Friday Filler update

If you’ve noticed that our Friday Filler has been missing for a little while and are worried that we’ve done away with it, fear not! In order to better serve all of our members and subscribers, Friday Filler has been going under a slight makeover. As we get the information for all the great events that happen around Texas, we will post them on our calendar which is at the bottom of the page. It’s a better way for you all to find the information and get it as soon as possible.

 

We hope you enjoy our Friday Filler 2.0 and continue to let us know about events out in the writing community.

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

 

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

A Room of One’s Own: How to Create an Inspiring Writer’s Haven with Sonya Fehér – 1/19/2013

Many writers find it less distracting to write in coffee shops where the conversation, music, and barista steaming milk aren’t nearly as loud as the to do list, dishes in the kitchen, or voices in our head at home. A writing space can be inspiring and productive–or it can keep us from writing. Give yourself permission to take time and space to unleash your creativity by creating a writing room of your own.

More Spring classes to be announced soon. Take advantage of your membership benefits and attend all of our classes with special membership rates!

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The WLT 2013 Manuscript Contest is open for submissions!

Been slaving away on an unpublished manuscript that’s finally ready to see the light of day? Well, now’s your chance! You are invited to submit a 250-word synopsis and the first 2,500 words of your unpublished work to the League’s 13th annual Manuscript Contest. The winner in each category will meet individually with an agent at the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference, June 21 – 23, 2013. You do NOT have to be a member of the Writers’ League to enter this contest.

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This contest gives you the chance to:

Attend a private meeting with a literary agent in your genre

Have your work professionally critiqued by a published author

Find out how your first ten pages rank against others in your genre

Be recognized at the 2013 WLT Agents Conference

For more information on the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, visit our website.

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2013 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards Contest

The 2013 Book Awards Contest is open to Texas authors of books published in 2011 or 2012. Authors are required to show proof of Texas residency but are NOT required to be members of the Writers’ League of Texas. This contest will be open for submissions on January 1, 2013. Check back then for instructions on how to enter! Visit our website for more information.

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CALL FOR WLT HISTORIAN

The Writer’s League has a treasure trove of memorabilia from its 31-year history – photos, scrapbooks, old newsletters,

etc. We are looking for an Austin-area member to serve as volunteer “historian” for the short term. He/she will sort through items, provide captions and identifying information for photos as possible, preserve scrapbooks and possibly compile new ones, scan pictures and articles for cloud storage, and deed certain items to the Austin History Center. No pay, but volunteer hours can earn free tickets to WLT classes and events. If you are interested in this position, please contact the League at wlt@writersleague.org or by phone at 512-499-8914.

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Big News! Chuck Sambuchino will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Agents Conference! For more information on the amazing book editor, humor writer, and freelance editor, visit his website. The WLT 2013 Agents Conference is now up on the Writers’ League website. Registration is now available. Purchase your discounted rate through December 15!

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What’s going on in Alpine?  The Texas Mountain Trail Writers present: “Log of the Trail”  A Christmas Party Potluck! TMTW’s December meeting will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the home of Anne VanLoon in Alpine at 6:30 pm. Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words. And note there is a specific genre for each one!

Footprints in the Snow (Mystery genre) – Faded Mistletoe (Romance genre) – Up On The Rooftop (Comedy genre) – Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

“Our Christmas party will be at my house (Anne VanLoon) in Alpine on Tuesday evening, December 11th at 6:30 PM. As per the usual format, we will have a pot luck supper. When you decide which specialty you wish to bring, please email me that you are coming, how many are coming with you, and what dish you will bring. To RSVP and receive directions to my house, please email me at annevan1182@hotmail.com or TMTW at asktmtw@texasmountaintrailwriters.org. Also we exchange gifts in a different way. We steal from each other. So bring a gift of your choice and watch it make the rounds of those who covet. $20 is the gift limit. Hope you will join us!”

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2012-2013 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its 11th annual competition honoring independent book authors and publishers.

The DIY Book Festival will consider entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, comics/’zines, poetry, unpulblished works, compilations/anthologies, spiritual/religious and business published on or after Jan. 1, 2009.

Our grand prize for the DIYBF Author of the Year is $1500 cash and a flight to Los Angeles for our gala awards ceremony and day festival in March, 2013 at the Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Oscars. The event is part of the 12th annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books. More information is online at www.diyconvention.com.

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You and your family are cordially invited to the Johnson City Library Fourth Anniversary and Holiday Open House!

Sat. Dec. 8, 3 PM – 5 PM.

Join us for a free flint knapping demonstration, food, prizes and Fun, Fun, Fun! The Hill Country Community band plays holiday music starting at 4 PM. After touring the library, walk to see the Lights Spectacular and Living Nativity. The library is collecting new and gently used children’s books as a way to give back to the community. All books collected will go to CASA, a non-profit for children in foster care. For more information, visit their website.

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Austin Poetry Society Events

The current Texas Poet Laureate, Jan Epton Seale, is featured in our meeting on Saturday, December 15. She will talk with us on “Writing Seriously Witty Poems.” All our meetings are free and open to the public. Jan Seale is the author of seven volumes of poetry, the lastest being Nape, published by Ink Brush Press. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. Seale teaches memoir and creative writing workshops both in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where she lives. Join us at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary, where all our meetings are scheduled from now through December, 2013.

The calendar below lists Austin poetry events worth your time. Keep on writing poems. Today you can bring into existence something good that this universe has never seen before.

December 9th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Austin Writers Roulette is a monthly culturally diverse evening of reading and performing original written works (play excerpts, poetry, essays, etc.) Each month has a theme, and in December, it’s Circles: reoccurring themes, patterns, cycles, death-rebirth. Every second Sunday at Capoeira Evolucao Studio, 2015 E. Riverside #7B (behind Emo’s). Email Teresa the selection(s) you wish to read/perform along with the corresponding theme(s) at mathdreads@yahoo.com.

December 12, Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The AWESMIC Experience incarnates at Zilker Park, hosted by Carol Ann Dishon-Anyah. The Rock Garden past the Zilker Hillside Theater Rock Garden, past the theater. Live music, poetry and other entertainment, food while it lasts.

December 13, 2012 (2nd Thursdays), 7-9 p.m. Featured poets with round robin following, hosted by Cindy Huyser at BookWoman, 5501 A-105 North Lamar.

December 15, 2012, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. APS meets at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary. The present Poet Laureate of Texas, Jan Epton Seale, will talk with us about “Writing Seriously Witty Poems.” Winners for our Nov./Dec. Meeting Contest will be announced.

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Sisters in Crime Event – Texas Search and Rescue

Greg Pyles, CEO of Texas Search and Rescue, Flood and Swiftwater Rescue, Disaster Response and Relief and Wildland Fire (TEXSAR) will be our December 9 speaker. TEXSAR is a volunteer, first responder organization based in Austin, Texas, that is able to deploy throughout the entire state. TEXSAR units are emergency response teams focusing on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response and disaster response. TEXSAR is fortunate to have the technical support of the US Coast Guard and the US Air Force Search and Rescue software tools to guide resource needs and allocations. All TEXSAR personnel are National Incident Management System compliant, and the organization operates under the Incident Command Systems protocol. The units are self-sufficient and do not require financial or logistics support from requesting Agencies.

Greg Pyles has spent a little over 40 years in the delivery of public safety, security and was doing incident response and management before we called it that. More recently, Greg is currently responsible for safety, security and risk management for the Texas Lottery Commission, a Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA trainer delivering Incident Command System courses, Community Emergency Response Team trainer for Homeland Security, member of the Capital Area Incident Management Team (Type III), CEO of Texsar, Inc. (nonprofit disaster response organization) and frequently trains various City of Austin Department personnel, DPS Troopers and other first responders in topics including personal safety, search and rescue, Incident Command Systems and situational awareness.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of themonth at 2 p.m. Our meeting place will be changing since the Barnes & Noble of past meetings is closing. In December we will meet at the Lion and Rose Pub located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center. It is a few doors down from our previous place of Barnes & Noble. The Dungeon room is reserved from 1:30 to 4:30, and lunch and/or drinks will be available if wanted.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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Austin Public Library Events

Holiday Open House and Gift Sale  – Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St. | 512-974-7480

Join us at 1:30 p.m. to meet Ralph Yznaga, author of Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a concert and sing-along with the Shape Notes Singers. At 3:30 p.m. meet John Slate, author of Lost Austin. The Austin History Center will have historic photographs for sale, used and Rare Texana books and ephemera, and even some Austin related historic artifacts (who wouldn’t love an old Aquafest skipper pin in their stocking?). Also, The Austin History Center Association will be selling items from Waterloo Press, including a new line of note cards, O. Henry items, books, and more.

Open House and Vintage Book Sale – Saturday, December 15 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Recycled Reads Bookstore 5335 Burnet Rd. | 512-323-5123

Join us for live music all afternoon from local Austin Musicians, ornament and gift-wrap demonstrations and a bow bar for to wrap gifts. All proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. Recycled Reads encourages Austinites to have a Green, affordable Holiday season by purchasing and making gifts locally.

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Have any Holiday literary events in your calendars that you would like to share? Email hannah@writersleague.org. Thanks for reading this week’s Friday Filler. We hope all of you have a Happy Holidays, and check back next week for more upcoming events!

– WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

** SOLD OUT

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

** There are still spots available for Sara’s Class. Preregistration will be open until Tuesday, December 4. Walk-up registration may be available. Take advantage of your membership benefits before time runs out!

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The WLT 2013 Manuscript Contest is open for submissions!

Been slaving away on an unpublished manuscript that’s finally ready to see the light of day? Well, now’s your chance! You are invited to submit a 250-word synopsis and the first 2,500 words of your unpublished work to the League’s 13th annual Manuscript Contest. The winner in each category will meet individually with an agent at the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference, June 21 – 23, 2013. You do NOT have to be a member of the Writers’ League to enter this contest.

hoThis contest gives you the chance to:

Attend a private meeting with a literary agent in your genre

Have your work professionally critiqued by a published author

Find out how your first ten pages rank against others in your genre

Be recognized at the 2013 WLT Agents Conference

For more information on the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, visit our website.

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CALL FOR WLT HISTORIAN

The Writer’s League has a treasure trove of memorabilia from its 31-year history – photos, scrapbooks, old newsletters, etc. We are looking for an Austin-area member to serve as volunteer “historian” for the short term. He/she will sort through items, provide captions and identifying information for photos as possible, preserve scrapbooks and possibly compile new ones, scan pictures and articles for cloud storage, and deed certain items to the Austin History Center. No pay, but volunteer hours can earn free tickets to WLT classes and events. If you are interested in this position, please contact the League at wlt@writersleague.org or by phone at 512-499-8914.

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Big News! Chuck Sambuchino will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Agents Conference! For more information on the amazing book editor, humor writer, and freelance editor, visit his website. The WLT 2013 Agents Conference is now up on the Writers’ League website. Registration is now available. Purchase your discounted rate through December 15!

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Sisters in Crime Event – Texas Search and Rescue

Greg Pyles, CEO of Texas Search and Rescue, Flood and Swiftwater Rescue, Disaster Response and Relief and Wildland Fire (TEXSAR) will be our December 9 speaker. TEXSAR is a volunteer, first responder organization based in Austin, Texas, that is able to deploy throughout the entire state. TEXSAR units are emergency response teams focusing on Search and Rescue (SAR), incident response and disaster response. TEXSAR is fortunate to have the technical support of the US Coast Guard and the US Air Force Search and Rescue software tools to guide resource needs and allocations. All TEXSAR personnel are National Incident Management System compliant, and the organization operates under the Incident Command Systems protocol. The units are self-sufficient and do not require financial or logistics support from requesting Agencies.

Greg Pyles has spent a little over 40 years in the delivery of public safety, security and was doing incident response and management before we called it that. More recently, Greg is currently responsible for safety, security and risk management for the Texas Lottery Commission, a Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA trainer delivering Incident Command System courses, Community Emergency Response Team trainer for Homeland Security, member of the Capital Area Incident Management Team (Type III), CEO of Texsar, Inc. (nonprofit disaster response organization) and frequently trains various City of Austin Department personnel, DPS Troopers and other first responders in topics including personal safety, search and rescue, Incident Command Systems and situational awareness.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of themonth at 2 p.m. Our meeting place will be changing since the Barnes & Noble of past meetings is closing. In December we will meet at the Lion and Rose Pub located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center. It is a few doors down from our previous place of Barnes & Noble. The Dungeon room is reserved from 1:30 to 4:30, and lunch and/or drinks will be available if wanted.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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Houston Writers’ Guild – Workshop

“The Self in Self-Publishing” with Enos Russell

December 1, 2012, 10:30am – 2:00pm @ Sugar Land Library

The goal of the 4-hour workshop (time out for lunch which will be furnished) is to provide writers with sufficient knowledge and tools to meet the requirements set by Amazon and Smashwords to Self-Publish, at little or no cost.

Topics include: Introduction to the concept of Marketing by Discovery, Content Development, Lists and links to recommended free tools and apps, Overviews of Deployment on Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords, Discussion of additional content required for publishing

Participants will prepare content for use in the Self-Publication Part II workshop where they will discover how to publish their book within one hour of completing the manuscript.

FREE – to members who have paid their 2013 dues, $35 for non-members. Visit their website for more information.

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Austin Poetry Society Events

December 1, Saturday. 7 p.m. start, doors open at 6 p.m. Expressions features the Past Poetry Project : Tolkien with Garrison Martt and a preview of “Wassail!” with Darrel Mayers. All ages reading. Admission–a dish for the pot luck supper at the interval and cans of food for Poets Pantry. Baha’i Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin Ave., austinbahai.org.

December 3 and 17 (1st and 3rd Mondays), 7:30 p.m. Austin Salon Poetic, hosted by Michael Aarron Casares. Headhunters Club, 720 Red River, Austin.

December 7, Friday. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present the Flor De Nopal Workshop and Reading Series 2012. Flor De Nopal Literary Festival 2012. Email flordenopal@gmail.com to reserve your spot at MACC, 600 River Street, free. For more info, please visit http://www.flordenopalliteraryfestival.wordpress.com.

December 9th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Austin Writers Roulette is a monthly culturally diverse evening of reading and performing original written works (play excerpts, poetry, essays, etc.) Each month has a theme, and in December, it’s Circles: recurring themes, patterns, cycles, death-rebirth. Every second Sunday at Capoeira Evolucao Studio, 2015 E. Riverside #7B (behind Emo’s). Email Teresa the selection(s) you wish to read/perform along with the corresponding theme(s) at mathdreads@yahoo.com.

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Austin Public Library Events

Holiday Open House and Gift Sale  – Saturday, December 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Austin History Center 810 Guadalupe St. | 512-974-7480

Join us at 1:30 p.m. to meet Ralph Yznaga, author of Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a concert and sing-along with the Shape Notes Singers. At 3:30 p.m. meet John Slate, author of Lost Austin. The Austin History Center will have historic photographs for sale, used and Rare Texana books and ephemera, and even some Austin related historic artifacts (who wouldn’t love an old Aquafest skipper pin in their stocking?). Also, The Austin History Center Association will be selling items from Waterloo Press, including a new line of note cards, O. Henry items, books, and more.

Open House and Vintage Book Sale – Saturday, December 15 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Recycled Reads Bookstore 5335 Burnet Rd. | 512-323-5123

Join us for live music all afternoon from local Austin Musicians, ornament and gift-wrap demonstrations and a bow bar for to wrap gifts. All proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. Recycled Reads encourages Austinites to have a Green, affordable Holiday season by purchasing and making gifts locally.

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Barnes & Noble Invites Children of All Ages To Take a Ride on The Polar Express at a Magical Holiday Event!

Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts Will Add to the Festivities on Friday, December 7th, at 7 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to don their pajamas and “wind their way to the North Pole” through a reading of the holiday classic. Cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and other activities will round out the festivities.

“The Polar Express is one of our most popular national Storytime events,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Community Relations for Barnes & Noble. “Each store puts its own creative spin on this holiday classic, making it extra fun for the booksellers and the customers.”

Where: Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum

10,000 Research Blvd; 78759

When: Friday, December 7th; 7:00 p.m.

The Polar Express Storytime event is free and open to the public. For further details, contact any Barnes & Noble store, or visit Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

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WLT wishes all of you a Happy Holiday! May you get some writing done over the break and crack open that Eggnog.

– WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budgetwith Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

** Please be aware that due to Formula 1, Austin traffic will be more congested than normal. This could affect walk-up registration for Robenalt’s class. There are a couple spots open, so registration will be first-come, first-serve.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

CALL FOR WLT HISTORIAN

The Writer’s League has a treasure trove of memorabilia from its 31-year history – photos, scrapbooks, old newsletters, etc. We are looking for an Austin-area member to serve as volunteer “historian” for the short term. He/she will sort through items, provide captions and identifying information for photos as possible, preserve scrapbooks and possibly compile new ones, scan pictures and articles for cloud storage, and deed certain items to the Austin History Center. No pay, but volunteer hours can earn free tickets to WLT classes and events. If you are interested in this position, please contact the League at wlt@writersleague.org or by phone at 512-499-8914.

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Barnes & Noble Arboretum Events

Saturday November 17, 2:00 PM – Storyteller, singer, songwriter, and author,W.C. Jameson, will be reading from his new book Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave, which explores the myths and mythology of Cassidy’s life. This book is exceptionally well researched and explores not only Cassidy’s life in the United States, but his time in Bolivia–exploring the controversial question about whether or not Butch survived the shoot-out made infamous by Robert Redford and Paul Newman. W.C. is also available for interview.

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 AM – Join us as we read ‘How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?’ for Storytime! From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere. But when the stockings are hung on the chimney, and the cookies are left out for Santa, how can little dinosaurs go to sleep? It’s so exciting! How can they possibly calm down and behave? Stay for an amazing craft afterwards.

Friday, November 30, 7:00 PM – Come celebrate the Anderson High School Orchestra with a Bookfair to ring in the holidays. They will perform holiday favorites in our upstairs mezzanine. This event will truly get us in the spirit of the holidays. A portion of sales from the event will benefit the Anderson High School Orchestra.

Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM – Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts – Children of all ages are invited to don their pajamas and “wind their way to the North Pole” through a reading of the holiday classic. Cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and other activities will round out the festivities.

“The Polar Express is one of our most popular national Storytime events,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Community Relations for Barnes & Noble. “Each store puts its own creative spin on this holiday classic, making it extra fun for the booksellers and the customers.”

