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“Clouds Over Oak Motte.” Painting by Noe Perez From the book King Ranch: A Legacy in Art (See page 3.)

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Stunning art from the world’s most famous ranch . . .

King Ranch A Legacy in Art

Noe Perez Edited by Bob Kinnan, William E. Reaves, and Linda J. Reaves Covering 825,000 acres in the Coastal Plain and Brush Country of South Texas, King Ranch, established in 1853, looms large in Texas and American history. Founded by the visionary Richard King, it has captured for generations the essence of the American West. As Tom Lea asserted in his epic 1953 history, the spirit of the place “is alive in the land itself, in the far quietness of growing grass and grazing herds.” In King Ranch: A Legacy in Art, editors Bob Kinnan, William E. Reaves, and Linda J. Reaves and a team of collaborators present a beautiful, informative account of the ranch and its place in the artistic heritage of the region. Pairing original paintings by artist Noe Perez with insightful essays from curators Bruce Shackelford and Ron Tyler, this book celebrates how “King Ranch culture” has enriched appreciation for the decorative, practical, and fine arts in Texas and the greater American West. Opening with a foreword by Jamey Clement, chair of the board for King Ranch, Inc., and continuing with a brief introduction to the ranch’s history by Bob Kinnan, King Ranch: A Legacy in Art will heighten appreciation of the natural beauty and artistic influence of this legendary place. Number Twenty-four: Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series

BOB KINNAN previously served as manager of the Santa Gertrudis Heritage Society and King Ranch Archives and has been King Ranch Historian since 2016. WILLIAM E. REAVES is the author of Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream, coauthor for Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art, and coeditor of Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout. LINDA J. REAVES is coeditor of Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout and coauthor of A Book Maker’s Art: The Bond of Arts and Letters at Texas A&M University Press.

978-1-62349-952-5 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-953-2 ebook 11x101/2. 160 pp. 94 color, 9 b&w illustrations. 5 maps. Index. Art. Texas Ranching. Texana Gift Books. August

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

Horses in the American West

Portrayals by Twenty-Four Artists Heidi Brady and Scott White 978-1-62349-590-9 cloth $40.00 978-1-62349-591-6 ebook


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King Ranch A Legacy in Art

featuring the paintings of Noe Perez

“Noe Perez’s calm, vast, serene, humble, boundless, and picturesque landscapes defy the stereotype. Noe’s insight is in understanding that the land that others believe only to be a blistering wilderness is, ultimately, captivating and seductive. . . . It is a South Texas that he knows well. His art reflects his passion for and knowledge of place.” —Ron Tyler, from the book


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Exploring the legacy of an artisanal tradition . . .

Artisans of Trabajo Rústico The Legacy of Dionicio Rodríguez Patsy Pittman Light Photographs by Kent Rush

As documented in Patsy Pittman Light’s awardwinning book, Capturing Nature, Mexican artisan Dionicio Rodríguez arrived in San Antonio in the 1920s and created concrete bus stop shelters, park benches, footbridges, and other structures in the style known as faux bois, or trabajo rústico. Following on the success of that previous work, Light, with photographer and artist Kent Rush, presents a comprehensive look at the legacy of Rodríguez as reflected in the works of those whom he trained, mentored, or influenced. Rodríguez captured nature in his work, but he also continues to capture our imagination. Drawing these artistic creations out of the urban landscape, Artisans ofTrabajo Rústico makes the nearly invisible fully visible to the critic, the historian, and especially to the casual viewer. Light asserts that San Antonio has the largest concentration of this art form in the country and includes copious full-color photography of the work of Rodríguez and other artisans.

978-1-62349-766-8 cloth $35.00 978-1-62349-913-6 ebook 91/2x10. 200 pp. 216 color photos. Index. Sculpture. Texana. Mexican American Studies. June

RELATED INTEREST Capturing Nature

This handsomely illustrated and painstakingly documented work offers the broadest possible panorama for the craft and endearing familiarity of this form. Inspired by nature, built by hand, and placed in the service of the public, these “rustic works” continue to provide enjoyment, convenience, and a touch of artistic elegance to public and private landscapes in San Antonio and beyond. Light and Rush’s work affords a fresh and wide-ranging look at this important artisanal tradition.

The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodríguez Patsy Pittman Light 978-1-62349-248-9 flexbound $27.95 978-1-60344-844-4 ebook

Number Nineteen: Rio Grande/Río Bravo: Borderlands Culture and Traditions

Lone Stars Jay Wehnert 978-1-62349-620-3 cloth $40.00 978-1-62349-623-4 ebook

PATSY PITTMAN LIGHT is the author of Capturing Nature: The Cement Sculpture of Dionicio Rodríguez, winner of the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book from the Texas Historical Commission. She lives in San Antonio. KENT RUSH is professor emeritus of art and art history at the University of Texas, San Antonio. A former Fulbright and NEA fellow, his work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and internationally.

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Essays, poetry, and fiction that explore the meaning of life “in between” . . .

Nepantla Familias

An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds Edited by Sergio Troncoso

Nepantla Familias brings together Mexican American narratives that explore and negotiate the many permutations of living in between different worlds—how the authors or their characters create, or fail to create, a cohesive identity amid the contradictions in their lives. Nepantla—or living in the in-between space of the borderland—is the focus of this anthology. The essays, poems, and short stories explore the in-between moments in Mexican American life—the family dynamics of living between traditional and contemporary worlds, between Spanish and English, between cultures with traditional and shifting identities. In times of change, family values are either adapted or discarded in the quest for self-discovery, part of the process of selecting and composing elements of a changing identity. Edited by award-winning writer and scholar Sergio Troncoso, this anthology includes works from familiar and acclaimed voices such as David Dorado Romo, Sandra Cisneros, Alex Espinoza, Reyna Grande, and Francisco Cantú, as well as from important new voices, such as Stephanie Li, David Dominguez, and ire’ne lara silva. These are writers who open and expose the in-between places: through or at borders; among the past, present, and future; from tradition to innovation; between languages; in gender; about the wounds of the past and the victories of the present; of life and death. Nepantla Familias shows the quintessential American experience that revives important foundational values through immigrants and the children of immigrants. Here readers will find a glimpse of contemporary Mexican American experience; here, also, readers will experience complexities of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural borders common to us all. Wittliff Collections Literary Series

SERGIO TRONCOSO is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays. He coedited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the NarcoViolence, which won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association and the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-focused Nonfiction Book. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Workshop and president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

978-1-62349-963-1 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-964-8 ebook 6x9. 262 pp. Mexican American Studies. Borderlands Studies. Literary Studies. March

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Phyllis McKenzie 978-1-58544-306-2 cloth $29.95s 978-1-58544-307-9 paper $10.95 978-1-60344-643-3 ebook

Telling Border Life Stories

Four Mexican American Women Writers Donna M Kabalen de Bichara 978-1-60344-804-8 cloth $60.00s 978-1-62349-819-1 paper $24.95s 978-1-60344-950-2 ebook


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A cross-disciplinary examination of the US–Mexico border region . . .

Bridging Cultures

Reflections on the Heritage Identity of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands Edited by Harriett Romo and William A. DuPont

Borderlands: they stretch across national boundaries, and they create a unique space that extends beyond the international boundary. They extend north and south of what we think of as the actual “border,” encompassing even the urban areas of San Antonio, Texas, and Monterrey, Nueva León, Mexico, affirming shared identities and a sense of belonging far away from the geographical boundary. In Bridging Cultures: Reflections on the Heritage Identity of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, editors Harriett Romo and William Dupont focus specifically on the lower reaches of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo as it exits the mountains and meanders across a coastal plain. Bringing together perspectives of architects, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, educators, political scientists, geographers, and creative writers who span and encompass the border, its four sections explore the historical and cultural background of the region; the built environment of the transnational border region and how border towns came to look as they do; shared systems of ideas, beliefs, values, knowledge, norms of behavior, and customs—the way of life we think of as Borderlands culture; and how border security, trade and militarization, and media depictions impact the inhabitants of the Borderlands. Romo and Dupont present the complexity of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands culture and historical heritage, exploring the tangible and intangible aspects of border culture, the meaning and legacy of the Borderlands, its influence on relationships and connections, and how to manage change in a region evolving dramatically over the past five centuries and into the future. Summerfield G. Roberts Texas History Series

HARRIETT ROMO has recently published A Bilateral Perspective on Mexico–US Migration. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she directed the university’s Mexico Center from 2006 until her retirement in 2019. WILLIAM A. DUPONT, the Conservation Society of San Antonio Endowed Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a licensed professional architect, directs the university’s Center for Cultural Sustainability.

978-1-62349-975-4 cloth $45.00s 978-1-62349-976-1 ebook 6x9. 360 pp. 25 color, 21 b&w photos. 4 maps. 2 tables. Bib. Index. Borderlands Studies. Latin American Studies. Mexican American Studies, Texas. May

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Sonia Hernández 978-1-62349-040-9 unjacketed cloth $22.95s 978-1-62349-041-6 paper $22.95s 978-1-62349-139-0 ebook

Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands

W. Eugene George 978-1-60344-011-0 cloth $35.00 978-1-60344-401-9 ebook


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A new look at “country music’s unsung hero” . . .

Live Forever

The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver Courtney S. Lennon Foreword by Brian T. Atkinson Foreword by Bobby Bare

Billy Joe Shaver wrote ten of the eleven songs included on Waylon Jennings’s landmark album Honky Tonk Heroes and played a dominant role in the origins and development of the Outlaw Country movement of the 1970s. He has been named by Ray Wylie Hubbard, alongside Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, as a member of the “holy trinity” of Texas songwriters. He has exerted a Texas-sized influence on Texas music and especially Texas singer-songwriters, and is cited as a chief inspiration by at least two generations of artists. But although his influence has been profound, Shaver has the dubious honor of becoming, according to author Courtney S. Lennon, “country music’s unsung hero.” In Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver, Lennon seeks to give Shaver the recognition his prolific output deserves. She unfolds for readers the complexity and the simplicity of the artist who wrote the songs that Brian T. Atkinson, in his foreword, calls “peaceful and pure, complex and convoluted, mad and merciful”—the musician who wrote “You Just Can’t Beat Jesus Christ” and “That’s What She Said Last Night,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” and “Get Thee Behind Me Satan.” Based on in-depth interviews with Shaver and a host of notable singer-songwriters, this book reveals and celebrates the saint and the sinner, the earthy intellectual and the hard-drinking commoner, the poet and the cowboy. John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University

COURTNEY S. LENNON is the founder and editor of Turnstyled Junkpiled, an online roots music magazine, and has contributed to No Depression, Lone Star Music Magazine, and Texas Music Magazine. She resides in Buffalo, New York.

978-1-62349-954-9 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-955-6 ebook 6x9. 248 pp. 82 b&w photos. Music. Biography. Texana. June

RELATED INTEREST The Messenger

The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard Brian T. Atkinson 978-1-62349-778-1 cloth $28.00 978-1-62349-779-8 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


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Singing her way from a church choir in Texas to concerts with the King of Swing . . .

Texas Jazz Singer

Louise Tobin in the Golden Age of Swing and Beyond Kevin Edward Mooney

At 102 years of age, Louise Tobin is one of the last surviving musicians of the Swing Era. Born in Aubrey, Texas, in 1918, she grew up in a large family that played music together. She once said that she fell out of the cradle singing and all she ever wanted to do was to sing. And sing she did. She sang with Benny Goodman and also performed vocals for such notables as Will Bradley, Bobby Hackett, Harry James (her first husband), Johnny Mercer, Lionel Hampton, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Peanuts Hucko (her second husband), and Fletcher Henderson. Based on extensive oral history interviews and archival research, Texas Jazz Singer recalls both the glamour and the challenges of life on the road and onstage during the golden age of swing and beyond. As it traces American music through the twentieth century, Louise Tobin’s story provides insight into the challenges musicians faced to sustain their careers during the cultural revolution and ever-changing styles and tastes in music. In this absorbing biography, music historian Kevin Edward Mooney offers readers a view of a remarkable life in music, told from the vantage point of the woman who lived it. Rather than simply making Tobin an emblem for women in jazz of the big band era, Mooney concentrates instead on Tobin’s life, her struggles and successes, and in doing so captures the particular sense of grace that resonates throughout each phase of Tobin’s notable career. Number Twenty-five: Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University–Commerce

Music historian KEVIN EDWARD MOONEY has performed as a guitarist with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and David Amram. A member of the musicology faculty at Texas State University–San Marcos, he has contributed to AmeriGrove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Journal of Texas Music History, and others.

