Oh, the Humanities
Author mingling at Humanities TX annual Holiday Book Fair
By Kimberley Jones, 3:40PM, Wed. Dec. 7, 2011
Humanities Texas gets you in handshake range of some of Austin's finest authors with this weekend's Holiday Book Fair.
The annual fundraiser pairs discounted books for purchase with elbow-rubbing access to 20 Austin authors, including (deep breath) H.W. Brands (The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield), Stephen Harrigan (Remember Ben Clayton), Jake Silverstein (Nothing Happened and Then It Did), Ruth Pennebaker (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough), Oscar Casares (Amigoland), Don Graham (State of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents), Norma Cantú (Moctezuma’s Table: Rolando Briseño’s Mexican and Chicano Tablescapes), Will Erwin & Jason Walker (Texas State Cemetery), Thomas Hatfield (Rudder: From Leader to Legend), Rhonda Lashley Lopez (Don't Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country), Jeremi Suri (Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama), James Riddlesperger Jr. (Lone Star Leaders: Power and Personality in the Texas Congressional Delegation), L. Michael White (Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite), Steven Fenberg (Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good), Austin Bay (Atatürk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire), Susan Toomey Frost (Timeless Mexico: The Photographs of Hugo Brehme), James W. Pennebaker (The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say about Us), Manuel Medrano (Américo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography), and Michael O’Brien (Hard Ground).
Purchased books can be signed by authors in attendance; there will also be coffee and a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Bastrop Public Library, which took a hit during this summer's wildfires.
The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 10am-1pm, at the historic Byrne-Reed House on the corner of 15th and Rio Grande. See www.humanitiestexas.org for more information.