Barnes & Noble Round Rock

Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 AM – The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America with WLT and icon, Joe Nick Patoski.

Joe Nick Patoski, author of The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America will sign copies of his book at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

The Dallas Cowboys have won five Super Bowls, ten conference championships, and twenty-one division championships, but those superlative numbers don’t begin to convey the voltage or jolting panache of our best-loved and most hated football team. Rendering the full story of “America’s Team” requires both skills and obsession, attributes that Joe Nick Patoski brings to his robust 816 page history of these NFL mainstays. Patoski knows that capturing the essence of the Cowboys requires more than game summaries of the team’s 481 (and counting) victories; it includes stories about single-minded owners, talented coaches, misbehaving players, luscious cheerleaders, faithful fans, and a world wonder stadium.

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Austin Poetry Society Event

November 17, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. APS meets at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary, for a Thanksgiving Open Microphone. Bring your poems to read, especially poems about the Thanksgiving holiday or just poems of gratitude. Poets who placed in the Poetry Society of Texas contests (announced November 10th), should give thanks for their awards by reading them for us. If you want a head start, write a new poem with the first line, “Today we need a poem about…” Turn in entries for our General and Humorous Verse contests; awards announced in the December meeting. Only members can enter the contests: no fee is required. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

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Puerto Rican Folklore Dance Events

“Contribution of Puerto Rican Women to the Garment Industry Labor Movement”

Sponsored by La Pena through a grant from Humanity Texas, Dr. Maynard’s research presents a powerful tribute to Puerto Rican women who contributed to efforts to improve working conditions for New York City garment industry workers in the first half of the 20th century. The importance of building community and preserving cultural heritage rings through. Free and open to the public, informal talks on this research will be presented:

Saturday, November 17, 10am at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX 78702

Sunday, November 18, 2pm at La Pena, 227 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 –Immediately before PRDance’s Fan Fest Performance!

Dr. Maynard is a recognized expert resource on the mainland US for Puerto Rico’s cultural history and traditions. An original story based on this research was donated to the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center for Community Theatre. A listing of educational talks is available on her website.

PRFDance at Fan Fest 2012 – Formula-1 Celebration – Nov 18, 3-4pm

The City of Austin has invited PRFDance to perform for FanFest, the massive festival celebrating the 2012 Formula-1 US Grand Prix, on Nov. 18th, 2012. Our city is expecting 300,000 visitors, many from around the world!

Our multi-generational performance will share some numbers from our upcoming December Musical — Mami Boricua — to help make it an experience they never forget! Arrive early with your banderas, T shirts, caps and show our Boricua pride! Let us show the city of Austin and the world that we are indeed here!!

Stage Location: City of Austin’s Arts Create Stage on Congress between 2nd & 3rd. See you there!

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Twig Book Shop Events – San Antonio

The 2011 Poet Laureate David Parsons reads from his new book, David M. Parsons: New and Selected Poems, Saturday, Nov. 17 3:00-5:00

“In this eclectic volume, the reader will find selections of his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment.” Click here for more information.

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Maritha Burmeister returns with her seasonal favorite The Twelve Dog Days of Christmas in New York City! Sunday, Nov. 18, 1:00-3:00.

You’ll love the details in the illustrations, and the sweet family story, and the information about New York City, and the variety of dog breeds represented. A must for anyone sharing a love for this iconic international city, or love of dogs, or devotion of family, or eye for clever detail. Click here for more information.

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That’s this week’s Friday Filler for your enjoyment! Have a great weekend and let us know how these events go on our facebook.

– WLT

Do you know of an event worth sharing to your fellow members? Anything fun and unique going on that we missed? Are you a member with an event coming up? Feel free to email hannah@writersleague.org with upcoming events around Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

 

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

  • Preregistration for this event is now closed. Please note: There will be no walk-up registrations for this workshop.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budgetwith Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

Third Thursday – “Blast Off: The Book Launch and Beyond!”

Thursday, November 15, 7 PM @ BookPeople. Our illustrious panelists are Bethany Hegedus, Cory Putnam Oakes, Greg Leitich Smith, and Meghan Goel. Visit our website for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

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Want to know how you can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Kid-Lit Cares is an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort for Sandy. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

To learn more about the auction, visit the Kid-Lit Cares website.

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Puerto Rican Folklore Dance Events

“Contribution of Puerto Rican Women to the Garment Industry Labor Movement”

Sponsored by La Pena through a grant from Humanity Texas, Dr. Maynard’s research presents a powerful tribute to Puerto Rican women who contributed to efforts to improve working conditions for New York City garment industry workers in the first half of the 20th century. The importance of building community and preserving cultural heritage rings through. Free and open to the public, informal talks on this research will be presented:

Saturday, November 10 & 17, 10am at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, TX 78702

Sunday, November 18, 2pm at La Pena, 227 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 –Immediately before PRDance’s Fan Fest Performance!

Dr. Maynard is a recognized expert resource on the mainland US for Puerto Rico’s cultural history and traditions. An original story based on this research was donated to the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center for Community Theatre. A listing of educational talks is available on her website.

PRFDance at Fan Fest 2012 – Formula-1 Celebration – Nov 18, 3-4pm

The City of Austin has invited PRFDance to perform for FanFest, the massive festival celebrating the 2012 Formula-1 US Grand Prix, on Nov. 18th, 2012. Our city is expecting 300,000 visitors, many from around the world!

Our multi-generational performance will share some numbers from our upcoming December Musical — Mami Boricua — to help make it an experience they never forget! Arrive early with your banderas, T shirts, caps and show our Boricua pride! Let us show the city of Austin and the world that we are indeed here!!

Stage Location: City of Austin’s Arts Create Stage on Congress between 2nd & 3rd. See you there!

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Barnes & Noble Arboretum Events

Saturday, November 10, 2:00PM — Join poet Barbara Youngblood-Carr and graphic designer Stephen B. Estes as they sign their two collaborations ‘PoetryPics: On the Nature of Things — Moments of Life Captured in Timeless Poetry and Photographs: Volume 1 and 2.’ Moments of Life Captured in Timeless Poetry and Photographs : “Photographs provide us with a sense of place that opens windows into our memories with loving views and insight of the importance in nature that abounds all around us everywhere. Our special PoetryPics© replenish our sense of the forgotten beauty in simple things. Poetry makes us pull our thoughts and memories from within, relive yesterdays and dream about tomorrows yet to come.”

Storyteller, singer, songwriter, and author, W.C. Jameson, will be at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum store on Saturday, 11/17, at 2:00pm.

W.C. will be reading from his new book Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave, which explores the myths and mythology of Cassidy’s life. This book is exceptionally well researched and explores not only Cassidy’s life in the United States, but his time in Bolivia–exploring the controversial question about whether or not Butch survived the shoot-out made infamous by Robert Redford and Paul Newman. W.C. is also available for interview.

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ART on 5th Event

Plates & Palettes Party: Art, Food, & Drink! Thursday, Nov. 15th: 8pm-Midnight.

ART on 5th is excited to welcome Formula 1 race fans to Austin, and we are rolling out the red carpet Texas style, all for a good cause! We will be exhibiting incredible works from Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Georgia O’Keeffe, all available for purchase. The Best of Texas Showcase will feature Paul Stankiewicz, Jenny Meyer, Cynthia Chartier, Cindi Wright, and more. Food compliments of the best restaurants in Austin, including El Naranjo, Buenos Aires Cafe, Quality Seafoods, Tarka, and more! Drinks courtesy of Bone Spirits, Bending Branch Winery, Pedernales Cellars, and more.

Tickets are $50 per person and all ticket proceeds will benefit Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Austin Public Library Event

Join us for an evening of conversation with J.A. Jance, author of over 40 novels, many of which were on the New York Times Best Seller list, on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. Her newest book is Judgment Call, a twisted mystery set in the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert. A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7500 or visit the library website.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Jance was born in South Dakota and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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Austin Poetry Society Event

November 17, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. APS meets at Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 South 5th at West Mary, for a Thanksgiving Open Microphone. Bring your poems to read, especially poems about the Thanksgiving holiday or just poems of gratitude. Poets who placed in the Poetry Society of Texas contests (announced November 10th), should give thanks for their awards by reading them for us. If you want a head start, write a new poem with the first line, “Today we need a poem about…” Turn in entries for our General and Humorous Verse contests; awards announced in the December meeting. Only members can enter the contests: no fee is required. All our meetings are free and open to the public.

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Twig Book Shop Events

Diane Gonzales Bertrand signs her newest children’s picture book, Sofia and the Purple Dress November 10, 10 AM.

Sofia and the Purple Dress/Sofia y el vestido morado (Piñata Books, 2012) describes the story of a little girl who is thrilled with both an invitation to her cousin’s quinceañera and a lovely purple dress to wear. However, the dress is too tight, and Sofía, her mother and her little sister decide to work together in finding a healthy way to lose weight over the next three months. Through battles against temptation, exercising in hot or rainy weather, and discovering a way to enjoy a birthday without excess, Sofía not only reaches her goal but realizes a life with exercise and healthy foods provides many fun results! Click here for more information.

 John Kerr, Fell the Angels: The Case of the Priory Murder – Monday, Nov. 12, 5:00-7:00PM.

