Six authors will speak at library’s Texas Author Series

Six authors will speak at library’s Texas Author Series

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

The 2014 Texas Author Series will feature six authors speaking at the Abilene Public Library this spring. Historian Dan Utley, co-author of History Along the Way and History Ahead, two books of stories behind some of the state’s historical markers, will kick off the series on March 3. San Antonio novelist Leila Meacham will visit on March 10 as part of the book tour for her new novel Somerset, a prequel to her 2010 best-seller, Roses. Margaret Hoogstra, executive director of the Texas Forts Trail headquartered in Abilene, will speak on March 24 about the new Texas Forts Trail coffee-table book featuring eight frontier forts and a Spanish presidio in West Texas. {{more}} Wimberly photographer and author Laurence Parent will be featured on March 31 discussing and showing pictures from his new book of photographs of Texas landscapes, Texas: Portrait of a State. On April 7, in conjunction with National Poetry Month, Hardin-Simmons University professor and poet Bob Fink will read and discuss poems from his latest collection, Strange You Never Knew. Abilene author, photographer and civic leader Bill Wright will conclude the series on April 21 with a talk about his two most recent books, Fort Phantom Hill and Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend. All the programs are at noon on Mondays at the downtown library and are free. Light lunches are available for $5 or participants may bring their own. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the West Texas Book Festival, with proceeds from book sales supporting library activities.