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Stairway of the Jack K. Williams Administration Building Photograph by Carolyn Brown From the book Architecture That Speaks: S. C. P. Vosper and Ten Remarkable Buildings at Texas A&M (See page 12)


“J. J. Cale, Austin 1974” Photograph by Watt M. Casey Jr. From the book My Guitar Is a Camera (See page 3)

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Images from the evolution of the Austin music scene . . .

My Guitar Is a Camera

My Guitar Is a Camera

Watt M. Casey Jr. Foreword by Steve Miller With essays by Mark Seal, Joe Nick Patoski, and Bill Bentley The evening of May 10, 1970, found a young Watt M. Casey Jr. standing awestruck, only a few feet from Jimi Hendrix as the legendary guitarist tore into his unique arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the stage of San Antonio’s Hemisfair Arena during the Texas leg of his Cry of Love Tour. Bemoaning the fact that he had no camera to document the amazing experience or the visionary musicians creating it, Watt promised himself that he would make up for his oversight in the weeks and years to come. Little did he realize at the time that Hendrix had less than five months to live.


Casey made good on his resolution, and My Guitar Is a Camera provides the evidence. With a foreword by Steve Miller, this rich visual history of the vibrant live music scene in Austin and beyond during the 1970s and early 1980s allows Casey’s lens to reveal both the stage, awash in spotlights and crowd noise, and the more intimate backstage moments, where entertainers hold forth to interviewers and friends. As Outlaw Country’s cosmic cowboys mixed with East Coast rockers, Chicago bluesmen, and West Coast hippies, Watt Casey roamed at will, capturing the people, places, and happenings that blended to foster Austin’s emerging reputation as “Live Music Capital of the World.” John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University–San Marcos

WATT M. CASEY JR. is a professional photographer and cattleman from Albany, Texas. His work is featured in the Grammy Museum’s touring exhibit Pride and Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan and also appears in CDs, box sets, music books, and other publications.

Foreword by Steve Miller

978-1-62349-558-9 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-559-6 ebook 81/2x10. 224 pp. 61 color, 129 b&w photos. Index. Photography. Popular Culture. Music. November

RELATED INTEREST The History of Texas Music Gary Hartman 978-1-60344-002-8 paper $19.95 978-1-60344-394-4 ebook

I’ve Been Out There On the Road with Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll Grady Gaines 978-1-62349-270-0 cloth $23.00 978-1-62349-271-7 ebook


A backstage pass to American music history . . .

Delbert McClinton One of the Fortunate Few

Diana Finlay Hendricks Foreword by Don Imus Influenced at a young age by classic country, Tejano, western swing, and the popular music of wartime America, blues musician Delbert McClinton grew up with a backstage pass to some of the most significant moments in American cultural and music history. From his birth on the high plains of West Texas during World War II to headlining sold-out cruises on chartered luxury ships well into his seventies, McClinton admits he has been “One of the Fortunate Few.” This book chronicles McClinton’s path through a free-range childhood in Lubbock and Fort Worth; an early career in the desegregated roadhouses along Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway, where he led the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddly, and others while making a name for himself as a regional player in the birth of rock and roll; headlining shows in England with a little-known Liverpool quartet called The Beatles; and heading back to Texas in time for the progressive movement, kicking off Austin’s burgeoning role in American music history. Today, more than sixty years after he first stepped onto a stage, Delbert McClinton shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to play sold-out concert and dance halls, theaters, and festival events across the nation. An annual highlight for his fans is the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise, the longestrunning music-themed luxury cruise in history at more than twenty-five years of operation. More than the story of a rags-toriches musician, Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few offers readers a soundtrack to some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American popular music—all backed by a cooking rhythm section and featuring a hot harmonica lead. John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University–San Marcos

DIANA FINLAY HENDRICKS, a Central Texas–based writer, journalist, and photographer, has earned statewide awards for reporting, photography, and print journalism. She recently contributed the James McMurtry chapter to Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic SingerSongwriters of Texas.

DELBERT McCLINTON One of the Fortunate Few DIANA FINLAY HENDRICKS Foreword by Don Imus

978-1-62349-588-6 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-589-3 ebook 6x9. 232 pp. 30 color, 29 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Music. Biography. Popular Culture. December

RELATED INTEREST Texas Blues The Rise of a Contemporary Sound Alan B. Govenar 978-1-58544-605-6 cloth $40.00 978-1-60344-510-8 ebook

Without Getting Killed or Caught The Life and Music of Guy Clark Tamara Saviano 978-1-62349-454-4 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-455-1 ebook


“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done . . . everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind . . .”

Cloyce Box, 6'4" and Bulletproof Michael Barr

Cloyce Box was an American original. He was handsome, athletic, intelligent, and ambitious, and his life was the stuff of which dreams and miniseries are made. Starting out as a dirt-poor farm boy from the Texas backcountry, he used his great talents to become a star in the National Football League, a corporate CEO, and a very wealthy man. He was fearless, flamboyant, and controversial. His story is an epic Texas tale of football, cattle, horses, oil, money, power, incredible success, and spectacular failure. The ranch he owned near Frisco, Texas, became famous as the fictional Southfork Ranch on the hit television show Dallas. Financial over-reaching eventually cost him his fortune, just before his death in 1993. With access to Cloyce Box’s personal files and photographs as well as the assistance of his subject’s family and friends, Michael Barr has crafted a biography that is at once clear-eyed and sensitive, allowing the complex character of Cloyce Box to engage and challenge the reader. Swaim-Paup-Foran Spirit of Sport Series, sponsored by James C. ’74 & Debra Parchman Swaim, Nancy & T. Edgar Paup ’74, and Joseph Wm. & Nancy Foran

MICHAEL BARR is a retired public school, college, and university educator. He is the author of Remembering Bulldog Turner: Unsung Monster of the Midway.

978-1-62349-576-3 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-577-0 ebook 6x9. 192 pp. 24 b&w photos. Index. Sports. Biography. Business Practices. October

RELATED INTEREST The Cy Young Catcher Charlie O’Brien and Doug Wedge 978-1-62349-292-2 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-293-9 ebook

A Coaching Life Gary Blair with Rusty Burson 978-1-62349-536-7 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-537-4 ebook


They created a team, forged lifelong ties, and made Texas sports history . . .

Mighty, Mighty Matadors

Estacado High School, Integration, and a Championship Season Al Pickett

Strongly inviting comparisons with the movie Remember the Titans, this book by veteran sports journalist and author Al Pickett is an inspiring, insider account of the Lubbock Estacado Matadors, who came together for love of a sport to become Texas State AAA High School football champions in their first year of eligibility. In the late 1960s, the Lubbock Independent School District was pressured by the courts to address its still-segregated system, and its response was the new, integrated Estacado High School. Estacado’s first head football coach, Jimmie Keeling, formed and fielded a team of young men who had never played together before and who came from widely differing parts of the social spectrum. Remarkably, he forged a unit that was not only cohesive but highly competitive, rolling undefeated toward a historic championship finish. Mighty, Mighty Matadors features action-packed accounts of Estacado’s championship season, but even more, it offers heartwarming glimpses of the lifelong friendships formed by players who joined hands across racial and social divides to accomplish a goal. In the process, they helped bring pride and unity to their hometown. Swaim-Paup-Foran Spirit of Sport Series, sponsored by James C. ’74 & Debra Parchman Swaim, Nancy & T. Edgar Paup ’74, and Joseph Wm. & Nancy Foran

AL PICKETT is a print and broadcast journalist who has covered sports in central West Texas for more than thirty years. A founder and recent inductee of the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame, he is also the author of several other books, including Team of the Century: The Greatest High School Football Team in Texas and The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You’ve Never Heard.

978-1-62349-551-0 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-552-7 ebook 6x9. 160 pp. 8 color, 17 b&w photos. Index. Sports. Texana. Integration. August

RELATED INTEREST Dat Tackling Life and the NFL Dat Nguyen and Rusty Burson 978-1-62349-063-8 paper $22.95 978-1-60344-608-2 ebook Houston Cougars in the 1960s Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century Robert D. Jacobus 978-1-62349-347-9 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-348-6 ebook


From the Spanish-American War to Afghanistan . . . five star athletes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Fallen Stars

Five American Athletes Who Died in Military Service

Fallen Stars F ive A m e r i c A n At h l e t e s

Carson James Cunningham

In the spring of 2002, motivated by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, National Football League stalwart Patrick Daniel Tillman turned down a multimillion-dollar contract to join the US Army. Two years later, he died while serving his country in the mountains of Afghanistan. In the process, he became an American icon. Inspired by Pat Tillman’s story, Fallen Stars captures the lives and times of Tillman (1976–2004) and four other war-hero American athletes: Hamilton “Ham” Fish (1873–98), Hobart “Hobey” Baker (1892–1918), Nile Kinnick (1918–43), and Robert Kalsu (1945–70), all of whom died while serving in the US military. Why a focus on fallen war-hero athletes, and why these five? Because here we have a century’s worth of men who faced the fears and uncertainties that come with life and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their stories give us a kaleidoscopic picture of America over the course of more than one hundred years, and through them we can explore the wars America has participated in, the values that Americans have celebrated, and what it has meant, over time, to be an American hero. Swaim-Paup-Foran Spirit of Sport Series, sponsored by James C. ’74 & Debra Parchman Swaim, Nancy & T. Edgar Paup ’74, and Joseph Wm. & Nancy Foran

CARSON JAMES CUNNINGHAM, head men’s basketball coach at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, is also the author of American Hoops: US Men’s Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing, Underbelly Hoops: Adventures in the CBA—AKA The Crazy Basketball Association, and (with Randy Roberts) Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs’ Glory Years.

Wh o Di e D i n m i l i tA ry s e rvi c e

Carson James Cunningham

978-1-62349-560-2 cloth $26.95 978-1-62349-561-9 ebook 6x9. 224 pp. 18 b&w photos. Index. Sports. Army. Biography. October

RELATED INTEREST Champion of the Barrio The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty R. Gaines Baty 978-1-62349-266-3 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-267-0 ebook 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


A simplified approach to growing vegetables . . .

Circle Gardening

Growing Vegetables Outside the Box Kenneth E. Spaeth Jr.

Circle Gardening Growing Vegetables Outside the Box

As more people become concerned with food safety as well as the environment, vegetable gardening offers an opportunity to grow produce at home. Not everyone has the time, money, or energy to take on the challenge of starting a vegetable garden, however. In Circle Gardening, Kenneth E. Spaeth Jr., a soil and ecosystem specialist, provides a fresh approach and thorough guide to vegetable gardening for all gardeners, experienced and beginner alike. Through years of experimentation, Spaeth has found circle gardening, an ancient method “as old as agriculture,” to be not only an efficient but also an aesthetically pleasing way to grow plants. By arranging them in a concentrated circle rather than in rows, gardeners are able to conserve compost, fertilizer, and water. Depending on the number of vegetables planted, this design can save time and be less physically demanding. The rationale for planting your veggies in a circle is scientific, too—many plants clump together in nature and thrive in groups, and so planting in circles actually mimics natural plant distribution. There are other questions that befuddle expert and beginner gardeners, too: What is the difference between organic and conventional gardening? Are there significant pros and cons to each? What makes up the soil in a garden? Spaeth provides clear answers to these complex questions. The book also includes quick vegetable guides in the back along with information on composting, calculating fertilizer rates, and gauging soil health. KENNETH E. SPAETH JR., a plant-soil scientist with the USDA, is a well-published expert on water and soil conservation as well as an adjunct and honorary professor. He and his wife also operate a small dairy goat farm and have won ribbons for their cheeses at American Dairy Goat Association competitions.

Kenneth E. Spaeth Jr.

978-1-62349-556-5 flexbound $36.00 978-1-62349-557-2 ebook 7x10. 384 pp. 85 color photos. 4 line art. 7 maps. 38 figures. 42 tables. 4 appendixes. Bib. Index. Gardening/Fruits/Vegetables. Organic Gardening/Farming. December

RELATED INTEREST Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas Design and Cultivation Cheryl Beesley 978-1-62349-321-9 flexbound $35.00 978-1-62349-323-3 ebook

Easy Edibles How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food Judy Barrett 978-1-62349-339-4 flexbound $22.95 978-1-62349-343-1 ebook


“Antique roses aren’t good because they’re old; they’re old because they’re good.”

The Rose Rustlers

Greg Grant and William C. Welch Foreword by G. Michael Shoup In The Rose Rustlers, Greg Grant and William C. Welch offer a personal, in-depth, and entertaining account of some of the great stories gathered during their years as participants in one of the most important plant-hunting efforts of the twentieth century—the quest to save antique roses that disappeared from the market in a notoriously trend-driven business. By the 1950s, almost exclusively, modern roses (those with one compact bloom at the top of a large stem) were grown for the cut-flower market. The large rounded shrubs and billowy fence climbers known to our grandparents and great-grandparents in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had been reduced to this rather monotonous single style of plant. Yet those roses of old still grew, tough and persistent, in farmyards, cemeteries, vacant lots, and abandoned fields. The rediscovery of these antiques and the subsequent movement to conserve them became the mission of “rose rustlers,” dedicated rosarians who studied, sought, cut, and cultivated these hardy survivors. Here, the authors chronicle their own origins, adventures, and discoveries as part of a group dubbed the Texas Rose Rustlers. They present tales of the many efforts that have helped restore lost roses not only to residential gardens, but also to commercial and church landscapes in Texas. Their experiences and friendships with other figures in the heirloom rose world bring an insider’s perspective to the lore of “rustling,” the art of propagation, and the continued fascination with the world’s favorite flower. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series

GREG GRANT is the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tyler. WILLIAM C. WELCH is professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape horticulturist in the department of horticultural science, Texas A&M University.