A novel based on a true unsolved murder by poisoning in Victorian-era London. Charles Cranbrook collapses and dies a horrific death at the Priory, the neogothic house bought with his wealthy wife Cecilia’s money. Was he murdered, or did he take his own life? In the course of the inquest, it emerges that beautiful Cecilia had been involved in a scandalous affair that is the talk of London. Based on the notorious Victorian murder involving Charles and Florence Bravo and Dr. James Gully, proponent of the “water cure,” this story reaches beneath the veneer of Victorian respectability and twists the ingredients of enormous fortune, sexual adventure, domestic abuse, avarice, and jealousy into a satisfying whole. Expertly researched by the author, it offers an intriguing solution to the case. Click here for more information on the event!

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Johnson City Library Event

Holiday Crafts at the Library! November 12, 3:45 PM.

Mark your calendar and plan to get creative in this festive, one hour pre-holiday workshop designed for both adults and children. Adults will create a “Crystal Wreath” with a snow-and-ice look, perfect for outdoor decorating

Special holiday craft activities are planned for all ages of children. Please bring recycled materials for decorating including buttons, and even plastic Easter eggs. Other materials will be provided. For more information on this events and other upcoming Johnson City Library events, click here.

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Sisters in Crime – Mental Illness and the Law

For our November 11 program, Dr. Denae Rickenbacker will provide fundamental background on diagnostic and clinical features of certain mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, amnestic disorders and seizures. Focus will include historical understanding and treatment of patients with these conditions by society, such as in sanitariums, “shock therapy” and “modern medications,” as well treatment of these patients in the legal systems throughout history following completion of a crime. Topics will also include modern-day assessments of patients with mental illness such as competency to stand trial and insanity defense, and the role of the forensic psychiatrist.

Dr. Denae Rickenbacker is board certified in psychiatry with a specialization in forensic psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry is a field at the interface between mental illness and the law, and work can involve caring for patients sent by the courts to jail or to state hospitals, evaluation of people for competency to stand trial or for insanity defense, or assessment of dangerousness. Dr. Rickenbacker completed a BS from Texas Tech in Cell and Molecular Biology then went to medical school in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed residency through a program that worked jointly at the University Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, and the Veteran’s Hospital, and served her final year as Chief Resident of her program. In 2006-2007 Dr. Rickenbacker completed an additional year of training in forensic psychiatry, with emphasis at Kerrville State Hospital, Bexas County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, and County Clinic Jail Diversion Programs. She has worked in Cedar Park since 2008 in her adult outpatient clinic, and has special interest in crisis management, substance abuse/dependency, and women’s health issues.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.

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Curators’ Tour of I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Tour at the Harry Ransom Center

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions, and Helen Baer, Associate Curator of Performing Arts, lead a tour of the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America on Thursday, November 15, at 7 PM at the Harry Ransom Center.

Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who, more than any designer of his era, created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic. Bel Geddes popularized this vision through drawings, models, and photographs of spectacular vehicles, buildings, and products featured in his books Horizons and Magic Motorways. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors “Highways and Horizons” exhibit at the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair, which adopted the motto “I Have Seen the Future.” Futurama’s giant model of a 1960 future American city gave Depression-era Americans genuine hope for a better future within their lifetimes.

The exhibition explores the career of this complex and influential man through more than 60 projects from the Ransom Center’s Norman Bel Geddes collection. The exhibition brings together never-before-exhibited drawings, models, photographs, and films.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Attendees at the event may enter to win a Bel Geddes-inspired package.

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That’s this week’s Friday Filler for your enjoyment! We hope all of you going on Saundra Goldman’s mini-retreat at the Writers’ Barn have a great time. Have a great weekend and let us know how these events go on our facebook.

– WLT

Do you know of an event worth sharing to your fellow members? Anything fun and unique going on that we missed? Are you a member with an event coming up? Feel free to email hannah@writersleague.org with upcoming events around Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

Friday Filler

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budgetwith Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

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Sisters in Crime – Mental Illness and the Law

For our November 11 program, Dr. Denae Rickenbacker will provide fundamental background on diagnostic and clinical features of certain mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, amnestic disorders and seizures. Focus will include historical understanding and treatment of patients with these conditions by society, such as in sanitariums, “shock therapy” and “modern medications,” as well treatment of these patients in the legal systems throughout history following completion of a crime. Topics will also include modern-day assessments of patients with mental illness such as competency to stand trial and insanity defense, and the role of the forensic psychiatrist.

Dr. Denae Rickenbacker is board certified in psychiatry with a specialization in forensic psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry is a field at the interface between mental illness and the law, and work can involve caring for patients sent by the courts to jail or to state hospitals, evaluation of people for competency to stand trial or for insanity defense, or assessment of dangerousness. Dr. Rickenbacker completed a BS from Texas Tech in Cell and Molecular Biology then went to medical school in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed residency through a program that worked jointly at the University Hospital, Lackland Air Force Base, and the Veteran’s Hospital, and served her final year as Chief Resident of her program. In 2006-2007 Dr. Rickenbacker completed an additional year of training in forensic psychiatry, with emphasis at Kerrville State Hospital, Bexas County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers, and County Clinic Jail Diversion Programs. She has worked in Cedar Park since 2008 in her adult outpatient clinic, and has special interest in crisis management, substance abuse/dependency, and women’s health issues.

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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Barnes & Noble Events

Uncovered No More, Volume 2/Cara Coffey – Round Rock

Cara Coffey, author of Uncovered No More, Volume 2, will sign copies ofher books at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

In Uncovered No More Volume 2 (Tate Publishing, 2012). Cara Coffey continues her testimony from her first book, Uncovered No More. However, she also tells a different story in this second volume. She writes of the hope she sees as a woman who has walked with prophetic gifting in the United States. She testifies of a prophetic childbearing journey the Lord allowed in her life. She has labored in prayer for many years, and it is Cara’s hope that America will see repentance, deliverance, restoration, and revival within Christianity and also nationwide.Cara has experienced and witnessed the difficulty of grassroots Christian people connecting at their congregation and home level. Delve into Uncovered No More Volume 2 and observe Cara’s prophetic thoughts on what she feels could help the body of Christ across America.

Joe Nick Patoski Signing – Round Rock

Joe Nick Patoski, author of The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America will sign copies of his book at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

The Dallas Cowboys have won five Super Bowls, ten conference championships, and twenty-one division championships, but those superlative numbers don’t begin to convey the voltage or jolting panache of our best-loved and most hated football team. Rendering the full story of “America’s Team” requires both skills and obsession, attributes that Joe Nick Patoski brings to his robust 816-page history of these NFL mainstays. Patoski knows that capturing the essence of the Cowboys requires more than game summaries of the team’s 481 (and counting) victories; it includes stories about single-minded owners, talented coaches, misbehaving players, luscious cheerleaders, faithful fans, and a world wonder stadium.

Making Patton: A Classic War Film’s Epic Journey to the Silver Screen – Round Rock

Nicholas Evan Sarantakes, author of Making Patton: A Classic War Film’s Epic Journey to the Silver Screen, will sign copies of his book at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

Forever known for its blazing cinematic image of General George S. Patton (portrayed by George C. Scott) addressing his troops in front of a mammoth American flag, Patton won seven Oscars in 1971, including those for Best Picture and Best Actor. In doing so, it beat out a much-ballyhooed M*A*S*H, irreverent darling of the critics, and grossed $60 million despite an intense anti-war climate. But as Nicholas Evans Sarantakes reveals, it was a film that almost didn’t get made.

Sarantakes offers an engaging and richly detailed production history of what became a critically acclaimed box office hit. He takes readers behind the scenes, even long before any scenes were ever conceived, to recount the trials and tribulations that attended the epic efforts of producer Frank McCarthy-like Patton a U.S. Army general-and Twentieth Century Fox to finally bring Patton to the screen after eighteen years of planning.

Sarantakes recounts how filmmakers had to overcome the reluctance of Patton’s family,copyright issues with biographers, competing efforts for a biopic, and Department of Defense red tape. He chronicles the long search for a leading man-including discussions with Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, and even Ronald Reagan-before settling on Scott, a brilliant actor who brought to the part both enthusiasm for the project and identification with Patton’s passionate persona. He also tracks the struggles to shoot the movie with a large multinational cast, huge outlays for military equipment, and filming in six countries over a mere six months. And he provides revealing insider stories concerning, for example, Scott’s legendary drinking bouts and the origins and debate over his famous opening monologue.

November 1st- 30th – Help us give the gift of literacy this season by participating in our Holiday Book Drive. Our November recipient is The Women’s Storybook Project. Our goal is to get as many books as possible into the hands of children nationwide. For more information about this organization, click here.

Saturday, November 3, 11:00 a.m. – Join us as read ‘Mousetronaut’ for Storytime! Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes-and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. Stay for a craft afterwards!

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Twig Book Shop Events – Now is the time to purchase your tickets for the Anthony Bourdain event this Thursday, the 8th of Nov. The Twig will be on site for book purchases.

200 E Grayson, Ste. 124 ~ at the Historic Pearl Brewery San Antonio, TX 78215 ~ twig@thetwig.com ~ thetwig.com

Anthony Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is well known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and is the host of Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover.

