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A treasury of great writing on Texas rivers from the state’s leading literary voices . . .

Viva Texas Rivers!

Adventures, Misadventures, and Glimpses of Nirvana along Our Storied Waterways Edited by Steven L. Davis and Sam L. Pfiester Afterword by Andrew Sansom

More than the lifeblood of our natural world, Texas rivers have nourished the human spirit for as long as people have gathered on their banks. A living bond has flowed between Texas writers and rivers ever since the 1960 publication of John Graves’s classic journey along the Brazos, Goodbye to a River. Many of Texas’ leading writers have had their hearts captured by a river, and they have created sparkling accounts of the waterways they love. Now, editors Steven L. Davis and Sam L. Pfiester have assembled the best of those works into a revelatory collection of diverse literary voices. Ranging from the desert canyonlands of the Rio Grande to the swampy Big Thicket, from crystal clear Hill Country streams to the Red River’s treacherous quicksand, Viva Texas Rivers! showcases many classic writings along with brand new essays written for this volume. The literary nonfiction is complemented by flashes of poetry that brilliantly reflect these curving ribbons of light. Authoritative and expertly edited, Viva Texas Rivers! offers shimmering accounts of hidden paradises, as well as searing exposés of abuse and despoliation. Yet even in the bleakest times, as these writers have found, Texas rivers can bestow a sacred grace —and unexpected redemption. Viva Texas Rivers! brings you as close to the living nirvana of a Texas River as you can get without launching yourself into a canoe and following a great blue heron as it glides just above the breaking rapids, leading you around the bend as the river flows onward toward the best places in our hearts. Wittliff Collections Literary Series and River Books, sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

STEVEN L. DAVIS is the literary curator of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. The author and editor of eight books, his literary honors include the PEN Center Award for Research Nonfiction. He is a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters. SAM L. PFIESTER is chair of the Wittliff Collections advisory council and is the author of four novels: The Perfect War, The Golden Lane, Solomon’s Temple, and Salt Creek. He is also the producer and screenwriter of the 2018 movie Blanche.

978-1-62349-980-8 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-981-5 ebook 7x10. 256 pp. 5 maps. Appendix. Rivers. Water. Literary Nonfiction. September

RELATED INTEREST Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art

Edited by Andrew Sansom and William E. Reaves Jr. 978-1-62349-534-3 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-535-0 ebook The Blanco River

Wes Ferguson Photography by Jacob Croft Botter 978-1-62349-510-7 flexbound $24.95 978-1-62349-511-4 ebook


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. . . storytelling and remembrance as art discovered in a family’s life history.

Tejanaland

A Writing Life in Four Acts

Teresa Palomo Acosta Foreword by Nancy Baker Jones and Cynthia J. Beeman This collection by Teresa Palomo Acosta—poet, historian, author, and activist—spans three decades of her writing, from 1988 through 2018. The collection is divided into four parts: poems, essays, a children’s story, and plays. Each work addresses cultural, historical, political, and gender realities that she experienced from her childhood to the present. The plays, set in the Central Texas Blackland Prairies where Acosta was raised, provide a unique Latina vision of memory, identity, and experience and are a vital contribution to Chicana feminist thought. The essays focus on Acosta’s literary heroes Jovita González de Mireles, Sara Estela Ramírez, and Elena Zamora O’Shea, important writers who contributed significantly to Tejana literature and to Texas letters. The children’s story, “Colchas, Colchitas,” is based on Acosta’s most notable poem, “My Mother Pieced Quilts,” which pays homage to her mother and the many women of her generation who employed needles and thread, creating both practical and symbolic artifacts. This collection is a creative and, indeed, essential expansion of boundaries for what we think of as history, offering a unique and compelling look into the lived experiences and interior contemplations of a Texas artist well worth knowing. Readers will increase their understanding of Tejana experience in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Tejanaland promises to become an important addition to the cultural record, informing historical perspectives on the experiences of Tejana women and contributing significantly to the existing body of work from Tejana writers. Women in Texas History Series, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation

TERESA PALOMO ACOSTA is cofounder and former vice president of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History. She is the author of many works of fiction and poetry and is coauthor of Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History. She lives in Austin.

Teresa Paloma Acosta in the 1960s 978-1-62349-988-4 cloth $22.00 978-1-62349-989-1 ebook 6x9. 168 pp. 13 b&w photos. Mexican American Studies. Women’s Studies. Poetry. October

RELATED INTEREST Nepantla Familias

An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds Edited by Sergio Troncoso 978-1-62349-963-1 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-964-8 ebook Bridging Cultures

Reflections on the Heritage Identity of the TexasMexico Borderlands 978-1-62349-975-4 cloth $45.00s 978-1-62349-976-1 ebook


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Twenty-one in-depth interviews with women in the space program . . .

Making Space for Women

Stories from Trailblazing Women of NASA’s Johnson Space Center Edited by Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal Foreword by Barbara Morgan

From the creation of the Manned Spacecraft Center to the launching of the International Space Station and beyond, Making Space for Women explores how careers for women at Johnson Space Center have changed over the past fifty years as the workforce became more diverse and fields once closed to women—the astronaut corps and flight control—began to open. Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal has selected twenty-one interviews conducted for the NASA Oral History Projects, including those with astronauts, mathematicians, engineers, secretaries, scientists, trainers, managers, and more. The women featured not only discuss leadership, teamwork, and the experiences of being “the first,” but reveal how the role of the working woman in a predominantly white, male, technical agency has evolved. The narratives highlight the societal and cultural changes these women witnessed and the lessons they learned as they pursued different career paths. Among those included are Joan E. Higginbotham, mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery; Natalie V. Saiz, first female director of the Human Resource Office; Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space; Estella Hernández Gillette, the deputy director of the center’s External Relations Office; and Carolyn Huntoon, the first woman director of the Johnson Space Center. Making Space for Women offers a unique view of the history of human spaceflight while also providing a broader understanding of changes in American culture, society, industry, and life for women in the space program. The women featured in this book demonstrate that there are no boundaries or limits to a career at NASA for those who choose to seize the opportunity. Pioneering Women: Leaders and Trailblazers, Sponsored by Nancy and Ted Paup, Texas Woman’s University

JENNIFER M. ROSS-NAZZAL is the historian for the NASA Johnson Space Center. She is a two-time recipient of the Society for History in the Federal Government’s Charles Thomson Prize. She is the author of Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe. She lives in Houston.

978-1-62349-993-8 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-994-5 ebook 63/4x91/4. 464 pp. 20 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Women’s Studies. Labor History. American History. October

NEW SERIES

Pioneering Women: Leaders and Trailblazers, sponsored by Nancy and Ted Paup, Texas Woman’s University Claire L. Sahlin, General Editor With assistance from Kimberly C. Merenda This interdisciplinary book series, established under the auspices of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University, celebrates the lives and work of outstanding women and seeks to inspire and inform present and future visionary thinkers, innovators, and leaders.


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“The law is black and white, but life is gray . . .”

Texas People’s Court

The Fascinating World of the Justice of the Peace Mark Dunn

From 1983 to 1987, author Mark Dunn worked as a court clerk for a justice of the peace in Travis County, Texas, where, he says, “I learned more about human nature . . . than I could have learned in any other job I might have taken up as a bushy-tailed kid from Tennessee.” Based on interviews with 200 justices of the peace from all parts of Texas, Texas People’s Court promises to take readers on a tour of what it means to be a Texas justice of the peace: an experience that is by turns hilarious, sobering, heartwrenching, and, from one end to the other, fascinating. Here in the Texas justice court, wrongs can be righted and lives changed in profound ways. A priceless family necklace might finally be restored to the rightful owner; an occupational driver’s license fortuitously granted. A death inquest may become an opportunity for family reflection and valediction, with the attending judge as sympathetic witness. In each of its chapters, Texas People’s Court takes up a different aspect, duty, or area of thought related to the profession of justice of the peace taken from conversations with JPs throughout the state of Texas—from those who serve in its most populous municipalities to rural county JPs—putting a human face on the responsibilities, attitudes, and perspectives that motivate their judgments. The result is a thoroughly entertaining, sympathetic view of what Dunn calls “the day-to-day observation of human conflict in microcosm.” The Texas Experience, books made possible by Sarah ’84 and Mark ’77 Philpy

MARK DUNN is a playwright, novelist, and freelance writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His published works include the full-length plays Belles, Five Tellers, Dancing in the Rain, and Judge and Jury, the novel Ella Minnow Pea—winner of the 2001 Borders Original Voices Award for Fiction—and Quizzing America: Television Game Shows and Popular Culture in the 1950s.

978-1-62349-978-5 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-979-2 ebook 6x9. 216 pp. Map. Index. Texana. Law. Criminal Justice. October

RELATED INTEREST The Courthouses of Texas

Mavis P. Kelsey Sr. and Donald H. Dyal Photography by Frank Thrower 978-1-58544-549-3 paper $22.95

The Texas Calaboose and Other Forgotten Jails

William E. Moore 978-1-62349-715-6 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-716-3 ebook


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A legacy of visual storytelling . . .

Wild Focus

Twenty-five Years of Texas Parks & Wildlife Photography

Earl Nottingham Contributions by Carter P. Smith and Lydia Saldaña Foreword by Andrew Sansom In Wild Focus, Earl Nottingham, chief photographer for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and its magazine, provides a unique perspective on Texas featuring images of the woods, waters, and wildlife of the Lone Star landscape. Nottingham’s engaging photography—landscape, nature, and wildlife; environmental portraiture of people; photojournalistic coverage of events, including natural disasters— provides a cohesive overview of biodiversity and the state of conservation in Texas. The nearly 200 stunning photographs collected here encompass the expansive mission of TPWD, presenting traditional landscape images from state and national parks as well as from vast private lands. Cultural and historic sites are included along with environmental portraits of the people associated with those sites. From the state’s wildlife, both great and small, to nature shown in not only its beauty but also its fury—wildfires, hurricanes, and floods—Earl Nottingham offers a visual compendium of events, people, places, and things that have shaped the face of natural Texas. The author logged untold miles and wore through many sets of tires to offer timely stories that would “inform, educate, entertain, and empower” readers about the outdoors. These images that capture the richness and diversity of wild Texas inspire a greater appreciation for the state’s beauty and promote a sense of stewardship for its natural treasures. Kathie and Ed Cox Jr. Books on Conservation Leadership, sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

EARL NOTTINGHAM has been chief photographer of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for twenty-five years and is known for his work in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. His photography has appeared in numerous state and national publications including Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian Guide to America.

978-1-64843-001-5 cloth $35.00 978-1-64843-002-2 ebook 10x10. 248 pp. 195 color photos. Index. Nature Photography. Photography. Conservation. December

RELATED INTEREST The Texas Hill Country

A Photographic Adventure Michael H. Marvins 978-1-62349-677-7 cloth $38.00 978-1-62349-678-4 ebook Amarillo Flights

Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country Paul V. Chaplo Introduction by Walt Davis 978-1-62349-886-3 cloth $32.00 978-1-62349-887-0 ebook


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Two guys walked into a bar and decided to write a book . . .

Texas Dives

Enduring Neighborhood Bars of the Lone Star State

978-1-64843-012-1 cloth $35.00 978-1-64843-014-5 ebook 9x10. 208 pp. 150 color photos. Popular Culture. Photography. Texana. February

Anthony Head and Kirk Weddle Foreword by Jesse Dayton

While sometimes mischaracterized as the last respite of alcoholism, despair, and questionable motives, Texas dive bars are a reminder that life is not limited to the pressures and profits of the 9-to-5 world. A true dive earns its status through age and patron loyalty, so while dives are outposts from much of society, they’re typically stable businesses and often active in their neighborhoods. Dives are also gathering places, where the members, lubricated by affordable beer and long pours of whisky, solve the world’s problems on a regular basis. In Texas Dives: Enduring Neighborhood Bars of the Lone Star State, veteran writer Anthony Head and internationally recognized photographer Kirk Weddle visit twelve bars in twelve Texas cities. With pithy text and revealing images, they tell the stories of some of these off-the-radar hangouts of Americana, shining light on the bars and their owners, staffs, and regulars. Head and Weddle are quick to point out that this book is not about drinking, per se: it’s a book about Texas culture intimately observed, plus just enough participation to claim with confidence that dives also serve as community anchor points, social clubs, and even, on occasion, places where enduring friendships are made. This witty and sympathetic portrayal is sure to become a bucket-list book for general readers, fans of Texana, and almost anyone who has ever ducked around to the corner pub for a quick drink. The Texas Experience, books made possible by Sarah ’84 and Mark ’77 Philpy

ANTHONY HEAD is the author of Spirit: The Life and Art of Jesse Treviño and other books. His writing has appeared in Texas Highways, Bon Appétit, Robb Report, and The Tasting Panel among other national and international publications. He lives in San Marcos, Texas. KIRK WEDDLE, of Austin, creates enticing imagery for editorial, advertising, and corporate clients around the world. Best known for photographing the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, he shoots on location, in the studio, and underwater.


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A story of “magnificent madness”—and the darkness beneath . . .

True Love Cast Out All Evil The Songwriting Legacy of Roky Erickson

Brian T. Atkinson Forewords by Billy Gibbons and Henry Rollins “Transcendence came with a price,” Brian T. Atkinson writes in his introduction to this collection of reflections by and about pioneer psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson (1947–2019). The singer and songwriter who fronted the 13th Floor Elevators burst onto the Texas music scene in 1966 with the release of “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” the band’s only charting single, which featured Erickson’s primal vocal stylings. The band attracted considerable regional attention, including interest from a young Janis Joplin, who considered joining the group before opting to go to San Francisco instead. Through his interviews with those who were there and presentation of Erickson’s own words, Atkinson chronicles how Erickson was haunted for most of his life by mental illness, likely compounded by his liberal usage of hallucinogenic and other drugs. Despite that, however, his influence on Texas musicians of various genres is vast. As Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top attests in his foreword, “He stands alone to this day and is revered as an artist because he had the gift of a wonderful voice.” As with his previous books on Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Mickey Newbury, Atkinson has recorded hours of interviews with veteran and upcoming musicians who were impacted by Roky Erickson. Along with the insights of longtime music journalists like Joe Nick Patoski and the bittersweet recollections of friends and family members like Mikel Erickson, brother of the singer, this work includes poetry and lyrics written by Erickson during his confinement at Rusk State Hospital in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The picture that emerges is that of a brilliant, troubled mind and an artist whose influence extended far beyond the period of his greatest notoriety, continuing even beyond his death. John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University

BRIAN T. ATKINSON is the author of I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt, The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wiley Hubbard, and Looks Like Rain: The Songwriting Legacy of Mickey Newbury and coauthor of Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy behind Cheatham Street Warehouse. He lives in Austin.