Rose Rustlers THE

GREG GRANT & WILLIAM C. WELCH Michael G RE G G RA NT & WForeword IL L IA M by C . G. WE L C H Shoup Foreword by G. Michael Shoup

978-1-62349-544-2 flexbound $30.00 978-1-62349-545-9 ebook 8x10. 256 pp. 216 color, 1 b&w photos. Index. Gardens. Horticulture. September

RELATED INTEREST Heirloom Gardening in the South Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens William C. Welch and Greg Grant 978-1-60344-213-8 flexbound $29.95 978-1-60344-794-2 ebook The Bulb Hunter Chris Wiesinger and William C. Welch 978-1-60344-821-5 flexbound $29.95 978-1-62349-002-7 ebook


The first comprehensive volume detailing birdlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

Birdlife of the Gulf of Mexico

Joanna Burger Forewords by John W. Tunnell and Carl Safina The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most important ecological regions in the world for birds. The mosaic of diverse habitats in the region provides numerous niches for birds. There are productive salt marshes, barrier islands, and sandy beaches for foraging and nesting; a direct pathway between North and Central and South America for migrating; and warm, tropical waters for wintering. Many species are residents all year around, some migrate through, and still others spend the winter along the shores. The Gulf Coast is home to a significant portion of the world’s population of Reddish Egret and Snowy Plover and a significant portion of the US breeding populations of certain birds, including the Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, and Laughing Gull. In total, there are more than 400 bird species that rely on the Gulf at some time during the year. Drawing on decades of fieldwork and data research, renowned ornithologist and behavioral ecologist Joanna Burger provides detailed descriptions of birdlife in the Gulf of Mexico. Burger records trends in bird population, behavior, and major threats and stressors affecting birds in the region, including the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. While some of this data exists in journal articles, research papers, and government reports, this is the first volume to weave together a comprehensive overview of the birds and related natural resources found in the Gulf of Mexico. Illustrated with over 900 color photographs, charts, and maps, this landmark reference volume will be immensely important for researchers, conservationists, land managers, birders, and wildlife lovers. Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series, sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

JOANNA BURGER is an internationally renowned ornithologist and behavioral ecologist. She is distinguished professor of biology at Rutgers University and the author and editor of several books, including The Parrot Who Owns Me and Birds: A Visual Guide.

978-1-62349-546-6 hardcover $75.00s 978-1-62349-547-3 ebook 81/2x11. 890 pp. 775 color, 1 b&w photos. 1 line art. 22 maps. 8 figures. 127 graphs. Appendix. Bib. Index. Birding/Ornithology. Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Texas. November

RELATED INTEREST Whooping Crane Images from the Wild Klaus Nigge Introduction by Krista Schlyer 978-1-60344-209-1 cloth $45.00 978-1-60344-317-3 ebook Book of Texas Birds Gary Clark Photographs by Kathy Adams Clark 978-1-62349-431-5 flexbound $39.95 978-1-62349-432-2 ebook


For an environmental plan to be successful in Texas, it needs to be about making money.

A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast

A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast

Jim Blackburn

In this powerful call to action, conservationist and environmental lawyer Jim Blackburn offers an unconventional yet feasible plan to protect the Texas coast. The coast is in danger of being damaged beyond repair due to the gradual starvation of freshwater inflows to its bays, the fragmentation of large tracts of land, and general public neglect. Most importantly, it is threatened by our denial that the coast faces major threats and that its long-term health provides significant economic benefits. To save coastal resources, a successful plan needs to address the realities of our current world. The challenge is to sustain an economy that creates optimism and entrepreneurship while considering finite natural resources. In other words, a successful plan to save the Texas coast needs to be about making money. Whether visiting with farmers and ranchers or oil and chemical producers, Blackburn recognizes that when talking about the natural environment in monetary terms, people listen. Many of the services we get from the coast are beginning to be studied for their dollar values, a trend that might offer Texas farms and ranches the potential for cash flow, which may in turn alter conservation practices throughout Texas and the United States. Money alone cannot be the only motivation for caring about the Texas coast, though. Blackburn encourages Texans to get to know this landscape better. Beautifully illustrated and accessibly written, A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast weaves together a challenging but promising plan to protect the coast through economic motivation, thoughtful litigation, informed appreciation, and simple affection for the beauty and life found on the Texas coast. Number Thirty-one: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi

JIM BLACKBURN is professor in the practice of environmental law in the civil and environmental engineering department at Rice University. He is also the codirector of the Severe Storm Prediction Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center at Rice University. He has been a practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973 and is the author of The Book of Texas Bays.



978-1-62349-578-7 flexbound $35.00 978-1-62349-579-4 ebook 7x10. 320 pp. 52 color, 1 b&w photos. 38 maps. 7 figures. 9 graphs. Bib. Index. Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Texas. Conservation. November

RELATED INTEREST The Book of Texas Bays Jim Blackburn Photography by Jim Olive 978-1-60344-782-9 flexbound $35.00 978-1-60344-275-6 ebook After Ike Aerial Views from the No-Fly Zone Bryan Carlile 978-1-60344-150-6 flexbound $24.95 978-1-60344-323-4 ebook


Honoring an architectural legacy, preserving a campus heritage . . .

Architecture That Speaks

S. C. P. Vosper and Ten Remarkable Buildings at Texas A&M Nancy T. McCoy and David G. Woodcock Photographs by Carolyn Brown Foreword by Michael K. Young

When the A&M College of Texas opened its doors in 1876, its early buildings followed a Victorian architectural style. Classical architecture came to the campus with the Academic Building, after the 1912 fire that destroyed Old Main. Subsequent buildings generally followed this neoclassical path, but the growth of the campus in the Depression era saw the addition of an extraordinary group of buildings, sited in accordance with a master plan developed by college architect F. E. Giesecke and designed by S. C. P. Vosper, each of whom also held faculty positions in the first architecture program at a state college in Texas. The buildings designed by Vosper are arguably the finest buildings on the campus, uniquely expressive of the agricultural and mechanical origins of the university; they delight the senses with color, sculpture, and wit. Nancy T. McCoy and David G. Woodcock, distinguished preservation architects and scholars, review the history of Texas A&M campus architecture and provide in-depth coverage of Vosper and his legacy. Illustrated by the sumptuous photography of Carolyn Brown, Architecture That Speaks concludes with observations on recent approaches toward the reuse and rehabilitation of campus heritage architecture and a view to the future, as plans evolve for further development of the campus that maintains a respect for both strategic vision and historical heritage. Number 127: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University

978-1-62349-553-4 cloth $40.00 978-1-62349-554-1 ebook 11x10. 224 pp. 158 color, 52 b&w photos. 28 line drawings. Bib. Index. Architecture. Aggie Books. Photography. Texas. September


RELATED INTEREST NANCY T. McCOY, faia, fapt, is an award-winning preservation architect with Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture in Dallas, Texas. She has worked on National Historic Landmarks, including Kansas City’s Union Station and Fair Park in Dallas, and on some of Vosper’s buildings at Texas A&M University. DAVID G. WOODCOCK, faia, fsa, fapt, is professor emeritus of architecture and director emeritus of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University. He has received the Clara Driscoll Award from Preservation Texas and lifetime achievement awards from the National Council for Preservation Education and the Association for Preservation Technology International. CAROLYN BROWN began photographing ancient architecture while living in Cairo, Egypt, and as a Texan has traveled throughout Mexico photographing pre-Hispanic and Vice Regal architecture. An architectural and fine arts photographer in Dallas, Texas, specializing in preservation projects, she is the photographer for Caddo: Visions of a Southern Cypress Lake.

Texas A&M University A Pictorial History, 1876–1996, Second Edition Henry C. Dethloff 978-1-62349-245-8 paper $24.95 978-1-62349-484-1 ebook

Over at College A Texas A&M Campus Kid in the 1930s James Knox Walker Jr. Foreword by David Chapman 978-1-62349-385-1 cloth $21.95 978-1-62349-386-8 ebook


New in flexbound Winner, 2017 Worldwide Books Award, sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America

The Art of Found Objects Interviews with Texas Artists Robert Craig Bunch

In this first book of interviews with visual artists from across Texas, more than sixty artists reflect on topics from seminal influences and inspirations to their common engagement with found materials. Beyond the art itself, no source is more primary to understanding art and artist than the artist’s own words. After all, who can speak with more authority about the artist’s influences, motivations, methods, philosophies, and creations? Since 2010, Robert Craig Bunch has interviewed sixty-four of Texas’ finest artists, who have responded with honesty, clarity, and—naturally—great insight into their own work. None of these interviews has been previously published, even in part. Incorporating a striking, full-color illustration of each artist’s work, these absorbing self-examinations will stand collectively as a reference of lasting value. Number Eighteen: Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series

ROBERT CRAIG BUNCH is an assistant librarian at the McNay Art Museum of San Antonio. Previously, he had a twenty-five-year career in public schools, as both a teacher and a librarian.

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Bunch’s interest in all media, coupled with his reach across generations, as well as desire to mine more than the usual suspects, make this volume relevant now as well as a Mother Lode for tomorrow’s scholars and future collectors.”—Paper City Magazine There have been other books and exhibitions devoted to presenting a comprehensive view of Texas art and assemblage art, but none like The Art of Found Objects. . . . Above all, [it] is an enjoyable, illuminating, and pleasurable read.”—Art Libraries Society of North America

978-1-62349-604-3 flexbound $40.00 978-1-62349-408-7 ebook 9x10. 214 pp. 72 color, 4 b&w illus. Bib. Index. Art. Sculpture. Texana. September

RELATED INTEREST The Texas Post Office Murals Art for the People Philip Parisi 978-1-62349-488-9 flexbound $29.95 978-1-62349-489-6 ebook

Alexandre Hogue An American Visionary—Paintings and Works on Paper Susie Kalil 978-1-60344-214-5 cloth $35.00 978-1-60344-665-5 ebook


Celebrating a Texas master of modern art . . .

Sense of Home The Art of Richard Stout

Sense of Home

Edited by William E. Reaves and Linda J. Reaves Richard Stout’s legacy as an artist is broad, deep, and firmly moored to his Texas Gulf Coast origins. Born in Beaumont in 1934, he has been painting, sculpting, and teaching in Houston since 1957, in the process creating both an influential body of work and a committed national and international following among artists and collectors. Stout’s expressionist oeuvre, possessing architectural structuralism with geometric The Art of Richard Stout precision, has found its place in prominent E D I T E D B Y W I L L I A M E . R E AV E S & L I N D A J . R E AV E S museum and private collections not only in 978-1-62349-570-1 cloth $35.00 Texas, but also nationally and internationally. His 978-1-62349-571-8 ebook works have appeared in most major American exhibitions and 9x10. 150 pp. 98 color art. Bib. Index. have traveled to Europe, Australia, and Asia. Art. Sculpture. September

In this, the first retrospective study of a career spanning one of the most tumultuous and formative periods in Texas art, the editors have gathered a critical examination and meticulously researched assessment of the evolution in the artist’s style and approach. Richly illustrated with representative paintings and sculptures from throughout Stout’s career, Sense of Home also provides a comprehensive biographical background, illuminating in multiple dimensions the life and work of one of Texas’ most significant contemporary artists.

RELATED INTEREST Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art Andrew Sansom and William E. Reaves 978-1-62349-534-3 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-535-0 ebook

Number Nineteen: Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series

WILLIAM E. REAVES is co-owner of William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art in Houston, author of Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream, and coauthor of Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art. He is a founding member of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). LINDA J. REAVES is co-owner and vice president of William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, where she serves as principal designer and editor of print publications and is responsible for ongoing biographical research on artists associated with the gallery.

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


The struggles of Sam Houston’s twilight years . . .



The Last Days of Sam Houston Ron Rozelle

After an undisputed record of political achievement—leading the decisive battle for Texas independence at San Jacinto, serving twice as president of the Republic of Texas, twice again as a United States senator after annexation, and finally as governor of Texas—Sam Houston found himself in the winter of his life in a self-imposed exile among the pines of East Texas. Houston was often a bundle of complicated contradictions. He was a spirited advocate for public education but had little formal education himself. He was very much “a Jackson man” but disagreed with his mentor on the treatment of Native Americans. He was a slaveholder who opposed abolition but scuttled his own political reputation by resisting the South’s move toward secession. After refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy in 1861, Houston was swiftly evicted from the governor’s office. “Let me tell you what is coming,” he later said from a window at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston. “After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it.” Houston died just two years later, and the nation was indeed fractured. Ron Rozelle’s masterful biographical portrait here lingers on Houston’s final years, especially as lived out in Huntsville, when so much of his life’s work seemed on the verge of coming undone. Artfully written for the general reader, Exiled:The Last Days of Sam Houston is a compelling look at Sam Houston’s legacy and twilight years. RON ROZELLE is the author of nine books, including the memoir Into that Good Night, a finalist for the PEN Prize, and was the recipient of the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize for My Boys and Girls are in There: The 1937 New London School Disaster. He lives in Lake Jackson, Texas.

The Last Days of Sam Houston RON ROZELLE

978-1-62349-586-2 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-587-9 ebook 6x9. 224 pp. 12 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Biography. Texas Political History. Civil War/ Reconstruction. Revolution/Republic. Texana. November

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“Intercultural discoveries that shaped modern social science . . .”

Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus

Daniel J. Gelo and Christopher J. Wickham With contributions by Heide Castañeda In 1851, an article appeared in a German journal, Geographisches Jahrbuch (Geographic Yearbook), that sought to establish definitive connections, using language observations, among the Comanches, Shoshones, and Apaches. Heinrich Berghaus’s study was based on lexical data gathered by a young German settler in Texas, Emil Kriewitz, and included a groundbreaking list of Comanche words and their German translations. Berghaus also offered Kriewitz’s cultural notes on the Comanches, a discussion of the existing literature on the three tribes, and an original map of Comanche hunting grounds. Perhaps because it was published only in German, the existence of Berghaus’s study has been all but unknown to North American scholars, even though it offers valuable insights into Native American languages, toponyms, ethnonyms, hydronyms, and cultural anthropology. It was also a significant document revealing the history of German-Comanche relations in Texas. Daniel J. Gelo and Christopher J. Wickham now make available for the first time a reliable English translation of this important nineteenth-century document. In addition to making the article accessible to English speakers, they also place Berghaus’s work into historical context and provide detailed commentary on its value for anthropologists and historians who study German settlement in Texas. Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier will make significant contributions to multiple disciplines, opening a new lens onto Native American ethnography and ethnology. DANIEL J. GELO is professor of anthropology, Stumberg Distinguished University Chair, and dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of Indians of the Great Plains. CHRISTOPHER J. WICKHAM is professor of German and humanities at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the author of numerous scholarly articles.