Signing with Milo Kearney

The Little River That Wouldn’t Run Straight

Sat. Nov. 3 ~ 10:00-12:00

Kearney has created a story of the San Antonio River and told the story though its eyes! Dearly told to his grandchildren, Kearney has embedded the river’s history into this children’s picture book. Click here for more information.

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Meet the Author J.A. Jance @ Ruiz Branch

Please join us for an evening of conversation with J.A. Jance, author of over 40 novels, many of which were on the New York Times Best Seller list, on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. Her newest book is Judgment Call, a twisted mystery set in the beauty and isolation of the Arizona desert. A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7500 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family. Jance was born in South Dakota and brought up in Brisbee, Arizona. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation, as a teacher, and selling insurance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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Author Justin Torres to hold readings at Wittliff, Porter House – San Marcos

The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University will host readings and book signings from author Justin Torres Nov. 1-2. Torres will speak and sign copies of his books at the Wittliff Collections located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State campus 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1. He will also give a reading and book signing at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The events are free and open to the public.

Torres is the author of We the Animals, which is his debut novel. His work has appeared in Granta, Tin House and Glimmer Train. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was the recipient of a Rolon Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists. Currently, he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher and a bookseller.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collection and the Texas State University Department of English. Books will be available during and after the event through the University Bookstore and Barnes and Noble.

For more information, contact Katie Angermeier at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com or visit http://www.english.txstate.edu/kap.

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Under the Volcano 2013

Join for an unforgettable week of workshops, readings, and performances. January 4-13, 2013 in Tepoztlan. For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, writing as witness, food writing, and song. With Paul Muldoon, Jessica Hagedorn, Magda Bogin, Betty Fussell, Catherine Filloux, and composers Anthony Davis and Felipe Perez Santiago.

Registration is now open for Under the Volcanoʼs 2013 master classes. Small, intimate sessions with leading artists in one of Mexicoʼs most dynamic villages. You can even opt to extend the workshop week into an individual or collaborative retreat.

For questions and application guidelines, see their website or email info@underthevolcano.org.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.

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Harry Ransom Center Event

The Harry Ransom Center’s Curator of Photography Jessica S. McDonald speaks with photographer, curator, and educator Nathan Lyons about his career and role in the expansion of American photography on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m.

As a curator, theorist, educator, artist, and advocate, Nathan Lyons has played a central role in the expansion of photography over the last five decades. After producing seminal exhibitions and publications as curator at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, in the 1960s, he founded the Visual Studies Workshop, an independent arts organization where his innovative programs trained a new generation of photographers, critics, curators, and historians.

McDonald edited the anthology Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews (UT Press, 2012), which provides the first comprehensive overview of Lyons’s career as one of the most important voices in American photography. The book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Click here for more information.

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That’s Friday Filler this week! What did you think of the Texas Book Festival? We hope all of our featured authors sold books and made some contacts. Have a great weekend and get your writing on,

– WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

 

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budget with Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

The Writers’ League will be strongly represented at the 2012 Texas Book Festival on October 27th and 28th. Several WLT members will be featured panelists and speakers, and our booth will showcase League writers and activities. Authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books, and talk about their experiences. In addition, staff and volunteers can answer questions about League membership and activities. The WLT booth will be number 414 — the second tent north of the corner of 11th and Colorado. Come pay us a visit. Click  here for the signing schedule for Writers’ League authors in our booth!

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Writers’ Guild of Texas Events – Richardson

Saturday, 3 November 2012, 9AM – 1PM

“Building an Author Platform” with Elaine Gantz Wright.

Richardson Civic Center (next door to Richardson Public Library). $25/members; $35/non-members.

Are you struggling with how to put together a “platform” for promoting your writing?

Whether you are working with a publisher or self-publishing, you will need to understand, plan and execute an effective marketing strategy or platform. This workshop will walk you through building a platform using both traditional and new media such as social media, visual, web, mobile, etc.

Elaine Gantz Wright is a writer, blogger, published ghostwriter, editor, new-media maven, speaker, actress, and mom. She is passionate about creating high-octane, high-impact multimedia messaging to empower businesses, brands, and community action. Currently, Elaine is focusing on building integrated content marketing strategies to promote small business, nonprofits and thought leaders. She is a frequent speaker to groups about social media optimization and has presented to the Faith and Philanthropy Conference, the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, the HOBY Youth Conference, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Showcase. She has also served as a guest lecturer in social media optimization in corporate communications at SMU. For more information on Elaine Wright, visit her website, and for more information on the workshop, click here.

Writers’ Guild of Texas Monthly Meeting

Monday, 19 November 2012 ~ 7-8:30 p.m.

Topic: Email Marketing and Social Media with Nicci O’Boyle

Richardson Public Library ~ 900 Civic Center Dr. ~ Richardson TX 75080 ~ Basement Room

Nicci O’Boyle is a small business owner who successfully uses email marketing and social media tools to grow her lifestyle business. As well as educating other small businesses and organizations on these tools to help grow their business, Nicci works with private clients.

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Barnes & Noble Event – Round Rock

Cara Coffey, author of Uncovered No More, Volume 2, will sign copies of her books at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00PM. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

In Uncovered No More Volume 2 (Tate Publishing, 2012). Cara Coffey continues her testimony from her first book, Uncovered No More. However, she also tells a different story in this second volume. She writes of the hope she sees as a woman who has walked with prophetic gifting in the United States. She testifies of a prophetic childbearing journey the Lord allowed in her life. She has labored in prayer for many years, and it is Cara’s hope that America will see repentance, deliverance, restoration, and revival within Christianity and also nationwide.

Cara has experienced and witnessed the difficulty of grassroots Christian people connecting at their congregation and home level. Delve into Uncovered No More Volume 2 and observe Cara’s prophetic thoughts on what she feels could help the body of Christ across America. All events are free and open to the public.

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Art on Tap – Houston

Saturday, October 27 8-10PM

Unpremeditated Natures: Russ Havard and David McClain

Russ Havard and David McClain Debut New Work in a Two-Person Exhibition. Both artists work with additive and subtractive methods, formal elements and the abandonment of formal elements. The exhibition will be accompanied by three Sundays of drawing salons on Oct. 28 led by Russ Havard, Nov. 11 led by Merilee Minshew and Dec. 9 led by David McClain. The exhibition and activities are curated by Emily Sloan. On view through Jan 26. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

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Twig Book Shop Events – San Antonio

Book Signing

Mark Hainds’ Year of the Pig

Sat. Oct. 27 ~ 11:00-1:00PM

This signing will go on in the farmers market. Mark Hainds has worked in his local farmers market and draws from personal experiences dealing with the destruction wrought by feral pigs. “Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.” For more information on the event, click here.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, October 27th

“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising the Stakes in Stories” led by Ramona Reeves, 1-3 p.m.

“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Barbara Renaud Gonzales, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.

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Under the Volcano 2013

Join for an unforgettable week of workshops, readings, and performances. January 4-13, 2013 in Tepoztlan. For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, writing as witness, food writing, and song. With Paul Muldoon, Jessica Hagedorn, Magda Bogin, Betty Fussell, Catherine Filloux, and composers Anthony Davis and Felipe Perez Santiago.

Registration is now open for Under the Volcanoʼs 2013 master classes. Small, intimate sessions with leading artists in one of Mexicoʼs most dynamic villages. You can even opt to extend the workshop week into an individual or collaborative retreat.

For questions and application guidelines, see our website or email  info@underthevolcano.org.

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Twig Book Shop Event – San Antonio

Special Event ~ Anthony Bourdain ~ at Laurie Auditorium

200 E Grayson, Ste. 124  San Antonio, TX 78215 at the Historic Pearl Brewery

twig@thetwig.com ~ thetwig.com

The Twig Book Shop has been invited to be the official bookseller for Anthony Bourdain on Nov. 8th. Fans of chef, food writer, and television host Bourdain will be happy to know that tickets for his show Guts and Gloryare now available.

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Harry Ransom Center Events

Bruce Sterling launches 2012 Flair Symposium LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7:30 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Author and futurist Bruce Sterling delivers the public keynote lecture of the Harry Ransom Center’s Flair Symposium “Visions of the Future” on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 1.

Sterling, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, is an American science fiction author best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.

The 2012 Flair Symposium “Visions of the Future” continues Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3. It brings together historians, architects, industrial designers, and visionaries in the fields of science fiction, film, theater, and future studies to explore the ways the future has been imagined over time. Payment and pre-registration for the symposium is required; however, the keynote event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Registrants for the symposium will have reserved seats at the event.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a Bruce Sterling book and other items.  For more information and to register, visit their website.

Poetry on the Plaza: Politics and Presidents READING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, NOON

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We’ll see you tomorrow at the Texas Book Festival! Come to the Capitol and support Texas Writers and fellow WLT members. Have a great weekend,

-WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

 

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budget with Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

The Writers’ League will be strongly represented at the 2012 Texas Book Festival on October 27th and 28th. Several WLT members will be featured panelists and speakers, and our booth will showcase League writers and activities. Authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books, and talk about their experiences. In addition, staff and volunteers can answer questions about League membership and activities. The WLT booth will be number 414 — the second tent north of the corner of 11th and Colorado. Come pay us a visit. Click  here for the signing schedule for Writers’ League authors in our booth!

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Literary Salon Event – Wed., Oct. 24 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Wildflower Terrace Apartments.

