 6PM

Tuesday, November 17:

Irving Public Library: Valley Ranch, Celebrate National Picture Book Month with a visit from author Jarrett Krosoczka, 7PM

San Antonio
The Korova, PuroSlam! with DJ Donnie Dee, 10PM

Wednesday, November 18:
Kettle Art, Pegasus Reading Series with Griselda Castillo, Darryl Ratcliff, and Will Richey, 8PM

The Wild Detectives, Edward Carey presents Lungdon: Iremonger Book 3, 7:30PM


Thursday, November 19:
Allen Public Library, Grover Proctor will discuss The Raleigh Call, 7:30PM

Avaya Auditorium, Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin presents a reading by novelist and short story writer T. C. Boyle, 7:30PM

BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas: THIRD THURSDAY PANEL - "The Big Questions: Writing About Religion and Spirituality" with Owen Egerton, Meg Barnhouse, Greg Garrett, and Donna M. Johnson, 7PM

St. Edward's University, The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series presents Ana Castillo, 6PM

The Wild Detectives, La Farmacia de la Ñ reads original poems and short stories in Spanish, 7PM

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Public Library - Southwest Regional, Wordslingers presents Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, 6:30PM

Brazos Bookstore, Gulf Coast Journal Presents the Gulf Coast Reading Series, 7PM

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Bill Arning and Sarah Thornton discuss her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, 6:30PM



Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam with Verb Culture, 8PM

B&N on Gray, Khloe Kardashian will sign Strong Looks Better Naked, 7PM

B&N - River Oaks, Dee Maner presents Artie: The First Artificial Christmas Tree, 4PM

Brazos Bookstore, Kate Gavino discusses and signs LAST NIGHT’S READING, 7PM

Menil Collection, Inprint presents an Edmund de Waal Lecture and Book Signing: The White Road: Journey into an Obsession, 7PM

St. Regis Hotel, Praeclarus Club Breakfast: Chase Untermeyer presents How Important People Act, 7AM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Nancy West reads and signs Smart But Dead: An Aggie Mundeen Mystery, 6PM

Saturday, November 21:
B&N, Dark Places signing with Reavis Z. Wortham, 2PM

St. Edward's University, Texas Writers' League Workshop - "Minor Characters and Major Insights: How to Create a More Compelling Narrative through an Exploration of Secondary Characters" with Charlotte Gullick, 9AM

B&N - Lincoln Park, Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Kendra Weddle Irons discuss and sign If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming All God Means for You to Be and She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World, 3PM

B&N - Preston/Royal, Dan Helpingstine signs Dallas Forever Changed: The Legacy of November 1963, 2PM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, Hope Griffin signs Finding Joy: The Year Apart that Made Me a Better Wife, 2PM

Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Every Picture Tells a Story Part 3" workshop with Victor Hernández , 12:45PM

B&N - Creekwalk Village, Dr. Michael Wiseberg discusses and signs The Hospitalist, 2PM

San Antonio

B&N, Robert Jacobus signs Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century, 3PM

The Woodlands
B&N, Brian Kilmeade will sign Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, 1PM

Sunday, November 22:
B&N, Linda Fagala and Karen Pugh sign Shattered Fate, 2PM

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: THE DO-RIGHT by Lisa Sandlin

I reviewed The Do-Right (Cinco Puntos Press) by Lisa Sandlin for Lone Star Literary Life! From the review:
The Do-Right (an old Southern term for prison) is Lisa Sandlin’s first mystery novel. Set in Beaumont, Texas, in 1973, it joins the growing subgenre of Gulf Coast Noir. Delpha Wade, returning to Beaumont after fourteen years in the women’s prison at Gatesville for killing one of the men who raped her on a dance-hall floor, needs a job as a condition of parole. Tom Phelan is a Vietnam veteran opening his practice as a private investigator. Wade has a business course certificate from Gatesville. Phelan needs a secretary and takes a chance on Wade. Together they ferret out unfaithful husbands, missing persons, industrial espionage, and a serial killer. The Do-Right is a satisfying and entertaining contribution to classic noir.

The quick-witted, determined Delpha Wade is a sympathetic character who uses improve skills and hard-won knowledge of human nature (“You can learn to lose curiosity”) gleaned on the inside to adjust to life on the outside. It is a pleasure to watch her slowly unfurling, like a time-lapse of a flower opening to the sun. “Delpha had promised herself patience. Get used to all the clear air around her, the streets stretching out, doors that open open open. Couldn’t come all at once. Come slow. She’d have to get used to wearing sky over her head.” Tom Phelan is a likeable guy learning to be a private investigator who turns out to be like a terrier with a bone when two and two don’t make four. “This case was dead as a crab in crude, but it wouldn’t stop skittering sideways.”
To read the entire review click here. Thank you!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Roundup: November 9 - 15, 2015

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

Special Events:
Ann & Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair, Houston, November 1 - 15

NaNoWriMo, November 1 - 30

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States, Wichita Falls, November 1 - December 1

Austin Zine Fest, November 14

12th Annual Texas Author Day, San Marcos, November 15

Monday, November 9:
San Antonio

The Woodlands

Tuesday, November 10:

B&N - Lincoln Park, Roger Stone signs The Clintons' War on Women, 7PM

Hilton Anatole Hotel, Greg Gutfeld presents How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct, 12PM

Richland College, Visiting Writers Series "Shaping Our Nation" presents poet and artist Phinder Dulai, 12:30PM

University of North Texas, UNT Visiting Writers Series presents a reading and book signing by Jill Talbot, 8PM

Fort Worth
Brazos Bookstore, Mary Gaitskill reading and signing THE MARE, 7PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Community Read - Elyssa Friedland: Love and Miss Communication, 7:30PM

