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2011 Texas Author Series Features Five Writers

By Janis C. Test



It’s time to save the dates for the 2011 Texas Author Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the West Texas Book & Music Festival. The series was conceived several years ago as a supplement to the book festival, allowing the Friends an opportunity to present talks by interesting authors throughout the year. Noon brown bag programs, free to the public, will be presented on five Mondays – March 7 and 28, April 11 and May 2 and 23 at the Main Library downtown, 202 Cedar. Beginning this year’s series on March 7 is native Abilenian Jack North, who will talk about and show pictures from his book, Early Abilene, a pictorial history of Abilene from its founding in 1881 to the 1930s.{{more}} On Monday, March 28, Alan Birkelbach of Plano, 2005 Texas Poet Laureate, will read a selection of his works. He is the author of six volumes of poetry, with a seventh coming out this spring. Monday April 11, Clifton novelist Lisa Wingate will discuss her Blue Sky Hill Series of three novels, with a fourth due out this summer. The novels are set in a transitional neighborhood in Dallas. On Monday, May 2, historian Bill O’Neal of Carthage, author of about 30 books on western and Texas history, will talk about his latest book, The Johnson-Sims Feud, much of which is set in Baird, Sweetwater and Snyder. On Monday May 23 Doug Mendenhall, journalism professor at Abilene Christian University and weekly columnist for the Abilene Reporter-News, will read essays from his collection, How Jesus Ended Up in the Food Court. Persons attending may bring their own lunch or buy one for $5 at the library. Books by the featured authors will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

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