978-1-62349-594-7 cloth $35.00s 978-1-62349-595-4 ebook 6x9. 232 pp. 7 b&w photos. 5 maps. 2 tables. Bib. Index. Texas History. Anthropology. Native American Studies. Southwestern History. November

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The myths and realities of coming home from war . . .

Long Journeys Home

American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Michael D. Gambone

In the modern history of American veterans, it is sometimes difficult to separate myth from fact. The men and women who served in World War II are routinely praised as heroes; the “Greatest Generation,” after all, triumphed over fascism and successfully reentered postwar society. Veterans of the Vietnam War, on the other hand, occupy a different thread in the postwar narrative, sometimes as a threat to society but usually as victims of it; these vets returned home to a combination of disdain, fear, and prolonged suffering. And until very recently, both the public and historians have largely overlooked veterans of the Korean War altogether; the hit television show M*A*S*H was set in Korea but was more about Vietnam. Long Journeys Home explores the veteran experience of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It examines and dissects the various myths that have grown up around each of these wars. Author Michael D. Gambone compares and contrasts the basic elements of each narrative, including the factors that influenced the decision to enlist, the impact of combat on life after the war, the struggles of postwar economic adjustment, and participation in (or withdrawal from) social and political activism. Gambone does not treat these veterans monolithically but instead puts each era’s veterans in historical context. He also explores the nuances of race, gender, and class. Despite many differences, some obvious and some not, Gambone nonetheless finds a great deal of continuity, and ultimately concludes that Korean and Vietnam veterans have much more in common with the Greatest Generation than was previously understood. Number 156: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

MICHAEL D. GAMBONE is professor of history at Kutztown University and the author of The Greatest Generation Comes Home: The Veteran in American Society.

Long Journeys Home

american veterans of world war ii, korea, & vietnam Michael D. Gambone

978-1-62349-580-0 cloth $45.00s 978-1-62349-581-7 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 10 b&w photos. 4 tables. Bib. Index. World War II. Korean War. Vietnam War. Military History. November

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“The war has a smell that clings to everything . . .”

The Smell of War

Three Americans in the Trenches of World War I Virginia Bernhard

Historian Virginia Bernhard has deftly woven together the memoirs and letters of three American soldiers—Henry Beston Sheahan, Mike Hogg, and George Wythe—to capture a vivid, poignant portrayal of what it was like to be “over there.” These firsthand recollections focus the lens of history onto one small corner of the war, into one small battlefield, and in doing so they reveal new perspectives on the horrors of trench warfare, life in training camps, transportation and the impact of technology, and the post-armistice American army of occupation. Henry Sheahan’s memoir, A Volunteer Poilu, was first published in 1916. He was a Boston-born, Harvard-educated ambulance driver for the French army who later became a well-known New England nature writer, taking a family name “Beston” as his surname. George Wythe, from Weatherford, Texas, was a descendent of the George Wythe who signed the Declaration of Independence. Mike Hogg, born in Tyler, Texas, was the son of former Texas governor James Stephen Hogg. The Smell of War, by collecting and annotating the words of these three individuals, paints a new and revealing literary portrait of the Great War and those who served in it. Number Fourteen: C. A. Brannen Series

VIRGINIA BERNHARD is professor emerita of history at the University of St. Thomas. She is the author of seven books, including Ima Hogg: The Governor’s Daughter, and most recently, The Hoggs of Texas: Letters and Memoirs of an Extraordinary Family, 1887–1906. She resides in Houston.

978-1-62349-598-5 hardcover $32.00s 978-1-62349-599-2 ebook 6x9. 160 pp. 6 b&w photos. 4 maps. Bib. Index. World War I. Literary Nonfiction. Military History, Texas. Military History. December

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“The first African American hero of World War II . . .”

Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement Thomas W. Cutrer and T. Michael Parrish

On the morning of December 7, 1941, after serving breakfast and turning his attention to laundry services aboard the USS West Virginia, Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris “Dorie” Miller heard the alarm calling sailors to battle stations. The first of several torpedoes dropped from Japanese aircraft had struck the American battleship. Miller hastily made his way to a central point and was soon called to the bridge by Lt. Com. Doir C. Johnson to assist the mortally wounded ship’s captain, Mervyn Bennion. Miller then joined two others in loading and firing an unmanned anti-aircraft machine gun—a weapon that, as an African American in a segregated military, Miller had not been trained to operate. But he did, firing the weapon on attacking Japanese aircraft until the .50-caliber gun ran out of ammunition. For these actions, Miller was later awarded the Navy Cross, the third-highest naval award for combat gallantry. Historians Thomas W. Cutrer and T. Michael Parrish have not only painstakingly reconstructed Miller’s inspiring actions on December 7. They also offer for the first time a full biography of Miller placed in the larger context of African American service in the United States military and the beginnings of the civil rights movement. Like so many sailors and soldiers in World War II, Doris Miller’s life was cut short. Just two years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Miller was aboard the USS Liscome Bay when it was sunk by a Japanese submarine. But the name—and symbolic image—of Dorie Miller lived on. As Cutrer and Parrish conclude, “Dorie Miller’s actions at Pearl Harbor, and the legend that they engendered, were directly responsible for helping to roll back the navy’s then-to-fore unrelenting policy of racial segregation and prejudice, and, in the chain of events, helped to launch the civil rights movement of the 1960s that brought an end to the worst of America’s racial intolerance.” Number 158: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

THOMAS W. CUTRER is professor emeritus of history at Arizona State University and the author of several books, including Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861–1865. T. MICHAEL PARRISH is the Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor University and the author of Richard Taylor: Soldier Prince of Dixie.

978-1-62349-602-9 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-603-6 ebook 6x9. 128 pp. 35 b&w photos. Bib. Index. World War II. African American Studies. Military History. Civil Rights. December

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“. . . once the firing started, all hatches were buttoned up.”

Buttoned Up American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II

New in paperback

The Hump

America’s Strategy for Keeping China in World War II John D. Plating

Westin E. Robeson

Independent tank battalions were small, self-contained armored units attached to larger infantry divisions as necessary during World War II. The United States Army believed this would provide infantry the firepower and protection it needed on an everchanging battlefield. In Buttoned Up: American Armor and the 781st Tank Battalion in World War II, Westin E. Robeson explores the contribution of American armor to the Allied victory in World War II. Robeson first provides contextual background with a consideration of the history of the tank itself and the development of armor doctrine during the First World War and interwar years. He then addresses the rebirth of American armor in response to the German attacks in Europe. Finally, he focuses on a particular independent tank battalion, the 781st, as a case study of the effectiveness of armor in World War II. Buttoned Up introduces the reader to the application of American armored doctrine and provides a new understanding of the tank as a weapon. Number 157: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

WESTIN E. ROBESON is an independent historian in Cincinnati, where he teaches history in the private school system. He also teaches English as a Second Language. 978-1-62349-566-4 cloth $45.00s 978-1-62349-567-1 ebook 6x9. 256 pp. 54 b&w photos. 9 maps. 6 figures. Index. World War II. Army. December

“John Plating’s The Hump is an intelligent, groundbreaking work that is sure to become essential reading for those interested in the history of China and the Second World War.”—Robert von Maier, editor-in-chief, Global War Studies “Author John D. Plating, an air force officer and former transport pilot, has written not only a first-rate history, but the first truly comprehensive examination of the 1942–45 efforts to maintain an aerial supply channel to China. . . . Plating’s richly researched and rewarding pages do not neglect the experiences of the flight crews. . . . He displays a mastery of the many-layered agendas of British, American, and Chinese actors in the drama.” —Richard Frank, World War II “The Hump was an enjoyable read, and Plating has produced the best single-volume study of the Hump airlift available.”—Jeffery S. Underwood, Military History of the West Number 134: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

JOHN D. PLATING, a colonel in the US Air Force, teaches history at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A transport pilot with combat experience, he is the author of a number of articles that have been published in Air Power History, Air Force Journal of Logistics, and elsewhere. 978-1-62349-596-1 paper $29.95 978-1-60344-238-1 ebook 6x9. 320 pp. 18 b&w photos. 9 maps. 13 figures. Bib. Index. World War II. Air Force. September


The North American West through the lens of agricultural Farming history . . . across Borders

Farming across Borders

e va n s

A Transnational History of the North American West Edited by Sterling Evans

FA R M I N G across Borders A Transnational History of the North American West

e d i t e d by st e r l i n g e va n s

Farming across Borders uses agricultural history to connect the regional experiences of the American West, northern Mexico, western Canada, and the North American side of the Pacific Rim, now writ large into a broad history of the North American West. Case studies of commodity production and distribution, transborder agricultural labor, and environmental change unite to reveal new perspectives on a historiography traditionally limited to a regional approach. Sterling Evans has curated nineteen essays to explore the contours of “big” agricultural history. Crops and commodities discussed include wheat, cattle, citrus, pecans, chiles, tomatoes, sugar beets, hops, henequen, and more. Toiling over such crops, of course, were the people of the North American West, and as such, the contributing authors investigate the role of agricultural labor, from braceros and Hutterites to women working in the sorghum fields and countless other groups in between. As Evans concludes, “society as a whole (no matter in what country) often ignores the role of agriculture in the past and the present.” Farming across Borders takes an important step toward cultivating awareness and understanding of the agricultural, economic, and environmental connections that loom over the North American West regardless of lines on a map. In the words of one essay, “we are tied together . . . in a hundred different ways.” Connecting the Greater West Series

STERLING EVANS holds the Louise Welsh Chair in Oklahoma, Southern Plains, and Borderlands History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author or editor of four books, including Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880–1950. He resides in Norman, Oklahoma.

978-1-62349-568-8 hardcover $65.00s 978-1-62349-569-5 ebook 6x9. 544 pp. 30 b&w photos. 13 maps. Table. Index. Borderlands Studies. Agricultural History. Western History. Environmental History. November

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New perspectives on an old technology . . .

The Perfect Fence

Untangling the Meanings of Barbed Wire

Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott Barbed wire is made of two strands of galvanized steel wire twisted together for strength and to hold sharp barbs in place. As creative advertisers sought ways to make an inherently dangerous product attractive to customers concerned about the welfare of their livestock, and as barbed wire became commonplace on battlefields and in concentration camps, the fence accrued a fascinating and troubling range of meanings beyond the material facts of its construction. In The Perfect Fence, Lyn Ellen Bennett and Scott Abbott explore the multiple uses and meanings of barbed wire, a technological innovation that contributes to America’s shift from a pastoral ideal to an industrial one. They survey the vigorous public debate over the benign or “infernal” fence, investigate legislative attempts to ban or regulate wire fences as a result of public outcry, and demonstrate how the industry responded to ameliorate the image of its barbed product. Because of the rich metaphorical possibilities suggested by a fence that controls through pain, barbed wire developed into an important motif in works of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Early advertisements proclaimed that barbed wire was “the perfect fence,” keeping “the ins from being outs, and the outs from being ins.” Bennett and Abbott conclude that while barbed wire is not the perfect fence touted by manufacturers, it is indeed a meaningful thing that continues to influence American identities. Connecting the Greater West Series

LYN ELLEN BENNETT is professor of history at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Her research focuses on the American West, gender, and material culture studies. SCOTT ABBOTT is professor of humanities, philosophy, and integrated studies at Utah Valley University. He is the author of five books, most recently, Immortal for Quite Some Time: Fraternal Meditations.

THE PERFECT FENCE Untangling the Meanings of Barbed Wire Lyn Ellen Bennett AND Scott Abbott

978-1-62349-582-4 cloth $40.00s 978-1-62349-583-1 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 60 b&w photos. 2 figures. Table. Bib. Index. Western History. Business History. Agricultural History. Popular Culture. November

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Available again in paperback

Women of the Range Women’s Roles in the Texas Beef Cattle Industry

Elizabeth Maret Foreword by Liz Carpenter

“Primarily descriptive, this study raises issues of gender, ethnicity, and class which should stimulate further research. . . . Rural sociologists and historians alike will find Maret’s study a valuable reference and a spur to further research.” —Southwestern Historical Quarterly “. . . a valuable contribution to women’s studies and the sociology of occupations.”—Contemporary Sociology “. . .[Maret’s] greatest contribution may be the quantification of women’s involvement and comparison of data for farm women with that for ranch women . . . this is an impressive and groundbreaking work.”—Western Historical Quarterly “Elizabeth Maret has blown big holes in the theory that it was bidness men who single-handedly tamed the West and built the Texas cattle industry. Women of the Range [is] a great addition to any Texan’s library.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

New in paperback

Horse Sweat and Powder Smoke

The First Texas Cavalry in the Civil War

Stanley S. McGowen

“The itensity of the hard fought Red River campaign comes alive in McGowen’s well-turned words. Based upon meticulous research in Confederate Army records, letters, diaries, published memoirs, and relevant secondary materials, Horse Sweat and Powder Smoke sheds valuable light on a longneglected aspect of the Civil War in the West, and it will be a welcome addition to the shelves of scholars and other Civil War enthusiasts.”—Journal of Southern History “Horse Sweat and Powder Smoke is a fascinating history of one of the Civil War’s most interesting and colorful regiments.”—Library Booknotes “Readers will find McGowen’s book engrossing and thought-provoking, a stimulating study of large questions in microcosm.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly “McGowen’s style is clear . . . a fine book.” —The Civil War News

Ellen C. Temple Classics in the Women in Texas History Series, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation

Number Sixty-six: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

ELIZABETH MARET is the author of Women’s Career Patterns: Influences on Work Stability.