3801 Berkman Drive Austin, TX 78723

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Mermaids and Murder. Mystery Writer panel discussion, readings and book sales/signings with Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes and Dismembering the Past and Stephen G. Yanoff, author of The Presley Plot. $5.00 for non-residents, includes refreshments and program. RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com no later than Friday, Oct. 19

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At on Tap Events – Houston

NeighborhoodsArt Exhibit by Raul Gonzalez @ MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown

Saturday, October 20, 8- 10PM, $FREE

Come explore the characteristics that make up a city as Gonzalez sheds light on the people and places that add character to their community. Admire the results of a process where he begins with photographs, draws extracted information using only ballpoint pens and marker, scans the drawings into a larger format, adds accentuating color, and transforms them into large-scale murals.

Recently featured in Houston Press’ “100 Creatives 2012” and Chicano Channel Magazine as an artist on the rise, Gonzalez will attend the opening reception and all artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibit runs until January 2, 2013

Skatestock 2012 @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark

Saturday, October 20, 12PM – 9PM, $FREE

Peace, Love, and Skateboards!Skatestock is a one-of-a-kind, FREE grass-roots, all day event connecting the dots between, skateboarding, music, art, and science. The park will be transformed into a massive open-air gallery featuring Houston’s best artists and photographers and will include live music and video performances as well as interactive workshops. After party will be held at Fitzgerald’s and will feature the legendary Meat Puppets!

Common Threads – Design Workshop @ Vox Culture Houston

Saturday, October 20, 2- 4PM, $25

Vox Culture, an Arts and Advocacy network, is excited to partner with The Community Cloth for a three-event series themed “Common Threads” that will highlight the contributions of artisans from Houston’s refugee community. This workshop is the 2nd event in the series.

The workshop features an interactive jewelry making collaborative. The $25 fee goes towards training for the participant and a refugee artisan, materials, and a take-home customized wrap bracelet.

For more Art on Tap Events, visit their website.

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Life After Publishing: Marketing & Promotions

So you’ve written a book and it’s been published…You might have thought you were finished, but it is just the beginning. Where Do I Go From Here?Where do you go from here?

Book Marketing expert and author of “Amen! A Simple Guide to Self-Marketing Your Christian Book” Leon Mentzer, will share practical advice and time tested strategies to help you make your book marketing efforts a success. Learn how to sale you’re book, “one book at a time” and keep your chin up as you climb the steep ladder to book marketing success.

Mentzer’s practical teaching style and real-life examples of other authors who started out just like you will give you the encouragement you need to “pound the pavement” and make your book a success.

Other speakers include, JP Jones, author of “Market Yourself: A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media” and owner of Paige1Media. Jones teaches authors how to use FREE marketing tools to leverage their awareness through social media and the importance of creating online connections and networking.

Nicholas Clayton, owner of Collipsis Web Solutions, will share the importance of having a good Author Web site and what should and should NOT be included. What a good site looks like and how to achieve that without breaking your bank.

Wherever you are on the road of publishing you don’t want to miss this conference! You are guaranteed to walk away with actual actionable steps that you can begin applying to your marketing and promotion immediately.

Additionally, every attendee will receive: Leon’s 7,100 Media Outlets on CD in easy to use spreadsheet format. This list includes confirmed and up-to-date contact information for Bookstores, Churches, Radio and TV stations, Newspapers & Magazines outlets across the United States. Notes and powerpoint presentations from every session available for download. Special Discounts on professional design and Web site marketing. One-On-One Opportunities after the conference to converse with our speakers and ask questions specific to your niche and marketing efforts. For more information on the workshop, visit their website.

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Literary Salon Event – Wed., Oct. 24 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Wildflower Terrace Apartments.

3801 Berkman Drive Austin, TX 78723

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Mermaids and Murder. Mystery Writer panel discussion, readings and book sales/signings with Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes and Dismembering the Past and Stephen G. Yanoff, author of The Presley Plot. $5.00 for non-residents, includes refreshments and program. RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com no later than Friday, Oct. 19

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Rediscover the power of the Constitution & become a more active, engaged and effective citizen. How would you build a better democracy? SA2020, TSA and Gemini Ink’s Breakthrough Thinkers invite you to join them for Constitution Cafe San Antonio Edition with Dr. Christopher Phillips, Author and Founder of the Socrates & Constitution Cafe Dialogue Groups. October 25 and 26. Introductions by Darryl Byrd, SA2020 Chief Executive Officer and Q & A by Robert Rivard.

Featuring a presentation of Citizens Rights and Responsibilities developed by San Antonio students in cooperation with the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.For more information on the event and tickets, click here.

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American Women Writers National Museum

You are cordially invited to meet literary icon, internationally famous Dr. Thomas Staley, Director of Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. He will be speaking on:“Adams to Wharton: The Ransom Center’s American Women Writers.” Tuesday, October 23: noon-1:15 p.m. National Press Club, McLendon Room ~ 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor ~ Washington, D.C. 20045. Dr. Staley will be introduced by Roberta Shaffer, Associate Librarian, Library of Congress.

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Uncovered No More, Volume 2/Cara Coffey

Round Rock- Cara Coffey, author of Uncovered No More, Volume 2, will sign copies of her books at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

In Uncovered No More Volume 2 (Tate Publishing, 2012). Cara Coffey continues her testimony from her first book, Uncovered No More. However, she also tells a different

story in this second volume. She writes of the hope she sees as a woman who has walked with prophetic gifting in the United States. She testifies of a prophetic childbearing journey the Lord allowed in her life. She has labored in prayer for many years, and it is Cara’s hope that America will see repentance, deliverance, restoration, and revival within Christianity and also nationwide.

Cara has experienced and witnessed the difficulty of grassroots Christian people connecting at their congregation and home level. Delve into Uncovered No More Volume 2 and observe Cara’s prophetic thoughts on what she feels could help the body of Christ across America. All events are free and open to the public.

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The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will host readings and book signings from award-winning author S.C. Gwynne Oct. 18-19.

Gwynne will speak and sign copies of his books at the Wittliff Collections located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State Campus 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18. He will also give a reading and book signing at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The events are free and open to the public.

Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Texas Monthly, the New York Times, Harper’s and California Magazine. He worked as bureau chief, national correspondent and senior editor at Time from 1988 to 2000. He also worked as executive editor at Texas Monthly. He’s the Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author of Empire of the Summer Moon. His previous book, Outlaw Bank, co-authored with Jonathan Beaty, detailed the rise and fall of the corrupt global bank BCCI. He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins. He now lives in Austin with his wife Katie and daughter Maisie.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections and the Texas State Department of English. Books will be available during and after the event through the University Bookstore and Barnes and Noble.

For more information, contact Katie Angermeier at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com or visit their website.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, October 27th

“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising the Stakes in Stories” led by Ramona Reeves, 1-3 p.m.

“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Barbara Renaud Gonzales, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.

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NOTE: All contest information will be published on the members-only section of the Writers’ League Website.

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Thanks for reading this week’s Friday Filler. We hope that you all get some productive writing done this weekend, or at least get out and enjoy this beautiful weather to get inspired! See you next week,

– WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Making a Scene: Mastering the Basic Building Blocks of Narrative with Greg Garrett, Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

**Preregistration for this event is now closed. Please see our Classes and Workshops page for policies regarding walk-up registrations.

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budget with Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

The Writers’ League will be strongly represented at the 2012 Texas Book Festival on October 27th and 28th. Several WLT members will be featured panelists and speakers, and our booth will showcase League writers and activities. Authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books, and talk about their experiences. In addition, staff and volunteers can answer questions about League membership and activities. The WLT booth will be number 414 — the second tent north of the corner of 11th and Colorado. Come pay us a visit. Click  here for the signing schedule for Writers’ League authors in our booth!

WLT’s Third Thursday, October 18th, 7 PM: “An Author’s Guide to PR and Marketing”

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our illustrious panelists are:

Ernest Cline is the New York Times Bestselling author of the novel Ready Player One and the screenwriter of the 2009 film Fanboys. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he devotes a large portion of his time to geeking out. For more information please visit his website.

Jennifer Hill Robenalt is the principal of Robin Hill Media, an editorial services agency which specializes in ghostwriting, media training, public relations, strategic communications counsel and independent publishing. For clients, Jennifer has secured media coverage in prestigious outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Glamour and TIME, among others. For more information, visit her website.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Tantalize series and other acclaimed books and short stories for young readers. She hosts a children’s/YA literature resource site at and the most well-read blog in her age/format market and looks forward to the release of Feral Nights (Book One in the Feral series) in January 2013.

Jo Whittemore is the author of the tween humor novels, Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, and D is for Drama, as well as The Silverskin Legacy fantasy trilogy. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and is one of the founding members of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels.

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The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will host readings and book signings from award-winning author S.C. Gwynne Oct. 18-19.

Gwynne will speak and sign copies of his books at the Wittliff Collections located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State Campus 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18. He will also give a reading and book signing at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The events are free and open to the public.

Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Texas Monthly, the New York Times, Harper’s and California Magazine. He worked as bureau chief, national correspondent and senior editor at Time from 1988 to 2000. He also worked as executive editor at Texas Monthly. He’s the Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author of Empire of the Summer Moon. His previous book, Outlaw Bank, co-authored with Jonathan Beaty, detailed the rise and fall of the corrupt global bank BCCI. He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins. He now lives in Austin with his wife Katie and daughter Maisie.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections and the Texas State Department of English. Books will be available during and after the event through the University Bookstore and Barnes and Noble.

