Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar February 29 - March 6

Bookish events in Texas for the week of February 29 - March 6, 2016: 

Special Events:
Festival of International Books & Arts (FESTIBA), Edinburg, February 29 - March 6

Austin Book Fest, March 5

Sin Fronteras Independent Book Festival, McAllen, March 5

Staple 2016, Austin, March 5 - 6

Ongoing Exhibits:
Shakespeare in Print and Performance, Austin, December 21 - May 29

Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature, Houston, January 18 - June 30

African American Literature, Modern and Contemporary, Houston, February 1 - 29

In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, Wichita Falls, February 1 - March 5

Texas Writers Exhibition, Johnson City, February 8 - March 4

Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America, Honey Grove, March 1 - 31

Monday, February 29:

University of St. Thomas - Cullen Hall, The Easter 1916 Rising: An Historical Perspective with Professor Joe Lee, author of Ireland 1912-1985: Politics and Society, 7PM

San Antonio
Our Lady of the Lake University, Literary Talk by Urayoán Noel: “Was There a Latin@ Sixties Poetry?”, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Manning Wolfe reads and signs DOLLAR SIGNS: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King and Bill Rodgers discusses and signs History Retweets Itself Texas Edition, 5PM

Thursday, March 3:
Brazos Bookstore, Derick Burleson & Allen Gee poetry readings, 7PM

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston, 2016 Space City Poetry Slam Series: Constellation Preliminary, 6PM

Murder By the Book, Michelle Gable will sign and discuss her new novel I'll See You In Paris, 6:30PM

Texas Tech, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Mat Johnson, 7:30PM

San Antonio
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Urayoán Noel Poetry Reading/Book Signing, 7PM

Friday, March 4:

Inprint House, First Friday Poetry Reading Series 40th Anniversary presents Robin Davidson, 8:30PM

Kaboom Books, Dennis Abrams presents The Play's the Thing, 7PM

University of Houston - Cullen Performance Hall, The Houston Moth GrandSLAM II, 8PM

Texas Tech, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Joey Franklin & Landon Houle, 4PM

San Antonio
B&N - Centre at Copperfield, Robert Jacobus signs Houston Cougars in the 1960s, 3PM

B&N - River Oaks, Marci Izard signs Nourishing Your Whole Self, A Cookbook with Feelings, 2PM

B&N - Vanderbilt Square, Realms of Fantasy and Spirituality author event with Lindsey Scholl and Cindy Wu, 2PM
Brazos Bookstore, Speak Poet! with Marcell Murphy and Jasminne Mendez, 2PM

Katy Budget Books, Justina Page signs The Circle of Fire: In the Midst of the Ashes an Ember of Hope Flickered, 2PM

Murder By the Book, Manning Wolfe will sign and discuss Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King, 4:30PM

Gemini Ink, Performalist Poetics: An Exploratory Workshop with Urayoán Noel, 10AM

Leon Valley Community and Conference Centers, Judy Barrett, author of Easy Edibles: How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food, will be a guest author at the 27th Annual Earthwise Living Day, 9AM

The Twig Book Shop, Linda Brooks reads and signs The Calling of Ella McFarland, 11AM

The Twig Book Shop, Heribert Von Feilitzsch discusses and signs The Secret War Council: The German Fight against the Entente in America in 1914, 5PM

B&N - Town Square, William Vargas signs A Family Living in Darkness, 1PM

Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse, Northwest Houston Romance Writers of American workshop with Pamela Fagan Hutchins, 10AM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony Mall, Crystal Allen signs The Magnificent Mya Tibbs Series, 2PM

Washington-on-the-Brazos Historic Sight, Richard B. McCaslin signs Washington on the Brazos: Cradle of the Texas Republic during the 180th Texas Independence Day Celebration, 10AM

Sunday, March 6:

B&N - Fairway Market Place, Tarif Youssef-Agha signs A Journey Around the Arab Spring Revolutions, 12PM

Saturday, February 27, 2016


I reviewed The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters (Simon & Schuster) by Karl Rove for Lone Star Literary Life. No matter your politics, this is an excellent history and analysis. From the review:
So why does the election of a president more than one hundred years ago still matter today, you may well ask.
In an era when the nation was profoundly split between the South and the West, the North and the East, conflict between debtors and the financial class, sometimes fatal fights over how the economic pie should be allocated, and both parties employed procedure to gridlock Congress and caused the people to declare the whole place incompetent, McKinley circumvented the Republican party chiefs and “was the first president in more than two decades to win with a significant popular majority.” How did McKinley build a winning coalition out of these disparate interests? 
The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters is Karl Rove’s lively, briskly paced, and meticulously organized answer to that question. But this book isn’t limited to the election; it is also a primer on American history, politics, and economics during the decades immediately following the Civil War. It compares and contrasts the politics of then and now and reminds us that history and politics are cyclical, and that there are patterns to be discerned and learned from, as is made evident in the modern campaigns of Nixon and Reagan. Perhaps someone should hide this book from Trump.
Please click here to read the entire review.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