STANLEY S. MCGOWEN received his PhD in history from Texas Christian University. He has written more than twenty articles and papers on various topics on military history.

978-0-89096-541-2 paper $18.95 978-1-62349-613-5 ebook 51/2x81/2. 176 pp. 22 b&w photos. Agricultural History. Texas Ranching. Women’s Studies. October

978-1-62349-597-8 paper $24.95 978-1-60344-874-1 ebook 6x9. 248 pp. 25 b&w photos. 6 line drawings. 9 maps. Military History. Civil War/Reconstruction. September


New in flexbound Winner, 2009 Rupert Norval Richardson Award for the Best Book on West Texas History, presented by the West Texas Historical Association

Battles of the Red River War

Archeological Perspectives on the Indian Campaign of 1874

J. Brett Cruse Foreword by Robert M. Utley

“. . . an archeological and historical tour de force of an investigation led by Cruse of the major battles of the Red River War. US army forces carried out a series of attacks against groups of Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa that were living in what they thought were the safe confines of the canyon lands in the Texas Panhandle.”—Journal of American Ethnic History “. . . weaves history and archeology into a rich tapestry of knowledge about a significant period in the Plains Indian wars. Covering the major battles of the Red River War, the volume is a well-written account showing how historical research and historical archeology can be conducted to complement each other.”—Kansas Anthropologist “Battles of the Red River War will prove useful not just in Texas but across the western states where the US Army fought against many tribal groups. . . a resource that will undoubtedly be useful to military historians, curators, and living history re-enactors alike.”—Montana the Magazine of Western History “. . . a beautiful, multicolor production. . . .”—Journal of Southern History J. BRETT CRUSE is director of Historic Sites Operations of the Texas Historical Commission, which sponsored the investigation of the Red River War battle sites. He lives in Round Rock.

978-1-62349-152-9 flexbound $40.00s 978-1-62349-614-2 ebook 81/2x11. 272 pp. 39 color, 101 b&w photos. 9 line art. 40 maps. 38 tables. 8 Appendixes. Archaeology. Texas History. Western History. Native American Studies. September

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An engineer’s vision . . .

Richard E. Wainerdi and the Texas Medical Center William Henry Kellar Foreword by Charles A. LeMaistre Note by Barbara Bush

Richard E. Wainerdi

and the Texas Medical Center William Henry Kellar Foreword by Charles A. LeMaistre and with a Note from Barbara Bush

In 2012, Richard E. Wainerdi retired as president and chief executive officer of the Texas Medical Center after almost three decades at the helm. During his tenure, Wainerdi oversaw the expansion of the center into the world’s largest medical complex, hosting more than fifty separate institutions. “I wasn’t playing any of the instruments, but it’s been a privilege being the conductor,” he once said to a newspaper reporter. William Henry Kellar traces Wainerdi’s remarkable life story from a bookish childhood in the Bronx to a bold move west to study petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Wainerdi went on to earn a master’s degree and a PhD from Penn State University where he immersed himself in nuclear engineering. By the late 1950s, Texas A&M University recruited Wainerdi to found the Nuclear Science Center, where he also served as professor and later associate vice president for academic affairs. In the 1980s, Wainerdi took charge of the Texas Medical Center, embarking on a “second career” that ultimately expanded the center from thirty-one institutions to fifty-three and increased its size threefold. Wainerdi pushed for and ensured a culture of collaboration and cooperation. In doing this, he developed a new nonprofit administrative model that emphasized building consensus, providing vital support services, and connecting member institutions with resources that enabled them to focus on their unique areas of expertise. At a time when Houston was widely known as the “energy capital of the world,” the city also became home to the largest medical complex in the world. Wainerdi’s success was to enable each member of the Texas Medical Center to be an integral part of something bigger and something very special in the development of modern medicine. Number Twenty-five: Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History

WILLIAM HENRY KELLAR is affiliated with the University of Houston–Center for Public History. He is the author of thirteen books including Enduring Legacy: The M.D. Anderson Foundation and the Texas Medical Center and Make Haste Slowly: Moderates, Conservatives, and School Desegregation in Houston.

978-1-62349-574-9 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-575-6 ebook 6x9. 256 pp. 26 b&w photos. Index. Biography. Medical Humanities. Texas Urban History. Aggie Books. October

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New in paperback

The Other Great Migration

The Movement of Rural African Americans to Houston, 1900–1941

Bernadette Pruitt Foreword by M. Hunter Hayes

The twentieth century has seen two great waves of African American migration from rural areas into the city, changing not only the country’s demographics but also black culture. In her thorough study of migration to Houston, Bernadette Pruitt portrays the move from rural to urban homes in Jim Crow Houston as a form of black activism and resistance to racism. Between 1900 and 1950 nearly fifty thousand blacks left their rural communities and small towns in Texas and Louisiana for Houston. Jim Crow proscription, disfranchisement, acts of violence and brutality, and rural poverty pushed them from their homes; the lure of social advancement and prosperity based on urban-industrial development drew them. Houston’s close proximity to basic minerals, innovations in transportation, increased trade, augmented economic revenue, and industrial development prompted white families, commercial businesses, and industries near the Houston Ship Channel to recruit blacks and other immigrants to the city as domestic laborers and wage earners. Using census data, manuscript collections, government records, and oral history interviews, Pruitt details who the migrants were, why they embarked on their journeys to Houston, the migration networks on which they relied, the jobs they held, the neighborhoods into which they settled, the culture and institutions they transplanted into the city, and the communities and people they transformed in Houston. Number Twenty-one: Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University–Commerce

BERNADETTE PRUITT is associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is a former recipient of the Mary M. Hughes and Fred White Jr. Research Fellowships in Texas History from the Texas State Historical Association.

978-1-62349-609-8 paper $29.95s 978-1-62349-003-4 ebook 6x9. 480 pp. 50 b&w photos. 3 maps. 12 tables. Bib. Index. African American Studies. Texas Urban History. September

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The transformation of political communication . . .

Columns to Characters

The Presidency and the Press Enter the Digital Age Edited by Stephanie A. Martin Afterword by Jon Meacham

The relationship between the presidency and the press has transformed—seemingly overnight—from one where reports and columns were filed, edited, and deliberated for hours before publication into a brave new world where texts, tweets, and sound bites race from composition to release within a matter of seconds. This change, which has ultimately made political journalism both more open and more difficult, brings about many questions, but perhaps the two most important are these: Are the hard questions still being asked? Are they still being answered? In Columns to Characters, Stephanie A. Martin and top scholars and journalists offer a fresh perspective on how the evolution of technology affects the way presidents interact with the public. From Bill Clinton’s saxophone playing on the Arsenio Hall Show to Barack Obama’s skillful use of YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit as the first “social media president,” political communication appears to reflect the increasing fragmentation of the American public. The accessible essays here explore these implications in a variety of real-world circumstances: the “narcotizing” numbness of information overload and voter apathy; the concerns over privacy, security, and civil liberties; new methods of running political campaigns and mobilizing support for programs; and a future “post-rhetorical presidency” in which the press is all but irrelevant. Each section of the book concludes with a “reality check,” a short reflection by a working journalist (or, in one case, a former White House insider) on the presidential beat. Kenneth E. Montague Presidential Rhetoric Series

STEPHANIE A. MARTIN is an assistant professor in the department of communication and public affairs at Southern Methodist University.

To be sure, from Jefferson vs. Hamilton forward, American political culture has been forever factionalized. The difference now is that presidential leadership must be exercised in an environment in which the factions never rest.”—from the afterword, by Jon Meacham

978-1-62349-562-6 hardcover $42.00s 978-1-62349-563-3 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 5 tables. 6 graphs. Index. Presidential Rhetoric. Political Science. November

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Teaching principled young leaders to transform the world . . .

Called to Serve

The Bush School of Government and Public Service Charles F. Hermann and Sally Dee Wade Foreword by Mark A. Welsh III

In Called to Serve, founding director Charles F. Hermann and writer Sally Dee Wade chronicle the twenty-year history of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, which has rapidly evolved into one of the nation’s major professional graduate schools of public and international affairs. The story traces the progress of the Bush School from its initial challenges to secure funding, students, and professors to its departure from the College of Liberal Arts as an independent unit with its own dean and faculty, and through the creation of its current curricula and policy-oriented research institutes. Insider stories and candid photographs illustrate how President Bush’s focused personal interest and involvement with the school and its students have contributed to the many developments and successes that the Bush School has enjoyed. With carefully researched narrative and absorbing, behindthe-scenes details, Called to Serve documents the first two decades of the Bush School’s brief but significant history and looks to the promising future that awaits this widely respected academic enterprise. CHARLES F. HERMANN is Brent Scowcroft Professor of International Policy Studies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He taught at Princeton University until 1969, when he was invited to serve on the National Security Council under Henry Kissinger. He subsequently served as director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University until 1995. SALLY DEE WADE served as the writing consultant for the Bush School from 2006 until 2014. She also codeveloped writing programs for Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School MBA and executive MBA programs and for the professional program in accounting. She formerly served as a lecturer in the English department at Texas A&M University.

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From Rendering to Reality The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park

Anne Olson and David Theis Foreword by Stephen Fox Great cities have been renewing themselves along their waterfronts for decades, and Houston’s Buffalo Bayou is no exception. This historic waterway now serves as a place where visitors bike, hike, gather as a community, and appreciate nature. The crowning jewel of the waterway’s renewal is Buffalo Bayou Park, 160 acres of greenspace just west of downtown. Expanded, enhanced, and extraordinary—Buffalo Bayou Park is now used by a broad array of Houstonians and visitors. It is admired, indeed loved, by an appreciative and growing public. The tremendous response to the renovated park inspired Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Houston non-profit leading the project, and catalyst funder the Kinder Foundation to produce From Rendering to Reality: The Story of Buffalo Bayou Park that showcases all the ideas and efforts that went into the realization of the renewed park. The book reveals more than 100 years of civic vision for Buffalo Bayou. The pages also feature spectacular photographs of Buffalo Bayou Park, historical images, and maps, along with fascinating insights into the thoughtful design and engineering efforts behind the park’s success. From Rendering to Reality highlights the greenspace’s enriched native landscape and wildlife habitat, its wide range of trail improvements, the creative lunar cycle lighting scheme, the multi-faceted destinations and their architectural considerations, plus major public art installations. Buffalo Bayou Park is truly a testament to the transformative role that greenspace can play in a twenty-first century city. Explore the park’s journey in From Rendering to Reality. Distributed for the Buffalo Bayou Foundation ANNE OLSON is the long-time president of Buffalo Bayou Partnership. She received the Houston Park People Leadership Award and the Alchemy Catalyst Award for “transforming the ordinary into the exemplary through excellent design.” DAVID THEIS is a Houston writer and the editor of Literary Houston. His nonfiction has appeared in national and regional publications.

978-1-62349-610-4 cloth $40.00 111/2x8. 136 pp. 163 color, 38 b&w illustrations. 5 maps. Recreation. Conservation. Urban Planning. Landscape Architecture. August

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The Texas Book Consortium Texas State Historical Association Press TCU Press University of North Texas Press State House Press Texas Review Press Stephen F. Austin State University Press Winedale Publishing Shearer Publishing

Robert Bonazzi


ACTIVIST The Spiritual Life and Art of John Howard Griffin

PROJECTOR poems by

Michael Catherwood

Texas State Historical Association Press WWW.TSHAONLINE.ORG

Texas Almanac 2018–2019 The Texas Almanac 2018–2019 includes these new feature articles: • An in-depth overview of the state of water in Texas, written by conservationist Dr. Andrew Sansom. Author of the acclaimed book Water in Texas, Dr. Sansom provides compelling new information in this Almanac article. A former executive director of both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Nature Conservancy, he has won many awards for managing and protecting natural resources and currently is Research Professor of Geography and Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. “No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water. In Texas, the population is expected to essentially double in the next generation and yet we have already given permission for more water to be drawn from many of our rivers than is actually in them.” • A look at the popularity of hunting in Texas by Luke Clayton, a longtime outdoors writer, radio host, and book author. Clayton also discusses the overpopulation problem of wild hogs and provides his favorite recipes for all types of wild game. “After spending about 55 years in the pursuit of fish and game all over this country and several others, I have come to the conclusion that some people are born to hunt and some are not, but that spark of DNA passed down through the eons from our hunting forefathers is alive in all of us.” • Cookbook author and food editor Dotty Griffith writes about women who love both hunting and fishing, and she offers up a few of her favorite recipes. “I grew up in a hunting and fishing family. Not every woman is that lucky but that’s no reason not to learn how. More women are getting into outdoor sports on their own, not as tag-along.” • Fishing guide and expert Kevin “K.T.” Townsend writes about angling in Texas. Townsend is the author of the online blog K.T. Diaries and gives an overview of both saltwater and freshwater fishing. “I can still remember fishing with my grandfather. He would put me in the front of his john boat with a cane pole. . . . It seemed like we filled up the fish basket on every trip.”

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ELIZABETH CRUCE ALVAREZ has been the editor of the Texas Almanac since 2002. She received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1978 and has a background in both newspaper and textbook publishing. Alvarez has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Missouri, Iowa, and Texas. In 1980, she moved to the Permian Basin, where she was an editor at The Odessa American and traveled extensively throughout Texas. Since 1985, she has lived in Tarrant County, where she was an editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, later, a project editor for Harcourt College Publishers. ROBERT PLOCHECK, associate editor, has been with the Texas Almanac since 1994. He is a native of Houston and was raised in Damon on the Gulf Coast. He received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 and has worked at the Austin American-Statesman and the Marshall News-Messenger. He served for 15 years as an editor for religious newspapers in Houston and Tyler.