For more information, contact Katie Angermeier at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com or visit their website.

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Literary Salon Event – Wed., Oct. 24 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Wildflower Terrace Apartments.

3801 Berkman Drive Austin, TX 78723

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Mermaids and Murder. Mystery Writer panel discussion, readings and book sales/signings with Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes and Dismembering the Past and Stephen G. Yanoff, author of The Presley Plot. $5.00 for non-residents, includes refreshments and program. RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com no later than Friday, Oct. 19

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American Women Writers National Museum

You are cordially invited to meet literary icon, internationally famous Dr. Thomas Staley, Director of Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. He will be speaking on:“Adams to Wharton: The Ransom Center’s American Women Writers.” Tuesday, October 23: noon-1:15 p.m. National Press Club, McLendon Room ~ 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor ~ Washington, D.C. 20045. Dr. Staley will be introduced by Roberta Shaffer, Associate Librarian, Library of Congress.

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Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum is Hosting a Harry Potter Halloween

Costume Contest & Scavenger Hunt on October 13.  Event is First in Series of “Celebrate More Harry Potter with Pottermore” Events to be Held at Select Stores Nationwide Throughout the Year.

Austin, TX – October 10, 2012 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum will host a Halloween Costume Contest & Scavenger Hunt as the first in their yearlong series of events called “Celebrate More Harry Potter with Pottermore.”

Participants can come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character, using as much imagination and creativity in costume creation as possible, for a chance to win exciting prizes including NOOK Simple Touch(tm). Participants are encouraged to get sorted into a house at Pottermore.com beforehand to compete in challenges alongside fellow Pottermore house members, including a Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavor Beans tasting challenge and a race to find the key to a “Gringotts” vault. The event, aimed at fans age 7 to 16, will take place on Saturday October 13 at 7:00 p.m., and each attendee will receive a collectible giveaway of some beautifully illustrated Pottermore artwork.

“We are thrilled to provide children of all ages with exciting new ways to experience the world of Harry Potter through Pottermore.com,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Business Development, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “The Halloween Costume Contest and Scavenger Hunt and ‘Celebrate More Harry Potter with Pottermore’ event series will satisfy the most enthusiastic Harry Potter fans.”

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Rediscover the power of the Constitution & become a more active, engaged and effective citizen. How would you build a better democracy? SA2020, TSA and Gemini Ink’s Breakthrough Thinkers invite you to join them for Constitution Cafe San Antonio Edition with Dr. Christopher Phillips, Author and Founder of the Socrates & Constitution Cafe Dialogue Groups. October 25 and 26. Introductions by Darryl Byrd, SA2020 Chief Executive Officer and Q & A by Robert Rivard.

Featuring a presentation of Citizens Rights and Responsibilities developed by San Antonio students in cooperation with the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.For more information on the event and tickets, click here.

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Mystery Reader’s Social @ Pleasant Hill Branch

Are you an amateur P.I.? Do the words who done it get your blood racing? If so, the Mystery Readers Social is for you. The Pleasant Hill Branch of the Austin Public Library, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., invites snoops and sleuths to join us on Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for English-style afternoon tea. Compete in the mystery trivia contest to win prizes. Browse our mini book sale featuring mystery, suspense and thriller titles. The Mystery Readers Social is free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-3940 or visit the website.

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Austin Poetry Society Events

October 13, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. APS Second Saturday Critique Group meets at Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive. Bring ten copies of a poem in progress for friendly discussion. If you want to follow the prompt, write a poem involving these words which were chosen at random during the last meeting: riskier, kin, cannery, darling, drawing, shrine and twitch. Or following the instructions on p. 269ff of Dos Gatos’ Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry. Host Beth Kropf asks you to bring paper for a brief exercise during each session. After you meet with this group, you go home and write BETTER poetry.

October 14th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Austin Writers Roulette is a monthly culturally diverse evening of reading and performing original written works (play excerpts, poetry, essays, etc.) Each month has a theme, and in October, it’s Magical and Occult: Rituals, Prayers, and Experiences with Angels. Every second Sunday at Capoeira Evolucao Studio, 2015 E. Riverside #7B (behind Emo’s). Email Teresa the selection(s) you wish to read/perform along with the corresponding theme(s) at mathdreads@yahoo.com.

October 19, Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Share Your Stories, each Third Friday at Twin Oaks Library, South 5th at West Mary. You know you’ve got a story someone needs to hear. Host: Ralph Hausser.

October 20, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Austin Poetry Society monthly wing-ding this month features Budd Mahan, a leader in both state and national poetry societies, speaking on “Sparking Creation and Increasing Appeal.” Results of the meeting contest will be announced. APS meets this month again in the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina St.

October 25, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Austin Poetry Society Fourth Thursday Reading, open to the public and free. Features this month are John Berry, Herman Nelson, Susan Rooke and Kathleen Roman. There’s always an open mic as well. Host: Linda Marie Cossa. NeWorlDeli, which has hosted 4th Thursday more than four years now, is a great place to meet with friends and get a good dinner.

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Writers’ Block Events

“Adventures in Creative Nonfiction” with Edie Bakker

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 1 PM

Lucky Dog Books – 10801 Garland Road, Dallas 75218

Our adventure with Creative Nonfiction will begin with short readings from the genre. Discussion will focus on the primary purpose of CNF, as opposed to that of Nonfiction, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Participants will decide what CNF is and explore the structure of a good CNF story. Ethical issues and how to handle truth in CNF will also be examined.

Bakker has a BA in anthropology. In 1994 National Geographic published an article Edie wrote about two expeditions she facilitated into Papua New Guinea; she has written a book manuscript covering both experiences, as well as a book manuscript on cultural adaptation. Edie ran a column in an online magazine and is currently working on a memoir. Several stories and a chapter have been published, and she has won three writing contests. Click here for more information.

The 2012 writer’s retreat sponsored by the Writer’s Block is less than a month away. If you’re a writer who desperately needs a weekend getaway to start a new project, advance an existing project or obtain feedback on a work-in-progress, sign up today for this retreat.

October 19 – 21 are the dates and the retreat will take place at Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill, Texas. Registration continues through October 14 for the remaining few spots. Register at http://www.writersblockinc.org/.

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Under the Volcano 2013

Join for an unforgettable week of workshops, readings, and performances. January 4-13, 2013 in Tepoztlan. For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, writing as witness, food writing, and song. With Paul Muldoon, Jessica Hagedorn, Magda Bogin, Betty Fussell, Catherine Filloux, and composers Anthony Davis and Felipe Perez Santiago.

Registration is now open for Under the Volcanoʼs 2013 master classes. Small, intimate sessions with leading artists in one of Mexicoʼs most dynamic villages. You can even opt to extend the workshop week into an individual or collaborative retreat.

For questions and application guidelines, see our website or email us at info@underthevolcano.org.

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Impact Austin 2012 Speaker Series

Join us for an exciting evening with Kathy LeMay. She will discuss “Voice, Activism & Money: Women Creating the World We Know is Possible.”

Kathy LeMay is the Founder, President & CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. In 2000, LeMay was nominated for a Reebok Human Rights Award for her 15 years of service as a human rights activist. She was just named one of Business West Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ and, in January 2010, she released her first book, The Generosity Plan. Click here for event details.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ~ Marriott Hotel South

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Sisters in Crime Event – A Collision of Forensic Science and Politics

Our October 14 speaker, Gerald Hurst, a chemist and inventor, offers his services for free to help individuals he feels were wrongly convicted of arson. Hurst said he became disgusted by fire investigations based more on ‘old wives’ tales and folklore’ than science. He long ago took to wearing all-black clothing to hide the marks of soot, and he works out of a home office in the basement of his west Austin house.

Jerry has a bachelor, graduate, and Ph.D. in Chemistry and has worked for various companies investigating explosives and arson techniques. He is currently self employed and has about a dozen patents in the field of explosives in the US and foreign countries.

He is experienced in the study of the initiation, mechanism, prevention and analysis of fires and explosions dating back 45 years and including work with both military and civilian government agencies including FBI, BATF, US Forest Service, etc. He is the inventor of Kinepak (binary explosive), “mylar” balloon and the modern Liquid Paper formulations.

“I see fire as a bunch of physical chemical processes,” he said. “I came up using my science background and running experiments, and I had years of access to testing facilities (as a corporate scientist from 1965-80), so anytime I wanted to blow something up or test an idea, I could.”

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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The Wittliff Collections at Texas State present: A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State Uni­ver­sity-San Marcos launch the second Lonesome Dove volume in their book series with the University of Texas Press. To celebrate the publication of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, the Wittliff is hosting a free panel discussion with contributors John Spong, Jeff Wilson, and Bill Wittliff, moderated by Stephen Harrigan. Signed books will be for sale before and after the discussion.

Location: the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

Attendees are required to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu by OCTOBER 15 to receive further information about the event, including parking instructions, and a 5% discount on the book.

Admission is free. For more information about the event, you may call 512-245-2313.

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Thanks for checking out Friday Filler this week.  Be sure to tell us how these events go on our facebook. Have a great weekend!