978-1-64843-043-5 cloth $28.00 978-1-64843-044-2 ebook 6x9. 264 pp. 38 b&w photos. Notes. Discography. Videography. Index. Biography. Music. Texana. November

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The Songwriting Legacy of Mickey Newbury Brian T. Atkinson Forewords by Larry Gatlin and Don McLean 978-1-62349-926-6 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-927-3 ebook The Messenger

The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard Brian T. Atkinson Forewords by Jerry Jeff Walker and Hayes Carll 978-1-62349-778-1 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-779-8 ebook


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Celebrating lives and actions of heroic self-sacrifice . . .

Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients American Heroes

Michael Lee Lanning La Valentia, el valor, la bravura. Since the creation of the Medal of Honor by the United States Congress in 1861, sixty Americans of Hispanic heritage have been awarded the nation’s highest decoration for bravery and self-sacrifice in combat. In this important new work, Michael Lee Lanning documents what one reader describes as “some of the most extraordinary battlefield exploits ever performed in an American military uniform.” Based on meticulous research, Lanning has assembled authoritative accounts of these heroic individuals and their deeds of valor, from the American Civil War through the current campaign in the Middle East. This clear and vigorous narrative— derived from enlistment records and other public documents, newspaper accounts, archival sources, and interviews with the families of the honorees—presents brief biographies that include details of the recipients’ lives before and—in the case of those who survived—after their active-duty service. Lanning also includes the text of the citation from each recipients’ Medal of Honor ceremonies and gripping accounts of the battlefield heroics that earned them the ultimate military honor from a grateful nation. Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients: American Heroes provides the most thorough documentation to date of these courageous Americans and their service to our nation. The work offers a fitting commemoration of their remarkable actions under the direst circumstances, often performed under conditions of discrimination and prejudice, providing inspiration and encouragement for years to come. Number 168: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

MICHAEL LEE LANNING is a US Army retired lieutenant colonel and author of thirty books that have sold more than a million copies in fifteen countries and in twelve languages. This includes Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories and The Veterans Cemeteries of Texas. He is a 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Lampasas, Texas.

978-1-64843-032-9 hardcover $29.95s 978-1-64843-033-6 ebook 6x9. 304 pp. 61 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Army. Navy. Marine Corps. Mexican American Studies. Biography. December

RELATED INTEREST Texas Aggie Medals of Honor

Seven Heroes of World War II James R. Woodall 978-1-60344-204-6 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-045-4 paper $19.95 978-1-60344-253-4 ebook The Veterans Cemeteries of Texas

Michael Lee Lanning 978-1-62349-648-7 hardcover $29.95 978-1-62349-649-4 ebook


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Stories of ultimate courage from a proud tradition . . .

Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients American Heroes

Michael Lee Lanning

Jewish Americans have fought in every war and conflict to protect the liberties and freedoms of their country, despite anti-Semitism and prejudices they encountered. Across differences of time, place, and individual background, the heroic service members profiled in this work share a common factor beyond their Jewish heritage: their deeds moved a grateful nation to bestow upon them its greatest military honor. In Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients: American Heroes, veteran author Michael Lee Lanning presents the stories and official citations of Jewish service members who joined the US Armed Forces’ most exclusive group through their bravery and selfsacrifice in combat. From the total to date of 3,526 service members who have received the Medal of Honor, Lanning has identified 17 recipients who are confirmed to be Jewish, 11 more who are thought to be Jewish but whose ethnicity has not been fully verified, and another five who were initially recognized as Jewish at the time of award but who have since been determined not to be. Each of these 33 men receives individual attention as Lanning delves into their backgrounds with brief biographies to show the different paths that brought them to their place on the list of honor. He includes the full award citation for each as well. Jewish Medal of Honor Recipients: American Heroes is the result of thorough review of archival sources, interviews with surviving family members, newspaper accounts, and military service records, providing testimony to extraordinary deeds, service, and sacrifice. Number 169: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

MICHAEL LEE LANNING is a US Army retired lieutenant colonel and author of thirty books that have sold more than a million copies in fifteen countries and in twelve languages. This includes Texas Aggies in Vietnam: War Stories and The Veterans Cemeteries of Texas. He is a 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Lampasas, Texas.

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An artist with a uniquely Texan vision . . .

The Art of David Everett Another World

Becky Duval Reese Introduction by Stephen Harrigan Interview with the Artist by Richard Holland Austin artist David Everett was born and raised in Texas, and his work reflects an organic and wholly original Lone Star State ethos. His stunning vision and exquisite craftsmanship evoke nature’s essential grace and harmony in beautiful sculptures, bas-relief carvings, woodcuts, and drawings. Steve Davis, former president of the Texas Institute of Letters, writes of Everett, “David has never been one of those artists-as-marketers who relentlessly hype themselves. Instead, he has let the quality of his work speak for itself. And it does more than speak—it sings.” Everett’s creations inspire a passionate devotion among his many fans and collectors. He appears in high-profile exhibitions across Texas and the Southwest and his work is found in many public, corporate, and private collections. An introduction by prominent novelist Stephen Harrigan sets the perfect tone for an absorbing consideration of Everett’s oeuvre in The Art of David Everett: Another World. Author and editor Becky Duval Reese, respected art curator, writer, and retired director of the El Paso Museum of Art, contributes an insightful essay on Everett and his place in Texas art, followed by an absorbing interview with curator, author, and teacher Richard Holland, both offering revealing and satisfying insights into the shaping and development of the artist’s unique viewpoint and methods. The heart of the book is the abundant collection of breathtaking, full-color reproductions of Everett’s work. Here, the reader gains a vivid view of how Everett’s artistic instincts have been nurtured by life experiences and a maturing aesthetic rooted in tradition. Number Twenty-four: Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series

BECKY DUVAL REESE is a museum curator, former director of the El Paso Museum of Art, and past president of the Texas Fine Arts Association. She lives in San Marcos, Texas.

978-1-62349-982-2 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-983-9 ebook 9x10. 200 pp. 149 color, 3 b&w photos. Sculpture. Art. Texana Gift Books. October

RELATED INTEREST At Home on the Great Plains of Texas

The Paintings of Laura Lewis Laura Lynn Lewis and Christina Mulkey 978-1-62349-890-0 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-891-7 ebook Texas Made Modern

The Art of Everett Spruce Shirley Reece-Hughes 978-1-62349-888-7 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-889-4 ebook


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When the New York art scene came to Amarillo . . .

Three Women Artists

Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West Amy Von Lintel and Bonnie Roos

Offering a fresh perspective on the influence of the American southwest—and particularly West Texas—on the New York art world of the 1950s, Three Women Artists: Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West aims to establish the significance of itinerant teaching and western travel as a strategic choice for women artists associated with traditional centers of artistic authority and population in the eastern United States. The book is focused on three artists: Elaine de Kooning, Jeanne Reynal, and Louise Nevelson. In their travels to and work in the High Plains, they were inspired to innovate their abstract styles and introduce new critical dialogues through their work. These women traveled west for the same reason artists often travel to new places: they found paid work, markets, patrons, and friends. This Middle American context offers us a “decentered” modernism—demanding that we look beyond our received truths about Abstract Expressionism. Authors Amy Von Lintel and Bonnie Roos demonstrate that these women’s New York avant-garde, abstract styles were attractive to Panhandle-area ranchers, bankers, and aspiring art students. Perhaps as importantly, they show that these artists’ aesthetics evolved in light of their regional experiences. Offering their work as a supplement and corrective to the frameworks of patriarchal, East Coast ethnocentrism, Von Lintel and Roos make the case for Texas as influential in the national art scene of the latter half of the twentieth century. American Wests, sponsored by West Texas A&M University

AMY VON LINTEL, author of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Wartime Texas Letters, is the Doris Alexander Endowed Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. BONNIE ROOS is the head of the Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University. She is author of Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood: The World and the Politics of Peace.

978-1-64843-015-2 cloth $50.00 978-1-64843-016-9 ebook 10x11. 341 pp. 105 color, 41 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Art. Biography. Texana. February

RELATED INTEREST The Color of Being/El Color del Ser

Dorothy Hood, 1918–2000 Susie Kalil 978-1-62349-419-3 cloth $45.00 978-1-62349-420-9 ebook

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Wartime Texas Letters

Amy Von Lintel 978-1-62349-849-8 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-850-4 ebook


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Forty years of conservation history from the dean of wildlife law . . .

Melville’s Mistake

Essays in Defense of the Natural World Michael J. Bean

In 1977, Michael J. Bean introduced the concept of “wildlife law” as a distinct new component of environmental law. Known thereafter as the “dean of wildlife law,” Bean has since written scores of articles shaping the policies that impact the natural world. Melville’s Mistake: Essays in Defense of the Natural World is built around a collection of those writings, both previously published and unpublished, with a principal focus on the Endangered Species Act—the legislative cornerstone of conservation and recovery efforts for imperiled wild plants and animals in the United States. The background to that pioneering law, many of the conflicts and controversies associated with it—some widely familiar and others not—and the challenge of fashioning effective approaches to rare species conservation are all addressed here. So too are related topics, including administration of National Wildlife Refuges, plastic pollution, and climate change. The collection also highlights individuals who have made significant contributions to wildlife conservation. This collection not only chronicles the evolving history of wildlife law—and of Bean’s views about it—but also helps those new to the field to understand the issues and their resolutions. As Carl Safina notes in the foreword, “Michael Bean is a student of what has worked and what has not, someone willing to explore new approaches to solving conservation challenges. That stance has something fundamental to teach anyone aspiring to be a great and influential practitioner, or professor, or both.” Gideon Lincecum Nature and Environment Series

MICHAEL J. BEAN has served as chair of the Environmental Defense Fund’s wildlife program and was principal deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks at the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration. He is the author of The Evolution of National Wildlife Law, and his writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Quarterly Review of Biology, Orion, Environmental Law Reporter, Nature, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He resides in Washington, DC.

978-1-64843-026-8 cloth $32.00 978-1-64843-027-5 ebook 6x9. 240 pp. 19 b&w photos. Notes. Index. Environmental History. Conservation. Wildlife. January

RELATED INTEREST The Rise of Climate Science

A Memoir Gerald R. North 978-1-62349-867-2 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-868-9 ebook

Sea Change

A Message of the Oceans Sylvia A. Earle 978-1-62349-904-4 cloth $32.00 978-1-62349-905-1 ebook


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Tracing the natural, cultural, and business history of an East Texas forest . . .

Boggy Slough

A Forest, a Family, and a Foundation for Land Conservation Jonathan K. Gerland

Boggy Slough Conservation Area is a 19,000-acre unbroken tract of pine and bottomland hardwood forest situated in East Texas’ Trinity and Houston counties. More than twenty miles of the Neches River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the state, serves as the eastern boundary, and for more than a century the land has been one of the state’s leading game and industrial forest management areas. A unique blend of natural, cultural, and business history, Boggy Slough presents a highly illustrated narrative of the land, people, and evolving purpose, from time of European contact to the present. Gerland traces the many phases of land use in this forest as it transitioned from hunting, gathering, fishing, and subsistence farming to an experimental mix of stock raising and large-scale commercial forestry, eventually becoming important conservation land along the Neches River Corridor. Gerland explores the natural features and adaptive land use practices of the region as well as the environmental history of railroads and logging camps, barbed wire fences and company cattle ranches, and exclusive hunting clubs. The underlying story is the evolution and environmental impact of Southern Pine Lumber Company, founded in 1893 by T. L. L. Temple. Now owned and maintained by the fifth generation of the Temple family, the Boggy Slough lands are the last remnants of what was once a 1.2 million–acre forest empire. Gerland examines the family’s and the lumber company’s struggles to grow and manage a second-, third-, and fourth-generation forest, ultimately achieving sustainability while managing changing environmental concerns and attitudes. Myrna and David K. Langford Books on Working Lands

JONATHAN K. GERLAND is executive director of the History Center in Diboll, Texas, where he has served for twenty-three years. He is the author of Steam in the Pines: A History of the Texas State Railroad, fellow of the East Texas Historical Association, and editor/publisher of Pine Bough Magazine.

978-1-62349-995-2 cloth $45.00s 978-1-62349-996-9 ebook 81/2x11. 376 pp. 36 color, 84 b&w photos. 2 maps. Appendix. Notes. Bib. Index. Conservation. Environmental History. Texas History. Forests. Natural History. January

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Exploring the Wild Neches Charles Kruvand 978-1-62349-673-9 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-674-6 ebook

My Stories, All True

J. David Bamberger on Life as an Entrepreneur and Conservationist Pamela A. LeBlanc 978-1-62349-884-9 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-885-6 ebook


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Wit, wisdom, and memories, from Houston’s Fifth Ward to the Big Thicket of East Texas . . .