MAJOR SECTIONS UPDATED in the TEXAS ALMANAC An illustrated History of the Lone Star State. The Environment, including geology, plant life, wildlife, rivers, lakes. Weather highlights of the previous two years, plus a list of destructive weather dating from 1766. Two-year Astronomical Calendar showing moon phases, sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, eclipses, and meteor showers. Recreation, with details on state and national parks, landmarks, and wildlife refuges. Sports, including lists of high school football and basketball champions, professional sports teams, Texas Olympians, and 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. Comprehensive list of Texas cities and towns. Politics, Elections, and information on Federal, State, and Local governments. Culture and the Arts, including a list of civic and religious Holidays. Health and Science, with charts of vital statistics. Education, including a complete list of colleges and universities, and UIL results. Business and Transportation, with an expanded section on Oil and Gas. Agriculture, including data on production of crops, fruits, vegetables, livestock, and dairy. Obituaries of notable Texans. A Pronunciation Guide to Texas town and county names.

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Previously announced

Watt Matthews of Lambshead Third Edition

Laura Wilson Foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker Since the first edition was published in 1989, Laura Wilson’s chronicle of this iconic ranch has proven to be a popular and important contribution to the story of Texas. In words and especially in Wilson’s starkly beautiful images, Watt Matthews of Lambshead captures a way of life that is iconically Texan, one now only available to a vanishing number of residents of the Lone Star State, where even rural landscapes are increasingly dominated by industrial activities like high-density feedlots and oil extraction. The ranch has continued to operate after Matthews’s death in 1997, and this edition includes an afterword that details recent developments. A new foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator emeritus of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, puts the book in the context of Wilson’s career as one of the most notable photographers of the contemporary American West. LAURA WILSON is a photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, New Yorker, and many other publications. Laura Wilson is married and lives in Dallas, Texas. ANNE WILKES TUCKER is curator emeritus of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

TCU Press



Reluctant Activist

The Spiritual Life and Art of John Howard Griffin

Robert Bonazzi

Robert Bonazzi

This authorized biography by Robert Bonazzi, executor for the estate of John Howard Griffin (1920–1980), is based upon Griffin’s Journals from 1950–1980. Griffin was blinded in the South Seas during WW II, but regained sight in 1957, after which he wrote the classic Black Like Me (Houghton Mifflin, 1961), now translated into sixteen languages. During a decade of blindness, Griffin published two novels and many short stories. His third novel, Street of the Seven Angels, was published posthumously by Wings Press (2003). The first two novels, The Devil Rides Outside (a banned best seller that was adjudicated by the Supreme Court not to be pornographic) and Nuni are Wings Press e-books, as is a fiftieth anniversary cloth edition of Black Like Me. Griffin’s Encounters with the Other (1997) and Follow the Ecstasy, about Thomas Merton’s last years (1983), were published posthumously by Latitudes Press; Follow the Ecstasy: The Hermitage Years of Thomas Merton (1993) and Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision (2004) appeared posthumously from Orbis Books. Author Robert Bonazzi follows Griffin year by year after 1961, when Griffin toured the globe as a lecturer on human rights. In addition to Griffin’s Journals, Bonazzi’s sources include Scattered Shadows, interviews with Studs Terkel, Mike Wallace, and other sources, plus the witness of Griffin’s widow Elizabeth GriffinBonazzi. The author completes Griffin’s story with Griffin’s photographic portraits of Thomas Merton, among many others, and his musicological essays. Author of Man in the Mirror: The Story of Black Like Me (Orbis, 1997), ROBERT BONAZZI also wrote the afterword for the Penguin edition of Black Like Me. His books include Awakened by Surprise (fiction, Lamar University Literary Press, 2016), Outside the Margins (literary essays, Wings, 2015), plus five books of poetry, most recently The Scribbling Cure (Pecan Grove Press, 2012). He lives in San Antonio.


ACTIVIST The Spiritual Life and Art of John Howard Griffin

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Trails and Memories of the Big Bend


Ben H. English

Trails and Memories of the Big Bend

It was a time before Terlingua Ranch and chili cook-offs, when you could drive a hundred miles without seeing another vehicle or another person. The year was 1961, and the tides of humanity that ebbed and flowed into the lower reaches of the Big Bend were at their historic nadir. It was a vast, empty land spotted by isolated ranch headquarters, a national park with few visitors, and the many ruins of a past shrouded in legend, lore, and improbable truths. There was no television, no daytime radio, few telephones, and very few people. Six generations of Ben H. English’s family have called this enigmatic region “home.” With his family headquartered at the old Lajitas Trading Post, he worked and lived on ranches and places now little more than forgotten dots on yellowing maps. He attended the one-room schoolhouse at Terlingua, prowled the banks of the Rio Grande, and crisscrossed the surrounding areas time and again on horseback and by foot. Some fifty years later he writes about those many decades ago, revealing along the way the history and legends of this singular land he knows so well. English separates fact from fiction and brings the reader into a world that few these days could ever imagine, much less experience. He also explores the lower Big Bend as it is found now, and the extraordinary vistas one can still discover just over the next rise.


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Journeys through Big Bend National Park

An eighth-generation Texan, BEN H. ENGLISH was raised mostly in the Lajitas-Terlingua area. An honors graduate of Angelo State University, he served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, was a high school teacher, and retired after twenty-two years in the Texas Highway Patrol.

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Nashville Burning Gerald Duff

Nashville Burning is set in three Aprils, those of 1967, ’68, and ’69, in Music City. In the first, after an event at Vanderbilt University featuring Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Allen Ginsburg, and Strom Thurmond, riots broke out in North Nashville, and that part of town burst into flame—as did selfsatisfied notions about civil order and structure in Nashville and the South. The next April, after the assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Nashville riots took place again, and fire claimed its function. Nashville Burning presents characters caught up in those events and that time—events ranging from the thoughtful and sincerely well meaning to the truly felonious and certifiably insane. The novel is humorous, yet serious. Its fire is literal and emotional, and it is not to be stoked. GERALD DUFF won the award for the best book of fiction about Texas, Blue Sabine, from the Philosophical Society of Texas; the Cohen Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares Magazine; and the Silver Medal for fiction from the Independent Publishers Association. His novel Playing Custer from TCU Press was named a finalist for the Spur Award for the best historical fiction of 2015. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Duff has published twenty books. His memoir Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory was published by TCU Press in 2011.

“They’re doing it again,” Ronald said, looking north at the red and yellow leap of flames above the horizon. “Just like last year. The way it’s burning you’d think every building in that part of Nashville is on fire. Listen to that crackling noise. Is it just the fire or is that guns going off ?” “Both, the Rat says. But here’s what puzzles the Rat. What’s left to burn this year? Did they get enough built up since last time to be able to set it on fire again?” “There’s always something left to put a match to again, I guess,” Ronald said. “This time they’ll be finding new fuel for the bonfire. They’ve got a lot to work with tonight.” —from the book



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The Girls of the Golden West James Ward Lee

The Girls of the Golden West tells the tale of ninety-five-year-old John Quincy Adams the Second (no relation to the famous historic figure), who meets a graduate student named Annie Baxter and agrees to help her write a history of the culture of the South by sharing his experiences through the decades. The redheaded Annie looks just like Liz Denney, one of John Q.’s old lovers, which immediately endears her to him. After welcoming Annie to the small, fictional town of Bodark Springs, he shares hours of stories on Annie’s tape recorder, with little prompting along the way. John Q.’s memories follow histories of love and jealousy, misunderstanding and murder, giving a picture not only of Bodark Springs, but also of Texas. Meanwhile, John Q.’s inner dialogue reveals secrets of his own, including the long months he disappeared in order to protect his family from a deadly threat. Author James Ward Lee easily carries readers through this humorous cultural pilgrimage of the West. While John Q.’s pace of life is slow, his mind is razor sharp and keeps readers on their toes, waiting for his next harmlessly bawdy joke or flare of seriousness. The Girls of the Golden West is ultimately a story of finding love for other people and for one’s homeland. From the first moment John Q. bemoans opening his door for nosy townsfolk, readers come face-to-face with a blend of wisdom and fun that will keep them coming back for more. JAMES WARD LEE is emeritus professor of English at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Adventures with a Texas Humanist, Texas Country Singers (with Phil Fry), and A Texas Jubilee, as well as over a hundred articles, stories, and reviews. Lee is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He currently lives in Fort Worth.






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Preserving Lives

An American Family’s Scrapbook, 1920–1950 Hank O’Neal

This is the story of two ordinary people, Harold and Sarah, who lived ordinary lives, each born more than a century ago. Perhaps there are millions of people who have similar stories and fascinating lives. But the lives of Harold and Sarah were preserved not in the memories of others but in the pages of seven scrapbooks, thousands of photographs, letters, postcards, illustrations, and bits of memorabilia from which their lives together may be reconstructed. Harold’s and Sarah’s lives were unusually fascinating because of time and place: the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the emerging supremacy of what came to be known as the American Dream. The story began and thrived in the rough and tumble world of the East Texas oil patch, and this makes it even more compelling. Preserving Lives is a love story of remarkable simplicity that appeared to be almost perfectly planned and executed. Harold and Sarah became part of the many who worked hard and believed in their dreams, and when, in the mid-1950s, it all came together for them with a good job, their first home, a new car every so often, and an upstairs and downstairs telephone, it was just the natural progression of things. It was also the perfect end of a two-plus decade journey together which they hoped they might continue to enjoy as the years passed. This is the way it was supposed to happen, once upon a time, and it is what Harold and Sarah managed to do. HANK O’NEAL was born in Kilgore, Texas, in 1940 to Harold and Sarah. He is currently an author, photographer, and music and music festival producer, and formerly a military officer and US government official. He has published two dozen books dealing with music and photography or both, and has produced hundreds of recordings and music festivals. He lives in New York City.

978-0-87565-674-8 cloth $40.00 11x81/2. 192 pp. 100 color and b&w photos. Photography. Memoir. November

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Roberta and Rogene

Reflections on Rayburn

The Intrepid Twins from Texas

Rogene F. Henderson and Roberta F. Sund


Edited by James W. Riddlesperger Jr. and Anthony Champagne

James W. Riddlesperger Jr. and Anthony Champagne, editors

This is a lighthearted story of identical twin girls growing up in a small town in West Texas in the days of World War II and rationing, when the automobile was in its early days and before television, computers, and cellphones had been invented. They were able to have fun fooling others about their identity, but they also succeeded academically in a way that allowed them to prepare for separate careers as adults. As Fulbright scholars in Germany, they developed a great curiosity about how other cultures lived. Later, one twin traveled with her husband and taught throughout the world, meeting royalty and rogues along the way. The other twin went into health research with her husband and served on many national committees of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences. As adult women living separate lives, they had the fun of being mistaken for each other in humorous situations. For Roberta and Rogene, being a twin is a great and glorious life! ROGENE FAULKNER HENDERSON and ROBERTA FAULKNER SUND studied chemistry and biology at TCU and UT-Austin. Rogene has published over two hundred papers and served on numerous advisory boards for national health and environmental groups. After teaching at the high school and university levels in the United States, Roberta traveled and taught in London and Morocco. 978-0-87565-672-4 cloth $32.95 978-0-87565-683-0 ebook 6x9. 160 pp. 10 b&w photos. Memoir. Texas Women’s History. December

January 6, 1955. It was on the occasion of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s third annual State of the Union message. The president unexpectedly began his speech by mentioning that it was January 6 and the 72nd birthday of the venerable Speaker of the House, and publicly wishing for Mr. Rayburn many happy returns of the day. Instantly, the crowd that filled the House chamber was on its feet, noisily cheering, whistling, and stamping its feet and clapping its hands in a reverberating approval of the Speaker. Visitors in the galleries could not distinguish Republican from Democrat. —Speaker Jim Wright Prepared on the seventy-fifth anniversary of his election as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, this collection includes valedictory thoughts about Mr. Rayburn by two of the most significant leaders of Fort Worth history—Speaker Jim Wright and Dee J. Kelly—as well as essays by academics about Mr. Rayburn’s lasting impact on his district, on major legislation, and on Texas. Taken together, this readable collection offers an assessment of Rayburn that gives readers an understanding of the man who may be the greatest legislator in US history. JAMES W. RIDDLESPERGER JR. is professor of political science at TCU. ANTHONY CHAMPAGNE is professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas. 978-0-87565-670-0 cloth $37.95 978-0-87565-682-3 ebook 6x9. 208 pp. 46 b&w photos. Notes. Index. Political Science. Texas Political History. Biography. November

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“This book captures it all.” —Ann Richards

New in paperback!


t the height of the sixties, a group of Texas writers stood apart from Texas’ conservative establishment. Calling themselves the Mad Dogs, these six writers—Bud Shrake, Larry L. King, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, and Peter Gent—closely observed the effects of the Vietnam War; the Kennedy assassination; the rapid population shift from rural to urban environments; Lyndon Johnson’s rise to national prominence; the Civil Rights movement; Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys; Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and the new outlaw music scene; the birth of a Texas film industry; Texas Monthly magazine; the flowering of “Texas Chic”; and Ann Richards’ election as governor. In Texas Literary Outlaws, Steven L. Davis makes extensive use of untapped literary archives to weave together a fascinating portrait of writers who came of age during a period of rapid social change. With Davis’ eye for vibrant detail and a broad historical perspective, Texas Literary Outlaws moves easily between H.L. Hunt’s Dallas mansion and the West Texas oil patch, from the New York literary salon of Elaine’s to the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, from Dennis Hopper on a film set in Mexico to Jerry Jeff Walker crashing a party at Princeton University. The Mad Dogs were less interested in Texas’ mythic past than in the world they knew firsthand—a place of fastgrowing cities and hard-edged political battles. The Mad Dogs crashed headfirst into the sixties, and their legendary excesses have often overshadowed their literary production. Davis never shies away