My review of Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King (Starpath Books, LLC) by Manning Wolfe was published in Lone Star Literary Life! This is Wolfe's debut legal thriller which won a Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest in 2014. From the review:
When Tarantella Estevez set fire to the billboard looming over his tire shop he didn’t consider all of the junked vehicles parked on the lot beneath it. And how could he know that a homeless man was sleeping in one of those cars? So when the billboard buckles and falls flaming onto the vehicles below, and the gasoline in their tanks ignites, a simple charge of vandalism becomes manslaughter and Austin lawyer Merit Bridges, the Estevez brothers’ real estate attorney for a case involving the aforementioned, now incinerated, billboard, is cast into unfamiliar criminal waters. Boots King (“slippery as snail snot”) is an ethically challenged leasing agent employed by the owner of the billboard company to con trusting property owners into outdoor advertising contracts with some highly suspicious language buried in the small print. Boots isn’t averse to getting his hands dirty in a little wet work when called upon by his boss. 
Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King is a legal thriller by Manning Wolfe,the winner of a Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest, and the first in a planned series. Manning brings her legal education and years of experience practicing law in Austin to bear on this promising debut. She even manages to make the minutiae of contracts and real estate law and procedure interesting (seriously — y’all stop laughing).
Click here to read the entire review. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar February 22 - 28

Bookish events in Texas for the week of February 22 - 28, 2016: 

Special Events:
Writefest, Houston, February 22 - 28

30th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Alpine, February 26 - 27

People's Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi, February 26 - 27

Montgomery County Book Festival, The Woodlands, February 27

Ongoing Exhibits:
Shakespeare in Print and Performance, Austin, December 21 - May 29

Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature, Houston, January 18 - June 30

African American Literature, Modern and Contemporary, Houston, February 1 - 29

In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez, Wichita Falls, February 1 - March 5

Texas Writers Exhibition, Johnson City, February 8 - March 4

Monday, February 22:

Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff, SOUP'S ON: STONE SOUP SHOWCASE, 7PM

Fort Worth
B&N - Hulen Center, See How They Run book signing with Ally Carter, 6PM

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

Brazos Bookstore, Anne C. Klein discusses and signs STRAND OF JEWELS, 7PM

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, On Truth and Fiction: An Evening with Sayed Kashua, 7:30PM

George Mahon Library, Caprock Writer's Alliance meeting featuring author S.J. Dahlstrom, 7PM

San Antonio

Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant, Poetry or Die: Poetry 4 Peace, 8PM

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Public Library, Behind the Book with Joanne Fluke and Wedding Cake Murder, 12PM

Thursday, February 25:
Allen Public Library, discussion with author and State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal, 7:30PM

Axelrad Beer Garden, Writefest Showcase & Open Mic, 7:30PM

Texas Tech English Auditorium, FAMILY RESEMBLANCE: A Reading with Editor Jacqueline Kolosov, Contributor Katie Cortese and Additional Guests, 7:30PM

San Marcos
Texas State University’s Alkek Library, Wittliff Collections Reading Series presents Leslie Jamison, 3:30PM

Friday, February 26:
Front Street Books, poet Larry Thomas recites selected works and presents Cooking with the Texas Poets Laureate, 5PM

BookPeople, MysteryPeople Presents MINERVA KOENIG speaking and signing South of Nowhere and TRUDY NAN BOYCE speaking & signing Out of the Blues, 7PM

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and ArtBook Release and Reading, 7:30PM

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Reading Series: Galentine’s Day Edition, 7PM

Westwood Country Club, Texas Book Festival's Literary Lunch with Stephen Harrigan, 11:15AM

Cianfrani Coffee Shop, Poetry Reading/Open Mic, 6:30PM

Jung Center of Houston, Dark Nights of the Soul: Jung, Dante and the Red Book, 7PM

Rudyard's, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Abe Smith, Corey Campbell, Aza Pace, and Kay Cosgrove, 7PM

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP Literary Center Reading Series presents Leslie Jamison, 7:30PM

San Antonio
B&N - San Pedro, Calamity book signing with Brandon Sanderson, 7PM

Saturday, February 27:

B&N - Lincoln Park, Adrian Clark to sign i: A Guide for Young Entrepreneurs, 4PM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live presents Selected Shorts with Blythe Danner, John Benjamin Hickey, and Denis O’Hare, 7:30PM

El Paso
B&N - Fountains at Farah, Eva Yvonne Kirk discusses Paper Dolls: God's Little Cut-ups, 3PM