978-1-62349-965-5 cloth $30.00 978-1-62349-966-2 ebook 6x9. 240 pp. 40 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Music. Biography. Popular Culture. April

RELATED INTEREST 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

The History of Texas Music

Gary Hartman 978-1-60344-002-8 paper $22.95 978-1-60344-394-4 ebook


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Sounds and voices from both sides of the river . . .

Across the Border and Back Music in the Big Bend

Marcia Hatfield Daudistel Photographs by Bill Wright In the vast, sparsely populated area of West Texas known as the Big Bend, life takes place on a different scale. The nearest neighbor can be forty miles away, perhaps located not just in another town but another country, the border historically less obvious than it is today. In the small-town, bicultural atmosphere of the Big Bend, musicians from both sides of the Rio Grande come together, creating music that spans genre, culture, and international borders. From Ojinaga, Mexico, to Alpine, Texas, and most points in between, writer Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and photographer Bill Wright have gathered, through hours of interviews, a trove of anecdotes, images, and personal recollections that explore what makes music—and musicians—in the Big Bend slightly different from anything found elsewhere. Playing big band music one night for a dance at Marfa Army Air Field and border polkas the next evening at a quinceañera; playing a traditional norteño and conjunto but throwing in the saxophone to change the dynamic; making a living with their music or keeping their day jobs and playing when they can: these are the stories that demonstrate the cultural and musical versatility required for musicians in the Big Bend. From the porch at Terlingua’s Starlight Theatre to the jukebox at Lajitas, Across the Border and Back: Music in the Big Bend features the people, the history, the local color, the venues, and, above all, the distinctive attitude that have defined music-making in this place, at once one of the most remote and most unique in the country. The Texas Experience, books made possible by Sarah ’84 and Mark ’77 Philpy

MARCIA HATFIELD DAUDISTEL is coauthor of Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend and The Women of Smeltertown, and she was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame. She resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. BILL WRIGHT, award-winning photographer, is author of several books, including The Whole Damn Cheese: Maggie Smith, Border Legend and The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier. His photographs have been exhibited internationally. He resides in Abilene, Texas.

978-1-62349-944-0 cloth $45.00 978-1-62349-945-7 ebook 9x10. 240 pp. 124 color photos, 3 line art. Bib. Index. Music. Big Bend, General. Photography, Texas. July

RELATED INTEREST The Texas Outback

Ranching on the Last Frontier Text by Bill Wright Photography by June Redford Van Cleef 978-1-58544-393-2 cloth $50.00 Everyday Music

Alan B. Govenar 978-1-60344-528-3 hardcover $16.95 978-1-60344-756-0 ebook


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A groundbreaking new study of one of America’s most important metropolitan networks . . .

The Texas Triangle

An Emerging Power in the Global Economy

Henry Cisneros, David Hendricks, J. H. Cullum Clark, and William Fulton This important new study examines the intricately linked phenomena of interwoven population growth, economic power, quality education, business leadership, and fiscal significance as exemplified in the “Texas Triangle,” a network of metropolitan complexes that are reshaping the destiny of Texas and adding a strong pinnacle in the global system of economic mega-centers. The Texas Triangle consists of three metropolitan complexes: Dallas–Fort Worth at the northern tip, Houston-Galveston at the southeastern point, and Austin–San Antonio at the southwestern edge. It consists of four US Census–designated metropolitan statistical areas and includes 35 urban counties that comprise those areas. The Texas Triangle soon will include four of the ten most populous cities in the United States. Together these metro areas represent the fifteenth largest economy in the world. The authors describe the trajectories of each of the Texas Triangle metros in which they live and work and integrate them into a larger dynamic of functioning cohesion and effective collaboration. The Texas Triangle offers community leaders, elected officials, policy makers, and others a more nuanced understanding of an important moment in America’s continuing urban development. With broader perspectives for how community-building advances the public interest, this book lays important foundations for matching the path of economic prosperity to an informed sense of what is possible. Number Twenty-seven: Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History

HENRY CISNEROS, formerly mayor of San Antonio, served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, 1993–97. DAVID HENDRICKS recently retired as the business editor for the San Antonio Express-News after more than forty years with the newspaper. J. H. CULLUM CLARK directs the Bush Institute–SMU Economic Growth Initiative at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of economics. WILLIAM FULTON serves as director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. The former mayor of Ventura and director of planning and economic development for the City of San Diego, he is also the author of Guide to California Planning.

978-1-64843-009-1 cloth $35.00 978-1-64843-011-4 ebook 6x9. 240 pp. 26 color photos. 9 maps. Index. Urban Studies. Economics. Texana. April

RELATED INTEREST Changing Texas

Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge Steve H. Murdock, et al. 978-1-62349-159-8 paperback $24.95 978-1-62349-166-6 ebook Texas at the Crossroads

People, Politics, Policy Edited by Anthony Champagne and Edward J. Harpham 978-0-89096-317-3 paper


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“Her entire life was a dialogue with the world, whether the world knew it or not.”

The Shimmering Is All There Is On Nature, God, Science, and More

Heather Catto Kohout Edited by Martin Donell Kohout The Shimmering Is All There Is: On Nature, God, Science, and More is a collection of essays and poems by the late Heather Catto Kohout. A native of San Antonio, Heather was a disciplined and original thinker and writer. Her education, experience, and temperament—as a loving wife, mother, and daughter; a proud Texan; a teacher and scholar with graduate degrees in English literature and religion; and the founder of a residency program for environmental writers and artists at a ranch in the Texas Hill Country—permeate every word she wrote. She had a unique combination of empathetic imagination, profound spirituality, cosmic sensibility, and an ability to laugh—gently—at her fellow creatures and, especially, herself. Heather Kohout’s essays and poems are thoughtful, profound, and generous, shifting constantly between the specific and the universal and carrying throughout a message of stewardship. She was an environmentalist at heart, but her writing explores so much more: nature, art, theology, science, food, and family. She wrote about Mexican teenagers who dress as angels in an attempt to halt drug-related violence; the perils of industrial agriculture; the pleasure of letting the chickens out of their coop in the morning; and the battle to save the Georgetown salamander. Always, she wrote about what it means to try to live an ethical life and to be fully human as a part of, not in opposition to, nature. These essays and poems exemplify the best of Texas womanhood: stubborn independence, fierce conviction, good humor, and instinctive generosity and kindness. Women in Texas History Series, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation

A native of San Antonio, HEATHER CATTO KOHOUT (1959–2014) was a dedicated rower, a published poet, a freelance theology teacher, and the mother of three children. She cofounded Madroño Ranch: A Center for Writing, Art, and the Environment in Medina, Texas. MARTIN DONELL KOHOUT is the author of Hal Chase: The Defiant Life and Turbulent Times of Baseball’s Biggest Crook, cofounder of Madroño Ranch, and president of the Madroño Foundation. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

HEATHER CATTO KOHOUT

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Being a Woman Outdoors in America Lilace Mellin Guignard 978-1-62349-764-4 paper with flaps $30.00 978-1-62349-765-1 ebook Painting the Woods

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A ranch established; a ranch divided . . .

The Rise and Fall of the Lazy S Ranch David J. Murrah

The Lazy S Ranch, one of the last major ranches to be established in Texas, came into being at a time when most of the other great ranches were disappearing. Founded in 1898 by Dallas banker and rancher Colonel Christopher Columbus Slaughter, the Lazy S grew to comprise nearly 250,000 acres of the western High Plains in Cochran and Hockley counties, much of which lay in a single contiguous pasture of more than 180,000 acres. Even with careful investment and management, C. C. Slaughter faced many challenges putting together an extensive ranch amid the development of the farmers’ frontier on the high plains. Within a decade, he crafted the Lazy S to become a showplace for well-bred cattle, effective range management, and efficient utilization of limited water resources. He created a working ranch that would serve as a long-lasting legacy for his wife and nine children, to remain “undivided and indivisible.” But shortly after his death in 1919, the family drained its resources, drove it into debt, then divided the land ten ways. In the 1930s, good fortune returned to some of the Slaughter heirs with the discovery of oil on the family lands. Though the Lazy S Ranch was soon forgotten, the breakup of the ranch spurred a new era for the western Llano Estacado and led to the establishment of a county, growth of four new towns, and a railroad across the heart of the ranch, fostered for the most part by the land development projects of Slaughter’s descendants. Here, David J. Murrah covers the entire, fascinating history in The Rise and Fall of the Lazy S Ranch. Nancy and Ted Paup Ranching Heritage Series

DAVID J. MURRAH is a Texas historian and native of Gruver, in the Texas Panhandle. He is the author of several books, including C. C. Slaughter: Rancher, Banker, Baptist and Lubbock and the South Plains: An Illustrated History. He resides in Rockport, Texas.

978-1-62349-971-6 cloth $27.95 978-1-62349-972-3 ebook 6x9. 160 pp. 23 b&w photos. 9 maps. Bib. Index. Texas Ranching. Texas History. Agricultural History. April

RELATED INTEREST The Hawkins Ranch in Texas

From Plantation Times to the Present Margaret Lewis Furse 978-1-62349-110-9 cloth $24.95 978-1-62349-173-4 ebook Texas Women on the Cattle Trails

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The history of a small but important West Texas ranch . . .

Henry C. “Hank” Smith and the Cross B Ranch The First Stock Operation on the South Plains M. Scott Sosebee

When people think of legendary Texas cattle ranches the images that first come to mind are iconic, open-range operations like King Ranch of South Texas. In Henry C. “Hank” Smith and the Cross B Ranch, historian M. Scott Sosebee tells the story of one pioneer settler’s small but significant ranch in West Texas. The Cross B Ranch of Blanco Canyon struggled but endured to become quite successful, even while surrounded by big ranching empires. Founder Hank Smith went on to become one of the region’s most prominent, civic-minded citizens. Born in Bavaria, Smith left Germany in 1851 at the age of fourteen and traveled to Ohio to live with a sister. Less than two years later, he left Ohio to seek better opportunities in the American West. In the course of his westering life he worked as a teamster on the Santa Fe Trail, searched for gold in Arizona and New Mexico, served in both the Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War, operated a freighting business, owned a hotel, and eventually moved to Blanco Canyon and became a stock raiser. Although he did raise cattle, for most of his life as a stockman he raised twice as many sheep as he did cows, yet was one of the first in West Texas to upgrade his cattle stock with purebred bloodlines. In Henry C. “Hank” Smith and the Cross B Ranch, M. Scott Sosebee enriches our understanding of western heritage and ranching in America through a compelling and lively biography set on the small stage of an unassuming but important ranch.

978-1-62349-967-9 cloth $27.95 978-1-62349-968-6 ebook 6x9. 144 pp. 5 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Texas Ranching. Texas Cowboys/Cowgirls. Texas History. April

RELATED INTEREST The Old Chisholm Trail

From Cow Path to Tourist Stop Wayne Ludwig 978-1-62349-671-5 cloth $37.00 978-1-62349-672-2 ebook

Nancy and Ted Paup Ranching Heritage Series

M. SCOTT SOSEBEE is professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University, executive director of the East Texas Historical Association, editor of the East Texas Historical Journal, and coeditor of Lone Star Suburbs: Life on the Texas Metropolitan Frontier. He resides in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Texas Women and Ranching

On the Range, at the Rodeo, and in Their Communities Edited by Deborah M. Liles and Cecilia Gutierrez Venable 978-1-62349-739-2 cloth $32.00 978-1-62349-740-8 ebook


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The definitive history of the Union League in Texas . . .

The Union League and Biracial Politics in Reconstruction Texas Carl H. Moneyhon

The Republican Union League of America played a major role in the Southern Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War. A secret organization introduced into Texas in 1867 to mobilize newly enfranchised black voters, it was the first political body that attempted to secure power by forming a biracial coalition. Originally intended by white Unionists simply to marshal black voters to their support, it evolved into an organization that allowed blacks to pursue their own political goals. It was abandoned by the state’s Republican Party following the 1871 state elections. From the beginning the use of the league by the Republican party proved controversial. While its opponents charged that its white leadership simply manipulated ignorant blacks to achieve power for themselves, ultimately encouraging racial conflict, the League not only educated blacks in their new political rights but also protected them in the exercise of those rights. It gave blacks a voice in supporting the legislative program of Gov. Edmund J. Davis, helping him to push through laws aimed at the maintenance of law and order, securing basic civil rights for blacks, and the creation of public schools. Ultimately, its success and its secrecy provoked hostile attacks from political opponents, leading the party to stop using it. Nonetheless, the Union League created a legacy of black activism that lasted throughout the nineteenth century and pushed Texas toward a remarkably different world from the segregated and racist one that developed after the league disappeared. Summerfield G. Roberts Texas History Series

CARL H. MONEYHON is professor emeritus of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a Fellow of the Texas Historical Association and is the author of several books, including Texas after the Civil War: The Struggle of Reconstruction, Edmund J. Davis: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor, and George T. Ruby: Champion of Equal Rights in Reconstruction Texas.

