*THU, FEB 6: The San Gabriel Writers' League will meet at 7:30pm at the Georgetown Public Library to hear Joan Hall present a lecture titled "Show, Don't Tell" assisted by Cindy Weigand. Hall, who has taught high school English for 28 years, has won several awards for her writing.
Call 512/819-9655 for more information... Mary Gaitskill, author of the short story collection Because They Wanted To, will be at Barnes & Noble at 7pm for a booksigning. Gaitskill is also the author of Bad Behavior and Two Girls, Fat and Thin.

* THU, FEB 6: Austin author Beth Fowler comes to Barnes & Noble for a booksigning to make pet lovers happy,
2-4pm. Fowler's books include Could You Love Me Like My Dog? and Could You Love Me Like My Cat?

*WED, FEB 12: John J. Nance will read from and sign copies of his latest thriller, Medusa's Child, at Book People, 7pm.

* FRI, FEB 14: John Smith, Meera Sundram, Scott Wiggerman, and Thom the World Poet will read love poems for Valentine's Day at Book People, 5-7pm.

* UPCOMING: UT's Center for Mexican American Studies will honor Rolando Hinojosa-Smith with a day-long symposium on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Bass Lecture Hall. Hinojosa-Smith is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor in Creative Writing in UT's English department and is a native of Mercedes, Texas. He has been at UT since 1981, and served as the director for the Center for Texas Writers from 1984 through 1993. Hinojosa-Smith is the author of the Klail City Death Trip series of books, and also of This Migrant Earth, Dear Rafe, and Partners in Crime. Participants in this event will include Trinity University's Arturo Madrid, USC's Teresa McKenna, SWT's Jaime Mejia, and Berkeley's José David Saldivar. The program will include a reading by Hinojosa-Smith, panels discussions and presentations. Call 471-2136 for more info.... Teresa McKenna, a participant in the above event, will present the first spring lecture of the "Chicana/Chicano Studies: Knowledge, Power and Advocacy" series Feb. 20 at the Texas Union Eastwoods Room, 2.102, at 3:30pm. McKenna's lecture is titled "The Obsidian Mirror: Claiming the Stranger's Face in Chicano Latin Studies." Her new book, Migrant Song: Politics and Process in Contemporary Chicano Literature is due from UT Press this month.

* ONGOING: A contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the Freelance Writers Network, is accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction short stories and poetry through Feb. 15. Entries are limited to 1,500 words or less, and there is a $9 entry fee. Send an unreturnable manuscript (no originals) to "Smith & Hughes Publishing, "Best of Collection," PO Box 57842, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or write to Darrell Thomas at that address for more info... Half Price Books' "Just Read" program has been expanded to include a "Just Draw" program, wherein every time a child draws a book character on a Half Price bookmark, Half Price will donate a book to a national literacy project and the bookmark will be displayed in Half Price stores through Mar. 1...

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The last time we heard about Karla Faye Tucker, she was being executed; now, almost four years later, there's a new novel about her. Or about someone very like her. And Beverly Lowry's classic Crossed Over, a memoir about getting to know Karla Faye Tucker, gets a reissue.

Clay Smith, Jan. 18, 2002

Not one day back from vacation and the growing list of noble souls who need to be congratulated is making Books Editor Clay Smith uneasy.

Clay Smith, Jan. 11, 2002

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