Texas Literary Outlaws




Journeys through Big Bend National Park

Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond Steven L. Davis





Continued on back flap


At the height of the sixties, a group of Texas writers stood apart from Texas’s conservative establishment. Calling themselves the Mad Dogs, these six writers— Bud Shrake, Larry L. King, Billy Lee Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Dan Jenkins, and Peter Gent—closely observed the effects of the Vietnam War; the Kennedy assassination; the rapid population shift from rural to urban environments; Lyndon Johnson’s rise to national prominence; the Civil Rights Movement; Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys; Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and the new Outlaw music scene; the birth of a Texas film industry; Texas Monthly magazine; the flowering of “Texas Chic”; and Ann Richards’s election as governor. In Texas Literary Outlaws, Steven L. Davis makes extensive use of untapped literary archives to weave a fascinating portrait of writers who came of age during a period of rapid social change. Despite their popular image, the Mad Dogs were deadly serious as they turned their gaze on their home state, and they chronicled Texas culture with daring, wit, and sophistication. STEVEN L. DAVIS has won a PEN USA award for research nonfiction and is the current president of the Texas Institute of Letters. He is a longtime curator of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, which houses the literary papers of many leading writers— including several of the “Literary Outlaws.” 978-0-87565-675-5 paper $29.95 978-0-87565-680-9 ebook 6x9. 528 pp. 20 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index. Texana. Literary Nonfiction. Literary Studies. Texas History. August

New edition

Big Bend Vistas

Journeys through Big Bend National Park William MacLeod

A superb souvenir of this exotic terrain, Big Bend Vistas takes you on five journeys that begin at Panther Junction and travel to Study Butte; then on to the Chisos Basin, Santa Elena Canyon, Boquillas Canyon, and finally to Persimmon Gap. Easy to read and understand, Big Bend Vistas describes how volcanoes millions of years ago created some of the most striking scenery in Texas. The author includes vivid photographs, maps, and diagrams that explain the landscape and geology of Big Bend National Park in layman’s terms. This is the third edition of Big Bend Vistas in the acclaimed “Vista” series dedicated to making Texas geology interesting for everyone. The late WILLIAM MACLEOD studied geology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and worked as a mining geologist in Africa before coming to Texas in the late 1970s. He lived in Alpine surrounded by the magnificent geology of the Big Bend. 978-0-87565-671-7 paper $24.95 71/2x93/4. 192 pp. 122 color photos. Notes. Index. Big Bend, General. Nature Travel. August

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Accidental Activists

Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas

David Collins Foreword by Evan Wolfson and Julian Castro

In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. They agreed to join a lawsuit being put together by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLD. Two years later—after tense battles in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, after sitting through oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges—they won the right to marry deep in the heart of Texas. But the road they traveled was never easy. Accidental Activists is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions that recognized the “personhood,” the essential humanity of gays and lesbians. Author David Collins tells Mark and Vic’s story in the context of legal and social history and explains the complex legal issues and developments surrounding same-sex marriage in layman’s terms. Number Eight: Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series

DAVID COLLINS taught English for forty years at Westminster College in Missouri. He has had unrestricted access to all materials related to the story of Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, including legal communications and documents, and conducted extensive interviews with Mark and Vic and others involved in the case. He lives in Pineville, North Carolina.

I’m delighted that this inspirational story has been recorded in a book that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.”—Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen, and author of Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey and Just a Mom

978-1-57441-692-3 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-703-6 ebook 6x9. 480 pp. 55 color illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Gay Studies. Literary Nonfiction. Texas History. August

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We Were Going to Win, Or Die There With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan

Roy H. Elrod Edited by Fred H. Allison

In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. A few years later his unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, where he commanded a platoon of 37 mm gunners. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion. On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped. His was the only platoon to get its guns ashore and into action that first day. At Saipan, Elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm halftracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war. Fred H. Allison interviewed Elrod, drew upon wartime letters home, and provided annotations to the narrative of this young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential. Number Ten: North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

Editor FRED H. ALLISON has served as the Marine Corps oral historian since 2000. A retired Marine officer, he has written numerous articles and co-produced the Marine Corps books Pathbreakers and The History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232. He lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This compares favorably to E. B. Sledge’s With the Old Breed. What a terrific account of the combat on Tarawa!”—Ronald E. Marcello, author of Small Town America in World War II

978-1-57441-689-3 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-700-5 ebook 6x9. 320 pp. 32 b&w illus. 3 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. Military History. Memoir. September

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

In Hostile Skies An American B-24 Pilot in World War II James M. Davis Edited by David L. Snead 978-1-57441-239-0 paper $14.95


Texas Rangers

Lives, Legend, and Legacy

Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice Authors Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice grappled with several issues when deciding how to relate a general history of the Texas Rangers. Should emphasis be placed on their frontier defense against Indians, or focus more on their role as guardians of the peace and statewide law enforcers? What about the tumultuous Mexican Revolution period, 1910–1920? And how to deal with myths and legends such as One Riot, One Ranger? Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy is the authors’ answer to these questions, a one-volume history of the Texas Rangers. The authors begin with the earliest Rangers in the pre-Republic years in 1823 and take the story up through the Republic, Mexican War, and Civil War. Then, with the advent of the Frontier Battalion, the authors focus in detail on each company A through F, relating what was happening within each company concurrently. Thereafter, Alexander and Brice tell the famous episodes of the Rangers that forged their legend, and bring the story up through the twentieth century to the present day in the final chapters. BOB ALEXANDER is the author of Rawhide Ranger, Ira Aten, Whiskey River Ranger, Six-Shooters and Shifting Sands, Bad Company and Burnt Powder, Riding Lucifer’s Line, and Winchester Warriors, all published by UNT Press. He lives in Maypearl, Texas. DONALY E. BRICE was Senior Research Assistant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and is the author of The Great Comanche Raid and co-author of Texas Ranger N. O. Reynolds and The Governor’s Hounds. He lives in Lockhart, Texas.

This single-volume work should be on the shelf of every Texas history buff.”—Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas

978-1-57441-691-6 cloth $34.95 978-1-57441-702-9 ebook 6x9. 656 pp. 107 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Texas History. Western History. July

RELATED INTEREST Whiskey River Ranger The Old West Life of Baz Outlaw Bob Alexander 978-1-57441-631-2 cloth $34.95

Riding Lucifer’s Line Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border Bob Alexander Foreword by Byron Johnson 978-1-57441-499-8 cloth $29.95


The Ranger Ideal Volume 1

Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1823–1861 Darren L. Ivey

Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum honors the iconic Texas Rangers, a service which has existed, in one form or another, since 1823. They have become legendary symbols of Texas and the American West. Thirty-one Rangers, with lives spanning more than two centuries, have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. In The Ranger Ideal Volume 1: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1823–1861, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule biographies of the seven inductees who served Texas before the Civil War. He begins with Stephen F. Austin, “the Father of Texas,” who laid the foundations of the Ranger service, and then covers John C. Hays, Ben McCulloch, Samuel H. Walker, William A. A. “Bigfoot” Wallace, John S. Ford, and Lawrence Sul Ross. Using primary records and reliable secondary sources, and rejecting apocryphal tales, The Ranger Ideal presents the true stories of these intrepid men who fought to tame a land with gallantry, grit, and guns. This Volume 1 is the first of a planned three-volume series covering all of the Texas Rangers inducted in the Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.

978-1-57441-690-9 cloth $39.95 978-1-57441-701-2 ebook 6x9. 672 pp. 50 b&w illus. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Texas History. Western History. October

RELATED INTEREST DARREN L. IVEY is an independent researcher who lives in Manhattan, Kansas. He is the author of The Texas Rangers: A Registry and History and has also written a history of Fort Aubrey, Kansas, for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies.

Ivey’s work is a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written chronicle of the dramatic events in the military era of the Texas Rangers. His encyclopedic presentation of life stories—mini-biographies—is definitive and is the centerpiece of the book.”—Harold J. Weiss Jr., author of Yours to Command: The Life and Legends of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald

Riding for the Lone Star Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822–1865 Nathan Jennings 978-1-57441-635-0 cloth $32.95

Tracking the Texas Rangers The Nineteenth Century Edited by Bruce A. Glasrud and Harold J. Weiss Jr. 978-1-57441-465-3 cloth $29.95


Winner, Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

ActivAmerica Meagan Cass

Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results. Number Sixteen: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

MEAGAN CASS is the author of the chapbook Range of Motion. Her stories have appeared in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Puerto del Sol, and PANK, among other places. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. An assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, she co-curates the Shelterbelt Reading Series and serves as an assistant editor for Sundress Publications. She lives in St. Louis.

ActivAmerica blends bracing originality with an affecting, impish spirit to affectionately satirize our absurd nation. These stories dazzle with their oddball sensibility and quick wit, announcing Meagan Cass as a writer to watch.”—Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and judge

978-1-57441-694-7 paper $14.95 978-1-57441-705-0 ebook 51/2x81/2. 192 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. November

RELATED INTEREST Last Words of the Holy Ghost Matthew Cashion 978-1-57441-612-1 paper $14.95

The Year of Perfect Happiness Becky Adnot-Haynes 978-1-57441-565-0 paper $14.95


Yesterday There Was Glory

Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado

Gerald Andrew Howell Edited by Jeffrey L. Patrick

Bill Neal Foreword by Chuck Lanehart

With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I

In 1946, World War I veteran Gerald Howell finished a memoir of the experiences of his squad from the 39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, but never published it. Jeffrey Patrick discovered the memoir and edited it for publication, providing an introduction and annotations. Yesterday There Was Glory is an unpretentious account of men at war, from training camp to the occupation of Germany. It includes graphic descriptions of the battlefield, of shell fire, gas attacks, and lice. “Between the attacks the men would lay in their wet holes and pray for relief. But no relief came,” Howell remembers. He recalls much more than the horrors of combat, however, chronicling the diverse collection of heroes, professional warriors, shirkers, and braggarts that made up the American Expeditionary Forces. Howell’s account preserves the flavor of army life with conversations and banter in soldier language, including the uncensored doughboy profanity often heard but seldom recorded. Number Eleven: North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

JEFFREY L. PATRICK is the librarian at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in history from Purdue University and is the editor of Guarding the Border: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, U.S. Army, 1912–1917. 978-1-57441-693-0 cloth $29.95s 978-1-57441-704-3 ebook 6x9. 464 pp. 45 b&w illus. 5 maps. Bib. Index. World War I. Military History. Memoir. September

The Assassination of J. W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero

In the winter of 1901, James W. Jarrott led a band of twenty-five homesteader families toward the Llano Estacado in far West Texas, newly opened for settlement by a populist Texas legislature. But frontier cattlemen who had been pasturing their herds on the unfenced prairie land were enraged by the encroachment of these “nesters.” In August 1902 a famous hired assassin, Jim Miller, ambushed and murdered J. W. Jarrott. Who hired Miller? This crime has never been solved, until now. Award-winning author Bill Neal investigates this cold case and successfully pieces together all the threads of circumstantial evidence to fit the noose snugly around the neck of Jim Miller’s employer. What emerges from these pages is the strength of intriguing characters in an engrossing narrative: Jim Jarrott, the diminutive advocate who fearlessly champions the cause of the little guy. The ruthless assassin, Deacon Jim Miller. And finally Jarrott’s young widow Mollie, who perseveres and prospers against great odds and tells the settlers to “Stay put!” Number Seventeen: A.C. Greene Series

BILL NEAL practiced criminal law in West Texas for forty years. He is the author of Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered the Boyce-Sneed Feud (UNT Press); Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier; and Skullduggery, Secrets, and Murders. 978-1-57441-695-4 cloth $24.95 978-1-57441-706-7 ebook 6x9. 240 pp. 29 b&w illus. 3 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Western History. July


Copublished with UNT Dallas College of Law

On the Jury Trial

Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy Thomas M. Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith

Two outstanding Texas trial lawyers—one now an equally respected district judge—have written On the Jury Trial, a “must have” reference for any trial lawyer aspiring to excellence or seeking to maintain it. Topics include voir dire, opening statement, preparing witnesses, cross examination, using exhibits, closing argument, jury research, and more, with excellent examples and “do’s and don’ts” provided throughout. Think of this book as the senior law partner’s memo to associates on how to really try a case. Looking for fly-on-the-wall insight into worldclass trial preparation and strategy? Here it is. A behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of the judicial process? This book has you covered. Its combination of advice, illustration, and commentary is every bit as valuable as it is unique. Every litigator should have this book on the shelf, no matter the state in which they practice. THOMAS M. MELSHEIMER has tried cases for more than thirty years. He has been named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates and by the Dallas Bar Association. Before being elected to the 192nd District Court in Dallas County in 2006, JUDGE CRAIG SMITH was an accomplished Texas trial lawyer for more than twentyfive years. As a judge, he was recognized as Trial Judge of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 978-1-57441-699-2 cloth $22.95s 978-1-57441-709-8 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 17 b&w illus. Index. Law. October

Tracing Darwin’s Path in Cape Horn Ricardo Rozzi, Kurt Heidinger, and Francisca Massardo

Charles Darwin spent the majority of his 1831– 1836 voyage around the world in southern South America, and his early experiences in the Cape Horn region seem to have triggered his first ideas on human evolution. Darwin was not only a field naturalist, but also a scholar of the observations of the European explorers who preceded him. Richly illustrated with maps and color photographs, this book offers a guide to the sites visited by Darwin, and a compass for present-day visitors who can follow Darwin’s path over the sea and land that today are protected by the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. RICARDO ROZZI is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas, and the Universidad de Magallanes in Chile. He is co-author of Multi-Ethnic Bird Guide of the Sub-Antarctic Forests of South America, Miniature Forests of Cape Horn, and Magellanic Sub-Antarctic Ornithology (UNT Press). KURT HEIDINGER is director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy. FRANCISCA MASSARDO is director of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and the University of Magallanes campus in Puerto Williams, Chile. 978-1-57441-696-1 cloth $50.00s 978-1-57441-707-4 ebook 81/2x81/2. 256 pp. 170 color illus. Notes. Bib. Index. World History. Natural History. December


Legends and Life in Texas

Folklore from the Lone Star State, in Stories and Song

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt 978-1-57441-697-8 cloth $45.00s 978-1-57441-708-1 ebook 6x9. 320 pp. 70 b&w illus. Notes. Folklore. Texana. December

There is sometimes a fine line between history and folklore. This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society tells stories about real-life characters from Texas’s history, as well as personal reflections about life from diverse perspectives throughout the last century. The first section covers legendary characters like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, and people who were bigger or bolder than others, yet seem to have been forgotten. The second section includes works that examine songs of our youth, as well as the customs associated with music, whether it’s on a football field or in a prison yard. The works in the final section recall memories of a simpler time, when cars and home appliances lacked modern conveniences, and when it was a treat just to go and “visit” with family and friends. All of these works capture something of our past, if only to carry it on and keep it alive for generations to come. Number Seventy-two: Publications of the Texas Folklore Society

KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. He is a professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he teaches Technical Writing, American literature, and folklore. He and his family live on a farm west of Nacogdoches, Texas.

