The kick-off party for Texas Writers Month was held at the Texas State Cemetery this year so, although the state wouldn't permit booze, participants were nevertheless able to commune with Fred Gipson (Old Yeller), J. Frank Dobie, and Walter Prescott Webb. Rod Moag performed Western swing, and a cake very nearly the size of Texas had us in its thrall. Austin screenwriter Cary Roberts, who heads up Texas Writers Month, and the Barnes & Noble booksellers, who put on the party, deserve a round of applause for their creative party-planning.
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