Da Mayor of Fifth Ward

Stories from the Big Thicket and Houston

Robert “Bob” E. Lee Edited and Introduced by Michael Berryhill Foreword by Ronald E. Goodwin In March 2017, Bob Lee—freelance writer, community organizer, social worker, social justice warrior, child of Houston’s Fifth Ward and its advocate, former Chicago Black Panther—died at the age of 74. Alongside his larger legacy, he left behind this collection of fourteen stories published in the Houston Chronicle’s Sunday Texas Magazine between 1989 and 2000. Framed by journalist and scholar Michael Berryhill, these youthful recollections and tales of his East Texas relatives reveal Lee’s shock at learning that his elderly aunt and uncle, who lived in Jasper, Texas, were lifelong Republicans; recount his discovery at the age of 19 that white people, too, could be poor; recall integrating a smalltown restaurant with the help of the white rancher who hired him; explore the world of Black longshoremen and offer meditations on the mysteries of death. As he lay suffering from cancer, Lee told Berryhill that he wasn’t thinking about dying, but focusing on love. Berryhill, who was Lee’s first editor at the Houston Chronicle, has lovingly collected and edited Lee’s stories, which are complemented by an introduction and biographical essay. Treasured storyteller Bob Lee’s essays offer to readers the experience of Black history in both urban and rural settings by invoking the simple details and events of everyday life.

978-1-64843-004-6 cloth $19.00 978-1-64843-006-0 ebook 5x8. 136 pp. Appendix. Index African American Studies, Texas. Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. October

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Prairie View A&M University Series Ronald E. Goodwin, Series Editor Series Editorial Board:

Prairie View A&M University Series

William T. Hoston Ymitri Mathison Mark D. Tschaepe

Michael Hurd Melanye Price

ROBERT “BOB” E. LEE (1942–2017) was a longtime community organizer, social worker, storyteller, and artist. His columns on various aspects of the African American experience in East Texas and Houston appeared for eleven years in the Sunday Texas Magazine, published by the Houston Chronicle. He resided in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood of Houston’s Fifth Ward. MICHAEL BERRYHILL is professor and chair of journalism at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is the author of The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System. He lives in Houston.

The books in the Prairie View A&M University Series bring to a new generation the stories and history that illustrate the vast richness of the Black experience. Embracing the diversity to which our nation aspires in its best moments, this series serves as a reminder of how our differences can strengthen, rather than divide us.


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Discover the world of moths and their host plants . . .

Native Host Plants for Texas Moths A Field Guide

Jim Weber and Lynne Weber While day-flying butterflies have long captured the attention of nature enthusiasts, moth species outnumber butterfly species by about fifteen to one, with many being overlooked due to their mostly nocturnal habits. Although they are far less noticeable to us, moths are essential to many other species, including the plants they pollinate and the animals they nourish. In their caterpillar or larval form they provide a primary source of sustenance for birds, and as adults they feed everything from tiny bats to large mammals. Native plants are of utmost importance for moths, as they evolved alongside them, and they are the principal factor for dictating moth species range and distribution. Like butterflies, moths require native plant species they recognize in order to lay their eggs. This user-friendly, heavily illustrated follow-up to Lynne and Jim Weber’s highly successful Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies describes over 100 native, larval host plants for moths in Texas. More than 150 moth species are illustrated in the book, both larval and adult phases, with one to two species for each of the larval host plants. Today there are about 4,700 species of moths recognized in Texas, with new species and their host plant associations still being discovered. Native Host Plants for Texas Moths will prove to be an informative introduction to this less widely known world of moths and their host plants, providing a better understanding of how to discover, support, and protect these important insects. Myrna and David K. Langford Books on Working Lands

JIM WEBER and LYNNE WEBER are retired from the tech industry in Austin, where Lynne was a senior manager and Jim was a senior engineer. Both are certified Texas Master Naturalists and are the coauthors of Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies: A Field Guide, Nature Watch Austin, and Nature Watch Big Bend. They live in Austin.

978-1-62349-986-0 flexbound (with flaps) $29.95 978-1-62349-987-7 ebook 6x9. 308 pp. 611 color photos. 100 maps. Bib. Index. Nature Guides. Plants/Botany. Gardens. February

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A Field Guide Jim Weber, Lynne Weber and Roland H. Wauer 978-1-62349-646-3 flexbound $30.00 978-1-62349-647-0 ebook Nature Watch Austin

Guide to the Seasons in an Urban Wildland Lynne Weber and Jim Weber 978-1-60344-431-6 flexbound $24.95 978-1-60344-481-1 ebook


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The story of life on the gentle curve of the Texas coast . . .

Barrier to the Bays

The Islands of the Coastal Bend and Their Pass Mary Jo O’Rear

Mary Jo O’Rear rounds out her coastal bend trilogy with a deep and engaging look at the prehistory and history of the Texas barrier islands. In Barrier to the Bays, O’Rear captures the deep time of the islands (Mustang, Padre, and San José), the bays (Aransas, Corpus Christi, Copano, Redfish, and Nueces), and Aransas Pass. From the earliest human settlements to the twentieth century, O’Rear explores the complex interplay between people and economies struggling to survive in a region dominated by indifferent forces of nature. Barrier to the Bays opens with the natural formation and development of the barrier isles and the arrival of Native Americans, Spanish castaways, French explorers, and Catholic missionaries. European settlements on the mainland eventually led to rich commercial development of the area and its bounty as ranching, fishing, and transportation took hold. By the early twentieth century, the people of the Coastal Bend began wrestling with a new drive to create deep-water harbors along the coastline in the face of the ever-present hurricane threat. O’Rear shows that by World War II the region had settled into a kind of “practicality” as tourists and traders took their place among the denizens of the islands and bays. In addition to the stories of familiar historical figures, Barrier to the Bays stresses the importance of technology in the settlement and development of the region. “Nothing could have been achieved among the barriers and bays of the Coastal Bend without the right tools.” O’Rear underscores the importance of properly designed sailing vessels and the centrality of navigation technology as an integral part of the barrier isle story. Number Thirty-six: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi

MARY JO O’REAR is the author of Bulwark against the Bay: The People of Corpus Christi and Their Seawall and Storm over the Bay: The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port, a finalist for the 2010 Most Significant Scholarly Book Award, presented by the Texas Institute of Letters.

978-1-62349-940-2 cloth $34.95 978-1-62349-941-9 ebook 6x9. 280 pp. 49 b&w photos. 26 maps. 2 figures. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Texas. December

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The People of Corpus Christi and Their Seawall Mary Jo O’Rear 978-1-62349-491-9 cloth $27.95 978-1-62349-492-6 ebook Storm over the Bay

The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port Mary Jo O’Rear 978-1-60344-345-6 ebook 978-1-62349-550-3 paper $19.95


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An intensely personal portrait of an Apache chief and his people . . .

Capitan Chiquito

A Personal History of an Apache Chief, 1821–1919 John Paul Hartman Foreword by Karl Jacoby

Drawn from personal recollections, historical records, and biographical research, Capitan Chiquito: A Personal History of an Apache Chief, 1821–1919 relates the little-known life and career of a leader of the Aravaipa band of Apaches during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During his nearly 100 years of life, Chief Capitan Chiquito spent time in prison with Geronimo; defended his home territory in Aravaipa Canyon from the depredations of AngloAmericans, Mexicans, and rival Native American tribes; suffered the brutal massacre and abduction of many of his people; and ultimately won from the federal government the right to live on and cultivate his canyon homestead. He died in 1919 at the age of 98 from complications of influenza while caring for ill members of his clan. In the opening pages, author John Paul Hartman reminisces about some of the people he has loved—and lost—during his time on the San Carlos Reservation in southeastern Arizona. His wife, Velma Bullis, great-granddaughter of Chief Capitan Chiquito; her father, Lonnie, the chief ’s grandson; and many others have preceded him through “the Western portal,” departing this life. “There is nothing for me here in San Carlos now,” he writes. “It is time for me to leave . . . But before they will let me go, I have a story to tell.” As Hartman ends this work, he explains that he undertook the research and writing about his wife’s ancestor as a means of closure for his two decades of life on the San Carlos Reservation. With the care of a historian and the dedication of an enthusiast, he has followed the trail of this notable leader, affording readers a unique view of a previously little-known yet intensely revealing historical narrative. Number Forty-seven: Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest

JOHN PAUL HARTMAN is the former emergency room supervisor at the San Carlos Apache Hospital. He lives in Vail, Arizona.

978-1-62349-997-6 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-998-3 ebook 6x9. 208 pp. 16 color, 13 b&w photos. 4 maps. 2 appendixes. Notes. Bib. Index. Native American Studies. Biography. Southwestern History. January

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Conversations with Apache Elders, Warriors, and Horseholders H. Henrietta Stockel 978-1-60344-230-5 cloth $29.95 978-1-60344-483-5 ebook The Plains Indians

Paul H. Carlson 978-0-89096-817-8 paper $22.50 978-1-60344-722-5 ebook


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A pivotal time in the history of a leading higher education network . . .

Breaking Away

How the Texas A&M University System Changed the Game Tim Gregg Foreword by Henry G. Cisneros

One of the largest higher education networks in the United States, the Texas A&M University System, with a budget of some $6.3 billion, educates more than 150,000 students annually through its flagship campus in College Station and across its ten other member universities. Since 2011, the Texas A&M System has been under the leadership of John Sharp, former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1972. In Breaking Away: How the Texas A&M University System Changed the Game, author Tim Gregg chronicles the last ten years of the Texas A&M System. Though A&M’s decision to exit the Big 12 and join the SEC preceded Sharp’s tenure as chancellor, in many ways it foreshadowed the decisive steps that placed the Texas A&M University System at the forefront of multiple initiatives. Sharp’s and the Regents’ leadership set a new course for achievement throughout the System’s institutions and agencies. As Gregg shows, the last ten years have seen advances in emergency management, research funding, extension work, and other enterprises benefiting not only the university system but the entire state. Based on hours of interviews with an array of key participants from across the Texas A&M System and a host of former students and other stakeholders associated with Texas A&M, Gregg has assembled a highly readable account of a pivotal time. Including a foreword by Henry Cisneros, former secretary of housing and urban development, Breaking Away is replete with little-known stories from behind the scenes as well as major developments in the recent history of the System under Chancellor Sharp’s leadership, telling an important story about one of the nation’s leading higher education and public service networks. TIM GREGG, an award-winning journalist and long-time communications consultant, is also the author of RELLIS Recollections: 75 Years of Learning, Leadership, and Discovery and coauthor of Dear Jay, Love Dad: Bud Wilkinson’s Letters to His Son. He resides in College Station.

Chancellor John Sharp (right, back row) is with the five chairmen who led the Board of Regents from 2011 to 2021: Clifford Thomas, Richard Box, Charles Schwartz, Elaine Mendoza and Phil Adams. 978-1-64843-041-1 cloth $35.00 978-1-64843-042-8 ebook 6x9. 256 pp. 36 color, 5 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Education History. Texana. October

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75 Years of Learning, Leadership, and Discovery Tim Gregg Foreword by John Sharp 978-1-62349-847-4 hardcover $30.00 978-1-62349-848-1 ebook


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The first comprehensive volume on this major prehistoric North American cultural complex . . .

The Calf Creek Horizon

A Mid-Holocene Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation in the Central and Southern Plains of North America

Edited by Jon C. Lohse, Marjorie A. Duncan, and Don G. Wyckoff Often characterized by distinctive chipped-stone technology, the Calf Creek cultural horizon made its first appearance in the central and southern plains of North America some six thousand years ago. Distributed over a known area of more than 500,000 square miles, it is one of the largest post-Paleoindian archaeological cultural complexes identified to date. One of the most notable aspects of Calf Creek culture is its distinctive, deeply notched bifaces, many of which show evidence of heat-treating. Recent targeted dating suggests that these unique traits, which required exacting knapping and other techniques for production, arose in a relatively narrow window, sometime around 5,950–5,700 calendar years before the present. Given the wide geographical distribution of Calf Creek artifacts, however, researchers surmise that these technological innovations, once adopted, spread fairly quickly throughout the associated cultural groups. Editors Jon C. Lohse, Marjorie A. Duncan, and Don G. Wyckoff have collected in this comprehensive volume much of what is currently known about the Calf Creek cultural horizon. In a collaboration involving professional and academic archaeologists, landowners, and avocationalists, The Calf Creek Horizon brings together for the first time in a single source fine details of geographic distribution, regional variability, typology, and technological aspects of Calf Creek material culture. This first-ever “big picture” view will inform and direct related research for years to come. JON C. LOHSE is senior associate with Terracon Consultants, Inc. in Houston and a board member for the Gault School for Archaeological Research. MARJORIE A. DUNCAN retired as an archaeologist with the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey in 2017. She is adjunct professor of archaeology with the University of Oklahoma. DON G. WYCKOFF is curator emeritus of the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma.

978-1-62349-962-4 hardcover $95.00s 978-1-62349-977-8 ebook 81/2x11. 900 pp. 431 color, 66 b&w photos. 37 maps. 72 tables. Bib. Index. Archaeology. Anthropology. Social Sciences. December

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Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes Edited by Nancy Adele Kenmotsu and Douglas K. Boyd 978-1-60344-690-7 hardcover $45.00s 978-1-60344-755-3 ebook From the Pleistocene to the Holocene

Human Organization and Cultural Transformations in Prehistoric North America Edited by C. Britt Bousman and Bradley J. Vierra 978-1-60344-760-7 hardcover $70.00s 978-1-60344-778-2 ebook


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From authors and Press staff to vendors and printers, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our people and publishing processes, causing delays to books that appeared in previous catalogs. The following three pages re-announce these books as a courtesy to the book trade and media, and to keep all of our readers informed.

Painted Flowers Shouldn’t Talk Back The Houston Garden Artists in the Seventies Margaret O. Killinger 978-1-62349-896-2 cloth $19.95 August 2021 Painted Flowers Shouldn’t Talk Back tells the story of a suburban women’s art collective that painted together in Houston, Texas, from 1970 to 1977. They called themselves the Garden Artists, though their subjects were much more varied than just garden views. Author Margaret Killinger’s artful narrative illustrates how these women creatively confronted profound sociocultural challenges through decorative art. Architecture of Hunting The Built Environment of HunterGatherers and Its Impact on Mobility, Property, Leadership, and Labor Ashley Lemke 978-1-62349-922-8 hardcover $65.00s December 2021 As one of the most significant economic innovations in prehistory, hunting architecture radically altered life and society for hunter-gatherers. The development of these structures indicates that foragers designed their environments, had a deep knowledge of animal behavior, and interacted with each other in complex ways that reach beyond previous assumptions. Combining underwater archaeology, terrestrial archaeology, and ethnographic and historical research, The Architecture of Hunting investigates the creation and use of hunting architecture by hunter-gatherers. Across the Border and Back Music in the Big Bend Marcia H. Daudistel 978-1-62349-944-0 cloth $45.00 February 2022 From Ojinaga, Mexico, to Alpine, Texas, and most points in between, writer Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and photographer Bill Wright have gathered, through hours of interviews, a trove of anecdotes, images, and personal recollections that explore what makes music—and musicians—in the Big Bend slightly different from anything found elsewhere.