Memorial Park Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Inner Voices" with Nancy Lorenzo Green, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Colonel Richard Graham presents and signs The Complete Book of the SR-71 Blackbird, 2PM

Galveston Bookshop, Lisa Sandlin signs The Do-Right, 2PM

Highland Village
B&N, Heather Patterson signs Passing the Bone, 2PM

B&N - River Oaks, Douglas Raybreaux signs The Color of Freedom After The Turbulent 60's, 2PM

B&N - Westheimer, It's Too Windy! reading and signing with Patty York Raymond, 12PM

Brazilian Arts Foundation, Houston VIP Grand Slam (poetry), 7:30PM

B&N - Ingram Festival, Author Book Signings: Victor Alvarez, Lee Young, and Christopher Molleda, 1PM

B&N - La Cantera, 2016 Teen and Young Readers LibraryPalooza! featuring authors Leigh Bardugo, Kiera Cass, April Henry, George O'Connor, and Brandon Sanderson, 11AM

B&N - San Pedro, The Train to Crystal City book signing with Jan Jarboe Russell, 2PM

Gemini Ink, 2015 Mentorship Celebratory Reading and Reception featuring Carrie Fountain, John Phillip Santos, Danielle Sellers, Chris Yan, Joshua Levine, and Amanda Harr, 7PM

The Twig Book Shop, Tiffany Grant discusses and signs The Single Gal’s Guide to Shopping For A Great Guy, 11AM

B&N - Town Square, Harry Simon signing God's Plan for Marriage, 2PM

Harris County Public Library - Barbara Bush Branch, African American Read In with local authors, readings by high school students, and storytelling for young ones, 1PM

Sunland Park, New Mexico
Ardovino's Desert Crossing, Border Regional Library Association Awards Banquet honors UTEP filmmaker and author of South Sun Rises: A Bilingual Poetic Narrative of the Borderland, Valentin Sandoval, with the Southwest Book Award, 6PM

The Woodlands
B&N - Woodlands Mall, Come to the Garden book signing with Jennifer Wilder Morgan, 1PM

Sunday, February 28:
Half Price Books Mother Ship, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Mel Renfro will sell and sign his autobiography, Mel Renfro: Forever a Cowboy, 1PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Marvin O'Bryant discusses and signs Life Without a Father, 4PM

Saturday, February 20, 2016


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Thursday, February 18, 2016


  Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King
Texas Lady Lawyer Novel #1 
by Manning Wolfe
First Place, The Writers' League of Texas Annual Manuscript Contest, 2014
Genre: Adult / Legal Thriller / Mystery /Suspense
Date of Publication: February 18, 2016
# of pages: 310
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MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.

Manning Wolfe
Excerpts from Dollar Signs ©:   2.11.16

This scene occurs about 1/3 into the book as Boots King is stalking Merit and she’s unaware of his presence in her yard.

Boots circled the neighbor’s yard and watched Merit’s shadow move behind the shades in her house. He could see her holding something as she sat on the bed, but couldn’t see what it was. He crept around the edge of the yard, avoiding the motion sensors for her outdoor lights.
What a joke. A false sense of security at best, useless if someone really wanted in, he thought.
Boots could see Merit fiddle with something then put it on the bedside table. He watched her shadow undress, put on a robe, and leave the bedroom.
Boots saw the bathroom light go on and her shadow move around the small window. It looked like she was running a bath.
“Your time is coming. I can have you anytime I want you,” Boots said.
He was happy, excited actually, just to watch and know what he could do if he chose. He wanted to make it last.
            “Foreplay,” Boots said.

Praise for the books:
A legal thriller not to be missed…Manning Wolfe just put
herself on my list of must-read authors. — Mark Pryor, Hugo
Marston Novels

Move over, John Grisham. There’s a lady lawyer in town.
Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Ricos Tales

This novel is smart, funny, moving, and entertaining as hell.
Jesse Sublett, 1960’s Austin Gangsters

A great read, and Texas crime fiction has a new star.
Bill Crider, Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Pages smoke like burnt fried chicken grease on a Saturday
night…This one, my friends, is a non-putter-downer!
George Wier, Bill Travis Mysteries.

A high-speed storyline full of twists and turns upon a stark
background of reality as lawyers might really experience
it. Manning Wolfe is one of the up and coming legal thriller
writers of this generation. Read her and enjoy her, but don’t
expect much sleep! — John Ellsworth, author, Thaddeus
Murfee Legal Thrillers

                                                                                                MANNING WOLFE, an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.


One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Dollar Signs, a $50 Visa Gift Card, a "Don't Mess With Texas Women" plaque, and some fun dollar sign beads!

Giveaway runs from 12:01am 2/18/16 through 11:59pm 4/2/16

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