Red Salmon Spawns Program
On Saturday, June 28 at 7:30pm at the Dougherty Arts Center, Texas Folklife Resources presents a free two-hour program called The Language of Tradition: The Cowboy Way. The evening promises a performance from Amarillo cowboy poet Buck Ramsey, Austin author Sarah Bird reading from her novel Virgin of the Rodeo, the Reverend Mack Williams, a former cowboy who pastors three Baptist congregations in and around Tivola, storyteller Alejandro Solis, Jr., and Louise O' Connor, who will sign Cryin' for Daylight, her 1989 book which documents the language and lore of cowboy life in the Texas Coastal Bend.
Bradley Denton will be reading from his novel Lunatics, which has recently come out in softcover at Borders, Saturday, June 28 at 3pm. Denton has lived in Austin for nine years, and so loves our town that he decided to set Lunatics here. The book, according to Fiona Cherbak of Borders, is more speculative fantasy than science fiction; it concerns the crises of a group of friends in their thirties and "a moon goddess who gets in the way," as Denton explains it. Denton offers that Austin's famed moontowers provided more than a little inspiration in formulating the moon goddess' presence.
Ongoing: The exhibition The Life and Films of Warren Skaaren: Screenwriter is showing in the seventh-floor gallery of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center through June 27.... Don Bachardy's exhibit Confrontations, portraits of famous literary figures such as Tennessee Williams, E.M. Forster, Anais Nin, W.H. Auden, and Lillian Hellman among others, is showing at the Leeds Gallery at the Flawn Academic Center on the UT campus until August 15. Bachardy's portraits hedge the fine line between formal and frenetic; they are clear, elegant insights into literary figures to which we readers rarely receive such benign, open access... The Austin Writers' League is accepting entries for the Seventh annual Violet Crown Book Awards. Three $1,000 prizes willl be presented for best books in fiction, nonfiction, and literary categories for books published between September 1, 1996 and July 31, 1997. Call 499-8914... 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. Writers wishing to submit stories for possible inclusion in next year's edition should look for forms at Half Price locations this fall. Entries will be due by December 31 of this year.
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