In December, bookstores tend to lighten the load of visiting authors because it's the holidays and because they're busy selling books. Nonetheless, there's a great wealth of events going on at local stores this month, so here's a compilation of as many of them as will fit into this space: Terry Galloway, performance artist and visitng UT professor, presents her memoir-in-progress, The Unheard, "about growing up deaf and hallucinatory in Cold War Berlin" at Book Woman Friday, December 4 at 6pm...

If you've been hiding in a cave and haven't yet seen or heard Kinky Friedman this fall, Texas Folklife Resources is putting on Lone Star of David: A Celebration of Texas Jewish Music on Saturday, December 5 at the Paramount Threatre at 8pm with Friedman, who will be joined by Rubinchik's Orkestyr, Yiddish folksinger Janice Rubin, and Cantor Neil Blumofe. Call 441-9255 for more information...

British stage actors Alan and Michele Waldock will be at Barnes & Noble Arboretum on Saturday, December 5 at 5pm and 6pm to perform Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, written by Terry Jones and illustrated by Brian Froud...

FringeWare wants anyone interested in forming a books for prisoners collective to attend an organizational meeting at the store on Sunday, December 6 at 3pm with a screening of the documentary Live From Death Row to take place at 4pm. FringeWare says that "sending books to people in prison is non-trivial, and can generally only be accomplished by experienced bookstore staff, even then with a guarantee of much frustration and systemic graft."...

On Sunday, December 6 at 4pm, Mysteries & More (11139 N. I-35) hosts a gaggle of local and area mystery writers signing their books: Nancy Bell signs Biggie and the Fricasseed Fat Man, Jay Brandon signs Angel of Death, Lynda S. Robinson signs Drinker of Blood, Steve Hamilton signs A Cold Day in Paradise, and Sharon Kahn signs Fax Me a Bagel. Call 837-6768 for more information...

To commemorate the opening of Splash!, the new interactive exhibit at Barton Springs Pool, Marshall Frech of the Texas Environimental Center will talk about the new exhibit at Barnes & Noble Westlake on Saturday, December 5 at 6pm...

The O. Henry Museum (409 East Fifth) hosts O. Henry's Victorian Christmas on Sunday, December 13 from 2-5pm. At 3pm, Ev Lunning, an instructor in theatre and communications at St. Edward's, will read "Gifts of the Magi." Call 472-1903 for more information...

Book People hosts Mike Cox reading from Historical Austin on Monday, December 7 at 7pm and Jack Jackson signing and discussing Lost Cause on Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm. Esmerelda Santiago and Joie Davidow, editors of Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories, will read from that book on Thursday, December10, 7pm, at Book People...

Ebony Sun JavaHouse continues its "It's Poetry to Me" series on Thursday, December 10 at 8pm with poets Ivan Miller, Rick Green, Big Willie, and Marla Fulgham...

Sunday, December 13 at 2pm, in an Audiobook event in their cafe, Borders plays the first chapters of A Widow for One Year, Bridget Jones's Diary, All the Pretty Horses, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Snow Falling on Cedars, and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! And on Saturday, December 19, 3pm, Borders hosts Frances Nail reading from her new book God, Cars & Souvenirs; Wolf's previous book is Crow in the House, Wolf at the Door...

On Monday, December 14 at 7pm, Virgina Postrel reads from her new book, The Future and Its Enemies, at Barnes & Noble Arboretum.

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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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