978-1-62349-956-3 hardcover $45.00s 978-1-62349-957-0 ebook 6x9. 426 pp. 6 b&w photos. 3 maps. Bib. Index. Civil War/Reconstruction. Texas Political History. African American Studies, Texas. March

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The Uncrowned King of Texas Socialism Peter Buckingham 978-1-62349-755-2 hardcover $45.00s 978-1-62349-756-9 ebook


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The Lone Star State and its people in World War II, from the home front to the front lines . . .

Texans in World War II The Home Front

Edited by Christopher B. Bean Texans in World War II offers an informative look at the challenges and changes faced by Texans on the home front during the Second World War. This collection of essays by leading scholars of Texas history covers topics from the African American and Tejano experience to organized labor, from the expanding opportunities for women to the importance of oil and agriculture. Texans in World War II makes local the frequently studied social history of wartime, bringing it home to Texas. An eye-opening read for Texans eager to learn more about this defining era in their state’s history, this book will also prove deeply informative for scholars, students, and general readers seeking detailed, definitive information about World War II and its implications for daily life, economic growth, and social and political change in the Lone Star State.

978-1-62349-969-3 hardcover $40.00s 978-1-62349-970-9 ebook 6x9. 392 pp. Index. World War II. Texas Military History. May

Summerfield G. Roberts Texas History Series

CHRISTOPHER B. BEAN is chair of the history department at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and the author of Too Great a Burden to Bear: The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Texas.

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Texas Veterans Remember World War II Edited by Stephen M. Sloan, Lois E. Myers, and Michelle Holland 978-1-62349-307-3 cloth $29.95 978-1-62349-308-0 ebook


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Between traditionalism and progressivism . . .

Presidential Leadership at the Crossroads

William Howard Taft and the Modern Presidency Michael J. Korzi

In Presidential Leadership at the Crossroads: William Howard Taft and the Modern Presidency, Michael J. Korzi examines Taft’s presidency against the backdrop of early twentieth century politics, placing particular emphasis on Taft’s theory of presidential leadership. Though Taft’s legacy is often overshadowed by those of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, his predecessor and successor, respectively, Taft’s model of presidential leadership was complex and nuanced, forged in a time of changing expectations, at the crossroads between traditional and modern views of what the role of a president should be. This focus on Taft’s leadership adds new dimension to our understandings of the Progressive era and presidential leadership in general. Ultimately, Taft’s leadership represented a middle-ground position, one that faced serious challenges from both conservative as well as radical forces, particularly the latter. While embodying some features of the modern presidency, Taft’s model also represented a partial challenge to, and critique of, modern presidential leadership. Korzi reveals that Taft was considerably more modern in his leadership aspirations than previously thought and that his shift to traditionalism, or conservativism, only emerged with the threat of a third Roosevelt term on the horizon. Presidential Leadership at the Crossroads makes an important contribution to our understanding of presidents and their leadership. Taft’s model is particularly relevant today, given the prominence of the modern presidency and its values and expectations. Taft’s moderate, middle-way position provides a foundation for critiquing the excesses of the modern presidency, while offering a vision for strong, if disciplined, presidential leadership. Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership

MICHAEL J. KORZI is professor and chair of political science at Towson University in Maryland. He is also the author of A Seat of Popular Leadership: The Presidency, Political Parties, and Democratic Government and Presidential Term Limits in American History: Power, Principles, & Politics, winner of the 2012 Richard E. Neustadt Book Award by the American Political Science Association.

Michael J. Korzi 978-1-62349-973-0 hardcover $50.00s 978-1-62349-974-7 ebook 6x9. 289 pp. 8 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Presidential Studies. Political Science. American History. April

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James Startt 978-1-62349-531-2 hardcover $60.00s 978-1-62349-532-9 ebook


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Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac

A Photographic Guide to the Vegetation of the South Texas Sand Sheet

Doug Welsh Illustrated by Aletha St. Romain

Dexter Peacock and Forrest S. Smith

Think of Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac as a giant monthly calendar for the entire state—a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and “yardeners.” With 20,000 copies sold and now in its third printing, this book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and also soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens—and have fun doing it! “ . . . a must for all Texas gardeners.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram “This month-by-month guide provides a wealth of practical advice.”—Publishers Weekly Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series

DOUG WELSH, a professor emeritus in horticulture for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, served for twenty-one years as the statewide coordinator for the Texas Master Gardener program. A former gardening columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, he also hosted a gardening call-in radio show and provided gardening tips on television each week in the Brazos Valley. He is the author of a book on xeriscaping and was coeditor of the Texas Master Gardener Handbook. Welsh also served as project coordinator for the new Gardens at Texas A&M University. 978-1-60344-478-1 flexbound $29.95 978-1-60344-279-4 ebook 7x10. 512 pp. 231 color illus. 66 b&w drawings. 8 color maps. Index. Gardening. Natural History. Plants/Botany. March

The South Texas Sand Sheet, also known as the Coastal Sand Plains and the Llano Mesteño, is a vast region covering more than two million acres at the southern tip of the state, just north of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Organized with the nonbotanist or beginninglevel botanist in mind, A Photographic Guide to the Vegetation of the South Texas Sand Sheet includes 200 of the most common grasses, flowering plants, vines, cacti, and woody plants of the South Texas Sand Sheet, 56 of which are species endemic to Texas and 15 of which can only be found in this region. Species are grouped by physical appearance, allowing budding naturalists, landowners, and students to find a specific plant without needing to first understand how families and species are grouped scientifically. Each plant entry includes a representative sampling of photos for that species, showing how it might look from a distance, up close, and at different stages of its life cycle. DEXTER PEACOCK is a retired lawyer, photographer, cattle rancher, and Sand Sheet landowner. FORREST S. SMITH is the Dan L. Duncan Endowed Director of South Texas Natives and Texas Native Seeds Projects at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. 978-1-62349-782-8 flexbound $30.00s 978-1-62349-783-5 ebook 7x10. 248 pp. 365 color photos. Bib. Index. Nature Guide. Natural History. March


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A Diverse History

Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900 Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens Available again

The Texas Hill Country A Photographic Adventure

Michael H. Marvins Contributions by Joe Holley and Roy Flukinger Traveling the back roads of the Texas Hill Country, cameras always poised for action, Michael H. Marvins has captured the excitement of small-town rodeos, savored the mesquite-smoked atmosphere of local eateries, observed the daily lives of people on the land, and admired the scenic beauty of the landscape and its natural denizens. Most important, he has captured his impressions with the skilled eye of a master photographer. His lens embraces the people, the land, and the culture that keep so many Texans—and would-be Texans— coming back to the Hill Country again and again. The author’s proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Texas Photography Series

MICHAEL H. MARVINS is a Houston-based photographer whose work is included in the permanent collections of many museums nationally and internationally. He is also the author of Texas’ Big Bend: A Photographic Adventure from the Pecos to the Rio Grande. 978-1-62349-677-7 cloth $38.00 978-1-62349-678-4 ebook 10x10. 281 color photos. Line art. Index. Photography. Texana. Art. March

At the seventh biennial David B. Warren Symposium, seven scholars examined varied cultures in Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900 and their national and international context. The resulting papers explore how diverse peoples interacted with material culture across the American South and Southwest and at the nexus of international trade networks. In this volume, Marion Oettinger explicates the biographies of six Texans of the 1700s. Evelyn Montgomery explores the transformation of Texas log cabins to homes reflecting a “domestic” architectural aesthetic. Donna Pierce delves into the domestic furnishings of homes in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. Harry J. Shafer considers the material culture of early Native peoples in what is now Texas. Mark A. Goldberg analyzes the ways in which Native dress was understood and employed in Spanish and Mexican Texas. The publication concludes with an essay by Marjorie Denise Brown and Theresa Jach on the complex visual iconography of a silver inkwell with international connections. 978-0-89090-196-0 paper $16.95 51/2x81/2. 155 pp. 131 color, 8 b&w photos. Art. Texana. Available


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Inside the Texas Revolution The Enigmatic Memoir of Herman Ehrenberg

Edited by James E. Crisp, with the assistance of Louis E. Brister. Translated by Louis E. Brister, with the assistance of James C. Kearney Herman Ehrenberg wrote the longest, most complete, and most vivid memoir of any soldier in the Texan revolutionary army. His narrative was published in Germany in 1843, but it was little used by Texas historians until the twentieth century, when the first—and very problematic—attempts at translation into English were made. Inside the Texas Revolution: The Enigmatic Memoir of Herman Ehrenberg is a product of the translation skills of the late Louis E. Brister with the assistance of James C. Kearney, both noted specialists on Germans in Texas. The volume’s editor, James E. Crisp, has spent much of the last 27 years solving many of the mysteries that still surrounded Ehrenberg’s life. It was Crisp who discovered that Ehrenberg lived in the Texas Republic until at least 1840, and spent the spring of that year as ranger on the frontier. Ehrenberg was not an historian, but an ordinary citizen whose narrative of the Texas Revolution contains both spectacular eyewitness accounts of action and almost mythologized versions of major events that he did not witness himself. This volume points out where Ehrenberg is lying or embellishing, explains why he is doing so, and narrates the actual relevant facts as far as they can be determined. Ehrenberg’s book is both a testament by a young Texan “everyman” who presents a laudatory paean to the Texan cause, and a German’s explanation of Texas and its “fight for freedom” against Mexico to his fellow Germans—with a powerful subtext that patriotic Germans should aspire to a similar struggle, and a similar outcome: a free, democratic republic. JAMES E. CRISP, Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University, has been researching and writing about the era of the Texas Revolution for more than fifty years. He is a Fellow of the TSHA and a winner of the T. R. Fehrenbach Award for his book Sleuthing the Alamo. LOUIS E. BRISTER, Professor Emeritus of German, Department of Modern Languages, Texas State University, was the author of several journal articles and books, including In Mexican Prisons: The Journal of Eduard Harkort, 1832–1834. JAMES C. KEARNEY teaches at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the author of several books and articles on Texas German history, culture, and literature. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas State Historical Association and serves on the advisory board of the German-Texan Heritage Society.

978-1-62511-062-6 cloth $45.00 978-1-62511-063-3 ebook 6x9. 600 pp. 40 illus and maps. 3 maps Texas History. Biography. American History. Borderlands Studies. March

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Metro Music

Celebrating a Century of the Trinity River Groove Gene Fowler and William Williams

Metro Music explores the musical history of Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding area from the nineteenth century to the 1960s and the continuing echoes of that transformative decade. With nearly five hundred images, many previously unpublished, the book moves through genres and eras that include old-time fiddlers and string bands, singing cowboys, the blues, western swing, gospel, country-western, jazz, ragtime, big bands, Tejano and Tex-Mex, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, and rock ’n’ roll. The authors visit such legendary venues as Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion and the Longhorn Ballroom, Panther Hall and the Bluebird, and step into historic recording studios where Robert Johnson waxed “Hellhound on My Trail,” Willie created Red Headed Stranger, and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy birthed the demented masterpiece “Paralyzed.” “We deeply appreciate this musical heritage,” the authors declare, “but we didn’t realize just how amazing it is!” GENE FOWLER is a writer and performer. His work has been published in Oxford American, San Francisco Chronicle, True West, Journal of Texas Music History, and more. His books include Border Radio, Crazy Water, and Mavericks. WILLIAM WILLIAMS is a songwriter, guitarist, and music historian. In 2003 he cofounded an internet group to “research and archive the history of North Texas Music, especially the ’60s,” which has provided material for this publication.

978-0-87565-771-4 paper with flaps $36.95 81/2x11. 240 pp. 227 color. 262 b&w. Index. Music. Texas History. March

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Pioneering Spirits of Texas Music Michael Corcoran Illustrations by Tim Kerr 978-0-87565-743-1 cloth $32.50

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Notes from an Austin Music Artist Danny Garrett 978-0-87565-616-8 paper $29.95


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The Song Leader Jan Reid

Haid Shelton is his small-town church’s song leader as a teen and dreams of becoming a rock singer. His enduring gifts are in his tenor voice and success as a Golden Gloves boxer. Hoping to evade Vietnam, Haid joins the Marine reserves, gets into serious trouble, and is sentenced to four years in the brig. There he’s recruited as the sparring partner of future heavyweight champion Ken Norton. Haid’s knockout by his new friend Kenny gets him routed to the war as an infantry grunt in 1968. Back home, bitter, with a disabled hand and a Purple Heart, he’s surprised and signed to a recording contract by the rock star Leon Russell. He rejoins his friendship with Norton on the eve of Kenny’s famous upset of Muhammad Ali, who’s an important character along with George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Mike Weaver. Later their lives are brought together by a horrendous accident and by Kenny’s guardian angel Virginie Nalula, a child refugee from eastern Congo. The tale embraces themes of race relations, friendship, and the American culture of violence. A wide-ranging Texas Monthly contributor for over four decades, JAN REID wrote acclaimed nonfiction books from The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock to his awards-winning biography of Texas Governor Ann Richards, Let the People In. His novels Comanche Sundown and Sins of the Younger Sons won prestigious fiction of the year awards.