Museum of Fine Arts, MFAH Carol and Les Ballard Endowed Lecture Series - A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South with Ronald L. Hurst, author of Southern Furniture, 1680–1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, 6:30PM
Warehouse Live, Houston Moth StorySLAM: Gifted, 7:30PM

Hughes Springs
The Korova, PuroSlam! with DJ Donnie Dee, 10PM

San Antonio Public Library - Central, Poetry to the Pueblo: poetic tribute to Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla will combine her poems with dance, film, music, and dramatic readings by some of San Antonio’s top performing artists, 6:30PM

San Marcos
Wittliff Collections, SAUL SANCHEZ discusses and signs Rows of Memory: Journeys of a Migrant Sugar-Beet Worker, 6PM

Wednesday, November 11:
Half Price Books Mothership, author Joelle Charbonneau will discuss and sign her new Young Adult book Need, 6PM

University of Texas - Dallas, Anlin Ku Lecture Series: Amitav Ghosh discusses his Ibis Trilogy, 7:30PM

Fort Worth
TCU, James McGrath Morris will discuss and sign Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press, 6:30PM


B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Chris Bridges signs The Same Heart, 4PM

San Antonio
Half Price Books - N. Central, Bobby Briscoe will discuss, sell and sign The Jungle Warriors, 2PM

Viva! Bookstore, Voices de la Luna Monthly Literary Evening, 6PM

Thursday, November 12:

The Wild Detectives, Dallas 1st Noir at the Bar with Joe Lansdale, Harry Hunsicker, Scott Montgomery, Eryk Pruitt, Max Booth III, Jedidiah Ayres, Rod Davis, and Oak Cliff’s popular Mad Swirl beat poet Opalina Salas, 7PM

Fort Worth
Fort Worth Public Library, Wordslingers presents Anne Perry, 6:30PM


Brazos Bookstore, Ada Calhoun discussing and signing ST. MARKS IS DEAD, 7PM

Bright Sky Press, 3rd Annual Bright Sky Elves’ Deck the Shelves Event (Proceeds benefit the Delphians Group), 5PM
Murder By the Book, Robert Crais will sign and discuss The Promise, 6:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Coleen Grissom discusses and signs The World According to Coleen, 6PM

San Marcos
Wittliff Collections, Texas State presents poet Terrance Hayes, 3:30PM

B&N, Grace Revolution: Experience the Power to Live Above Defeat signing with Joseph Prince, 6:30PM

B&N - Preston/Park, Author George Arnold Signing, 1PM

San Antonio
Half Price Books - Stone Ridge, Tamara Yates will sell and sign her middle-grade book, A Magic Book and the Fearie Queen, 12PM

Wings Press 40th anniversary party: an evening of poems, music, and memories with Bryce Milligan, Pamela Uschuk, William Pitt Root, and Bill Fisher, 7PM [RSVP for location]

Saturday, November 14:

MFA Gallery, ARTSPEAK "There Goes the Neighborhood" with Joey Darrell Cloudy, 5PM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, El Paso author Nidia Michelle Dacosta will sign Sunset Winks, 2PM

Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "For the Birds 6" with John Williamson , 12:45PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Books & Breakfast with Guest Author Rickey Teems II, 10AM

The Dock Bookshop, Anita Hawkins will be signing and reading The Storm After The Storm, 4PM

Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, Borderlines Volume Two Book Launch + Celebration, 3:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Pelican Publishing authors Jo and Josephine Harper, authors of WHISTLING WILLIE FROM AMARILLO, TEXAS, Roberta Baird, illustrator of RUNAWAY PUMPKIN PIE MAN, and Marci Izard, author of NOURISHING YOUR WHOLE SELF: A Cookbook with Feelings, will meet and greet customers, 11AM

Brazos Bookstore, Leon Hale signing ONE MAN’S CHRISTMAS + reception, 2PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Natalie May Bolger discusses and signs The Grand Festive Picnic, 4PM

University of Houston - Cullen Performance Hall, Giada De Laurentiis – Happy Cooking Book Tour, 8PM

No Label Brewing Company, Robert Jacobus signs Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century, 2:30PM

Missouri City
Fort Bend County Libraries - Missouri City Branch, for NaNoWriMo local author and editor Afshan Malik discusses writing methods to complete your manuscript, 2PM

South Padre Island
Paragraphs on Padre Bookstore, We'll Live Tomorrow book signing, discussion and wine/cheese reception with author, Will Everett, 6PM

Sugar Land
B&N, The Barnes & Noble Cookie Bake-Off!: Top 75 Recipes from Around the Country book signing with the finalist, 2PM
Sunday, November 15:
BookPeople, Austin Author GREG LEITICH SMITH speaking & signing Borrowed Time, 2PM

BookPeople, Meet & Greet With ROSANNA PANSINO Youtube Star and Author of The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us, 7PM

BookWoman, Kid Me Not Reading & Signing with Aralyn Hughes and contributors, 4PM

Half Price Books - N. Lamar, Christopher Kelly will sell and sign Italy Invades: How Italians Conquered the World, 1PM

Malvern Books, Creative Minds of Texas Authors: Day Two with Bert Bebe, Marjorie Brody, and B Alan Bourgeois, 2PM

Half Price Books Mothership, author and entrepreneur Tiffany Sunday will sell and sign Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge: Business and Leadership Insights and Strategies for Dyslexic Entrepreneurs, Business Owners and Professionals, 1PM

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tale-ing through Time: Jewish Storytelling in “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered” presented by storyteller Rabbi Dan Gordon, 3PM

B&N, Mario Bosco signing From Hospitals to Hollywood, 1PM

San Antonio

The Woodlands
B&N, Jo and Josephine Harper sign Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas, 2PM