A Field Guide to the Vernacular Buildings of the San Antonio Area Brent Fortenberry 978-1-62349-911-2 flexbound $32.50 September 2021 The rich, multicultural heritage of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country provide the backdrop for this first comprehensive guide to the culturally significant vernacular buildings of this diverse and historic region: structures designed and constructed by the people who used them rather than by professional architects or builders.

Scared Fearless An Unlikely Agent in the US Secret Service Kathryn Clark Childers August 2021 978-1-62349-916-7 cloth $25.00 Recruited to the Secret Service as one of its first five female agents, Childers details the obstacles and the joys, the moments of high adventure, and the laughable fashion dilemmas that were part of her groundbreaking role.

The Rise and Fall of the Lazy S Ranch David J. Murrah 978-1-62349-971-6 cloth $27.95 August 2021 The Lazy S Ranch, one of the last major ranches to be established in Texas, came into being at a time when most of the other great ranches were disappearing. Here, David J. Murrah covers the entire, fascinating history. Raptors of Texas A Natural History of Diurnal Birds of Prey C. Craig Farquhar and Clint W. Boal 978-1-62349-920-4 hardcover $45.00s September 2021 Diurnal raptors—birds of prey that hunt during the day—include easily recognizable birds like eagles, hawks, or falcons. They may be seen perched on highway signs, electrical poles, or soaring overheard in urban and rural spaces across North America. Here, avian ecology and raptor experts C. Craig Farquhar and Clint W. Boal present the first comprehensive volume on these birds of prey in Texas. Given the state’s size, location, and biodiversity, it is not surprising that Texas leads other states in the documented number of raptor species. Securing the MRAP Lessons Learned in Marketing and Military Procurement James Hasik 978-1-62349-942-6 hardcover $45.00s August 2021


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Tales of the Sea Cloud Luxury Yacht, Integrated Naval Vessel, Legendary Ship Ken W. Sayers 978-1-62349-934-1 hardcover $35.00s September 2021 The Hussar V was launched in the early 1930s, first built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, owner of General Foods and heir to the Post Cereals fortune. By 1935, when Post married Joseph Davies, US ambassador to the Soviet Union, the ship was renamed Sea Cloud, the name it holds to this day. Soon after the nation entered World War II, the ship was partnered with the military as a weather ship under the command of Lt. Carlton Skinner. Tales of the Sea Cloud tells the story of a luxury yacht that became a remarkable wartime experiment in racial integration. Sul Ross at Texas A&M John A. Adams 978-1-62349-938-9 cloth $32.95s Forthcoming Fall 2021 Most Texans today know of Lawrence Sullivan Ross only by his namesake, Sul Ross State University, or for his role in the capture of Cynthia Ann Parker as a fabled Texas Ranger. A few may know that he was a general in the Confederate army or that he served as the nineteenth governor of Texas. But for former and current students of Texas A&M University, he is mostly known as the school’s president during his influential term in the 1890s. In Sul Ross at Texas A&M, John A. Adams Jr., chronicler of Texas A&M University history, presents an in-depth examination of Ross’s life as a college president during these years.

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Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Carolyn Elizabeth Brown and J’Nell Pate Barnes 978-1-62349-924-2 cloth $40.00 Forthcoming Spring 2022 With breathtaking color photography and absorbing historical detail, Carolyn Brown and J’Nell Pate tell the story of the Fort Worth Stockyards, the place that earned the city the nickname “Cowtown.”

Shimmering Is All There Is On Nature, God, Science, and More Heather Catto Kohout 978-1-62349-950-1 cloth $27.00 August 2021 The Shimmering Is All There Is: On Nature, God, Science, and More is a collection of essays and poems by the late Heather Catto Kohout, a disciplined and original thinker and writer of the Texas Hill Country.

Artisans of Trabajo Rústico The Legacy of Dionicio Rodríguez Patsy Pittman Light 978-1-62349-766-8 cloth $35.00 Forthcoming Spring 2022 Mexican artisan Dionicio Rodríguez arrived in San Antonio in the 1920s and created concrete structures in the style known as faux bois, or trabajo rústico. Light, with photographer and artist Kent Rush, presents a comprehensive look at the legacy of Rodríguez as reflected in the works of those whom he trained, mentored, or influenced.

Delbert McClinton One of the Fortunate Few Diana F. Hendricks 978-1-62349-931-0 paperback $19.95 June 2021 New in Paper: Much has happened with Delbert McClinton since the first edition of this book was released in 2017. That year, Rolling Stone called him “The Godfather of Americana Music,” and in 2019, he received the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He received a Grammy® in 2020 for Best Traditional Blues Album. This new in paper edition includes a new foreword, two new chapters, and several updates. Live Forever The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver Courtney S . Lennon 978-1-62349-954-9 cloth $28.00 Forthcoming Spring 2022 In Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver, Lennon celebrates this legendary Texas singer/songwriter through the words of his peers and myriad admirers.

Corazón Abierto Mexican American Voices in Texas Music Kathleen A. Hudson 978-1-62349-902-0 cloth $30.00 Forthcoming Spring 2022


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The Woolly West

Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes Andrew Gulliford

Winner, 2019 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Award for the Best Nonfiction Book Winner, 2019 Colorado Book Awards History Category, sponsored by Colorado Center for the Book King Ranch A Legacy in Art Noe Perez 978-1-62349-952-5 cloth $35.00 September 2021 In King Ranch: A Legacy in Art, editors Bob Kinnan, William E. Reaves, and Linda J. Reaves have assembled a team of collaborators to present a beautiful, informative account of the iconic ranch and its place in the artistic heritage of the region.

“Whimsical prose weaves together political, cultural, agricultural, and environmental history to capture the history already fading from the bark of Colorado’s aspen trees.”—Western Historical Quarterly “An engaging analysis that offers a deeper understanding of the long-neglected historical legacy of sheepherding in the American West. Its publication is an important and welcome addition to the field of environmental history.” —Environmental History Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest ANDREW GULLIFORD is professor of history and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and the author of Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology and Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions. He resides in Durango.

Story of the Rockport Fulton Art Colony How a Coastal Texas Town Became an Art Enclave Kay Kronke Betz and Vickie Moon Merchant 978-1-62349-948-8 cloth $35.00 Forthcoming Spring 2022 Kay Kronke Betz and Vickie Moon Merchant chronicle how Rockport, a small Texas town, whose economy was based on fishing, shrimping, and tourism, became a major regional center for the visual arts.

978-1-62349-930-3 paper $38.00 6x9. 420 pp. 14 b&w, 73 color photos. 5 maps. Glossary. Bib. Index. Western History. Agricultural History. Environmental History. October


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Texas Almanac 2022–2023 The Texas Almanac 2022–2023 includes these new feature articles: Texas Wildlife A greatly expanded article on the wildlife found throughout the state, with an updated and revised list of mammals and all new lists of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Written by Dr. Travis LaDuc, Curator of Herpetology at the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Drew Davis, Associate Research Scientist at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. COVID–19 in Texas Dr. Ana Martinez-Catsam, professor of history at the University of Texas Permian Basin, brings us a look at of how COVID–19 hit the state and impacted just about every aspect of our lives. You’ll also learn what the pandemic did to our economy and how it compares to the last major pandemic, the Spanish Flu of 1918. African Americans in Texas The long, and often brutal, history of African Americans in our state began in 1582 when the first African slave, Esteban, arrived as one of the four survivors of the Cabeza de Vaca expedition. Read the rest of the history up to today, and learn how African Americans have contributed to the culture of Texas, in this feature written by Dr. Merline Pitre, professor at Texas Southern University.

U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan making the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. Photo by Warren K. Leffler. U.S. News & World Report Collection, Library of Congress

978-1-62511-066-4 hardcover $39.95 978-1-62511-067-1 paper $24.95 978-1-62511-068-8 ebook 6x9. 720 pp. Texana Gift Books. Popular Culture. Geography. November

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Chapters include: Environment: Learn about the geology of Texas, as well as in-depth information about plants, wildlife, rivers, and lakes. Weather: Highs and lows of the previous two years, plus a list of destructive weather dating from 1766.

The Texas Almanac is the premier reference for everything Texas. The entire book is revised with the latest information for every edition, including the 254 county maps and our population estimates for every Texas town.

Astronomical Calendar: Find the moon phases, sunrise and sunset times, moonrise and moonset times, and any eclipses and meteor showers expected for 2022 and 2023. Recreation: The places to go visit in Texas, with details on state and national parks, landmarks, and wildlife refuges. Sports: The results of championship games for sports in Texas, from high school through professional, and a list of all Texas Olympic medalists and the past ten years of Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Counties: An expansive section featuring detailed county maps, locator maps, and profiles of Texas’ 254 counties. Population: Figures and the latest estimates from the State Data Center, plus an analysis of what has changed in the past 5–10 years and a comprehensive list of the population of Texas cities and towns. Elections: Results and maps from the 2020 General Election and information on voter turnout. Government: Historical documents and lists of governmental officials dating from our time as under Spanish rule to today, as well as a recap of the 87th Legislative Session, information about state boards commissions, and lists of state, county, and local officials. Culture and the Arts: Find museums, competitions and award winners, and cultural and artistic highlights from the past few years, along with maps and data about the variety of religious groups in Texas.

Updated map for Hill County

Business, Agriculture, and Transportation: Information about all aspects of our rich economy, and how we’ve faired as a state in the past few years, packed with tables about employment, prices, taxes, and more in a wide variety of industries. And much more . . .


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A Busy Week in Texas

Ulysses S. Grant’s 1880 Visit to the Lone Star State Edward T. Cotham Jr.

In the spring of 1880, Ulysses S. Grant, former general-in-chief and two-term president of the United States, stepped ashore at Galveston and began what turned out to be a seven-day whirlwind visit to Texas. Because of his past accomplishments and the chance that he might be nominated to serve an unprecedented third presidential term, Grant was the most famous and eagerly awaited celebrity ever to visit the Lone Star State. The general visited Galveston, San Antonio, and Houston, where he was greeted by thousands of cheering Texans. Grant’s visit to Texas was the subject of extensive coverage in newspapers across the nation, providing a unique time capsule for modern readers. The detailed reports of parades, banquets, receptions, and social activities not only document what Grant did at these functions, but also provide a record of what the thousands who came to see him said and did. The elaborate banquet menus and the word-by-word transcriptions of afterdinner toasts and speeches provide a fascinating window into social activities that are no longer an active part of modern life. This book tells the story of Grant’s busy week in Texas, allowing the reader to see Texas the way Grant experienced it. The book also includes a tour guide that will allow readers to literally retrace the general’s footsteps to the sites of many historic buildings that still exist today. Number Twenty-seven: Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series

EDWARD T. COTHAM is the prize-winning author of many books and articles on Civil War history, which emphasize the battles and skirmishes in Texas. He has served as project historian for a number of important shipwreck excavations and is a Marine Steward for the Texas Historical Commission. A frequent lecturer on Civil War subjects, he also leads tours of Texas battlefields and state historic sites. When not researching and writing, Cotham serves as Chief Investment Officer and Director for the Terry Foundation, the largest private provider of scholarships at Texas public universities.

978-1-62511-064-0 paper $20.00 978-1-62511-065-7 ebook 51/2x81/2. 115 pp. 46 b&w photos and drawings American History. Texas History. Military History. October

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Ralph A. Wooster 978-0-87611-171-0 paper $12.00 978-1-62511-017-6 ebook

Galveston

A History and a Guide David McComb 978-0-87611-178-9 paper $9.95 978-0-87611-283-0 ebook


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It’ll Rain Someday . . . Always Does A Historical Narrative

Carol Durham Henderson A man to rival a strong character drawn from fiction, author Carol Henderson’s great-grandfather was frontier Texas-born in the year 1860. Full of grit and determination, Thomas Henry (T. H.) Cherryhomes lived to crease the edges of Texana. It’ll Rain Someday . . . Always Does is the tale of that strong, remarkable man, his difficult life and treacherous times. More than a rags to riches story, it is the tale of everyman, everywoman, who with heroic courage fixed their sights on an uncertain future. Riding horseback away from a hardscrabble dirt farm, a good mother, an abusive father, and six siblings, at the age of sixteen T. H. headed west toward Amarillo. Joining other cowpokes, he rode the Chisholm Trail, where he learned the skill of driving a hard bargain and found his calling: cattle ranching. Enduring hell, high water, and more than a few nightmares, he made his dream come true. Pushing through the end of the nineteenth century into the twentieth, his exploits left a story for the ages. This book, drawn from tattered handwritten letters, dusty photographs, and family lore and legend, narrates the life of a man whose history begs to see the light of day. Writer, ranch owner, and retired art dealer CAROL DURHAM HENDERSON cherishes the ranching way of life. Calling Jacksboro, Texas, and the ten thousand-acre Henderson-Durham Ranch her home, she is a fourth-generation ranch owner. This book, based on personal experience and historical truths, is her first.

978-0-87565-791-2 cloth $36.95 9x9. 184 pp. 174 b&w photos. 1 color. Texas Ranching. Texas History. Photography. October

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We’re for Smoke

Outlaws and Outliers of Panther City Mark A. Nobles

From Hell’s Half Acre to Quality Grove, We’re for Smoke tells the wild and woolly story of turn-of-the-century Fort Worth, a cow town on the cusp of becoming a modern industrial city. Told through a series of characters who made the papers for tangles with the law, ranging from high and low society, black and white, male and female, perpetrator and victim, We’re for Smoke reveals a society scrabbling to emerge from the chaotic growing pains of the frontier West. Readers and fans of The Son by Philipp Meyer, Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, and Larry McMurtry’s Horseman Pass By would enjoy We’re for Smoke. MARK A. NOBLES is a sixth-generation Texan. Born on Fort Worth’s infamous Jacksboro Highway, Mark proudly claims blood and kinship with Thunder Road’s gamblers, outlaws, and wastrels. He is the author of Fort Worth’s Rock and Roll Roots and has produced three feature documentaries.