978-0-87565-777-6 cloth $32.95 978-0-87565-783-7 ebook 6x9. 360 pp. Literary Novel. July

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A commemorative edition

The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock Jan Reid

First published in 1974, The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock grew out of a magazine article coauthored by Jan Reid. His first book was a sensation in Texas. It portrayed an Austin-based live music explosion variously described as progressive country, cosmic cowboys, and outlaw country. The book has been hailed as a model of how to write about popular music and the life of performing musicians. Written in nine months, Reid’s account focuses on predecessors of the 1960s and the swarm of newborn venues, the most enduring one the justly famed Armadillo World Headquarters; profiles of singer-songwriters that included Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, Steven Fromholz, B.W. Stevenson, Willis Alan Ramsey, Bobby Bridger, Rusty Wier, Kinky Friedman, and the one who became an international star and one of America’s most treasured performers, Willie Nelson; and the rowdy heatstricken debut of Willie’s Fourth of July Picnics. Though Reid has resisted the writerly trend of specialization in his career, his debut brought him back to popular music and musicians’ lives in Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Texas Tornado: The Music and Times of Doug Sahm, and now a related novel, The Song Leader. The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock is a landmark of popular culture in Texas and the Southwest. Readers will be glad to once more have it back. A wide-ranging Texas Monthly contributor for over four decades, JAN REID wrote acclaimed nonfiction books from The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock to his awards-winning biography of Texas Governor Ann Richards, Let the People In. His novels Comanche Sundown and Sins of the Younger Sons won prestigious fiction of the year awards.

978-0-87565-776-9 paper $29.95 81/2x11. 352 pp. 77 b&w. Index. Music. Texas History. July

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Flight Surgeon

A War Diary, 1941–1945

Thurman Shuller Edited by Vernon L. Williams Colonel Thurman Shuller’s war diary traces his story from Las Vegas Army Airfield in the summer of 1941 to the desperate days of the air war in Europe. The group surgeon character in the motion picture Twelve O’clock High was based on Shuller during his time as Group Surgeon of the famed 306th Bomb Group at Thurleigh, England, where he struggled with finding medical solutions for high altitude frostbite, oxygen deprivation, combat fatigue, and a growing crisis of hopelessness among the air crews. Shuller campaigned for setting a maximum number of tours for air crews and argued for the elimination of missions that forced them back to base from furloughs and passes. Shuller’s diary brings his wartime experience back to life. His descriptions of the journey across the North Atlantic in the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress are vivid and personal. His accounts about life among the British during the war bring a fresh look at the air war as it emerged from the pleasant meadowlands of East Anglia. VERNON L. WILLIAMS is a military historian and director of the East Anglia Air War Project. Williams’s writings and documentary films record the stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in American military history. Williams edited the Shuller war diary, bringing the surgeon’s journey to life as part of a much larger story of war.

978-0-87565-779-0 paper $24.95 978-0-87565-784-4 ebook 6x9. 368 pp. 70 b&w photos. Appendix. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. June

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Back to the World A Life after Jonestown Eugene Smith

Eugene Smith lost his mother, wife, and infant son in the mass murder-suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Repatriated by the US authorities on New Year’s Eve, he broke a $50 bill stashed in his shoe to buy breakfast for himself and a fellow survivor. Returning to California at age twenty-one, Smith faced the daunting challenge of building from scratch a meaningful and self-sufficient life in the American society he thought he had left behind. “My first responsibility as a survivor,” he writes, “was not to embarrass my mother or my wife or my child, and to set an example that can’t be questioned.” Back to the World: A Life after Jonestown is the story of a double survival: first of the destruction of the idealistic but tragically flawed Peoples Temple community, then of its aftermath. Having survived, Smith has hard questions for today’s America. “It’s irritating to me that, four decades later, like a broken record, we’re going through all this all over again,” he writes. EUGENE SMITH was born in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Fresno, California. He was working in Georgetown, Guyana, for Peoples Temple on November 18, 1978, the day of the tragedy in Jonestown. He retired in 2015 after twenty-two years’ service with the California Department of Transportation. He lives in the Bay Area.

978-0-87565-778-3 paper $24.95 978-0-87565-785-1 ebook 6x9. 152 pp. Memoir. April

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Cowboys and Indian A Doctor’s First Year in Texas Sandip V. Mathur

Cowboys and Indian: A Doctor’s First Year in Texas is an exciting and entertaining account of a doctor’s first year of practice in an underserved Texas hospital. Besides the challenges of being an immigrant and a husband and father, the doctor manages medical emergencies like cardiac arrests, collapsed lungs, industrial accidents, lacerations, and other traumas—all with minimal resources. In the course of that fateful first year, the heart-warming and often hilarious events show medical science at its best. This book shows a doctor’s life at an intimate level, with its many rewards, struggles, and exchanges. This memoir reveals that humor, compassion, and humility make the practice of medicine fulfilling and inspiring. DR. SANDIP V. MATHUR was born in India and trained in London and Houston. He is an internist and gastroenterologist. He lives with his wife in Abilene, Texas. He enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and working out. He uses his practice as a platform to engage in the lives of his patients, and loves to document their fascinating stories.

978-0-87565-772-1 paper $24.95 978-0-87565-782-0 ebook 6x9. 184 pp. Memoir. June

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The Vatican Chronicles A roman à clef

Joseph W. Harned The Vatican Chronicles is a tongue-in-cheek novel about the most dangerous act of nuclear terrorism in the twenty-first century, a romp of international intrigue and espionage by a man who spent thirty-three years in the field. The explosive story begins in Washington and focuses on the most recent shipment of plutonium by Japan from Cherbourg to Nagasaki—a shipment that could produce three hundred Nagasaki-size bombs. A bizarre attack on His Holiness at the Vatican’s summer palace and the murder of a well-known cardinal in the Vatican hospital lead a much-loved and popular pope and an unloved and unpopular intelligence agency to form an unlikely joint venture to save a key priest at an obscure monastery near Kyoto. As readers, we are treated to a Japan no Westerner is permitted to see, and made privy to a Vatican initiative so daring it may not be revealed. The harrowing escapade of nuclear terrorists will succeed unless a handful of Americans and Japanese, aided by the Vatican, can discover who is behind the threat and stop them. Wikipedia defines roman à clef (French for novel with a key) as “a novel about real life events that is overlaid with a façade of fiction. . . .The fictitious names in the novel represent real people. . . . The reasons an author might choose roman à clef format include . . .writing about a controversial subject and/or reporting inside information . . . (and) the opportunity to turn the tale the way the author would like it to have gone.” Following service on COMSIXTHFLT STAFF in the Mediterranean, JOSEPH W. HARNED worked for Henry Cabot Lodge at the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs in Paris, and subsequently for Dean Acheson and Christian Herter at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington.

978-0-87565-774-5 paper $22.95 978-0-87565-781-3 ebook 6x9. 200 pp. 1 b&w. Appendix. Fiction. March

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The Reunion at Herb’s Café Dan Jenkins

CH is the Most Challenging Sound

Cynthia Marlow and Michelle McKee Marlow

Help Charley make her way to the State Fair of Texas, or so she hopes! Charley needs to come up with a plan to raise enough money to win tickets to the fair, but will her trouble with her CH sound get in the way? This is a book to be read for pleasure and to build confidence in children and students who are not alone in facing difficulties with speech and language impairments. It comes with “secret tips” to tackle speech and language disorders, and most importantly, bring smiles along the way! MICHELLE MCKEE MARLOW’s passion for her private practice in Fort Worth has led her to work with hundreds of children from infancy to high school who have speech impairments. Her passion inspired her sister-in-law, CYNTHIA MARLOW, to earn a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Cynthia’s strong sense of adventure has taken her skills all over the world. In Dallas, she has been the Head of Special Education, a Speech Pathologist, and has led professional development seminars for several international schools. 978-0-87565-773-8 hardcover $21.95 8x10. 28 pp. 27 color illus. Young Readers. February

And what a reunion it is! Dan Jenkins reunites many of the most memorable and irascible characters from his most memorable and hilarious novels— starting with Semi-Tough. Billy Clyde Puckett, Shake Tiller, T. J. Lambert, Barbara Jane Bookman, Big Ed Bookman, Slick Henderson, Juanita Hutchins, Doris Steadman—the list goes on, and they’re all packin’ heat. It all begins when Herb’s Café—modeled after a Fort Worth landmark renowned for its chickenfried steak—goes up for sale after Herb’s death and the establishment’s disastrous sequel as a trendy restaurant featuring outrageous nouvelle cuisine. Tommy Earl Bruner buys the place, rehires most of the old staff, and invites all its former denizens to Fort Worth for a grand celebration. The uproarious outcome could only have been dreamed up by comic mastermind Dan Jenkins. DAN JENKINS is an award-winning sportswriter and best-selling novelist whose career spans seven decades. He is the author of twenty-five books—thirteen novels and twelve works of nonfiction. After fifteen years writing for newspapers in Fort Worth and Dallas, Jenkins became nationally known for his stories in Sports Illustrated over a period of twenty-five years, for his stints as a sports columnist for Playboy, and for his essays, features, and tweets for Golf Digest. 978-0-87565-727-1 cloth $27.95 978-0-87565-780-6 paper $22.00 978-0-87565-736-3 ebook 6x9. 128 pp. Novellas. January


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Beneath Missouri Skies

Pat Metheny in Kansas City, 1964–1972 Carolyn Glenn Brewer

The New Yorker recently referred to Pat Metheny as “possibly the most influential jazz guitarist of the past five decades.” A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just southeast of Kansas City, Metheny started playing in pizza parlors at age fourteen. By the time he graduated from high school he was the first-call guitarist for Kansas City jazz clubs, private clubs, and jazz festivals. Now 66, he attributes his early success to the local musical environment he was brought up in and the players and teachers who nurtured his talent and welcomed him into the jazz community. Metheny's twenty Grammys in ten categories speak to his versatility and popularity. Despite five decades of interviews, none have conveyed in detail his stories about his teenage years. Beneath Missouri Skies also reveals important details about jazz in Kansas City during the sixties and early seventies, often overlooked in histories of Kansas City jazz. Yet this time of cultural change was characterized by an outstanding level of musicianship. Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer shows how his keen sense of ensemble had its genesis in his school band under the guidance of a beloved band director. Drawn from news accounts, archival material, interviews, and remembrances, to which the author had unique access, Beneath Missouri Skies portrays a place and time from which Metheny still draws inspiration and strength. Number Fourteen: North Texas Lives of Musician Series

CAROLYN GLENN BREWER is a retired band director and active social historian. She has written for Jam Magazine and previously published Changing the Tune: The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival with UNT Press. She has played clarinet in bands, chamber groups, and orchestras throughout the Kansas City area. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and Bernese Mountain dog, Herbie.

