Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Down Home In Houston

Cover of Down In Houston

You can almost smell the cigarette smoke and barbecue as you turn the pages of "Down In Houston". I've just added this epic Blues chronicle to the list of Books About Houston.

Roger Wood and James Fraher follow the blues through riveting stories from the early days, when Lightnin' Hopkins was king of the blues,through the streets of Houston's Third and Fifth Wards to its impact on the American blues scene.

Wood and Fraher documented the story of the blues in Houston, by drawing on dozens of interviews with blues musicians, club owners, audience members, and music producers.

"Down In Houston" uses Fraher's dramatic black-and-white photographs of the performers and venues, and their memorable personal accounts to paint a detailed portrait of the Houston's blues scene, past and present.

You can find this treasure at most of the local bookstores or buy it here by clicking on the books about Houston link. Sphere: Related Content

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Tours In Houston

Bradford Gray Telford "Perfect Hurt" & Jericho Brown "Please"

These two southern gentlemen share several common threads that are weaved together through Poland's Krakow Poetry Seminar and the University Of Houston.
Telford was born in El Paso and raised in Dallas. His writing has recently appeared in Yale Review, Ninth Letter, Southwest Review.

Brown's book Please explores the points in our lives at which love and violence intersect. These poems transform moments of intimacy and humor into spontaneous music. Drunk on its own rhythms and full of imaginative and often frightening imagery, Sphere: Related Content

Monday, March 16, 2009

Texas Towns and the Art of Architecture-Richard Payne

Here's your chance to meet and greet author Richard Payne.

He will tackle topics from his latest work “Texas Towns and the Art of Architecture." A book signing and reception will be a part of this Houston event on Thursday, March 19 7 PM.

Where To See This Author

Architecture Center Houston (ArCH)
315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, TX 77002

This visit is part of Authors in Architecture. A new collaboration between the Houston Public Library Downtown and ArchiTypes, the membership group of ArCH.

This monthly series is free and open to the public. Need more details about this author visit? Find more about this event at houstonlibrary.org Sphere: Related Content

Monday, March 9, 2009

Book Tours In Houston

Spend an Evening with Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Thursday, March 12 | 7 PM - 9 PM
Houston's Downtown Library

Stephanie Elizondo Griest will share excerpts from her latest novel, Mexican Enough. Mexican Enough tells her journey, from the drug-infested border town of Nuevo Laredo to the highlands of Chiapas. Sphere: Related Content

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Books on Texas History

book cover from The Texan Army

The Texan Army 1835-46
By Stuart Reid, Richard Hook

It stands to wonder if descriptions like "shabby black frock coat" are a result of appearance or contrived from opinion.

However these gentlemen echo the bleak facts to detail the grim reality of the daily struggles and the battle for independence by frontiersmen and the handful of army officers drawn together by destiny and hastily assembled into fighting units.

The book recounts the revolution, the republic and the army of the republic using vivid descriptions including drawings of the casual attire of the volunteers.

The Texan Army 1835-46 is more than just another book about Texas. It covers a period of the states history that bears reading for any serious lovers of Texas history. Sphere: Related Content

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