Irish Eyes of Texas
Tax Protest Author
Austin businessman Tom L. Johnson, in response to a 23% increase in his property taxes in 1995, wrote Fighting Back! A Practical Guide to Reducing Your Property Taxes. He will be at Book People on Friday, May 16 at 7pm, to discuss his book and how to protest property taxes.
Texas Writers Month
Borders is celebrating Texas Writers Month with a series of panel discussion events featuring Lone Star writers every Saturday afternoon in May at 3pm. Texas journalists field questions about investigative reporting, freelance writing, and Internet resources on May 17. Included in the two panel discussions are Texas Monthly's Paul Pugh, Joe Nick Patoski, Edd Patton, and Evan Smith and Austin Chronicle managing editor (but soon-to-be Monthly staffer) Jen Scoville. Also, Texas Monthly will host an art exhibit by Patton, illustrator of More Texas Sayings You Can Shake a Stick At.
Jason Dorsey, an 18-year-old junior in the University of Texas Business Honors Program with a 4.0 GPA, will be at Borders on Sunday, May 18 at 3pm, to promote Graduate to Your Perfect Job in Six Easy Steps. The mini-workshop and Q&A is aimed at recent high school and college graduates.
Writers at the Met
An evening of reading, cocktails, and conversation with 15 of Austin's most successful writers will be held at the Metropolitan Club of Austin on Thursday, May 22 at 7pm. The event, called "Writers at the Met," is co-sponsored by the club and the Austin Writers League (AWL); participants include frequent Austin Chronicle contributor Marion Winik, Liz Carpenter, Louise Redd, Jeff Abbott, Rob Thomas, Patricia Wynn, Turk Pipkin, Mary Willis Walker, William Browning Spencer, Nancy Bell, Susan Wade, Frederic Bean, Austin Bay, Evelyn Palfrey, and Mary Thurston. Free but donations to the AWL are encouraged. For info, call the Metropolitan Club at 477-4447 or the AWL at 499-8914.
University of Texas history professor Richard Pells will be at Book People on Thursday, May 22, 7-9pm, to sign copies of and deliver a lecture on his new book, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II.
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