978-0-87565-786-8 paper $24.95 978-0-87565-798-1 ebook 6x9. 168 pp. Fiction. Western Fiction. September

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A Frontier Triumph Julia Kathryn Garrett 978-0-87565-202-3 paper $17.95 978-0-87565-526-0 ebook

The Star of the Telegram

The Cartoons of Harold Maples Devin McCue 978-0-87565-715-8 paperback $24.95

Fort Worth and Tarrant County

An Historical Guide Edited by Carol Roark 978-0-87565-279-5 paperback $12.00


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Old Money, New West

Fife Symington and the Uniquely American Landscapes That Made Him, Broke Him, and Made Him Anew Robert Nelson & Jack L. August Jr.

By 1994, Arizona Governor Fife Symington was arguably the hottest young star in the Republican Party—a lively, articulate voice for a new breed of culturally moderate conservatives perfectly positioned for a US Senate run and perhaps a shot at the presidency in 2000. Instead, earlier decisions and mistakes he made as his real estate empire collapsed amid the Savings and Loan Crisis would torpedo his political career, bankrupt him, and place him at the doorstep of federal prison. Then a new century—along with a preemptive presidential pardon from Clinton—brought new hope and opportunities as well as international fame in the world of UFO research. While unique, Symington’s story is also an American story. Born into one of the wealthiest families in America, Symington could have hunkered down in old-money leisure. Instead, he left the country to fight in Southeast Asia and then, like millions of Americans before him, went to make his name amid yet another real estate boom in the American West. He brought his old-school conservative fiscal philosophies with him, but soon found himself at war with the cultural conservatives within his own party, particularly on issues of immigration and the environment. Symington was an early pioneer in successfully navigating what is now an existential threat for moderates in the Republican Party: how to govern with conservativeleaning values without kowtowing to the worst instincts of the radicalized, nativist right. ROBERT NELSON has won more than one hundred state, regional, and national writing awards during his thirty-year journalism career. His work has appeared in the anthology Best American Crime Writing as well as in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. JACK L. AUGUST JR. was named state historian and director of Institutional Advancement at the Arizona Capitol Museum in 2016. A Fulbright Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, and Pulitzer Prize nominee, August was the author of ten books, several focusing on the history of the New American West. He passed away in January of 2017.

978-0-87565-787-5 cloth $36.95 978-0-87565-797-4 ebook 6x9. 368 pp. 33 b&w photos. 79 color photos. Index. Biography. Southwestern History. Political Science. November

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Congressman, Judge, and Advocate for Equal Rights Homer Ross Tomlin 978-0-87565-637-3 cloth $32.50 978-0-87565-646-5 ebook


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A Bridge from Darkness to Light

Thirteen Young Photographers Explore Their Afghanistan Bill Wright

In 2006, Texas businessman, historian, and photographer Bill Wright was encouraged—though not officially invited—by the US Department of State to teach a class in digital photography to young Afghans in Kabul. The course was sponsored by an Afghan Non-Governmental Organization, ASCHIANA, which helps to support “working children and their families.” This book records Wright’s experiences and celebrates the creativity he saw flourish at the heart of a war zone. For thirty-five years Wright owned and managed a petroleum marketing company. After selling his company to his employees in 1987, he has devoted his time to writing, photography, and public service for a number of nonprofit organizations including the National Council for the Humanities, the Texas Council of the Humanities, and most recently as a commissioner on the Texas Commission for the Arts. BILL WRIGHT’s photographs are in the collections of such institutions as Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of nine books, including Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend (with Marcia Daudistel) and from TCU Press The Whole Damn Cheese: Maggie Smith, Border Legend.

978-0-87565-794-3 paper $29.95 6x9. 136 pp. 97 color photos. Photography. October

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Feet of Clay

Gus C. Garcia, Tragic Hero of the Civil Rights Movement Millie Rose Diaz

In the early 1950s, a Mexican American man named Gus has become a top Texas civil rights attorney—a climb that has been bedeviled by his competing obsessions with the law, la raza, the ladies, and Chivas Regal whisky. On the day he learns his failed marriage has rendered him homeless, Gus hastily takes on a new client, a man accused of shooting and killing a man outside a bar in Edna. The case becomes one about equal representation when his associates uncover a disturbing fact: no minority or person of color has sat on a Jackson County jury in at least twenty-five years. Without funds, without political support, Gus and his team courageously pursue a demanding course that forces them to battle the system at every turn. The case and Gus himself are targeted by Symmetry, an elitist, ultraconservative secret society bankrolled by Texas oil barons. A representation of the many extant southern white supremacist groups of the day, the group engages Gus’s longtime nemesis to stop the progression of the case using schemes of persuasion and bribery. Gus finds occasional solace when he begins a relationship with the world’s first female bullfighter, but his unresolved past threatens his well-being. The story also introduces a young Mexican American girl who learns the complications of being shades darker than her sister and struggles to find her voice. This is a fictional account based on true events. When MILLIE ROSE DIAZ learned her hometown was the beginning backdrop to the first Supreme Court case won by Mexican Americans, she found a purpose. Before that, she spent five years as sports and managing editor of the Jackson County Herald-Tribune, where she is now a part-time reporter. She lives in Edna and writes fiction accompanied by her exceptionally perfect black cat, My Love.

978-0-87565-793-6 cloth $29.95 978-0-87565-795-0 ebook 6x9. 248 pp. Literary Novel. November

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Severo Perez 978-0-87565-729-5 cloth $29.95 978-0-87565-737-0 ebook


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Blood Ties

How a Texas Prison Gang Became a Mexican Cartel Proxy Joseph J. Kolb

In the late 1980s and 1990s, street gang members from the impoverished Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, united in the Texas prison system to create the Barrio Aztecas gang. They quickly rose to power in the Texas prison system and ultimately became a powerful transnational criminal organization. Kolb describes the prison dynamic of predator and prey and the need for the prey to unify for protection against gangs such as the Texas Syndicate and Texas Mexican Mafia, also known as the Mexikanemi. The protective cocoon formed by this group soon morphed into a criminal enterprise that would be headquartered in the Coffield Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where the gang would engage in drug sales and violent crimes while behind bars. The skill sets they acquired served members well as they were released from custody and went on to exploit US immigration policies as well as friends and familial ties in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. There they established alliances with regional drug trafficking organizations such as Vicente Carrillo Fuentes ( Juarez cartel), to whom they would serve as foot soldiers in the proxy war that would consume Ciudad Juárez and turn it into the “Murder Capital of the World.” Blood Ties describes the Azteca’s organizational structure and ranks, identifying characteristics such as tattoos and code words, and how the organization appropriated Aztec culture to form the basis for their identity. Some of the gang’s most horrific crimes are revealed here, and the author explores how Azteca’s leadership was eroded through the violation of the very tenets that served as the gang’s foundation. JOSEPH J. KOLB, MA, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a veteran detention officer in New Mexico and serves as the training coordinator and cofounder for the New Mexico Gang Investigators Association. He has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate classes in the Criminal Justice programs at Western New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico-Gallup campuses. He is the author of Teen Violence in America: How Do We Save Our Children?

978-0-87565-788-2 paper $24.95 978-0-87565-796-7 ebook 6x9. 152 pp. Index. Criminal Justice. Borderlands Studies. December

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SH Is for Shiner

Happy

The True Story of a Stray Dog Who Became a Hero

Michelle McKee Marlow & Cynthia Marlow

Kate McCormick

Illustrations by Megan Skeels

Come join Shelley and her grandfather, Pop, on a fun spring break adventure to Shiner, Texas. You never know who you might meet. . . . Shelley and her new furry friend could possibly teach you a trick or two to help pronounce that sometimes “sheepish” SH sound. This is a book to read for pleasure and build confidence in children and students who are not alone facing difficulties with speech and language impairments. It comes with “secret tips” to tackle speech and language disorders and, most importantly, brings smiles along the way! MICHELLE McKEE MARLOW’s passion for her private practice in Fort Worth has led her to work with hundreds of children from infancy to high school who have speech impairments. Her passion inspired her sister-in-law, CYNTHIA MARLOW, to earn a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Internationally, Cynthia has been the head of special education programs, a dyslexia specialist, and a speech pathologist, and has led professional development seminars for several international schools in Europe and Asia. 978-0-87565-790-5 hardcover $21.95 8x10. 32 pp. 17 color illus. Young Readers. August

Illustrations by Tina Ochenante

Who knew a street mutt could win the hearts of a whole town? Happy, a scruffy stray dog, becomes a beloved hero when a fire threatens his new home. He will need all the help he can get in a town without a fire department or even fire hydrants. In this true story, neighbors work together to find a creative way to put out the fire, and Happy discovers that having a friend is the best reward. KATE McCORMICK lives in Houston, less than a block from where Happy became an unlikely hero in 1931. She learned about Happy while researching her first book, Images of America: Southside Place. Beginning with an undated newspaper article, Kate tracked down the descendants of Happy’s owners who shared family photos and memories to help bring Happy’s story to life. The prepublished manuscript of Happy was named a finalist for the 2019 Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award. TINA OCHENANTE (formerly Tina Armenante) is a children’s book illustrator who studied at the Cambridge School of Art in the United Kingdom. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, son, and dog named Alfonso. 978-0-87565-789-9 hardcover $21.95 8x10. 44 pp. 36 color illustrations. Young Readers. Texana. September


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Times Remembered

The Final Years of the Bill Evans Trio

Joe La Barbera and Charles Levin Foreword by Hal Miller In the late 1970s legendary pianist Bill Evans was at the peak of his career. He revolutionized the jazz trio (bass, piano, drums) by giving each part equal emphasis in what jazz historian Ted Gioia called a “telepathic level” of interplay. It was an ideal opportunity for a sideman, and after auditioning in 1978, Joe La Barbera was ecstatic when he was offered the drum chair, completing the trio with Evans and bassist Marc Johnson. In Times Remembered, La Barbera and co-author Charles Levin provide an intimate fly-on-the-wall peek into Evans’s life, critical recording sessions, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes of life on the road. Joe regales the trio’s magical connection, a group that quickly gelled to play music on the deepest and purest level imaginable. He also watches his dream gig disappear, a casualty of Evans’s historical drug abuse when the pianist dies in a New York hospital emergency room in 1980. But La Barbera tells this story with love and respect, free of judgment, showing Evans’s humanity and uncanny ability to transcend physical weakness and deliver first-rate performances at nearly every show. Number Fifteen: North Texas Lives of Musician Series

JOE LA BARBERA has performed with world-class jazz artists including Bill Evans, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. From 1993 until 2021 he was on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts. He resides in Woodland Hills, California. CHARLES LEVIN has written for the Ventura County Star, DownBeat, Jazziz, and the Monterey Jazz Festival Program. He has a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and played drums professionally for thirty years. He lives in Ventura, California.

978-1-57441-844-6 cloth $24.95 978-1-57441-854-5 ebook 6x9. 256 pp. 35 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Music. Memoir. September

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Proud Warriors

African American Combat Units in World War II Alexander M. Bielakowski

During World War II, tens of thousands of African Americans served in segregated combat units in U.S. armed forces. The majority of these units were found in the U.S. Army, and African Americans served in every one of the combat arms. They found opportunities for leadership unparalleled in the rest of American society at the time. Several reached the field grade officer ranks, and one officer reached the rank of brigadier general. Beyond the Army, the Marine Corps refused to enlist African Americans until ordered to do so by the president in June 1942, and two African American combat units were formed and did see service during the war. While the U.S. Navy initially resisted extending the role of African American sailors beyond kitchens, eventually the crew of two ships was composed exclusively of African Americans. The Coast Guard became the first service to integrate—initially with two shipboard experiments and then with the integration of most of their fleet. Finally, the famous Tuskegee airmen are covered in the chapter on air warfare. Proud Warriors makes the case that the wartime experiences of combat units such as the Tank Battalions and the Tuskegee Airmen ultimately convinced President Truman to desegregate the military, without which the progress of the Civil Rights Movement might also have been delayed. Number Six: American Military Studies

ALEXANDER M. BIELAKOWSKI is a former U.S. Army Reserve officer and the author of From Horses to Horsepower: The Mechanization and Demise of the U.S. Cavalry, 1916–1950; African American Troops in World War II; and U.S. Cavalryman 1891–1920. He is a professor of history at the University of Houston-Downtown.

978-1-57441-839-2 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-849-1 ebook 6x9. 352 pp. 31 b&w illus. 2 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. African American Studies. October

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U.S. Military Performance in Urban Warfare from World War II to Vietnam Alec Wahlman 978-1-57441-619-0 cloth $29.95

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Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901–1940, and the Consequences for World War II Jörg Muth 978-1-57441-533-9 paper $21.95


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Dirty Eddie’s War

Based on the World War II Diary of Harry “Dirty Eddie” March, Jr., Pacific Fighter Ace Lee Cook Foreword by William “Country” Landreth

Dirty Eddie’s War is the true account of the war-time experiences of Harry Andrew March, Jr., captured by way of diary entries addressed to his beloved wife, Elsa. Nicknamed “Dirty Eddie” by his comrades, he served as a member of four squadrons operating in the South Pacific, frequently under difficult and perilous conditions. Flying initially from aircraft carriers covering the landings at Guadalcanal in August 1942, he was one of the first pilots in the air over the island and then later based at Henderson Field with the “Cactus Air Force.” When he returned to combat at Bougainville and the “Hot Box” of Rabaul, the exploits of the new Corsair squadron “Fighting Seventeen” became legendary. Disregarding official regulations, March kept an unauthorized diary recording life onboard aircraft carriers, the brutal campaign and primitive living conditions on Guadalcanal, and the shattering loss of close friends and comrades. He captures the intensity of combat operations over Rabaul and the stresses of overwhelming enemy aerial opposition.