– WLT

Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

**Tomorrow, walk-in registration available, subject to availability

How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway with Lana Castle 10/6

Lana Castle’s Guest Blog The Road to Publication

**Lana Castle’s class, ‘How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway’ on October 6, is now available at the discounted rate of $49 for members and non-members. With this great deal, it is likely that the course will sell out fast! Don’t miss the opportunity to bolster your knowledge of the business of publishing.

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing and Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman 11/10

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

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Conference V – Houston Writers’ Guild


Friday, October 12th ~ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop #1 ~ April Eberhardt on “An Agents View of Self-Publishing.”

April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to “self-publishing, done right.”

Workshop #2 ~ Nikki Loftin on “Build your writing toolkit.”
No one does it like Nikki Loftin, easily voted the most entertaining and instructive lecturer of our entire faculty at the Spring conference. Nikki will present a 3 hour hand-on workshop for any genre, where folks come in with ideas/rough sketches and leave with polished queries, pitches, and improvement on their opening pages.

Saturday, October 13th ~ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Margie Lawson on “Empowering Character’s Emotions.” Want to add a psychological punch to your writing? Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page? Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotions and hooking the reader viscerally? Learn the “edits” system. Basic, complex empowered and super-empowered passages: Backstory management, Kinesics, Haptics, Proxemics, Facial expressions, Paralanguage and much more.
The conference will be held at the Sugar Land Marriot Hotel 16090 City Walk Sugar Land, Texas 77479. For more information on Agents and what else the conference has to offer for writers, click here.

No nonmember surcharge if you write EMMA on your application. Appointments still available. It’s $35 dollars per agent. Use paypal or mail your check. Visit their website for more information or email a representative.

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The 2012 Lone Star Writer’s Conference featuring James Scott Bell

Topic: Plot and Structure

Editors: Chris Keeslar, Editor-in-Chief – Buroughs Publishing Group

Liz Pelletier, Senior Editor – Entangled Publishing

Deborah Gilbert, Senior editor – Soul Mate Publishing

Agent: Elaine Spencer – The Knight Agency

Location: Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint

Date & Time: October 13, 2012; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)

Cost: $130 ~ for more information on the conference and registration, click here.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, October 27th

“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising the Stakes in Stories” led by Ramona Reeves, 1-3 p.m.

“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Barbara Renaud Gonzales, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.

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Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) are proud to present Austin attorney Chris Castle’s “Four Nights of Music Rights” seminar series in September and October 2012 hosted by the Long Center. The series consists of four evening seminars that will cover intermediate and advanced-level music business rights and protections and related legal issues for managers, music industry businesses, lawyers, artists, songwriters, and music technology companies.

Each seminar will have a specific focus area for lecture and discussion. Some seminars will also include guest speakers with expertise relevant to the topic. The final 30 minutes of each seminar will also include “Band Basics”, a practical guide to getting and keeping a band’s business in order.

October 16: Creating Good Partnerships: Manager and Booking Agent Agreements

Content on Oct 16 will include: Personal management agreements and booking talent.

Special Guest: Brian Stovall, Assistant Director of Texas Performing Arts and Entertainment and Logistics Consultant, on how to settle a show; Representing songwriting teams and other joint clients; and Legal responsibility in the legal clinic environment.

October 30: Music Clearances for Tech Startups and Artist Rights: Do Good Business and Protect Your Work

Content on Oct 30 will include: Digital distribution and online music services.

Band Business Nuts and Bolts will include bank accounts, bookkeeping, taxes, health coverage and insurance coverage. Staying Healthy: SIMS Foundation and HAAM Guest

Speaker: Jennifer Stowe, Director of Services, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Special Guest: David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven and editor of The Trichordist, on artist rights.

Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required. The seminars will be held at the AT&T Conference Room at the Long Center from 7pm to 10pm on alternating Tuesdays from September 18th – October 30th. Registration and networking starts at 6:30. Seminars take place in the AT&T meeting room at The Long Center and begin promptly at 7pm. Click here  for more information on registration and the seminars.

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Under the Volcano 2013

Join for an unforgettable week of workshops, readings, and performances. January 4-13, 2013 in Tepoztlan. For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, writing as witness, food writing, and song. With Paul Muldoon, Jessica Hagedorn, Magda Bogin, Betty Fussell, Catherine Filloux, and composers Anthony Davis and Felipe Perez Santiago.

Registration is now open for Under the Volcanoʼs 2013 master classes. Small, intimate sessions with leading artists in one of Mexicoʼs most dynamic villages. You can even opt to extend the workshop week into an individual or collaborative retreat.

For questions and application guidelines, see our website or email us at info@underthevolcano.org.

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This October 18 -25, 2012, Austin Film Festival & Conference will again showcase the very best that the city has to offer – convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s fine bars and restaurants, and community partnerships – while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers. Please join us for the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival, October 18-25, 2012 and be the first to see all of the great movies everyone will be talking about next year. For prices, registration and what to know what to expect, visit their website.

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Impact Austin 2012 Speaker Series

Join us for an exciting evening with Kathy LeMay. She will discuss “Voice, Activism & Money: Women Creating the World We Know is Possible.”

Kathy LeMay is the Founder, President & CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. In 2000, LeMay was nominated for a Reebok Human Rights Award for her 15 years of service as a human rights activist. She was just named one of Business West Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ and, in January 2010, she released her first book, The Generosity Plan. Click here for event details.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ~ Marriott Hotel South

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Sisters in Crime Event – A Collision of Forensic Science and Politics

Our October 14 speaker, Gerald Hurst, a chemist and inventor, offers his services for free to help individuals he feels were wrongly convicted of arson. Hurst said he became disgusted by fire investigations based more on ‘old wives’ tales and folklore’ than science. He long ago took to wearing all-black clothing to hide the marks of soot, and he works out of a home office in the basement of his west Austin house.

Jerry has a bachelor, graduate, and Ph.D. in Chemistry and has worked for various companies investigating explosives and arson techniques. He is currently self employed and has about a dozen patents in the field of explosives in the US and foreign countries.

He is experienced in the study of the initiation, mechanism, prevention and analysis of fires and explosions dating back 45 years and including work with both military and civilian government agencies including FBI, BATF, US Forest Service, etc. He is the inventor of Kinepak (binary explosive), “mylar” balloon and the modern Liquid Paper formulations.

“I see fire as a bunch of physical chemical processes,” he said. “I came up using my science background and running experiments, and I had years of access to testing facilities (as a corporate scientist from 1965-80), so anytime I wanted to blow something up or test an idea, I could.”

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.

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The Wittliff Collections at Texas State present: A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State Uni­ver­sity-San Marcos launch the second Lonesome Dove volume in their book series with the University of Texas Press. To celebrate the publication of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, the Wittliff is hosting a free panel discussion with contributors John Spong, Jeff Wilson, and Bill Wittliff, moderated by Stephen Harrigan. Signed books will be for sale before and after the discussion.

Location: the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

Attendees are required to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu by OCTOBER 15 to receive further information about the event, including parking instructions, and a 5% discount on the book.

Admission is free. For more information about the event, you may call 512-245-2313.

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Cara Coffey, author of Uncovered No More, Volume 2, will sign copies of her books at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

In Uncovered No More Volume 2 (Tate Publishing, 2012). Cara Coffey continues her testimony from her first book, Uncovered No More. However, she also tells a different

story in this second volume. She writes of the hope she sees as a woman who has walked with prophetic gifting in the United States. She testifies of a prophetic childbearing journey the Lord allowed in her life. She has labored in prayer for many years, and it is Cara’s hope that America will see repentance, deliverance, restoration, and revival within Christianity and also nationwide.

Cara has experienced and witnessed the difficulty of grassroots Christian people connecting at their congregation and home level. Delve into Uncovered No More Volume 2 and observe Cara’s prophetic thoughts on what she feels could help the body of Christ across America.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Award-winning author Doug Carlyle will launch his latest romantic fantasy, Vinegarone, at the Dogleg Coffeehouse in Bandera, Texas on Sunday, October 7 from noon until 2pm. It will be available on Amazon October 1st. He will also be signing his debut novel, In Search of the Fuller Brush Man. Visit his website for more information.

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Sarah Martin is coming in to San Antonio to see family and to sign some books at The Twig!

Her book Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama provides spiritual strength in unprecedented times. The Event is on Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10:00-12:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Anthony Bourdain ~ at Laurie Auditorium

200 E Grayson, Ste. 124  San Antonio, TX 78215 at the Historic Pearl Brewery

The Twig Book Shop has been invited to be the official bookseller for Anthony Bourdain on Nov. 8th. Fans of chef, food writer, and television host Bourdain will be happy to know that tickets for his show Guts and Gloryare now available.

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Gemini Ink Special Promotion!

Two Stars for the Price of One! Register for Carrie Fountain’s class (Oct. 6) and Matthea Harvey’s class (Oct. 13) at the same time and pay only $100 OR two friends can register for the price of one. Call 210.734.9673 to register and for more information.

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The Georgetown Poetry Festival will begin this Friday (Oct 5th) through to Sunday (Oct 7th). Friday’s festivities will be from 6:30-9:00 p.m., starting with The Enigmatist Open Mic reading at Stinger Art Gallery (4410 Williams Dr. #102). Please email Mike Gullickson at poetkind@yahoo.com, or call 591-7330 to state which events you will attend. All events will be free, so contact Mike soon!

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– WLT