Monday, September 10, 2012

If it's Monday...

I must working. But before I dig in, a few pics from the East Texas Book Festival this past weekend. Drove northeast to Tyler, Texas with fellow Houston writer Marianne Dyson where we and Laura Edge and my bestest Austin buddy Varian Johnson and also Austin's Keith Graves were featured speakers. Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes gave the opening remarks. Much fun and talking to readers followed for the day, plus great food and gracious East Texas hospitality, including a lovely author reception the night before with many varieties of cheese balls and wine and other tasty stuff. It's a 3 hour-ish drive through the backroads from here -- past towns like Trinity and Lovelady and Palestine (pronounced Palisteen)-- but then boom, you're in Tyler and at the UT Tyler campus and a city that I think was actually the Texas capital for a brief bit.

On the way, we pass this big buy in Huntsville. (btw, he's mentioned at the beginning of next year's THE SWEET DEAD LIFE so this is what Jenna is talking about on page 1!):

And now on to pictures from the ETexBookFest

Varian Johnson
Marianne Dyson
Laura Edge
And the tall guy- Elvin Hayes!

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