978-1-57441-841-5 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-851-4 ebook 6x9. 352 pp. 37 b&w illus. 13 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. Aviation. August

Lee Cook presents Dirty Eddie’s story through genuine extracts from his diary supplemented with contextual narrative on the war effort. It reveals the personal account of a pilot’s innermost thoughts: the action he saw, the effects of his harrowing experiences, and his longing to be reunited with the love of his life back home.

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World War II in the Central Pacific Sharon Tosi Lacey 978-1-57441-609-1 paper $19.95

Number Twenty: North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

LEE COOK is the author of The Skull and Crossbones Squadron: VF-17 in World War II; Fighting 17: A Photographic History of VF-17 in World War II; and The Aces of Fighting 17: VF-17’s Top Guns in World War II. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife Michele.

Finish Forty and Home

The Untold World War II Story of B-24s in the Pacific Phil Scearce 978-1-57441-510-0 paper $24.95


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Texas Ranger Captain William L. Wright Richard B. McCaslin

William L. Wright (1868–1942) was born to be a Texas Ranger, and hard work made him a great one. Wright tried working as a cowboy and farmer, but it did not suit him. Instead, he became a deputy sheriff and then a Ranger in 1899, battling a mob in the Laredo Smallpox Riot, policing both sides in the Reese-Townsend Feud, and winning a gunfight at Cotulla. His need for a better salary led him to leave the Rangers and become a sheriff. He stayed in that office longer than any of his predecessors in Wilson County, keeping the peace during the so-called Bandit Wars, investigating numerous violent crimes, and surviving being stabbed on the gallows by the man he was hanging. When demands for Ranger reform peaked, he was appointed as a captain and served for most of the next twenty years, retiring in 1939 after commanding dozens of Rangers. Wright emerged unscathed from the Canales investigation, enforced Prohibition in South Texas, and policed oil towns in West Texas, as well as tackling many other legal problems. When he retired, he was the only Ranger in service who had worked under seven governors. Wright has also been honored as an inductee into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame at Waco. RICHARD B. McCASLIN, TSHA Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862; Lee in the Shadow of Washington; Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford in Texas; and Sutherland Springs, Texas (UNT Press).

978-1-57441-845-3 cloth $34.95 978-1-57441-855-2 ebook 6x9. 416 pp. 32 b&w illus. 3 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Biography. September

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The Ranger Ideal Volume 3

Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1898–1987 Darren L. Ivey

Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum honors the iconic Texas Rangers, a service that has existed, in one form or another, since 1823. Thirty-one individuals—whose lives span more than two centuries—have been enshrined in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. They have become legendary symbols of Texas and the American West. In The Ranger Ideal Volume 3, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule biographies of the twelve inductees who served Texas in the twentieth century. In the first portion of the book, Ivey describes the careers of the “Big Four” Ranger captains—Will L. Wright, Frank Hamer, Tom R. Hickman, and Manuel “Lone Wolf ” Gonzaullas—as well as those of Charles E. Miller and Marvin “Red” Burton. Ivey then moves into the mid-century and discusses Robert A. Crowder, John J. Klevenhagen, Clinton T. Peoples, and James E. Riddles. Ivey concludes with Bobby Paul Doherty and Stanley K. Guffey, both of whom gave their lives in the line of duty. Using primary records and reliable secondary sources, and rejecting apocryphal tales, The Ranger Ideal presents the true stories of these intrepid men who enforced the law with gallantry, grit, and guns. This Volume 3 is the finale in a three-volume series covering all of the Texas Rangers inducted in the Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas. DARREN L. IVEY is an independent researcher who lives in Manhattan, Kansas. He is the author of The Ranger Ideal Volume 1: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1823–1861 and The Ranger Ideal Volume 2: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1874–1930.

978-1-57441-843-9 cloth $55.00 978-1-57441-853-8 ebook 6x9. 864 pp. 36 b&w illus. Map. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Western History. July

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Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1823–1861 Darren L. Ivey 978-1-57441-690-9 cloth $39.95

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Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1874–1930 Darren L. Ivey 978-1-57441-733-3 cloth $45.00


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John B. Denton

The Bigger-Than-Life Story of the Fighting Parson and Texas Ranger

The Bell Ringer

Victor Rodriguez

Mike Cochran

Denton County and the City of Denton are named for pioneer preacher, lawyer, and Indian fighter John B. Denton, but little has been known about him. He was an orphan in frontier Arkansas who became a circuit-riding Methodist preacher and an important member of a movement of early settlers bringing civilization to North Texas. After becoming a ranger on the frontier, he ultimately was killed in the Tarrant Expedition, a Texas Ranger raid on a series of villages inhabited by various Caddoan and other tribes near Village Creek on May 24, 1841.

This is the story of Victor Rodriguez, star track athlete and San Antonio educator. From his earliest days in South Texas in the 1940s he broke many barriers. As a football player and track star he set records and won trophies at Edna High School, at Victoria College, and at North Texas State College. At each stage of his education, he often found himself the only Mexican American in his group.

Denton’s true story has been lost or obscured by the persistent mythologizing by publicists for Texas, especially by pulp western writer Alfred W. Arrington. Cochran separates the truth from the myth in this meticulous biography, which also contains a detailed discussion of the controversy surrounding the burial of John B. Denton and offers some alternative scenarios for what happened to his body after his death on the frontier.

He developed his sports prowess from nine years of early morning running to the church in Edna, to ring the bell before Mass. He earned the first Hispanic scholarships as an athlete at both Victoria Junior College and North Texas State College. After graduating in 1955, he began a career in the San Antonio School District, ultimately retiring in 1994 after twelve years as Superintendent of the District. As a pioneer Mexican American educator in San Antonio, he brought dignity and respect to the people of the Westside, where he remains a role model today.

Number Six: Texas Local Series

Number Eleven: Al Filo: Mexican American Studies Series

MIKE COCHRAN, a former Denton city councilmember, served as chair of Denton’s Historic Landmark Commission and president of the Historical Society of Denton County, and continues to maintain the website dentonhistory.net. Cochran has written a catalog of O’Neil Ford’s Denton works. He resides in Denton, Texas.

VICTOR RODRIGUEZ earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in art education from North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas) and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He retired after twelve years as Superintendent of the San Antonio School District and lives in San Antonio, Texas.

978-1-57441-840-8 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-850-7 ebook 6x9. 256 pp. 6 b&w illus. 5 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Biography. October

978-1-57441-846-0 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-856-9 ebook 6x9. 224 pp. 15 b&w illus. Mexican American Studies. Memoir. November


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Rare Integrity A Portrait of L. W. Payne, Jr.

Hansen Alexander

Leonidas Warren Payne, Jr. (1873-1945), counted Robert Frost among his friends and a member of the inner circle of poets who embraced him and sought his advice. He altered forever the perception of Texas when he created the Texas Folklore Society that continues to record, publish, and promote Texas history, myth, music, and customs. He guided J. Frank Dobie back into The University of Texas fold, where Dobie produced his finest work and established a voice for Texas literature. L. W. Payne, Jr., influenced generations of American school children through his anthologies that became basic English textbooks. Drawing upon Payne’s own writing, interviews with former colleagues and students, and private letters lain undisclosed since Payne’s death, Rare Integrity reveals a portrait of a man whose great gift of creative generosity and warmth of heart enabled him to see a person as the person wished to be seen.

Convict Cowboys

The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo Mitchel P. Roth

Convict Cowboys is the first book on the nation’s first prison rodeo, which ran from 1931 to 1986. At its apogee the Texas Prison Rodeo drew 30,000 spectators on October Sundays. Mitchel P. Roth portrays the Texas Prison Rodeo against a backdrop of Texas history, covering the history of rodeo, the prison system, and convict leasing, as well as important figures in Texas penology. “At its peak, 30,000 locals would travel to Huntsville on a Sunday afternoon to see the stars ( Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Steve McQueen) and watch the death-defying acts by those who had (almost) nothing to lose.”—Houston Press “Roth’s narrative is at its best when he is telling the true tales of prisoners who rode wild animals, jumped out of airplanes, [and] risked their lives for money tied to the horns of bulls.”—Texas Books in Review

Number Twenty-nine: Texas Folklore Society Extra Book

Number Ten: North Texas Crime and Criminal Justice Series

HANSEN ALEXANDER, an attorney for many years in New York City, was a history major at The University of Texas when he began researching and writing about Payne. He is the author of two books about Texas baseball legend Roger Clemens, One Brave Man and The Life and Trials of Roger Clemens.

MITCHEL P. ROTH is co-author of Houston Blue: The Story of the Houston Police Department (UNT Press) and author of Fire in the Big House: America’s Deadliest Prison Fire. He is professor of criminal justice and criminology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

978-1-57441-842-2 cloth $21.95 978-1-57441-852-1 ebook 6x9. 172 pp. 1 b&w illus. Notes. Index. Texas Folklore. Biography. November

978-1-57441-848-4 paper $19.95 978-1-57441-661-9 ebook 6x9. 448 pp. 50 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Criminal Justice. Texas History. July


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Américo Paredes

In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography

Manuel F. Medrano

Américo Paredes (1915–1999) was a folklorist, scholar, and professor at the University of Texas at Austin who is widely acknowledged as one of the founding scholars of Chicano Studies. He was a brilliant teacher and prolific writer who championed the preservation of border culture and history. With the publication of “With His Pistol in His Hand”: A Border Ballad and Its Hero in 1958, Paredes soon emerged as a challenger to the status quo. He was a co-founder in 1970 of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is credited with introducing the concept of Greater Mexico. Paredes became a scholar of scholars, guiding many students to become academic leaders. “Medrano’s biography offers an inspiring and necessary must-read for anyone claiming to have more than just a passing interest in studying the history and cultures of the American Southwest where Mexican Americans have a continuing and growing, important presence.”—Texas Books in Review

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MANUEL F. MEDRANO is professor emeritus of history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the coauthor of Medieval Culture and the Mexican American Borderlands and Charro Days in Brownsville. 978-1-57441-847-7 paper $18.95 978-1-57441-332-8 ebook 6x9. 224 pp. 25 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Biography. Borderlands Studies. Folklore. August

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World War II raw and unfiltered . . .

A Private in the Texas Army

At War in Italy, France, and Germany with the 111th Engineers, 36th Division, in World War II John A. Pearce

Sulphur Springs native Frank Webster Pearce was a soldier in Texas’ own 36th Infantry Division and the 111th Engineer Combat Battalion. The Division’s story has been told before, but never from start to finish by a combat engineer, whose footprints stirred the sands of three invasion beaches, wallowed through the mud, and trudged in the snow of every battle. From training in the United States to the war’s end in Austria, Pearce chronicled it all. With the combination of diary, numerous letters home, and official division reports, this is the most complete look ever produced on the 111th Engineers and their war against Hitler’s Germany. This is a primary account written daily as the events unfolded. It was the war years. Here you find out how to properly bury a man in the water soaked Italian soil, a fool proof way to smuggle liquor from the US to the soldiers overseas, the foul stench of death reeking across the battlefield, and the beauty of exploding artillery shells in the night sky. These are his thoughts and letters as he wrote them—raw and unfiltered. JOHN A. PEARCE has been a requested speaker for over fifty years and an author of numerous articles concerning his vocation, football. He was the head football coach at Stephen F. Austin State University for seven years, an assistant at Texas A&M University for three seasons, UCLA for four years and the assistant head coach at Rice University in 2006. “A Private in the Texas Army” is his third book. He was also a former history teacher in public schools.

“Made dressing from C ration biscuits, two eggs, onions, bell pepper etc. Mashed potatoes and coffee. Best turkey I’ve ever eaten. Lieutenant Gautier and Lieutenant Beahler came by and helped us eat it.” “Not much to do. Drank bottle of rum Sergeant Glenn got for me in Caserta. Pure poison. Must have been made out of fuel alcohol.” “Went into Herrlisheim and swept roads for mines. Town just taken. I counted 28 of our tanks knocked out (12th armored) American & German dead all around. Town a total wreck. Still snipers there. Young was killed by mine last night. Hit it with jeep.”—from the book

978-1-64967-005-2 paper $39.95 978-1-64967-006-9 ebook 6x9. 300 pp. 100 illus. 19 Maps. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. Texas History. Military History. November

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San Antonio through the eyes of the people who built it . . .

Queen of the West

A Documentary History of San Antonio, 1718–1900 Richard Bruce Winders

By 1850, the frontier settlement of San Antonio had seen more than its share of hardships, Indians attacks, rebellions, and repeated military occupations. These events all marked the town’s recent past. In 1854, though, the editor of the Alamo Star felt confident enough in the town’s progress to announce that the embattled outpost would soon be known as the “Queen of the West.” The Star, of course, capitalized on the name of the town’s most famous landmark—the Alamo. Although historians have written about the battle and the town, no one has yet adequately explained how they are connected to each other. A deeper look at the development of San Antonio shows that it was not only the site of the Battle of the Alamo, it was the center of much of the history of Spain, Mexico, Texas, and the United States. Queen of the West: A Documentary History of San Antonio, 1718– 1900 takes readers through a series of important writings detailing how San Antonio transformed from an important but threatened outpost to a thriving Edwardian city. The author, Richard Bruce Winders, provides an introduction to each eye-witness account providing diverse perspectives on the history of San Antonio by the people who actually lived it. The author is an internationally noted authority on the topic of the Alamo. The work will be a valuable resource for students of history and teachers. The book draws together a body of work that readers would have a difficult time finding on their own. The cover art is by noted artist Don Yena.