New in paperback

Donut Dolly

An American Red Cross Girl’s War in Vietnam Joann Puffer Kotcher

978-1-57441-698-5 paper $21.95 978-1-57441-441-7 ebook 6x9. 384 pp. 35 b&w illus. 1 map. Notes. Vietnam War. Memoir. Women’s Studies. November

“[A] riveting first-hand account of Joann Puffer Kotcher’s experiences as a program director for the American Red Cross in the early years of the Vietnam War.”—Military Review “I heard at least three or four shots. . . . God surely had his hand on you that day, Lady Veteran.”—Sgt. Bob Fulps, Rifle Squad Leader, Bronze Star Number Six: North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series

JOANN PUFFER KOTCHER, one of the first women allowed in a combat zone, graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Michigan.

Theoria, Vol. 23 Edited by Frank Heidlberger

ISSN 1554-1312 $22.00x 71/2x91/4. 196 pp. Music. August

Theoria is an annual peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of the history of music theory. It includes critical articles representing the current stage of research, and editions of newly discovered or mostly unknown theoretical texts with translation and commentary. Analytical articles on recent or unknown repertory and methods are also published, as well as review articles on recent secondary literature and textbooks. Back issues are available from Texas A&M University Press.

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Stanley Marcus

The Relentless Reign of a Merchant Prince Thomas E. Alexander

Stanley Marcus was undeniably America’s Merchant Prince. He created his own legend by becoming a fashion authority without parallel, an unerring arbiter of taste, a marketing genius, and a ham-like showman in the mold of Phineas T. Barnum. His unique talents transformed Neiman Marcus from a Dallas specialty store into a glittering internationally known and respected retail institution. Thomas E. Alexander traces the history of the company, tells the colorful life story of “Mr. Stanley,” and shares his personal behindthe-scenes memoir of his sometimes tumultuous association with the man and the store. Humorous anecdotes clearly illustrate that there was much more to Stanley Marcus than was ever seen by the public eye. Photographs of celebrities such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Sophia Loren, John Wayne, Brigitte Bardot, and Queen Sirkit of Thailand serve to emphasize the world-wide appeal of Neiman Marcus and the man behind it all for more than fifty years.

978-1-933337-74-6 paper $19.95 6x9. 258 pp. Business. Biography. November

THOMAS E. ALEXANDER is a commissioner for the Texas Historical Commission and has been integral in establishing historical markers at important sites of Texas World War II history. He is the author of numerous books on Texas history, and resides in Kerrville, Texas.

RELATED INTEREST The One and Only Rattlesnake Bomber Base Pyote Army Airfield in World War II Thomas E. Alexander 978-1-880510-90-2 paper $18.95

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Winner of the 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

A Place of Timeless Harmony Curt Eriksen

When Richard Delmore and his lover Sofie Cerruti decide to escape from the confines of their affair in the Twin Cities, they choose the white sands of Zanzibar and the verdant slopes of the outer lip of the Ngorongoro Crater as their romantic destination. It’s a temporary paradise they’re after, a reprieve from the limitations of the life of deception they lead in the States. But once they begin their safari through the Serengeti the two lovers become spiritually lost in the teeming yet inhospitable plains of East Africa, where they are forced not only to deal with the consequences of the truths they have kept from each other—the deeper and darker secrets that are painfully worked out allegorically through the events that surround them—but to observe the contrast between their “civilized” and sophisticated lives in Minnesota, and the primitive and sometimes primordial world they have entered. Clay Reynolds says, “I fell into the story easily, and the deeper I went into it I found myself more and more compelled by it and by the strong characters and counterpointing story…With stylistic flavorings reminiscent of Hemingway, Robert Ruark, and Paul Bowles, among other great writers of Africa, the novel displays the best of writing about the ‘Dark Continent’ but without becoming imitative or derivative. Detail is astonishing in places, with vivid scenes that are very difficult to write out drawn with almost photographic clarity. A Place of Timeless Harmony is fresh and surprising, and in places rises to a critical mass in its descriptive power.” CURT ERIKSEN was born in Kansas, but spent half of his life in Europe. He lives between the Sierra de Gredos, in western Spain, and Boston. His short fiction, novel extracts, political commentary, and poetry have appeared in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, and Spain, in numerous print and online journals, including Blackbird, Rosebud, and Alba. He is an accomplished martial artist, and a certified instructor of both Taiji Quan and the Russian martial art of Samozashchita Bez Oruzhiya known as SAMBO. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

978-1-68003-145-4 paper $14.95 978-1-68003-146-1 ebook 51/2x81/2. 114 pp. Literary Fiction. November

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Elevation: 6,040 Ernest J. Finney 978-1-68003-049-5 paper $12.95 978-1-68003-050-1 ebook



Shoney Flores Set in deep, humid South Texas—where Mexico is a ten-minute drive and culturally characterizes the region—Parts tells the story of vulgar Mexican men working in the auto parts industry, men who create a suffocating atmosphere of machismo, immorality, and sexual innuendo. The novel’s narrator, an auto parts stocker and driver unable to quit his job out of a sense of obligation to his family, seeks out the written word as a means to escape, which contrasts sharply with the pelado environment where he works and allows for a closer inspection of the pelado archetype inside the walls of the warehouse. SHONEY FLORES’s work has appeared in American Book Review, Texas Review, and others. Currently, he lives in Edinburg, Texas, with his wife and son, and is an instructor of creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and boxing. This is his debut novel.

South Texas literature has been neglected for good reason. For decades there hasn’t been any. Until now, with the publication of Parts, by Shoney Flores. It’s not that the bar has been raised—it’s that there hasn’t been a bar. Read this book and discover an America, a world you’ve never before seen. A splendid achievement that will be read for generations to come.”—Richard Burgin, founding editor of Boulevard

With the exception of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, the Rio Grande Valley has been silent in its literary productions. No more! With Shoney Flores’ first novel, Parts, the literary landscape announces itself in a bold and memorable depiction of the lives of marginalized workers living on the Texas/Mexico border. An unforgettable experience.”—Alan Watt, L.A. Times bestselling author of Diamond Dogs

978-1-68003-137-9 paper $20.95 978-1-68003-138-6 ebook 51/2x81/2. 292 pp. Fiction. September

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Among The Wild Mulattos and Other Tales Tom Williams 978-1-68003-018-1 paper $14.95 978-1-68003-019-8 ebook


Tired, Hungry, and Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours: Essential Cop Essays

New in paperback . . .

Mystic Sails, Texas Trails

Captain Grimes, Shanghai Pierce, Range Wars, and Raising Texas Robert Davant and Mickey Herskowitz

This four-generation saga, written with Mickey Herskowitz, begins with Richard Grimes, who made the first of his fortunes carrying passengers from Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, to the West Indies. In 1821, the Captain began to sail and trade in the waters of Mexican Texas. By 1836, he was sailing 2,400 miles to bring settlers, troops, gunpowder, whiskey and provisions to aid Texas in its struggle to free itself from Mexico. After the war, the Captain pursued maritime trading along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. When his son William Bradford Grimes joined him, he made the gradual transition from life at sea to land and cattle baron. After the Civil War, Bradford established the legendary WBG ranch and led the first trail drives from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. Bradford eventually passed on the WBG Ranch to his children to move to Kansas City, where he became hugely successful in banking and the mercantile business. ROBERT DAVANT, who resides in Brenham, Texas, is a descendant of Captain Richard Grimes. He has founded and chaired two oil companies and currently heads a Texas corporation with landholdings in Galveston and Brazoria Counties. MICKEY HERSKOWITZ, of Houston, is the author or co-author of 65 books. He is a Hall of Fame sports columnist. 978-1-68003-113-3 cloth $24.95 978-1-68003-147-8 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-114-0 ebook 6x9. 336 pp. Exploration/Settlement. September

Sarah Cortez

From the author of Cold Blue Steel Over twenty years ago, Sarah Cortez left a flourishing corporate career to strap on a gun, and police the streets. Transitioning from designer heels and a high-rise office to a low-bid, agencyowned Crown Vic wasn’t easy, but it delivered exactly what she desired. In these highly-charged personal reflections, Cortez reveals the complicated machinery of a cop’s heart, mind, and soul by dissecting the differences between cops and civilians. A must-read to understand the intangibles demanded by policing—courage, determination, patience, and a belief in justice—despite the grimy backdrop where life can become death in an instant. SARAH CORTEZ, Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, is published in Texas Monthly, Rattle, Sun, Texas Review, Louisiana Literature, Arcadia, Midwest Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature. Her writing has received awards from PEN Texas, Writers’ League of Texas, Los Angeles Book Festival, and PEN Southwest. Her anthologies have won a Southwest Book Award and ILBAs. Her recent anthology, Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials, is a 2016 Southwest Book of the Year. She lives in Houston, Texas. 978-1-68003-143-0 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-144-7 ebook 51/2x81/2. 220 pp. Law Enforcement. Essays. November


Best Creative Nonfiction of the South, Volume II: North Carolina

The best of poetry from Texas

Southern Poetry Anthology, VIII: Texas

Edited by Casey Clabough and Michael Chitwood

Best Creative Nonfiction of the South serves as a valuable resource for scholars, students, writers, and general readers interested in creative nonfiction both from specific areas of the South and across the region as a whole. This North Carolina volume, second in the series, contains essays that celebrate and document the Tar Heel state’s diverse cultures and geography, from the mountains to the sea. The writers included here come from diverse backgrounds, generations, and artistic traditions, and as with most volumes in the series, this one indirectly reflects literary changes within the region over time. In some cases, publisher permissions and other factors have foiled the editors from including the work of deserving writers. Nevertheless, the abundant literary talent in the state has lessened the impact of the occasional unfortunate omission. CASEY CLABOUGH serves as series editor of the Best Creative Nonfiction of the South. He is the author of three books of creative nonfiction and numerous other titles dealing mostly with the American South. MICHAEL CHITWOOD has written two books of prose, and LSU Press will publish his ninth book of poetry in 2018. 978-1-68003-139-3 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-140-9 ebook 51/2x81/2. 160 pp. Literary Collections. Nonfiction. Essays. October

Edited by William Wright, Paul Ruffin, and Nick Lantz

With a unique, raucous, and rich history, Texas abounds with some of the most diverse contemporary poets, and the eighth volume of The Southern Poetry Anthology reflects this variegation with poems both traditional and experimental, Texas-centered and universal. SOW Chomping her chocolates of fresh road kills, she swaggers through her slop, oblivious of the piglets she crushed during last night’s slumber, squishing through the splits of her thick, cloven hooves. The last boar which tried to straddle her fabulous girth fractured both forelegs. She dined on his carcass for days, grunting in the shade. —Larry Thomas WILLIAM WRIGHT, author of four books of poetry and series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, lives in Marietta, Georgia. The late PAUL RUFFIN was the author or editor of over thirty books. NICK LANTZ, author of three poetry collections, teaches poetry at Sam Houston State University and lives in Huntsville, Texas. 978-1-68003-063-1 paper $22.95 978-1-68003-064-8 ebook 6x9. 296 pp. Poetry. July


Winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

Finalist for 2016 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize

No Other Kind of World

Our Blue Earth

Jeff Hardin

Richard Carr

Jeff Hardin’s No Other Kind of World explores our “need to witness miracles” within a world that too often favors “soapbox diatribes/or mournful tones.” Perhaps we no longer recognize our own faces, unaware of what remains hidden inside, or just underneath, our landscapes or words. We wander an immeasurable world, one in which the Self attempts to know what knowing is, and calls out to others, searching for survivors this side of the millennium. Despite new threats of “a coming Inquisition,” Hardin “charts a course toward mercy,” seeking “the kind of understanding/that comes when two or more are gathered.”

Our Blue Earth explores the melancholy dark side as well as the natural beauties of rural life as seen through the eyes of the author as a young man growing up in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

IN THE PARK Seven boys seem to think they’re birds. They caw and hoot, running beneath a stretch of thinned-out trees. They raise their arms to steer themselves toward each other and through this maze of limbs dipped low. Every minute growing louder seems to lessen. And we talk of a need to witness miracles, everyone flying so close at each other until the last possible moment, then veering . . .

smiles. I tell her my name again and for a little while sit with her, sharing the warmth of her shawl.