Brewer presents a very detailed yet balanced view of Metheny’s musical growth, and the KC area musicians that were part of that development. That approach gives the reader an insight into the overall KC jazz scene at the time.”—Terry Perkins, reviewer for Downbeat magazine

978-1-57441-823-1 cloth $24.95 978-1-57441-831-6 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 30 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Music. Biography. May

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The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival, 1978–1985 Carolyn Glenn Brewer 978-1-57441-666-4 cloth $29.95

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The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro Helene LaFaro-Fernández 978-1-57441-575-9 paper $18.95


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American Women Report World War I An Anthology of Their Journalism Edited by Chris Dubbs Foreword by Steven Trout

In the opening decades of the 20th century, war reporting remained one of the most well-guarded, thoroughly male bastions of journalism. However, when war erupted in Europe in August 1914, a Boston woman, Mary Boyle O’Reilly, became one of the first journalists to bring the war to American newspapers. A Saturday Evening Post journalist, Mary Roberts Rinehart, became the first journalist, of any country, of any gender, to visit the trenches. These women were only the first wave of female journalists who covered the conflict. American Women Report World War I collects more than 35 of the best of their articles and those that highlight the richness of their contribution to the history of the Great War. Editor Chris Dubbs provides section introductions for background and context to stories such as “Woman Writer Sees Horrors of Battle,” “Star Woman Runs Blockade,” and “America Meets France.” The work of female journalists focuses more squarely on individuals caught in the conflict—including themselves. It offers a valuable counterpoint to the male, horror-of-the-trenches experience and demonstrates how World War I served as a catalyst that enabled women to expand the public forum for their opinions on social and moral issues. CHRIS DUBBS is the author of An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I and American Journalists in the Great War, as well as co-editor of The AEF in Print: An Anthology of American Journalism in World War I (UNT Press). He lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

This is an extraordinary anthology—there isn’t a dull piece in the bunch, and the most striking stories are as riveting as any work of war literature I know.”—Steven Trout, author of On the Battlefield of Memory

978-1-57441-825-5 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-833-0 ebook 6x9. 360 pp. 29 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. World War I. Military History. Journalism. April

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An Anthology of American Journalism in World War I Edited by Chris Dubbs, John-Daniel Kelley 978-1-57441-713-5 cloth $29.95 Yesterday There Was Glory

With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I 978-1-57441-693-0 cloth $29.95s


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War in the Villages

The U.S. Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons in the Vietnam War Ted N. Easterling

Much of the history written about the Vietnam War overlooks the U.S. Marine Corps Combined Action Platoons. These CAPs lived in the Vietnamese villages, with the difficult and dangerous mission of defending the villages from both the National Liberation Front guerrillas and the soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army. The CAPs also worked to improve living conditions by helping the people with projects, such as building schools, bridges, and irrigation systems for their fields. In War in the Villages, Ted Easterling examines how well the CAPs performed as a counterinsurgency method, how the Marines adjusted to life in the Vietnamese villages, and how they worked to accomplish their mission. The CAPs generally performed their counterinsurgency role well, but they were hampered by factors beyond their control. Most important was the conflict between the Army and the Marine Corps over an appropriate strategy for the Vietnam War, along with weakness of the government of the Republic of South Vietnam and the strategic and the tactical ability of the North Vietnamese Army. War in the Villages helps to explain how and why this potential was realized and squandered. Marines who served in the CAPs served honorably in difficult circumstances. Most of these Marines believed they were helping the people of South Vietnam, and they served superbly. The failure to end the war more favorably was no fault of theirs.

978-1-57441-826-2 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-834-7 ebook 6x9. 272 pp. 26 b&w illus. 2 maps. Notes. Bib. Index. Vietnam War. Military History. March

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A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s War Story Chuck Gross 978-1-57441-221-5 paper $14.95

Number Five: American Military Studies

TED EASTERLING served as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Akron, where he taught history. He lives in Munroe Falls, Ohio, with his wife Mary.

Beyond the Quagmire

New Interpretations of the Vietnam War Edited by Geoffrey W. Jensen and Matthew M. Stith 978-1-57441-748-7 cloth $29.95s


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Recovering an Irish Voice from the American Frontier The Prose Writings of Eoin Ua Cathail

Translated and edited by Patrick J. Mahoney Foreword by Richard White Recovering an Irish Voice from the American Frontier is a bilingual compilation of stories by Eoin Ua Cathail, an Irish emigrant, based loosely on his experiences in the West and Midwest. The author draws on the popular American Dime Novel genre throughout to offer unique reflections on nineteenth-century American life. As a member of a government mule train accompanying the U.S. military during the Plains Indian Wars, Ua Cathail depicts fierce encounters with Native American tribes, while also subtly commenting on the hypocrisy of many famine-era Irish immigrants who failed to recognize the parallels between their own plight and that of dispossessed Native peoples. These views are further challenged by his stories set in the upper Midwest. His writings are marked by the eccentricities and bloated claims characteristic of much American Western literature of the time, while also offering valuable transnational insights into Irish myth, history, and the Gaelic Revival movement. This bilingual volume, with facing Irish-English pages, marks the first publication of Ua Cathail’s work in both the original Irish and in translation. It also includes a foreword from historian Richard White, a comprehensive introduction by Mahoney, and a host of previously unpublished historical images. PATRICK J. MAHONEY, or Pádraig Fhia Ó Mathúna, is a Caspersen Fellow in History and Culture at Drew University and a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is the co-author of From a Land beyond the Wave: Connecticut’s Irish Rebels, 1798-1916.

Ua Cathail’s Irish-language tales anticipate Twain and Hemingway in a multicultural world of settlers, shysters, and simple idealists still confronted by the challenge of Native Americans.”—Declan Kiberd, author of Inventing Ireland: The Literature of a Modern Nation

978-1-57441-827-9 cloth $24.95s 978-1-57441-835-4 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. 19 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Western History. Folklore. May

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Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke, Frederic Remington, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry in the Southwest John P. Langellier 978-1-57441-811-8 cloth $34.95 Against the Grain

Colonel Henry M. Lazelle and the U.S. Army James O. Carson 978-1-57441-611-4 cloth $32.95


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Fort Worth Stories Richard F. Selcer

Fort Worth Stories is a collection of thirty-two bite-sized chapters of the city’s history. Did you know that the same day Fort Worth was mourning the death of beloved African American “Gooseneck Bill” McDonald, Dallas was experiencing a series of bombings in black neighborhoods? Or that Fort Worth almost got the largest statue to Robert E. Lee ever put up anywhere, sculpted by the same massive talent that created Mount Rushmore? Or that Fort Worth was once the candy-making capital of the Southwest and gave Hershey, Pennsylvania, a good run for its money as the sweet spot of the nation? A remarkable number of national figures have made a splash in Fort Worth, including Theodore Roosevelt while he was President; Vernon Castle, the Dance King; Dr. H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer; Harry Houdini, the escape artist; and Texas Guinan, star of the vaudeville stage and the big screen. Fort Worth Stories is illustrated with 50 photographs and drawings, many of them never before published. This collection of stories will appeal to all who appreciate the Cowtown city.

978-1-57441-830-9 cloth $24.95 978-1-57441-838-5 ebook 6x9. 320 pp. 50 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Urban History. February

Number Four: Texas Local Series

RICHARD F. SELCER is a native Fort Worther who holds a Ph.D. from TCU and has authored more than a dozen books. His titles for UNT Press include Volumes 1 and 2 of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth’s Fallen Lawmen; Fort Worth Characters; and A History of Fort Worth in Black & White: 165 Years of African-American Life.

The sketches expand on some well-known stories, but are more important when focused on previously untold accounts, particularly of the city’s minority communities. They add flesh and humanity to the Fort Worth saga.”—Quentin McGown, author of Remembering Fort Worth and Historic Photos of Fort Worth

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165 Years of AfricanAmerican Life Richard F. Selcer 978-1-57441-616-9 cloth $29.95

Fort Worth Characters

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Changing Perspectives

The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 8

Black-Jewish Relations in Houston during the Civil Rights Era

Edited by Gayle Reaves

Changing Perspectives charts the pivotal period in Houston’s history when Jewish and Black leadership eventually came together to work for positive change. This is a story of two communities, both of which struggled to claim the rights and privileges they desired. Previous scholars of Southern Jewish history have argued that Black-Jewish relations did not exist in the South. However, during the 1930s to the 1980s, Jews and Blacks in Houston interacted in diverse and oftentimes surprising ways. The distance between Houston’s Jews and Blacks diminished after changing demographics, the end of segregation, city redistricting, and the emergence of Black political power. Allison Schottenstein shows that Black-Jewish relations did exist during the Long Civil Rights Movement in Houston. “Changing Perspectives provides a wealth of detail on how Houston’s Jews navigated the racial politics of the places they lived.”—Hasia R. Diner, author of The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000 Number Five: Texas Local Series

ALLISON E. SCHOTTENSTEIN received her Ph.D. in American history with a specialty in Jewish History from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati and its Blue Ash campus. 978-1-57441-829-3 cloth $29.95s 978-1-57441-837-8 ebook 6x9. 432 pp. 19 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Jewish History. March

This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2020 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest at UNT’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. First place winner: Christopher Goffard, “Detective Trapp” (Los Angeles Times) is about a complicated murder investigation and its human impact. Second place: Annie Gowen, “Left Behind: American Farm Families in Crisis during Trump’s Trade War” (The Washington Post) tells about a despairing farmer’s suicide and aftermath. Third place: Jennifer Berry Hawes and Stephen Hobbs, “It’s Time for You to Die” (Post & Courier) presents a gut-wrenching drama of America’s deadliest episode of prison violence. Runners-up include Peter Jamison, “The Confession” (The Washington Post); Mark Johnson, “House Calls and Rarest of Diseases” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel); Nestor Ramos, “At the Edge of a Warming World” (Boston Globe); Noelle Crombie, Kale Williams, and Beth Nakamura, “No Mercy” (The Oregonian); Tara Duggan and Jason Fagone, “The Fisherman’s Tale” (San Francisco Chronicle); Jenna Russell, “Brilliant, Faithful, Undaunted” (Boston Globe); and Charles Scudder, “Guardians: When Evil Came Through the Door” (Dallas Morning News). GAYLE REAVES was a projects reporter and assistant city editor for The Dallas Morning News. 978-1-57441-828-6 paper $19.95 978-1-57441-836-1 ebook 6x9. 288 pp. Literary Nonfiction. Journalism. June


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Winner, Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

Distributed by UNT Press

Every Lash

The Flow System

Leigh Anne Couch

The Evolution of Agile and Lean Thinking in an Age of Complexity

John R. Turner, Nigel Thurlow, and Brian Rivera

This collection’s title—as in tether, strike, eyelash, welt—is a nod to the fluidity of language and the foolish penchant we have for naming things, including ourselves. The poems refuse to navigate, choosing instead to face head-on the snares of gender, patriarchy, and parenting. In the closing environmental poems of farewell, the speaker regains communion with nature through the ageing body. “Poem by poem, line by line, and word by word, Every Lash sings of our complex human entanglements with places, the past and all the other creatures we meet on the road. Earthy and soulful, funny and fierce, I needed these poems. We all do.” —Jenny Browne, Texas Poet Laureate, author of Dear Stranger and judge. Number Twenty-eight: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

LEIGH ANNE COUCH’s Houses Fly Away was published by Zone 3 Press in 2007. Her poems have been published in magazines including PANK, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Subtropic, Smartish Pace, and Cincinnati Review, and featured in Verse Daily and the collection The Echoing Green (Penguin). She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with writer Kevin Wilson and their sons. 978-1-57441-824-8 paper $14.95 978-1-57441-832-3 ebook 6x9. 92 pp. Poetry. April

“The Flow System shows how to generate and nurture self-organizing teams that mobilize the full talents of those doing the work to cope with dizzying change and complexity, while also drawing on the contributions of those for whom the work is being done—the customers.”—Steve Denning, author of The Age of Agile “Organizations that pull off this triple helix trick of thinking about the complexity of their systems and the environment in which they’re operating, distributed leadership to engage the collective intelligence and creativity of the organization, and building teams of teams so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, have a good chance of keeping up and staying ahead.”—Steve Spear, MIT Sloan School senior lecturer, author of The High Velocity Edge “The Flow System’s Triple Helix provides many of the tools and ways of thinking we will need to do that; it is agile without being doctrinaire about Agile.”— David Snowden, creator of the Cynefin Framework, Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge JOHN R. TURNER is assistant professor at the University of North Texas in the College of Information. NIGEL THURLOW is CEO of The Flow Consortium and the former Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. BRIAN RIVERA is a former F-14 Topgun pilot and an Agile coach/consultant in the private and military sectors. 978-1-68040-058-8 cloth $29.95 6x9. 296 pp. 2 color illus. 30 figures. Notes. Bib. Index. Business Practices. Business History. January


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Classic Keys Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music Alan Lenhoff and David Robertson

Goodbye Gluten Happy Healthy Delicious Eating with a Texas Twist Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus

978-1-57441-578-0 paper $24.95

978-1-57441-776-0 hardcover $60.00

The Best from Helen Corbitt’s Kitchens Edited by Patty Vineyard MacDonald All Over The Map True Heroes of Texas Music Michael Corcoran

978-1-57441-710-4 paper $19.95

978-1-57441-813-2 paper $29.95

A Sniper in the Tower The Charles Whitman Murders Gary M. Lavergne

978-1-57441-029-7 paper $18.95 Firearms of the Texas Rangers From the Frontier Era to the Modern Age Doug Dukes

978-1-57441-810-1 cloth $45.00

Theoria, Vol. 27 Texas Rangers Lives, Legend, and Legacy Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice

978-1-57441-691-6 cloth $34.95

Obstinate Heroism The Confederate Surrenders after Appomattox Steven J. Ramold

978-1-57441-791-3 cloth $34.95

Edited by Frank Heidlberger 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. ISSN 1554-1312 $ . $22.00x 71/2x91/4. 176 pp. Music. June


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The captivating story of the Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and Mexico, well-told

Sword of Empire

The Spanish Conquest of the Americas from Columbus to Cortés, 1492–1529 Donald E. Chipman

Sword of Empire: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas from Columbus to Cortés, 1492–1529 is, by design, an approachable and accessible history of some of the most life-altering events in the story of man. Chipman examines the contributions of Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortes in creating the foundations of the Spanish Empire in North America. Chipman has produced a readable and accurate narrative for students and the reading public, although some information presented on Cortes cannot be found elsewhere in print and is therefore of interest to specialists in the history of Spain in America. Exclusive material from Professor France V. Scholes and the author share insights into the multi layered complexities of a man born in 1484 and named at birth Fernando Cortes. As for Columbus, born in Genoa on the Italian peninsula in 1451 and given the name Cristobal de Colon, he is a more transformative man than Cortes in bringing Western Civilization to the major Caribbean islands in the Spanish West Indies and beyond. Historians strive to present a “usable past” and the post-Columbian world is, of course, the modern world. Columbus's discoveries, those of other mariners who followed to the south in America, and still other eastward to the Asia placed the world on the path of global interdependence-both good and ill-for peoples of the world. There are no footnotes in Sword of Empire—this is narrative at its finest—but there are extensive bibliographies for each chapter that will prove useful for readers of every background. DONALD E. CHIPMAN is a legend among historians of colonial New Spain. He is the author, co-author, or major contributor to ten important works on Spain in Texas, Mexico, and the borderlands, and his list of awards is lengthy and distinguished. Among the most notable, though, is that Professor Chipman is a Knight of the Order of Isabel the Catholic, conferred on orders of Juan Carlos I, in 2003. This is highest honor the Spanish Government can bestow on a non-Spaniard. “I began this publication project at age ninety and completed it at age ninety-one,” Chipman wrote. “It stands as a valedictory on the premise that one should write what he or she knows.” And no one knows this story better than Chipman.

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The Texas Roots of a National Day of Independence

Juneteenth

The Story Behind the Celebration Edward T. Cotham, Jr.

Juneteenth has been touted as a national day celebrating the end of slavery. Observances from coast to coast have turned this event into part of the national conversation about race, slavery, and how Americans understand, acknowledge, and explain what has been called the national “original sin.” But, why Juneteenth? Where did this celebration—which promises to become a national holiday—come from? What is the origin story? What are the facts, and legends, around this important day in the nation’s history? This is the first scholarly book to delve into the history behind Juneteenth. Using decades of research in archives around the nation, this book helps separate myth from reality and tells the story behind the celebration in a way that provides new understanding and appreciation for the event. This book will captivate people interested in the history of emancipation and African American history but also those interested in Civil War and Texas history. As the United States continues to wrestle with race relations and the meaning of full equality, Juneteenth promises to become an important expression of that equality—an Independence Day celebration in its own right, a couple of weeks in advance of the traditional July 4th Holiday. This book will be a welcome addition to classrooms, book clubs and general readers interested in this once obscure regional event now destined for the national spotlight. EDWARD T. COTHAM, JR. has been called “Mr. Civil War Galveston” by many of his readers but might be known just as well as Mr. Civil War Texas. He has already chronicled the battles of Galveston and Sabine Pass, but has now turned his keen intellect and deft pen toward an event that may have an even greater impact on the national imagination: Juneteenth. The longtime president of The Terry Foundation, he is a well-known advocate for Civil War historic preservation. His work on shipwrecks off the coast of Texas has earned him accolades as has his efforts on behalf of Galveston history. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, the University of Chicago, and the University of Houston.

978-1-64967-000-7 cloth $39.95 978-1-64967-002-1 ebook 6x9. 425 pp. 57 illustrations and photographs African American Studies. American History. Civil War. May

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The WPA and the Texas Slave Narratives Ronald E. Goodwin 978-1-933337-47-0 paper $24.95

Slavery to Integration

Black Americans in West Texas Edited by Bruce A. Glasrud, Paul H. Carlson, Tai D. Kreidler 978-1-933337-26-5 paper $21.95


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A visual art / erasure poem

Her Read

A Graphic Poem

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth An erasure of Herbert Read’s The Meaning of Art, a seminal work of art criticism first published in 1931, Her Read is a hybrid text “part sculpture part theatre part hospital.” In the summer of 2016, rendered otherwise speechless by the amplification of hate on the national stage, and its resonance with silencing in Steinorth’s personal life, she began a hybrid project, at once poetry and visual art. Appropriating a library discard of The Meaning of Art, by Herbert Read (Faber & Faber, 1931), and with liberal use of correction fluid and ink, she began excavating a first-person lyric. From the voice of the male critic surveying the cannon of male artists, she imagined voice(s) of womxn—objects become authors, become artists. Her Read is part of Con[text]ual, a series illuminating the intersection of visual art and text in the context of ideas that deepen our understanding of the contemporary world. Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and licensed builder. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Colorado Review, The Journal, jubilat, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West and elsewhere. She has received grants from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Vermont Studio Center, Warren Wilson College where she received her MFA in poetry, and The Bear River Writers’ Conference. In 2016 she was the Writers@Work Poetry Fellow selected by Tarfia Faizullah and won the Connecticut River Review Poetry Prize judged by Penelope Pellizon. She is the author of A Wake with Nine Shades (Texas Review Press, 2019).

978-1-68003-228-4 hardcover $29.95 978-1-68003-229-1 ebook 5x71/4. 240 pp. Poetry. June

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The Sabine Series in Literature

Leaving the Country of Sin A Novel

Ron Rozelle Leaving the Country of Sin is a tale of Rafferty, who was saved as a teenager from a promising career of juvenile delinquency and slapped into a six-year hitch in the army to avoid jail time. Early on his anger and fierce resolve catch the attention of an officer in charge of a small cadre of soldiers who provide unique, subdued solutions to problems that are too sensitive for more obvious snipers or commandos. But it is also the story of the inner reckoning the central character faces once his army career is complete. Rafferty, having long determined to retire on Galveston Island, which he had visited as a child with his uncle, hovers between seeing his past deeds as providing a patriotic service and just another form of murder. The dilemma is intensified when his old mentor, the general who pulled him into that world and managed him for two decades, shows up with an assignment that will rid the world of a very evil man, whose actions threaten the security of the nation. Thus the story, already an inward journey motif, becomes a real one, sending Rafferty off on what he determines is his last mission, one he wishes hadn’t fallen to him.

978-1-68003-230-7 paper $21.95 978-1-68003-231-4 ebook 51/4x81/2. 352 pp. Fiction. March

RELATED INTEREST Into That Good Night

RON ROZELLE is the author of ten books, among them Into That Good Night, a memoir, and The Windows of Heaven, a novel of the 1900 Galveston storm. He is the recipient of the Katherine Munson Foster Memorial Award, a national short list finalist for the P.E.N. Prize, and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Ron Rozelle 978-1-881515-31-9 paper $14.95

A Place Apart

Ron Rozelle 978-1-881515-43-2 cloth $24.95 978-1-881515-38-8 paper $16.95


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Tender the River Poems

Matt W. Miller Foreword by Andre Dubus III Tender the River captures in verse the history and legacy of the Merrimack River Valley, from the Pennacook, Wamesit, Algonquin, and other indigenous tribes who settled there first, to the European settlers who came with guns and their god to supplant them, to being the birthplace of America’s industrial revolution and first labor movements, to becoming a center of continued immigration, of entrenched nativism, and even multicultural celebration. The Merrimack River begins with the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers spilling from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, then travels down through mill towns like Manchester, Lowell, and Haverhill to finally spit out violently into the Atlantic in the old port (now posh) town of Newburyport. In its journey between those points and as well across the centuries, the Merrimack River Valley has been America in microcosm, many of the nation’s democratic successes and demagogic sins being seeded there. MATT W. MILLER grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts and is the author of the poetry collections The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry), Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize and Cameo Diner: Poems. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, he teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives with his family in coastal New Hampshire.

Matt W. Miller’s Tender the River is a powerful, endlessly compelling book. You will find many things here, poems of transformation, poems of childhood, beautiful songs and spell-binding narratives. But what moved me most is the way Miller speaks about his country, its history, its anger and guilt. Argument with someone else is a rhetoric, argument with yourself is poetry, Yeats taught. Miller knows this crucial lesson. His poetics of Americana gives us a reckoning and also a knowledge that more reckoning is to come. He looks at the myth of American history and asks: what is real, and is anything real in the late empire? His answers are lyric, honest self-questioning. And, what is more: he does this not via flat proclamations but via music, via skillful storytelling, via vivid, sensual, memorable speech. This is an important book.”—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa

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TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: Florida

Tortillera Poems

Caridad Moro-Gronlier The word tortillera means lesbian in Español. The moniker is familiar to most Spanish speaking cultures, but especially particular to the Cuban experience. In most Cuban-American households to be called a tortillera (whether one is one or not) is the gravest of insults, the basest of adjectives, a cat call that whips through the air like a lash whose only intention is to wound, to scar. Many a firstgeneration, Cubanita (the ones who are into other girls, anyway) has suffered, denied, wailed over the loaded term, but in Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s debut collection, Tortillera, she not only applies the term to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban. The first half of the book immediately plunges the reader into the speaker’s Cuban-American life on-the-hyphen through vivid, first person narratives that draw one in, making the reader privy to the moments that mold the speaker’s experience: marginalization at a teacher-parent conference; the socioeconomic distinctions at assorted Quinceañera celebrations; a walk down the aisle toward divorce amid a back drop of wedding registries and Phen-Phen fueled weight-loss; post-partum depression; a peek into a No-Tell motel that does tell of the affair she embarks upon with her first female lover; the agony of divorce vs. the headiness of sex and lust; the evolution of an identity in verse. Part reckoning, part renewal, part redemption, part rebirth, the poems in Tortillera come clean, but more than that, they guide, reveal and examine larger considerations: the role of language on gender its subsequent roles, the heartrending consequences of compulsory heterosexuality, as well as the patriarchal stamp emblazoned on the Cuban diaspora. The work contained in Tortillera befits its audacious title—bold, original and utterly without shame. CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER is the author of the chapbook Visionware. She is also a Contributing Editor for Grabbed: Poets and Writers Respond to Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing and an Associate Editor for SWWIM Every Day. Recent work can be found at The Best American Poetry Blog, Rhino, Go Magazine, Fantastical Florida, Notre Dame Review, West Trestle Review, and others.