978-1-64967-003-8 cloth $39.95 978-1-64967-004-5 ebook 6x9. 350 pp. 21 illus. 7 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Texas Urban History. Borderlands Studies. November

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Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution Richard Bruce Winders 978-1-880510-80-3 cloth $24.95 978-1-933337-76-0 paper $19.95 978-1-933337-87-6 ebook Pearl Sets the Pace

RICHARD BRUCE WINDERS served as historian and curator at the Alamo for twenty-three years before leaving to become an independent scholar and historical consultant. He is a noted authority in the area of Mexican-United States Borderlands and is the first ever Visiting Scholar to The Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Bruce is well-known for his ability to bring history to life and has worked with everyone from British rock stars, foreign dignitaries, American politicians, and public educators. He is the author of Panting for Glory: The Mississippi Volunteers in the Mexican War; Firearms of the Texas Frontier: Flintlock to Cartridge; Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution; Davy Crockett: The Legend of the Wild Frontier; and Mr. Polk’s Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War.

Mary Carolyn Hollers George 978-1-933337-89-0 paper $19.95 978-1-933337-91-3 ebook


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2020 Winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

Before I Had the Word Poems

Brooke Sahni The poems in Before I Had the Word explore the divine within the secular, mundane world, and often challenge the definition of holiness. Sahni uses her religious and cultural backgrounds— Sikhism and Judaism—as springboards from which to question notions of the ecstatic in nature, sexuality and the body. Religious and spiritual ways of knowing; the sacred in the mundane; how knowledge and story manifest in the body; language and how one shapes meaning, are also central to this work. Language, the speaker might argue, seeks to create meaning much in the same way religions and spiritualties do, but ultimately falls short due to the ineffability of the ecstatic experience. The book attempts to conflate, even dissolve the idea that mundane experience is separate from religious, holy experience—it all depends on how one would choose to word it. Some might use god or holy, the speaker might use elm or paper or even questions. In a book that seems more concerned with the questions rather than the answers, the speaker tries to fill absence of all kinds—cultural, sexual, etc.—with knowledge. The poems in Before I Had the Word are exploratory, narrativedriven, and seek to challenge religious doctrine without making any accusations. Even when Sahni comes close to challenging organized religion, she still poses that interrogation as a question: “I’m not saying we should replace god with art, or am I?” The poems are unified in their mission to question rather than to answer. Many of the poems that make up Before I Had the Word have been published in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, 32 Poems and elsewhere. BROOKE SAHNI holds a BFA and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals such as The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She is the author of Divining, (Orison Books, 2020), which won the Orison Chapbook Prize. She is the firstplace recipient of the Frank Waters Fiction Award, the Keith Wilson-Joe Somoza Poetry Award, and the Sutherland-McManus Nonfiction Prose Award, among others.

978-1-68003-257-4 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-258-1 ebook 6x81/2. 92 pp. Poetry. October

from “Sikh Coming from the Punjabi Meaning Disciple or Seeker” The English root of Sikh is seek, learn or study for years, I thought to be a disciple meant I must grow down into a small thing—there was no seeking just surrender


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2020 Winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize

Mixed Company Stories

Jenny Shank In Mixed Company Jenny Shank reveals moments of grace and connection between people of her hometown, Denver, through stories that contrast the city during its oil-bust era of economic troubles and court-ordered crosstown busing for racial desegregation with the burgeoning and gentrifying city of recent years. In “Casa del Rey,” a cautious pregnant woman must contend with her out-of-control and intrusive neighbor. In “Hurts,” a girls’ basketball team at a majority Black Denver high school clashes with a white mountain team. In “La Sexycana,” a bottom-feeding journalist ventures to a dance club to confront the young Latina woman she mentored as a teenager who then cut off all contact with her. “Lightest Lights Against Darkest Darks” follows a white middle schooler bused to a majority Black school who falls under the spell of her magnetic and racially ambiguous art teacher. In “Signing for Linemen,” a graduate student in medieval literature takes a job as a summer tutor for a college football team and ends up learning more than she expected about athletes, American Sign Language, and herself. In “Local Honey,” middle-aged white parents bring their adopted Black teenage son to a Wu-Tang Clan concert in an attempt to bond with him. Characters find their initial perceptions and ideas overturned in these stories laced with humor, heart, and grit. Jenny Shank forges fiction out of the sparks that fly when diverse people encounter one another. JENNY SHANK’s novel The Ringer won the High Plains Book Award. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and McSweeney’s. Her work has been honorably mentioned by Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize, and her mother. She teaches in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

I don’t know the last time I devoured so quickly—so completely—a book of short fiction. The stories in Mixed Company are breezy, vivid, at turns delightful and aching—and quite serious. Truly, across chasms of gender, race, and class, across generations and just across town, these stories aim to do nothing less than remind us of the messiness and grace of reaching out to one another.”—Joe Wilkins, author of Fall Back Down When I Die

978-1-68003-261-1 paper $21.95 978-1-68003-262-8 ebook 51/4x81/2. 245 pp. Fiction. Collection of Short Fiction. October

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Stories Susan Lowell 978-1-68003-193-5 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-202-4 ebook


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Imagine a Death A Novel

Janice Lee In the face of a slow but impending apocalypse, what binds three seemingly divergent lives (a writer, a photographer, an old man), isn’t the commonality of a perceived future death, but the layered and complex fabric of how loss, abuse, trauma, and death have shaped their pasts, and how these pasts continue to haunt their present moments, a moment in which time seems to be running out. The writer, traumatized by the violent death of her mother when she was a child, lives alone with her dog and struggles to finish her book. The photographer, stunted by the death of his grandmother and caretaker, struggles to take a single picture and enters into a complicated relationship with the writer. The old man, facing his past in small doses, spends his time watching television and reorganizing the objects in his apartment to stay distracted from the deterioration around him. A depiction of the cycles of abuse and trauma in a prolonged end-time, Imagine a Death examines the ways in which our pasts envelop us, the ways in which we justify horrible things in the name of survival, all of the horrible and beautiful things we are capable of when we are hurt and broken, and the animal (and plant) companions that ground us. JANICE LEE is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of seven books of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. She is Founder and Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

In Janice Lee’s newest work, Imagine a Death, her methodical, dedicated attention illuminates the otherwise impenetrable depths of grief. She invites us to bear witness to The Writer, The Photographer, and The Old Man—each having survived the death of a beloved—as they engage in pathetic but ultimately deeply resonant efforts to shape to their lives. We can recognize a bit of our collective (and increasingly daily) realities in the miasma of their city, plagued by ongoing, impending ecological disasters and regular, arbitrary violences. Through a panoply of animal interpellators, Lee invokes a world that is audaciously savage and catastrophically familiar, and offers an astonishing take on the saga—sung in a Beckettian key. To truly imagine a death requires attending to how we persist after.”—Juliette Lee, author of Aerial Concave Without Cloud

978-1-68003-255-0 paper $21.95 978-1-68003-256-7 ebook 51/4x81/2. 238 pp. Fiction. Literary Novel. September

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Debut Poetry

Sawgrass Sky Poems

Andrew Hemmert Sawgrass Sky is a coming-of-age story, a Floridian memoir-inverse. Through the speaker’s recounting of his adolescence, the collection addresses themes of religious disillusionment, sexual awakening, body image, environmental degradation, suburbia versus the wild, familial history, and the idea of home contextualized by distance. These poems vary in form and style, including long narratives, meditative sequences, prose poems, and short lyrics. The unifying factor is the speaker’s focus on the place he comes from, and his struggle to define that heritage in terms psychological, natural, and familial. The poems that comprise this collection have been published widely in reputable literary journals. These magazines include The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Northwest, and Southern Humanities Review.

978-1-68003-246-8 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-247-5 ebook 6x81/2. 70 pp. Poetry. August

From “Rats” when I lie awake before sleep they are the thoughts dying and dying but going nowhere they are the hands of the sewers running their claws across the tin roofs of houses all that water underneath rising

ANDREW HEMMERT is a sixth-generation Floridian. His poems have appeared in various magazines, including The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner. He won the 2018 River Styx International Poetry Contest. He earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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The Margaret Lea Houston Series

Politics of the Minotaur Poems

karla k. morton There are moments in this life that change everything—some in our control, some not, but all shape the core of who we are; who we become. Every action, every event, has its own reaction that rearranges the stars, putting the sisters of Fate and Choice in constant question. This collection embraces those changes, opens them up, rolls them into the delicious magic of this unpredictable, glorious world. A long observer of the natural world, karla k. morton does not believe in coincidences, but believes every word and step and observation has meaning and guides us. Just as the creation of the Minotaur was the gods’ doing, there is beauty in the monster; there is reason and magic in its very existence. How lucky we are to be able to grow old enough to witness such revelations. Morton’s poetry guides us through the landmarks—the highs, the lows, creating an exquisite world within an ever-changing landscape of chaos. from “Pentimento” I have a few regrets, but not one of them is loving you. KARLA K. MORTON, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is a Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, twice an Indie National Book Award Winner, North Texas Book Festival Award Winner, Green Book Award Winner and E2C Grant recipient. She is the author of thirteen collections and her poems have been published in such poetry journals as Alaska Quarterly Review; Comstock Review; Southword Literary Journal; American Life in Poetry: The Poetry Foundation; Boulevard; Lascaux Review; New Ohio Review; REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters; Southwestern American Literature; Borderlands: Texas Poetry in Review; and she is editor of TCU Press’s Selected Works of Walt McDonald. A traveling poetry ambassador to schools, colleges and universities across the US, she has just completed her Words of Preservation: a Poets Laureate National Parks Tour, visiting all 62 National Parks, writing poems and taking photos to celebrate the next 100 years—an historic, epic adventure. A percentage of sales from this book, titled The National Parks: A Century of Grace (TCU Press) go back to the National Parks System. www.kkmorton.com

978-1-68003-218-5 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-219-2 ebook 51/4x81/2. 112 pp. Poetry. August

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The TRP Chapbook Series

WARD Poems

Ryan Vine The Rumpus, in a review of his work, labeled poet Ryan Vine “a raconteur,” and his superior story-telling skills are on full display in WARD. The poems are witty, teeming with dark humor, political, playful, and the sardonic tone is pitch-perfect for our times, when we seem to have forgotten that an important survival strategy is the ability to laugh at ourselves. In its heart of hearts, WARD is a book about ethos and mythos, about the creation of a character and the investigation of voice. As one critic, Taylor Collier, wrote: “In the tradition of Kees’s Crusoe poems, Berryman’s Henry poems, and to some degree Yeats’s Crazy Jane poems, [Vine] builds a series of poems around a central character as a means of investigating both interior and exterior contemporary realities.” WARD also reads like a book concerned with the beginning, middle, and end. The poet Connie Wanek wrote, “the character Ward, part sage, part drunk, part father, part amigo, part real and part myth, meanders through the book, and his recurring presence, and the interplay between the persona of the poet and Ward, lend it a narrative quality.” RYAN VINE is the author of two award-winning collections of poems, Distant Engines and To Keep Him Hidden. His honors include a Weldon Kees Award, the Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Rumpus, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and on National Public Radio. He’s received three McKnight/ARAC Career Development Grants, an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and was selected by Robert Pinsky for the Dorset Prize. He is professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

WARD is a wonder, a consuming personality conjured through crisp imagery and deft humor. Poetic persona or alter-ego? Who cares? Ward is as real as a bruise, and as I read these poems, he stumbled into and through me.”—Matt Rasmussen

978-1-68003-259-8 paper $16.95 978-1-68003-260-4 ebook 51/4x81/2. 52 pp. Poetry. September

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Stephen F. Austin State University Press

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Forest Resource Economics and Finance

W. David Klemperer, Steven H. Bullard, Stephen C. Grado, Marcus K. Measells, and Thomas J. Straka Forest Resource Economics and Finance is intended for undergraduate forestry students, but practicing foresters and policy analysts will also find it a useful reference. The text emphasizes economics as a way of thinking in which we compare added costs and benefits of actions in order to maximize net benefits. With the basics of capital theory, readers learn how to evaluate forestry investments in a way that embraces important environmental factors. Another key feature is a focus on analyzing current conflicts and tradeoffs that will continue to be prominent forestry issues in the 21st century: free market policies versus different levels of government intervention, economic development versus environmental conservation, private property rights versus public amenity rights, and timber versus non-timber outputs. This text also addresses additional topics not often found in other forest economic books including: economics of non-clearcutting management systems, economics of forest damage, risk analysis, inflation, environmental economics, capital budgeting, and regional economics. Add to this a micro-economics review, multiple-use and non-market good analysis, optimal capital management, benefit/cost analysis, timber supply and demand issues, appraisal and valuation, forest industry economics, and world forestry issues, and you have the most comprehensive forest economics text on the market. In addition to new and updated figures throughout the text, this newly-revised second edition provides an overview of important trends in the modern timber industry including advancements in engineered wood, international trade, global environmental issues, as well as community forestry and agroforestry. W. DAVID KLEMPERER is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Natural Resources and Environment; STEVEN H. BULLARD is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University; STEPHEN C. GRADO is the George L. Switzer Professor at Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources Department of Forestry; MARCUS K. MEASELLS is Senior Extension Associate at Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources Department of Forestry; THOMAS J. STRAKA is Professor Emeritus Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

978-1-62288-411-7 hardcover $75.00 7x10. 608 pp. Forests. Economics. September

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I’m Samson

Betty Oglesbee and Kim Whitton I’m Samson: Maybe a Dog chronicles the adventures of a very special dog named Samson. Being a Saint Bernard, Samson grows and grows until he is quite large, with a large furry head and huge paws. Samson lives with his family in a very old and lovely town named San Augustine, right in the middle of the Deep “Piney Woods” of East Texas, a happy place to be, with the Sabine National Forest and Toledo Bend Reservoir on the east side and the Angelina National Forest and Sam Rayburn Reservoir on the west. Connecting it all with the rest of Texas is a most wonderful road . . . El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. This ancient Spanish Trace, blazed in 1691, meanders through the Lone Star State all the way to Mexico, having been traveled by every imaginable kind of person and a myriad of animals both large and small for more than three hundred years. Reflected in Samson’s eyes is a very keen sense of understanding about the happenings in his life and the lives of everyone he knows. These are his stories, told by him in his very honest and adventuresome way . . . even when oftentimes, he isn’t perfect. BETT Y OGLESBEE is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in San Augustine, Texas. KIM WHITTON is from the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She lives in San Augustine County.

