Borders is celebrating Texas Writers Month with panel discussions featuring Lone Star writers every Saturday afternoon in May at 3pm. On May 24, Kathleen Kaska (What Is Your Agatha Christie I.Q.?) will present a trivia quiz contest based on the works of Texas mystery authors Jeff Abbott (Distant Blood), David Lindsey (Requiem for a Glass Heart), Susan Rogers Cooper (Doctors & Lawyers & Such), and Nancy Bell (Biggie and the Poisoned Politician). Book People also celebrates with events of its own, including appearances by Jim Marrs and Kinky Friedman. Marrs is the author of Crossfire (the basis for Oliver Stone's JFK movie); he will come to Book People on Wednesday, May 28, at 7pm to discuss his new Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us. The next night, May 29, at 7pm, Kinky Friedman will sign copies of his latest mystery, The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover.
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. Although the event is free, organizers encourage donations to the AWL. For more information, 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. Pells' book has already been described by Publishers Weekly as "A sweeping, eye-opening study.... Pells has produced a major piece of cultural criticism that recasts the debate over the globalization of American culture."
Texas Author Contest
The University of Texas is hosting the first annual John Graves Essay Contest, open to all writers who draw inspiration from the people and places of Texas, and which aims to foster the talents of Texas writers. UT Press has brought together important Texas literary figures as judges, including Rick Bass, Bob Compton, Betty Sue Flowers, Don Graham, Stephen Harrigan, James Hoggard, Larry L. King, Prudence Mackintosh, Anne Morris, Dave Oliphant, Carolyn Osborne, Judyth Rigler, Bud Shrake, Audrey N. Slate, Larry Swindell, John Trimble, Jane Roberts Wood, and Janis Woods Windle. The final winners will be selected by John Graves, with prizes of $500, $300, and $100 going to the top three winners. Call Keri North at 471-4032 for entry info. Deadline is May 30