Charles Siebert brings Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral to Barnes & Noble Westlake Tuesday, April 28, 7pm. Wickerby is a collapsing log cabin in the woods of Canada, where Siebert is drawn for five months after having spent nearly his whole life in Brooklyn. The book is garnering the obvious critical comparisons to Thoreau, but its more recent antecedents include Blue Highways from William Least-Heat Moon...

The Texas Unit of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has released volume one (of what they are hoping will be many more) of Texas Voices and Visions, which consists of nine Texas authors reading excerpts of their works. Four of those authors, Gary Cartwright, Jan Reid, Elizabeth Crook, and the certifiably insane Jim Kunetka will be at Book People Friday, April 17, 7pm, to read from their works. Cartwright is a Texas Monthly senior editor whose new book HeartWiseGuy: How to Live the Good Life After a Heart Attack, comes out this month; Jan Reid is the author of Deerinwater and The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock who reads his unpublished manuscript "A Pig for Dorothy" on the CD; Elizabeth Crook has written two historical novels, The Raven's Bride and Promised Lands, and is currently working on a historical mystery; Jim Kunetka is the author of two histories and five novels, and is the author of the yet-unfinished A Critical Assembly...

The Library Foundation and the Central Texas Storytelling Guild host Texas Tales, an adult storytelling event (they mean "adults" as opposed to "kids"). Nationally known Dallas storyteller Elizabeth Ellis, Tim Tingle, Rosanna Herndon, Mary Grace Ketner, Kimberly Lehman, Dorothy Anthony, and Francis Nail are the evening's mediums at St. James Episcopal Church, 3701 East MLK on Saturday, April 25, 7pm. The organizers are able to host the event due to funds granted from the Texas Book Festival, which early this month announced that the $204,607 raised from last year's Festival would go to 83 Texas libraries...

On Sunday, April 19, 3pm, Borders hosts Rod Kennedy, the founder and producer of the Kerrville Folk Festival, with his new book, Music From the Heart, from local publisher Eakin Press...

You may find it hard to believe that a poem about Laredo contains an allusion to ancient Roman poet Catullus (¡Te odio! ¡Te amo!) but all that and more is happening in Floricanto Si: A Collection of Latina Poetry. Editor Bryce Milligan and some of the poets will read at Barnes & Noble Guadalupe Thursday, April 23, 7:30pm.

UT Press Events

UT Press will hold its annual book sale Friday, April 24, 10am-6pm and Saturday, April 25, 10am-4pm, on UT Press grounds at 2100 Comal, which is just north of Disch-Falk baseball field, at I-35 and Manor Road. Discounts of up to 90% will be offered on nearly out-of-print editions to brand-new titles. Slightly imperfect or damaged books will be offered at an even greater savings, and drawings for free gifts and free bonus books will be held throughout the sale...

UT Press is also accepting entries for the second annual John Graves Essay Contest. Three winners and 10 finalists will be announced at the 1998 Texas Book Festival. Send a 2,500-word nonfiction essay and a $15 entry fee to: Graves Contest, University of Texas Press, PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713 before May 30. The contest is open to all who draw literary inspiration from the people and places of Texas, and aims to foster the talent of Texas writers. Entrants are encouraged to read and gain inspiration from Graves' work, and should strive to emulate Graves' subject matter rather than his style.

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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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