978-1-62288-314-1 hardcover $20.00 8x10. 80 pp. 30 watercolor images Young Readers. September

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Wait at Wood’s Edge

American Chestnut

John Perryman

John Perryman’s latest collection of stories, Wait at Wood’s Edge, dramatizes varieties of reckonings familiar to Texans, and Americans, in the early twenty-first century. In his stories, flawed but earnest figures struggle to come to terms with the unexpected: betrayal, murder, shattered dreams, failed efforts at redemption, and—even worse— failure to recognize opportunities for redemption. In these deftly written pages, Perryman’s characters seek various forms of reconciliation between conflicting forces across a wide spectrum of the American landscape, navigating the economic, religious, social, and cultural tensions of today. From a pair of desperate grandparents trying their best to raise a haunted granddaughter, who early one morning bears a strange witness at wood’s edge, to a reimagining of the final days of the life of the skeptical Henry Adams, these tales dramatize the unexpected face of redemption with which we are sometimes met. And, as is often the case in the real world, these attempts at reconciliation, though honestly ventured, are not always welcomed or successful. But in this collection of tales, these all-too human lives always strive after a measure of dignity. And in that alone, perhaps, there is reason for hope. JOHN PERRYMAN is a fifth generation Texan. He graduated from Greenhill School and Williams College, where he started on the school’s first undefeated football team, and then received his PhD from UT Dallas. 978-1-62288-409-4 paper $20.00 6x9. 200 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. October

John Bargowski

In American Chestnut, his latest volume of poems, John Bargowski has moved on from where he was a decade ago in Driving West on the Pulaski Skyway. This time, he’s pushed out from those powerful cityscapes he gave us then to include a whole slice of rural life, returning to the farmscapes of his grandfather’s world. There’s still that familiar elegiac strain in his work, this time linked to the lost world of American chestnuts, where only the stubborn roots of the exposed trunk remain, buried under the butchered remains of cattle and the raucous cry of crows. And yet what incredible vitality and wit one finds in the images and music this New Jersey poet—like William Carlos Williams and Allen Ginsberg and Robert Pinsky, among others—has rendered in the idiom of the modern post-impressionist he is: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, a reincarnation of Emily Dickinson and her Post–Modern-Neo-Punk-Ska Band Playing for Change in Terminal C of the Staten Island Ferry, or that terrifying music his four-year-old daughter hears at the entrance to the Shark Tunnel at Adventure Aquarium, Camden. And so much more! JOHN BARGOWSKI’S work has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, New Ohio Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and the Journal of New Jersey Poets. 978-1-62288-403-2 paper $18.00 6x9. 100 pp. Poetry. October


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Nothing Falls from Nowhere

Light at the Edge of the Field

Gary Fincke

The narratives throughout Gary Fincke’s Nothing Falls from Nowhere contain events told by an ordinary person caught up in the mundane action of day to day living but preoccupied by the dismal prospects life has to offer. These shocking accounts become both central and peripheral to the narrative, as Fincke portrays the fluctuating emotions and selfprotective reflections of fathers, sons, and husbands, creating a world where individuals infrequently comprehend the actions of others, yet often attain salvation during moments of compassion, acceptance, resolution, and dissolution of love. GARY FINCKE is a poet and author of short fiction and nonfiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fincke earned his BA from Thiel College, his MA from Miami University, and his PhD from Kent State University. 978-1-62288-405-6 paper $18.00 6x9. 200 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. October

Bill Meissner

Light at the Edge of the Field keeps readers wanting more as a pitcher’s girlfriend confronts her lover, not about his obsession with baseball but about their relationship and future together. After watching a traveling African American baseball team, a father is forced to inform his innocent young son about small-town racism. A diligent catcher—content with being the stable anchor for his team—can catch pitches for hours, but drops the ball in his relationship with his girlfriend. A disadvantaged, fleet-footed player in Mexico dreams of making it to the Major Leagues. These are just a few of the compelling characters readers discover as they step into the batter’s box. A tour de force of baseball short stories that reveal more than relations about the game of life. Like a baseball’s cushioned cork core, these stories illuminate what’s central to our lives—our dreams, both those that can be reached, and those which remain unreachable. BILL MEISSNER is the author of nine books, three short story collections, five collections of poetry, and a novel. His baseball fiction include a novel, Spirits in the Grass, which won the Midwest Book Award, and a short story collection, Hitting into the Wind. 978-1-62288-410-0 paper $20.00 6x9. 250 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. Sports. November


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Homer: A Tornado Wrapped in Barbed Wire

Bill’s Boys R.F. McEwen

Scott Eubanks

HOMER A Tornado Wrapped in Barbed Wire chronicles the hardships Homer Eubanks and many others faced during the first half of the 20th Century, poverty, World War I, the Spanish Flu that killed more than fifty million people worldwide, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and World War II, a time that ran over the weak and produced a generation of strong, tough, battle-scarred folks who dealt with more adversity than anyone deserved in one lifetime.

A true American demotic, Bill’s Boys is a difficult register, but here’s a poet able to tackle it. Not since the late, great, Thomas McGrath has a poet spoken so clearly of working class life in its own true tone, as McEwen does here in grim stories from hardworking lives, unsparing, unsentimental but shot through with love and courage—not least the courage of unsparing truths from the dark intersections between Irish and American histories, so rarely spoken of, much less examined.

Born in 1908 in Hamilton, Texas, Homer was a sharecropper’s son whose journey started with no money, an eighth-grade education, eight siblings who loved him, and an inner strength that served him well in the face of huge challenges and moments of danger. As much history as biography, HOMER A Tornado Wrapped in Barbed Wire, reveals a time when families pooled their meager assets, blood, sweat, and tears to help each other cope with economic stress and other angry circumstances that fought to hold them in the darkness as they strained to reach the light. People relied on the kindnesses and help of others as they clawed their ways in the direction of respectability and a modicum of success.

Without the whiskey he still had his spells of standing-steady rolling when he’d grab the earless side of his damp head and squeeze it hard, then knuckle it. The first time I remember it his eyes began to writhe like molten stones. From corded neck on down his convoluted body rolled and plunged and pitched while standing still, his feet clamped solid on the pitching floor. And while I cowered behind the sofa bed I saw my mother leap beyond the kitchen with a wet dish rag she flailed against his head and face until he stopped, and she had flung herself about him like a throbbing shawl.

SCOTT EUBANKS is a native of Marshall, Texas, and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned degrees in journalism and English. He is the author of Puberty Drove the Car. 978-1-62288-407-0 paper $20.00 6x9. 200 pp. Memoir. September

Since 1962 R. F. MCEWEN has been a professional logger and tree trimmer, working trees throughout the United States as well as in, during the late 1960’s, Guyana, South America. In 1972 he began teaching Middle School English in Chadron, Nebraska, and is currently a professor of English at Chadron State College. 978-1-62288-404-9 paper $18.00 6x9. 120 pp. Poetry. October


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Spotswood Virginia Nancy Bourne

Spotswood, Virginia takes place in the racially divisive mid-twentieth century south and includes mob violence, political cowardice, family conflict and mental illness; however, the focus of the collection is on ordinary people forced to make decisions in a morally confused, deeply divided world. In “Memorial Mansion,” a politically naive librarian is caught between her empathy for a black teacher and her deep love for her racist son. An ambitious politician in “Massive Resistance” strives to convince himself and his family that his conservative politics will somehow redeem the racist south. In “Dirty Dora,” an academically backward young girl is sent to reform school for dancing with a black man. A love-sick paper boy in “Going Under” tries to save a sexually provocative high school girl by bringing her to God. A tour de force collection in the vein of Faulkner and O’Connor, Spotswood Virginia is sure to please.

A Nacogdoches Night Before Christmas

NANCY BOURNE has been making up stories all her life. Eight years ago, she started writing them down and began to publish. Since then, her work has appeared in more than thirty publications nationwide. Her stories have been published in Upstreet, The South Carolina Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Blue Lake Review and many others.

SHIRLEY LUNA is the Executive Director of Marketing Communications at Stephen F. Austin State University. KIMBERLY VERHINES is the Director of Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

978-1-62288-408-7 paper $18.00 6x9. 200 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. September

Shirley Luna Kimberly Verhines

A Nacogdoches Night before Christmas celebrates the Christmas holiday in the oldest town in Texas. This beloved treasure heartwarming retells Clement Clark Moore’s classic tale and sends readers traveling through the piney woods of East Texas, across the rolling terrain and rich bottomlands, to the brick streets of Nacogdoches. It is a grand homecoming to the small town, where the old and young eagerly anticipate Santa Claus’s arrival. But, the Spirit of Christmas is accompanied by the spirits of East Texas history and lore. How can anyone sleep when many things are stirring in Nacogdoches? There are fireworks and festivities, and surprise after surprise as Santa nears.

978-1-62288-412-4 hardcover $20.00 10x8. 32 pp. 16 color November


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In Memoriam LEON HALE, beloved long-time columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and before that, The Houston Post, died on March 27, 2021, at his country place in Winedale, two months short of his one hundredth birthday. He was born in Stephenville, Texas on Memorial Day, 1921. As an editor for the Texas A&M Extension Service, he began to build the network of contacts that served him throughout his career in journalism. In 1947, he moved to The Houston Post as Farm Editor, where he expanded those contacts. After a brief sojourn editing a magazine for Humble Oil, he returned to the Post as a columnist, and that remained his principal line of work for the next sixty-two years. Ancillary activities during the Post years included an early morning radio program, a feature writing instructorship at Sam Houston State and occasional articles for Texas Parade. When he moved to the Houston Chronicle in 1985, his column shifted toward personal essay, of which he has been proclaimed a master. There have been five volumes of these columns collected into book form, beginning with A Smile from Katie Hattan, in 1982. In addition to the column collections, Hale wrote two novels (Bonney’s Place and Addison), two memoirs (Paper Hero and Supper Time), a book of linked stories about vanishing Texas (Turn South at the Second Bridge), and his most recent, published in 2021, the journal of his retirement (2014-2020) entitled See You On Down the Road, a phrase he occasionally used at the close of a column. His accolades include awards from the Headliners Foundation of Texas, United Press International and the Associated Press. In addition, he received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Lon Tinkle Award for Excellence throughout a Career from the Texas Institute of Letters, the state’s literary honor society of which he was a member. His papers reside in the Special Collections of the University of Houston Libraries. Of Hale’s work, the late author, and friend, John Graves wrote: “His voice in writing is the voice of the man himself. Colloquial, wise, caring, closely observant, and—most often at his own expense—wryly and powerfully humorous.”

Leon Hale

May 30, 1921–March 27, 2021

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Who Loves the Dark Sheri Phillabaum Illustrated by Liz Painter 978-0-940672-90-1 paperback $14.99

On a dark night, a child finds himself alone and lost in a forest. Any child would be frightened in this situation, and this child has an especially deep fear of the dark. Luckily, he meets a wise owl who teaches him about many of the plants and animals who love and need the dark, and before the night is over, the child loves the dark also! The intent of this little book is to introduce young people to the value of dark skies with the hope that as they progress into adulthood, they will be more inclined to support actions that preserve dark skies for the next generation. We also hope that children will learn from owl and bat to embrace, not fear, Nature’s gift of the dark and to become better stewards of the Earth in general.

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In compiling Lone Star Eats, Terry Thompson-Anderson has pored over a vast collection of Texas cookbooks and chosen the best examples of the way Texans eat today. More than 500 favorite recipes make up this collection, from down-home comfort foods with rural roots to sophisticated dishes of urban inspiration.

This book is both a workbook and a reference book for any junior military officer who is considering a permanent change of station (PCS) to the business world. Written by Roger Cameron, a leading authority on preparing JMOs for a successful transition to corporate America and the cofounder of the recruiting firm Cameron-Brooks Inc., this best-selling resource guides candidates through each stage of the job search—from making an application to accepting an offer, with emphasis on mission-critical preparation for the initial and follow-up interviews. The advice in these pages will not only prepare you for a new future in corporate America but also foster your professional growth as you advance in your business career.

The Story of Texas John Edward Weems 978-0-940672-35-2 paperback $10.95

Children of all ages will enjoy this colorful, instructive book on Texas history. Told in simple language and illustrated by lively sketches and paintings, the story emphasizes the drama and excitement of the state’s history – from prehistoric times, when Texas was largely underwater and inhabited by strange creatures, to the modern age of space travel and computers.


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Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens Chrysta Castañeda and Loren C. Steffy

T. Boone Pickens, legendary Texas oilman and infamous corporate raider from the 1980s, climbed the steps of the Reeves County courthouse in Pecos, Texas in early November 2016. He entered the solitary courtroom and settled into the witness stand for two days of testimony in what would be the final trial of his life. Pickens, who was 88 by then, had made and lost billions over his long career, but he’d come to Pecos seeking justice from several other oil companies. He claimed they cut him out of what became the biggest oil play he’d ever invested in—in an oil-rich section of far West Texas that was primed for an unprecedented boom. After years of dealing with the media, shareholders and politicians, Pickens would need to win over a dozen West Texas jurors in one last battle. To lead his legal fight, he chose an unlikely advocate— Chrysta Castañeda, a Dallas solo practitioner who had only recently returned to the practice of law after a hiatus borne of disillusionment with big firms. Pickens was a hardline Republican, while Castañeda had run for public office as a Democrat. But they shared an unwavering determination to win and formed a friendship that spanned their differences in age, politics, and gender. The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens is a high-stakes courtroom drama told through the eyes of Castañeda. It’s the story of an American business legend still fighting in the twilight of his long career, and the lawyer determined to help him make one final stand for justice. CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA is a Texas trial attorney specializing in oil and gas disputes. She formed her own boutique law firm in 2014 after more than twenty years as a partner and associate in some of the world’s top law firms. LOREN STEFFY is a journalist and author of four other nonfiction books, including Deconstructed: An Insider’s View of Illegal Immigration and the Building Trades (with Stan Marek) (Stoney Creek Publishing, 2020), George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet (Texas A&M University Press, 2019), Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit (McGrawHill, 2010). His first novel, The Big Empty, was published in May 2021.

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