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2020 Winner of the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

2020 Winner of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize

Imagine the Dog

Still Life with Timex

Cecilia Pinto

Elisabeth Murawski

A Novella

Ricky Rudolph experiences a revelation that causes him to believe that he has been called by God to imitate Jesus, literally. He embarks on a personal journey of religious study and learns a few magic tricks that lead to his self-employment performing wedding ceremonies while portraying Jesus. At one such wedding he is approached by a young man named France who requests that Ricky officiate at his mother’s funeral. However, haunted by the deaths of his father and his mentally ill sister, Ricky declines. He’d rather focus on happy occasions and trying to get the beautiful but reserved Beatta, who owns the liquor store he frequents, to give him the time of day. Ricky’s youngest daughter Linda shows up pregnant and in need of his help. France won’t go away either and now almost homeless, leans on Ricky for support and a place to stay. Ricky’s once quiet life suddenly includes two young people in need of care he’s not sure he can give. And all of this challenges his efforts to keep up the façade of righteous hipness he’s so carefully cultivated. CECILIA PINTO is a writer whose fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. A graduate of Knox College, she received her MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute. She makes her home in Chicago with her husband and sons where she teaches creative writing at The Chicago High School for the Arts. 978-1-68003-250-5 paper $19.95 978-1-68003-251-2 ebook 51/4x81/2. 94 pp. Fiction. April

Poems

Still Life with Timex chronicles a mother’s loss. These poems explore the unsightly aspects of grief and the survivor’s guilt of outliving a child. In the hospital with her son, the speaker directs her bitterness toward institutions and faith that do not do enough. Within this collection there are discoveries of life in its decay and remembrance. Blame indicts everyone—most especially the speaker herself, as she struggles to cope with shame as enduring as loss. from “On His Own” I stroke his shoulders, squared as they entered the world, my son bold as a cardinal’s wing against the white flames of magnolias. ELISABETH MURAWSKI received the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award for her collection Zorba’s Daughter, published by the Utah State University Press. She is the author of Heiress, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks, Troubled by an Angel and Out-patients. Her poetry has appeared in The Yale Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, FIELD among others. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA. 978-1-68003-241-3 paper $16.95 978-1-68003-242-0 ebook 51/4x81/2. 38 pp. Poetry. January


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Winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award

On the Rocks A Novella

Theodora Ziolkowski In On the Rocks, Eva Marino’s free-spirited mother Leonora is on the cusp of her second marriage and Eva is to serve as the maid of honor. Between binge-watching episodes of Midsomer Murders, attending therapy, and drinking mojitos at the Grumpy Monk Tavern directly after the yoga classes she takes with her mother, Eva attempts to keep her grief at bay. Eva knows she has to step up for her mother as wedding preparations continue, despite the grief she feels over her best friend's death and her realizations about the secrets her parents kept from her as well as from each other. For Eva, the convergence between her past and present comes to a head in the weeks leading up to her mother’s wedding. A mother-daughter last hoorah at a New Jersey spa culminates in Eva’s understanding of the truth, the truth she tried to keep from surfacing as well as the discovery of a secret that could be impossible for her to move on from. On the Rocks is a novel about mother-daughter relationships, betrayal, annoying relatives, the power of laughter, family secrets, and a love that lingers from childhood even after the beloved’s death. It is both hilarious and poignant, and its heroine’s observations are laugh-out-loud funny at the same time they break your heart. Brad Watson has described Theodora Ziolkowski as descending “from a line of writers including the late-greats Eudora Welty (in her sometimes-under-appreciated comic mode), Flannery O'Connor, Charles Portis, and Lewis Nordan, and more recently the great George Singleton. She's darkly funny with a fine eye for the everyday bizarre absurdities that make you want to lie about some of the people you come from.” According to the judge for the Next Generation Indie Book Award, “The strength of the voice in [On the Rocks], the humor layered over the pain, the need to turn away from the pain and yet confront it make this fast, funny, poignant [novella] memorable.” THEODORA ZIOLKOWSKI is the author of On the Rocks and Mother Tongues. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Writer's Chronicle, Short Fiction (England), Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Creative Writing. Recently, she served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

978-1-68003-239-0 paper $16.95 978-1-68003-240-6 ebook 6x81/2. 168 pp. Fiction. February

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A history of the oldest university system in Texas . . . .

A Texas State of Mind

The Texas State University System Story Still Going Strong After a Hundred Years Fernando C. Gomez Photographs by Keith Carter

This book about Texas and its oldest university system is set in communities traversing the State from the Sabine River, to the Piney Woods, to the Hill Country, to the Rio Grande. It is a story of colleges established with a limited mission that, in the course of a century, produced a president, world renowned journalists, entertainers, poets, musicians, writers, and alumni representing the ethnic and cultural diversity of Texas. The story is told by some of the best writers in the State and chronicled by one of the most celebrated artistic photographers in the country. This revised edition has an additional forty new pages with never before seen photography and history of the Texas State University System. Born in Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. FERNANDO C. GOMEZ earned degrees from the University of New Mexico (B.A. cum laude) and the University of Michigan (J.D. and Ph.D., American Culture). He attained tenure at Michigan State University before serving as assistant attorney general in Michigan and in Texas and as California State University System general counsel. He has served as Texas State University System vice chancellor and general counsel for twenty years (1986–1990 and 1994–Present). He has authored books on educational law; published short stories and poetry; and lectured throughout the United States and overseas, including Cuba and Yemen. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, KEITH CARTER is an internationally recognized photographer who holds the endowed Walles Chair in Fine Arts at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Carter’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Art Institute of Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the George Eastman House. The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Texas State University archives more than 1,000 of his photographs.

978-1-68003-243-7 cloth $95.00 10x13. 392 pp. Texas History. March

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The Great Texas Oil Heist Robert Cargill

It was 1946. World War II was over. The thieves went to work. They drilled deviated wells from outside the East Texas Oil Field back into the oil that remained after 16 years of production. This was the oil field that supplied the oil needed for an Allied victory in 1945. The deviators continued their nefarious activity until an angry and aggressive attorney general led his posse of lawmen, including the Texas Rangers, into East Texas to stop the theft and administer Texas justice. I tell this story on the basis of 35 years of research and my father’s well files. Yes, he drilled six of the nearly 400 deviated wells. I first learned of the so-called Slant-Hole scandal in late spring 1962. That’s when colleagues in my research group at the University of California at Berkeley accosted me with the morning’s San Francisco Chronicle. They knew my father was an East Texas oilman. One pointed to an article reporting that oilmen in East Texas had drilled “deviated” oil wells from beyond the known productive limits of the East Texas Oil Field to steal oil.

978-1-62288-402-5 paper $25.00 6x9. 194 pp. Texas History. April

“Has your dad been stealing oil?” “Of course, not!” I replied. I had known nothing of the illicit activity until that morning. Then a report in TIME further exposed the East Texas oil scandal that had erupted in my hometown of Longview. Here, then, for the first time, I reveal the story of how a few dozen oilmen stole up to 20 million barrels from the East Texas Oil Field. I am eager to share what I have learned and to tell the truth of the slant-hole scandal—the circumstances that made it inevitable, who did what to whom, and how the matter eventually reached its conclusion. Much of what I reveal in this book has been the tightly guarded secrets of the families of the participants so that grandchildren can be kept from knowledge of granddaddy’s scandalous behavior. But most of what I reveal here lies barely hidden in the public record. The slant-hole story is a significant piece of Texas history, and it must be told before no one is left to tell it. ROBERT CARGILL lives in Longview, Texas.

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MayBelle and Stella Visit the Oldest Town in Texas Kimberly Verhines

MayB e l l e & S t e l l a

The mischievous pug sisters, in Kimberly Verhines’s Maybelle and Stella Explore the Oldest Town in Texas, take a fascinating romp around the historic sites of Nacogdoches and meet interesting people along the way. The girls, Stella and Maybelle, lead their owner Dr. Buggles up and down the brick streets and celebrate blueberries and bluegrass music, joining in the festivities while banjoes and harmonicas take us back to olden days. Stella and Maybelle discover that this town was home to the Caddos, the French, the Spanish, and early settlers involved in the revolution of the Texas Republic. They explore what used to be the opera house where the Marx Brothers performed, and they find themselves on the steps of the Old University and the at the Stone Fort. Davy Crocket and other heroes of the Alamo made their way through Nacogdoches, and Stella and Maybelle pretend that they’re at the Sterne-Hoya House just before the men make their fateful trip. And they spend a spooky night in a house that just might be haunted—because, as stories go, Nacogdoches is one of the most haunted towns in Texas. Then, next day, Stella and Maybelle play hide and seek from Dr. Buggles among the azaleas in Nacogdoches’s beautiful gardens. Who do you think they might find there?

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by KIMBERLY VERHINES

978-1-62288-911-2 hardcover $17.00 10x9. 32 pp. 28 color Young Readers. July

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Bone Music

When the Stars were Visible

Joel Peckham

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Joel Peckham’s Bone Music does many things so well: it invokes the blue tones and rhythms of Charlie Parker, and the improvisations suggested by “Prologue” move the music and rhythms, “layering one upon another,” throughout the book. But, the poet is the musician, the horn blower, who must ever be “Waiting. Wondering where the next beat would come, if it would come . . . a pulse, a roll to bring him back into the song completely new.” This sets the stage for the concert of prose poems that follow, and in Bone Music the reader will find the best book of prose poems since Karl Shapiro’s The Bourgeois Poet from the 1960s. In “The Wreckage That We Travel In,” he writes, “The world must take us by surprise,” and, indeed, we are given the details, as if they were notes played, of surprise. If it’s not the wreckage of automobiles, it may be the wreckage of lives and what to do with them. Bone Music takes us through such interludes and more. As Peckham writes in “Arrhythmia,” this is “what listening means,” the music “finding in the storm, the harmony, the single tap of rain among the many rhythms, the molecule of silence beating like a heart.” JOEL PECKHAM is an Assistant Professor of Regional Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University. A scholar of American Literature and a creative writer as well as a former Fulbright Scholar, Joel’s reviews, essays, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published in numerous journals throughout The United States and Canada. 978-1-62288-912-9 paper $18.00 6x9. 90 pp. Poetry. April

Mari Mazziotti Gillan’s new book, When the Stars were Still Visible, asks us to “remember.” In her example, memories start “on the back steps of the six-family tenement / on 5th Avenue in Paterson” in 1944, her father dressed “as a devil for a costume party / at the Società Cilentana”; this opens “so many memories” which “swirl / like bits of color in a kaleidoscope”: of Mrs Gianelli “who always fainted when she got upset” and of “Zio Guillermo’s garden / with tomatoes and zucchini and corn” which is “years later / covered with asphalt and garages.” The poet tells us that “children of immigrants pick up bits and pieces / over the years to create a picture” (“The Children of Immigrants”), that “On the street where I grew up / everyone knew everyone else. / We knew each other’s secrets” (“Carrying Their Hometowns to Paterson”), and, invoking Eliot, that they wore faces that they presented to the world. She writes about her people, her community, and the comfort of soothing things “beckoning me home” (“Even After All These Years”), the way, perhaps, that all poetry should. MARIA MAZZIOTTI GILLAN is an artist, poet and professor. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. 978-1-62288-913-6 paper $18.00 6x9. 90 pp. Poetry. April


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Pre Eternity of the World

The Living Artifact

Christopher Buckley

About Christopher Buckley, the late poet Peter Everwine writes, “I don’t think that I know of another poet who has such vertical range and depth’ Buckley manages to have one foot in the physical muck and tenderness of the world and the other foot planted among the stars and galaxies of the universe.” Buckley’s newest collection, Pre-Eternity of the World, is persistently the kind of poetry Everwine describes. In the title poem, Buckley describes pre-eternity as “loads of quantum confetti / ad infinitum . . . under the floorboards / of time . . . . Go figure.” But, is this a simple dismissal, or is the poet asking the reader to calculate the incalculable? He asks, “Did our parents fight WW II / just so we could go to double features / on Saturday,” watch black and white television, or “lie on a hill after school / letting our imaginations run off / with cloud formations? That’s about it.” These sorts of questions, cynical as they might be, are surprising and liberating, and he writes of intelligent design, of vacillation, and of science and math; the poet is “called on” to stand “bewildered.” Such is the beauty of Buckley’s poetry, with “Nothing but time to stop me / thinking.” CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY is the author of over twenty collections of poetry. Buckley has won numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is professor emeritus at the University of CaliforniaRiverside. 978-1-62288-921-1 paper $18.00 6x9. 120 pp. Poetry. April

Floyd Collins

This critical study examines in-depth the poetry of recently deceased masters of the craft, including Richard Wilbur, W. S. Merwin, Derek Walcott, and the phenomenally gifted but underrated Stanley Plumly. Other formidable poets born in the 1930s and 1940s include Charles Wright, Pattiann Rogers, and Eavan Boland. R. T. Smith, Michael Waters, Carolyn Forche, Elizabeth Spires, David Baker, and Eric Pankey are representative poets writing at the height of their powers. Younger artists include Natasha Trethewey, Beth Ann Fennelly, and Esperanza Snyder. This book contends that poetry is essentially a language artifact, and engages in an accessible manner such elements as figurative language, prosody, phonetics, and etymology. However, it avoids the jargon of theorists such as Derrida, Foucault, and Barthes. This text is meant to be accessible to engaged readers of all ages, especially teachers and students of contemporary poetry. FLOYD COLLINS earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing and PhD. in Twentieth Century American and British Literature at the University of Arkansas. His books of poetry include What Harvest: Poems on the Siege and Battle of the Alamo. His critical study titled Seamus Heaney: The Crisis of Identity appeared from Delaware UP in 2003. 978-1-62288-922-8 paper $35.00 6x9. 220 pp. Literary Criticism. July


