Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wordcraft – Fall into autumn with Texas literary events

This week’s cooler temperatures make it easier to remember that fall is coming, and with it a new season of literary events, most but not all in North Texas. I’m posting about these a little earlier than usual, to give myself a head start on autumn’s plenty.

August 20: Grand re-opening of the Dallas Library’s 7th floor History and Archives Division, 10:30 a.m. If you’ve never (or not recently) visited this collection, prepare to be amazed. Besides a Shakespeare first folio and a first printing of the Declaration of Independence, the revamped 7th floor houses over 1,800 historic images by pioneering black Dallas photographer Marion Butts, coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination (and related items, including Lee Harvey Oswald’s library card, documenting his overdue books) and more. These unique and fragile items do not circulate outside the library – see them on the 7th floor only.

August 22-26: For this 10th anniversary of its Points Summer Book Club, the Dallas Morning News selection is 2016 Pulitzer finalist If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power. The online discussion runs next Monday through Friday. RSVP  now for for a free forum and book signing with the author August 24, 7-9 p.m., at the University of Texas at Dallas. And see the September 14 World Affairs Council’s event (below) to continue the conversation.

September 6: Tickets will be available at the Richardson, Texas, public library, 900 Civic Center Drive, for the Richardson Reads One Book forum with Joshua Davis, author of Spare Parts, the story of four undocumented kids, one ugly robot and a dream come true. Books are available at Half Price Books Richardson. The author discussion and book signing is September 20 at the auditorium of Richardson High School, 1250 West Beltline Road. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free, but tickets required due to limited space.

September 11 – November 17: Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live opens its fall season with author Robert Hoge, author of the memoir Ugly. See the site for a complete list of events and ticket prices. Most authors will appear at the DMA, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas.

September 14: World Affairs Council features Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. $40. See the site for details.

September 19 – October 23: The Authors LIVE! series opens with a wow – an appearance by Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, “the most anticipated literary novel of the year” and, no surprise, a pick of Oprah Winfrey’s book club. The series is held at 7 p.m. in Wesley Hall of Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane. Free, no reservations required, but readers may attend a reception with the author and receive a copy of the book for $30. See site for details.

September 23-25FenCon, the literary science fiction and fantasy convention at the Westin DFW in Irving (State Highway 114 and Esters Road). This year’s con incorporates a 1632 minicon, for fans of the series. $40 online registration through September 1, $45 at the door. Dozens of author panels and signings.

October 1: Texas Teen Book Festival, St. Edward’s University, 3001 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. Free, with loads of authors. It’s an offshoot of the big mama, the Texas Book Festival (see below). Need we say more? See site for details.

October 13: SMUReads hosts attorney Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, 4:30 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. Stevenson’s lecture is free, but the university requests preregistration at www.smu.edu/smureads.

November 5-6: Texas Book Festival, with hundreds of adult and teen authors and dozens of venues in and around the State Capitol building, this is huge! Free, see the site for complete author list, schedule, and details about where best to enter the massive event.

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