Bedtime Stories

Half Price Books has published the 1997 edition of Say Goodnight to Illiteracy, a book of bedtime stories intended to raise money for literacy programs. This third volume of the collection, which retails at Half Price locations for $2.98, highlights the 25th anniversary of the Dallas-based chain with 25 stories, selected from over 1,000 entries in a contest earlier this year.

Among the winners are two Austinites:
9-year-old Hahna Muehlberger wrote "The Ladybug That Came to Tea" and Grand Prize Winner Lynn Brooks, author of "Goodnight Sleepy Jungle Animals." Brooks and the two other Grand Prize winners received $500 gift certificates, and Muehlberger and her fellow winners won $50 gift certificates.

Writers wishing to submit stories for possible inclusion in next year's edition should look for forms at Half Price locations this fall. Stories will be due by December 31 of this year.

Road Less Traveled

Contributors to Frontage Roads, the literary magazine of Round Rock's Westwood High School, will appear at Book People on Tuesday, June 3, at 7pm to read from their works of poetry and fiction. This is Frontage Roads' second year of existence, and last year's edition captured national and state literary awards.

More Texas Writers Month

In the final weekend of Texas Writers Month, mystery novelist Kinky Friedman and San Antonio-based writer Docia Williams will appear at Book People. Friedman will be there tonight (Thursday, May 29) at 7pm to sign copies of his books, including the latest, The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover. Friedman anticipates publication of his new Roadkill -- starring himself and
Willie Nelson -- in September. Williams will be there the next day, Friday, May 30, to tell Texas ghost stories. At 7:15pm, she will appear in the BookKids section of the store to tell tales appropriate for children, and then at 8pm she will be on the main stage on the third floor to entertain adults. Williams is the author of When Darkness Falls. On Saturday, May 31 at 3pm Texas children's authors Trevor Romain (Keeper of Dreams), Janice VanCleave (Science for Every Kid), and Rob Thomas (Rats Saw God) appear at Borders.

Irish Eyes of Texas

San Marcos resident Roger Boylan saw the publication of his Killoyle, An Irish Farce on May 15 from Dalkey Archive Press. Killoyle is a comic novel set in a fictitious Irish town of the same name, and was no doubt created from Boylan's experiences as a student in both Ireland and Scotland. Boylan will hit Barnes & Noble on Saturday, May 31, 2-4pm to promote the novel.

Texana Talk

If you watched television coverage of the Republic of Texas standoff in Fort Davis last month, you became familiar with the face of Texas Department of Safety spokesman Mike Cox. He is also a published author on the subject of Texana, and writes a column on it for the Austin American-Statesman. Cox has a new book titled Texas Ranger, which he will discuss at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, May 29, 7-8pm. Texas Ranger was published by -- and boy, you have to love the irony -- a company named Republic of Texas Press.

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More Postscripts
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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