JEFF HARDIN is the author of Fall Sanctuary, Notes for a Praise Book, Restoring the Narrative, and Small Revolution. He is professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee. 978-1-68003-135-5 paper $14.95 978-1-68003-136-2 ebook 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. August

GRANDMA RAIN When it rains hard, I think of the small ring I keep in a hollow book— my grandmother and her small hands. She touches my cheek,

Then as the rain slows, I find myself alone again, and young, and I promise to be good. RICHARD CARR’s writing has appeared in Poetry East, Exquisite Corpse, New Letters, Painted Bride Quarterly and elsewhere. His poetry collections are Grave Reading, Lucifer, Dead Wendy, Imperfect Prayers, One Sleeve, Ace, Street Portraits, Honey, and Mister Martini. A former systems analyst, web designer, and tavern manager, he grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and currently teaches in Minneapolis. 978-1-68003-141-6 paper $12.95 978-1-68003-142-3 ebook 6x9. 48 pp. Poetry. October

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Gary Soto

Love is a good thing—romance, poetry, and bards

An important new collection by a Great Plains poet

The Spark and Fire of It

Projector Michael Catherwood

Gary Soto

PROJECTOR poems by

Michael Catherwood

The Spark and Fire of It A one act play

Love is a good thing—so true in The Spark and Fire of It, this classic one-act romance: two young people smitten to the point of delirium and a gruff father who will have none of it. The father sees his daughter’s suitor only as a penniless lad with nothing to offer. But the young woman’s mother sees her own husband in the young man, remembering a time when he, too, was an empty-handed suitor. Add internal complications: the young women questions her own judgment, and the young man is tempted by a hooligan called Rascal. Then there is Old Gentleman, who, like a befuddled Socrates, understands this thing called love. The romance contains poems that begin with a line of Shakespeare that Soto artfully extends into his own original poetry. The dialogue is written in the vernacular of Elizabethan times—though occasionally it falls into contemporary street slang. The code switching reminds readers that love is a human experience that makes the young go crazy no matter the century! GARY SOTO is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. 978-1-62288-172-7 paper $18.00 6x9. 80 pp. Theater. October

Projector navigates past and present in Michael Catherwood’s world of colorful scenarios of a onearmed Vietnam Vet running pool tables, dreaming alternate endings to John Wayne films, a vacation photo of a father scalping his son next to a teepee in the deserts of Arizona, and a man frozen in time. PROJECTOR The 59 Dodge is parked in the driveway where its tail fins stab the air, mirrors gray with gravel roads. Here our lives are, jumpy and crooked against the stucco, Dad’s practice swing a slow shadow that folds across a burned-out lawn. Eight months pregnant, Mom springs from the Ford Fairlane wagon embarrassed. Close up: her bright red lipstick disappears into the house. There’s the old garage before it collapsed, its hinged doors cockeyed and wide open . . . MICHAEL CATHERWOOD has published poems and essays in numerous magazines. His first collection of poems, Dare was published in 2006 by The Backwaters Press. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. 978-1-62288-146-8 paper $20.00 6x9. 88 pp. Poetry. August



stories of inspiration

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Inspiring stories or faith

Finding Love in a Bread Bowl Where

Where are the Instructions?

are the

Charles H. Castle

Texas Legends and


East Texas folk tales and memories

Finding Love in a Bread Bowl: Texas Legends and Lore Patsy Hallman

Charles H. Castle

Charles H. Castle’s Where are the Instructions?, as the title suggests, is a heart-warming and inspiring collection of stories drawn from everyday life. Colorful and endearing, Castle’s work keeps us mindful about how important it is to remain grounded in the order of first things: love, belief, faith, and hope. These principles, so firmly rooted in his work, evoke a timelessness that is sure to delight readers while bringing them ongoing encouragement. What Castle shares with us is delightful while it is serious, nostalgic, realistic, and forward looking. He may remind us that the world is sometimes a dark and lonely place, burdened by loss and disappointment. However, in the midst of it all the sun rises and light permeates the valleys through which we all walk. CHARLES H. CASTLE lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he works in marketing and sales. He spends his time writing and serving his community by working with various non-profit organizations. 978-1-62288-176-5 paper $20.00 6x9. 100 pp. Literary Nonfiction. October

Patsy Hallman

Finding Love in a Bread Bowl, Patsy Hallman’s collection of East Texas folk tales, vignettes, and memories is a delightful foray into times past. Readers will discover courtships determined by the washing of bread bowls, hear about Sam Houston’s baptism and amorist pursuits that took place in Nacogdoches, find out what role Nacogdoches played in the Civil War South, and learn about how higher education became a central concern for the East Texas community, among a wide range of other topics. The work is not merely a nostalgic look at an era long lost, however. It is also a collection that rings of universality, including as it does tales of tragedy, of humor and joy, of family, and of the conflicts that life makes for all and how endurance settles the argument. This book threads together a compelling and memorable feast for readers not only of the East Texas region but from the piney woods as well. PATSY HALLMAN received her doctorate from Texas Women’s University and devoted her life to education and community service. She has earned numerous awards including SFA’s Distinguished Professor Award, the American Association of University Women’s Woman of the Year Award, and an induction into Nacogdoches Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Hallman and her husband, Leon, live in Nacogdoches. 978-1-62288-169-7 paper $20.00 6x9. 150 pp. b&w illus. Folklore. Texas History. November



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Eye, Thus Far, Unplucked Collier Brown


Eye, Thus Far, Unplucked is composed of abstract, psychedelic narratives delivered through the actions of several creatures of the insect family, to sea-life, domesticated animals, and amphibians. The action is conveyed in a rapid fire of subliminal imagery which is interconnected and builds upon itself, crafting messages of self-destruction, voyage, divinities, unfamiliarity, and the strength to persist forward. Collier Brown’s technical prowess and in depth structure of theme carries this collection to new heights and his unique vernacular is refreshing to poetic language demonstrating new avenues yet untraveled by aspiring or renowned authors. Often inventive and aesthetical, Brown’s personal monologue of imagery kindles the readers’ imaginations and engulfs them in a universe of expertly crafted lyricism which broadens their perspectives and trains them to be accustomed to see the world as Collier Brown sees it. COLLIER BROWN is Founding Editor of Od Review and Editor at 21st Editions. His poems have appeared in journals such as Best New Poets, Rattle, Asheville Poetry Review, Barrow Street—and in two limited edition photography books, Moth and Bonelight (2010) and To the Wheatlight of June (2013). Originally from Louisiana, Brown now calls Massachusetts home and is a Preceptor at Harvard University. 978-1-62288-175-8 paper $18.00 51/2x81/2. 80 pp. Poetry. October

cheese after fukushima: poems for a changing planet

A new environmentally conscious collection.

Cheese after Fukushima: Poems for a Changing Planet Marcia Slatkin

An activist conscious dialogue, Marcia Slatkin’s Cheese After Fukushima laments an impending future occupied by melted ice caps, fishless oceans, persistence of global obesity, the absence of CO2, and a wheezing Earth suffocated under city sidewalks. These wildly inventive poems are backed with a beautiful linguistic language which brings an element of beauty to the otherwise stark descriptions of our own reality. CHEESE AFTER FUKUSHIMA If I were young . . . I might stop. Rain brings rads to grass, unknowing ruminants munch, and the rest is amplification. “Then buy skim, packed before the Japanese release – enough for a lifetime — and mix your ration daily,” says the health ‘umai.’ But I’d so mourn lessened pleasure: that thick milk-magic that lets enzymes ferment and grow wildly-unctuous tastes undreamed . . . MARCIA SLATKIN is an author, photographer, and cellist. Eighteen of her one-act plays have been performed off Broadway while her fiction has won two PEN fiction prizes. She divides her time between Poitiers, France, and New York State. 978-1-62288-154-3 paper $18.00 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. October


I Remember

y 80 Highwa

A fond look at simpler times

Criswell and the new Religious Right

I Remember Highway 80

The Legacy of W.A. Criswell Jim Towns

An East Texas Upbrining

Robert Lacy

Robert Lacy stories by

Engaging and inspirational with just the right hint of humor, I Remember Highway 80 harkens back to an earlier, simpler time in the nation’s history, before the interstate highway system wreaked its havoc on small-town living, when drive-in movie theaters were all the rage, and evenings still ended with a quick spin around the courthouse square. Lacy’s coming-of-age collection chronicles his upbringing in postwar Marshall, Texas, as he navigates the death of his father, high school, and eventually, the Marines. Brimming with nostalgia, I Remember Highway 80 tackles the merits of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, as well as Friday night football, Saturday matinees, and brand new cars. Dedicated to his mother, Lacy shares her struggles and triumphs as an independent, single mother in the 1940s and their journey to make a home for themselves. ROBERT LACY is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of a previous collection of short stories, The Natural Father. His essays and short fiction have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Best American Short Stories, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Oxford American. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Susan. 978-1-62288-151-2 paper $18.00 6x9. 150 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. October

The Legacy of W.A. Criswell


W. A. Criswell envisioned the emergence of a new conservatism that would become the new religious right. In his most famous and revealing sermons, including “Segregation and Society” (1956) and “The Church of the Open Door” (1968), Criswell proclaimed that opposition to evangelical truths sprang from two sources: Darwin’s Origin of Species and the vast inroads of German higher criticism and rationalism that explained away the miracles of the bible and reduced them to humanistic fiction. Towns’s book examines selected speeches from 1956 to 2002, revisiting events that provoked the rhetorical situations of the era and exploring speaker-leader propositions and perspectives. Criswell’s leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention was dynamic and unifying, and his paradigm for social responsibility in his preaching, speaking and writing can best be entailed in the following encapsulation: “Be anchored to the book and geared to the times.” JIM TOWNS is Regents Professor of Communication at Stephen F. Austin State University. Among his other books are Validating Singles (2012), Reverse Mentoring (2011), and Challenge and Change in Single Life (1992). He resides in Nacogdoches where he is a Regents Professor at SFASU. 978-1-62288-170-3 paper $30.00 7x10. 250 pp. Religion. November


Physically Alarming Men

Physically Alarming Men Eric Blix

Stories by

Eric Blix

From a maintenance worker whose long-simmering grief pushes him to steal a wealthy client’s child “Pool Boy” to an out of work manager plotting revenge on the boss who fired him “Golden Years”, Eric Lloyd Blix explores the fallout of American progress. The stories in Physically Alarming Men span landscape and history, from the Depression-era Midwest to a speculative MiddleEast: a trio of fraudsters set up camp outside a peat bog in a scheme to kidnap and exploit two backwoods brothers rumored to possess the gift of healing “Bemidji”; while under house arrest, an idiosyncratic man-child contemplates violence, mass media, and the philosophical underpinnings of his incarceration while waiting for his mother to bring him milk “Call Me Randy”. At times lyrical, gritty, and strange, these provocative stories depict the lives of outcasts, criminals, and screw-ups of various kinds: characters wracked by history and their own failings. ERIC BLIX has stories published in The Pinch, Split Lip Magazine, and Four Way Review, among others. He earned his MFA at Minnesota State University and is doing doctoral studies at the University of Utah. 978-1-62288-171-0 paper $24.00 6x9. 200 pp. Fiction. October

Real poems about real people

Complications of a present contaminated by the past

Working Class

working class

Robert Stewart

stories by

Robert Stewart

The poems in Working Class integrate the experiences of construction labor, Sicilian roots, family and spiritual life. The focus on religious training and physical work appear in poems such as “Lucky Old Men,” and “Pretty Girls in Tight Jeans in Church.” These mostly free-verse poems incorporate subtle metrics, rhymes, and stanza structures to make the poems both accessible and lyrical. The writer Phillip Lopate has said of Stewart’s previous poems, “The knowledge is hard-won, the craft impressive.” Poems such as “Birds of the South” and “Baptiste Bakery,” expand the range of imagery to include travels to the tropics and to Europe—in the poem “Fiesole,” the author visits Italy, his ancestral country, with his 16-year-old son, to explore themes of immigration, fatherhood, and renewal. Robert Stewart’s previous books include Plumbers (poems) and The Narrow Gate: Essays on Writing, Art & Values. He has won a National Magazine Award as editor of the journal New Letters, published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 978-1-62288-177-2 paper $18.00 51/2x81/2. 88 pp. Poetry. September


Testimony of the power and magic the writers’ world holds


of the


Barrio Writers 8th Edition

War Poems Project (1942–1945) Rediscovered

Songs of the Warriors Robert Shearer

Reyes Ramirez

Barrio Writers 8th Edition brings an impressive breadth and depth of emotion and cultural insights which can’t be overstated. The prose and poetry collected here by these bright young writers capture, almost all at once, what their lives are truly about, how their lives have been challenged, and yet, most importantly, how these youth almost always manage to triumph, through the very act of writing. Interspersed throughout this volume are valuable writing prompts other young writers can use to develop their own literacy and literary skills. These prompts allow writers to develop their perspectives on their own, while being aided with valuable insights other prospective young writers can follow to their own ends. Barrio Writers 8th Edition delivers powerful and exemplary poetic and prosaic testaments which should inspire others to tell of their lives in as impressive a style as found in this new volume—impressive because of their daring to write their way onto triumphant higher ground without ever leaving behind their cultural homes. REYES RAMIREZ is a Houstonian. In addition to having an MFA in Fiction, Reyes received the 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize, the 2012 Sylvan Karchmer Fiction. 978-1-62288-174-1 paper $20.00 51/2x81/2. 250 pp. Poetry. August

Robert Shearer Between the years 1942 and 1945, scores of American men and women in the military wrote, submitted, and published poems during the war. They were known as the “War Poets.” They were stationed at military bases and camps around the world, and their literary contributions have been almost lost or inaccessible for over seventy years. Songs of the Warriors also known as the War Poems Project, was an attempt to recover, compile, rediscover, re-appreciate, and re-enjoy these national literary treasures. This literary archaeology represents the war poets’ deepest experiences: love, joy, death, loneliness, boredom, depression, humor, and frustration while they were on active duty in violent combat zones or remote bases around the world. A collection of poems written by military personnel during World War II and re-presented in the twentyfirst century, Songs of the Warriors, is a treasure, revealing our brave soldier’s thoughts, and dreams about war, death, living conditions, loved ones, the military, and their homes back in the United States. ROBERT A. SHEARER is a retired professor of Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He is the author of Interviewing: Theories, Techniques, and Practices, Prentice-Hall Publishing. A native of Dallas, Texas, Shearer currently resides in College Station, Texas, where he is a full-time writer. 978-1-62288-173-4 paper $30.00 8x10. 250 pp. Poetry. November

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