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Rabbit Heart

Ciara Shuttleworth

The Consecrations

THE CONSECRATIONS

Kevin Clark

P O E M S B Y

KEVIN CLARK Ciara Shuttleworth’s first collection of poems, Rabbit Heart, taps into the carnal energies of her forebears, poets like Whitman, whose “body electric” is channeled in “Electric Like Lightning”: I want to feel electric, high voltage, my body / housing unharnessed megawatts equal to a single shard / of lightning”; and, if not lightning, being “soaked / by rain . . . so the electricity runs over my body,” “Body as home.” Or like Dickinson, in “Theory and Practice,” where Shuttleworth writes “The waves are writing a love letter / in cursive, alluring,” and “pull from the depths synonyms for love in their wire cages.” Poem after poem, from Gypsy Rose Lee to the wreckage of ships and Norma Jean Baker, Shuttleworth’s poetry takes you to surprising people, places, and states of heart. She writes longingly, “Your heart // beats slower than hers as she lies beside you / at night and tries to match / her breath to yours, wanting your hearts / to beat in one iambic rhythm,” but, understand, the poet may also be uncompromising in her poetry, as in “Moving Day”: “Call forth: wrecking balls, bulldozer . . . Bury what will not burn.” CIARA SHUTTLEWORTH received an MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. 978-1-62288-917-4 paper $18.00 6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. April

About a previous book, poet Martha Collins describes Kevin Clark’s ability to move “seamlessly” between subjects and timeframes; she notes, “Kevin Clark’s poems perform the magic his passion dictates and his intelligence won’t quite allow.” Indeed, the reader finds such magic, the seamless juxtaposition of incongruities in his latest book. Take, as an example, “In Between” from The Consecrations, where he rocks between the “pure matter” of “simple science” while watching the “late moonlight / glow riding” his wife’s skin “as she slept,” to the haunting call of midnight, moon, and wind that dare the poet into the dark. What he finds in that “in between,” the seamless place where incongruities make sense of our existences, is sound that betrays “belief / in only the tactile.” He finds, consequently, an energy or power that, “untouchable,” emanates from her as she sleeps. The ability to see from contrary vantage points poises Kevin Clark in a place where he can lead us to the simplest blessings. This is no forgetting, and, in Kevin Clark’s world, all things are consecrated and holy. KEVIN CLARK is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, four chapbooks, and a creative writing textbook. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. He is a regular critic for The Georgia Review. In spring 2020, Kevin was selected for a two-year appointment as poet laureate of San Luis Obispo County, California. 978-1-62288-918-1 paper $18.00 6x9. 90 pp. Poetry. April


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The House on Brown Street

Velvet Shipwrecks: Collected Stories

Robert Lacy

Tim Wenzell

Robert Lacy’s The House on Brown Street is a remarkable collection of essays that find Lacy—postMarine Corps—working in a funeral, interviewing Martin Luther King, going off to the Iowa Writers Workshop to work with the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, and landing in the cold comfort of place in Minnesota; as one of the book’s epigraphs, by Weldon Kees, notes, “A chilly landscape tightens up the mind.” Take, then, for example, the chilly landscape of the funeral home where the narrator helps to bury adulterers and the beautiful girl with whom he attended school. Similarly, the landscapes at Iowa Writers Workshop, as described in “The House on Brown Street,” avoids the risk of name-dropping but describes former Marines (Dubus) whose fascination for guns has not subsided, or family men (Vonnegut) who struggled to put food on the table. The landscape is littered and complicated by cheap whiskey and cheap gin, shooting garbage cans, and “porcelain pretty teenage daughters” who “break half the hearts on the prairie.” The encounters Lacy has in these various landscapes ultimately lead the narrator and the reader to the conclusion: “I haven’t wasted my life.” ROBERT LACY is an American writer of short stories, memoirs, essays, and reviews. He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas, Austin before enrolling in the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. 978-1-62288-919-8 paper $18.00 6x9. 140 pp. Literary Nonfiction. April

Tim Wenzell’s Velvet Shipwrecks is a collection of short stories characterized by the unexpected detour, the stops along a narrative way that take the reader into a marginal America, where surprises happen and are cast in a dark humor that paradoxically lights our way. Consider “Check Point,” where the entire Wolrath family is arrested for drunkenness—including a sixteen-year-old son “was fed sips of wine in the middle of the fair grounds for five hours by his mother” and “Annie, barely ten,” who kicked the officer’s shins as the father, sober, attempted to pass his sobriety test. Consider, too, the dark “Downstream,” and the funeral of the narrator’s brother—shot in the head by a man wearing steel-toed boots. Or consider “Fingerlina,” the story of a badly-sewn, “lesser sister” of Thumbelina—the “ugly doll who repulsed even the toads and the moles and the beetles,” who would “learn to drive a Tonka truck and run Thumbelina over.” Indeed, the Wenzell’s stories are moody and uneasy, but they are simultaneously delightful. TIM WENZELL is an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He is published widely, including the novel Absent Children, as well as two books on Irish ecocriticism, Emerald Green: An Ecocritical Study of Irish Literature and Woven Shades of Green: An Anthology of Irish Nature Literature. 978-1-62288-915-0 paper $20.00 6x9. 170 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. April


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Carrying a Torch Christopher Lukas

978-1-62288-923-5 paper $18.00 6x9. 160 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. April

Christopher Lukas arranges his wonderful short stories into three sections: “Lust and Love,” “Love and Loss,” and “At Close of Day.” Although the stories are not linked by character or by action leading a progress, the sections suggest such a progression for human experience. We lust for what we wish to have, and, in the process discover love. And, having found love, we

Billy Above the Roofs Bob Ross

978-1-62288-914-3 paper $18.00 6x9. 150 pp. Literary Novel and Short Stories. April

Bob Ross writes with an authenticity as poetic and unforgiving as the Nebraska Sandhills themselves. The nine connected stories Billy Above the Roofs paint an indelible portrait of the life and times of one Billy Dixon in an era on the Great Plains not entirely bygone. From the first line of the prologue, “After Billy Dixon’s hilltop suicide,” which takes place as “the sun’s flat chin still rested on the horizon,” to the end of this remarkable book, we follow the protagonist to his death in the company of lovers and the inhabitants of Turtle Lodge, Nebraska, on a bluff overlooking the endless lands of the past. BOB ROSS divides his time between San Antonio, Texas and Ainsworth, Nebraska.

find also loss. The separation from love, both tragic and heroic, prepares us for our own “close of day.” Lukas shows us through his fiction how we make the journey in human, sensitive, personal terms. There is much that is beautiful about these stories, and warmly comforting. Where, “as things are now, this is definitely the place for me to be” (“Angels of Mercy”). CHRISTOPHER LUKAS has worked as a writer, producer, and director in public and commercial television, and has won Emmy Awards for his programs. He is the author and coauthor of five books. Lukas lives near New York City, where he is continuing to make films, write books, and work as a film and stage actor.

What is it about Texas Scott Sosebee

978-1-62288-924-2 paper $20.00 6x9. 140 pp. Texas Political History. April

What is it about Texas? shares stories and historical interpretations with wide audience appeal. The collection in this book is meant to inform, entertain, and perhaps make one ponder how the state’s past has developed and progressed. Maybe, out there, there is someone else who can read these and think “what is it about Texas” that makes one want to know more, just as I did decades ago as I started on that meandering avenue to the present. SCOTT SOSEBEE teaches history at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the Executive Director of the East Texas Historical Association.


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See You On Down the Road A Retirement Journal Leon Hale

The habits of a lifetime ebb slowly, and so we have this honest, moving and amusing account of a retirement that began, in 2014, when beloved Texas writer Leon Hale was 93. In his inimitable voice, Hale reveals his personal joys and regrets as he traverses the territory of old age, travelling through time and place from his spot on the old front porch at Winedale. We’re with him at the dinner party where he told an 11 PM story at 8:30; we learn why he doesn’t like the ocean, but loves the shore. For the first time, he shares the World War II experience that haunts him still; and relates the sad drama of his first divorce. We watch turf battles between blue birds and chickadees, and observe his mother’s long effort to teach a parakeet her favorite Bible verse. There are health challenges, yes, and the give and take that goes on in a happy marriage. Through it all, however, flows the unstoppable optimism that has sustained him through every crisis. For everyone who has wondered what it’s like to approach their hundredth birthday, here is one inspiring and truthful answer, told with the special sheen of wit and human feeling that we have come to expect from this fine writer. LEON HALE was the longtime columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and before that, the Houston Post. He is the best-selling author of twelve books and recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Texas Institute of Letters, among numerous other accolades.

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His voice as a writer is the voice of the man himself. Colloquial, wise, caring . . . and wrily and powerfully humorous.”—John Graves, author of Goodbye to a River

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“A vivid set of tales about connection to other people and to the natural world.”—Kirkus Reviews “Hale shows a real understanding of how challenging it can be for ordinary people to get through an ordinary day.” —Francine Prose

A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers Stories

Babette Fraser Hale Each of the flawed, fully human characters we meet in these twelve stories faces a moment of life-altering transformation. Most are newcomers to the scenic, rolling countryside of central Texas whose charms they romanticize, even as the troubles they hoped to leave behind persist. A young pianist struggles to keep her emotionally fragile boyfriend alive; a displaced New Yorker’s ambivalence with guns results in two fractured families; an oil man gambles on his estranged daughter’s integrity. The complicated history of this German-Czech region, where the stories are set, anchors the experience of two young artists who make a costly decision in 1862. In graceful and precise, often lyrical, prose, Fraser Hale immerses us in lives whose superficial privilege provides no real protection against the unexpected. BABETTE FRA SER HALE’s short fiction has won the Meyerson Award from Southwest Review, a creative artist award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and was recognized among the “other distinguished stories” in Best American Short Stories, 2015. She lives in central Texas and Houston with her husband and large, often muddy, dog.

Hale’s lovely prose shows a keen eye for detail . . . [as she] explores . . . the book’s recurring theme of desire—for freedom, for clarity, for autonomy, and for personal fulfillment . . . When women are alone, unencumbered, and unbeholden to anyone, they engage in intense internal reflection and show reverence for nature—and during these scenes, Hale’s language is luminescent.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Who Loves the Dark? Sheri Phillabaum Illustrated by Liz Painter

On a dark night, a child finds himself alone and lost in a forest. Any child would be frightened in this situation, and this child has an especially deep fear of the dark. Luckily, he meets a wise owl who teaches him about many of the plants and animals who love and need the dark, and before the night is over, the child loves the dark also! The intent of this little book is to introduce young people to the value of dark skies with the hope that as they progress into adulthood, they will be more inclined to support actions that preserve dark skies for the next generation. We also hope that children will learn from owl and bat to embrace, not fear, Nature’s gift of the dark and to become better stewards of the Earth in general. SHERI PHILLABAUM is a former English professor having held faculty positions at universities in Florida and Texas. Since 2001 she has worked as a director of religious education at Unitarian Universalist churches in Corpus Christi and San Antonio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a Ph.D. in Renaissance drama and is an awardwinning playwright. Sheri loves being out in nature and taking nice, long hikes. She lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband Dr. Roy Ellzey, an astronomy enthusiast and passionate advocate for dark skies. LIZ PAINTER is a freelance artist living in the Texas Hill Country. She specializes in wildlife art, drawing inspiration from the native wildlife of the area. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served eight years of active duty, including a combat deployment. After leaving the Marine Corps, Liz returned to Texas where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Stoney Creek Publishing Group The Big Empty Loren C. Steffy

When Trace Malloy and Blaine Witherspoon collide on a desolate West Texas highway, their fender bender sets the tone for escalating clashes that will determine the future of the town of Conquistador. Malloy, a ranch manager and lifelong cowboy, knows that his occupation—and his community—are dying. He wants newmillennium opportunities for his son, even though he himself failed to summon the courage to leave familiar touchstones behind. Witherspoon, an ambitious, Lexus-driving techie, offers a solution. He moves to Conquistador to build and run a state-of-the-art semiconductor plant that will bring prestige and high-paying technology jobs to revive the town—and advance his own career. What neither man anticipates is the power the “Big Empty” will wield over their plans. The flat, endless expanse of dusty plain is as much a character in the conflict as are the locals struggling to subsist in this timeworn backwater and the high-tech transplants hell-bent on conquering it. While Malloy grapples with the flaws of his ancestors and his growing ambivalence toward the chip plant, Witherspoon falls prey to construction snafus, corporate backstabbing, and financial fraud. As they each confront personal fears, they find themselves united in the search for their own version of purpose in a uniquely untamable Texas landscape. The Big Empty, the debut novel from longtime journalist and nonfiction author Loren C. Steff y, combines a sweeping appreciation for history and the struggles of small-town America with an examination of technology and the social and economic changes that come over time. LOREN C. STEFFY is the author of five nonfiction books and a writerat-large for Texas Monthly. He’s also an executive producer for Rational Middle Media and a managing director for 30 Point Strategies, where he heads the 30 Point Press publishing imprint. He had been a business journalist for more than 30 years at publications such as Bloomberg News, the Houston Chronicle and Forbes.com. His award-winning writing has been published in newspapers and other publications worldwide. He lives in Wimberley with his wife, three dogs and an ungrateful cat.

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