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10 Oct 11 Noted Texas Music Author to Speak in Houston Area

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(Editor’s Note: The following comes courtesy of yourhoustonnews.com.)

 

One of the most versatile and prolific writers on the Texas literary scene comes to Montgomery County this month to discuss in extensive body of literary work.

Veteran journalist, novelist and biographer Jan Reid is the featured speaker for the Writers in Performance Series, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the library at Lone Star College-Montgomery.

Admission is free of charge and the event is open to the public.

“His fiction writing is often compared to Larry McMurtry (author of ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘The Last Picture Show’ among others),” said Dianne Logan, spokeswoman. “His ‘The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock’ is hailed at as ‘the bible’ for lovers of the Austin and Texas music scenes, profiling Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and many others and the story of the 1970s emergence of the iconic Austin music scene.”

Reid’s other work includes “Comanche Sundown,” a novel whose characters include Comanche chief Quanah Parker, Billy the Kid and Bat Masterson, and which won the Jesse Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters; and “Deerinwater,” a novel and winner of a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship.

Reid’s “The Bullet Meant for Me”, is a compelling reflection on marriage, friendship, boxing and his recovery from a deadly shooting in Mexico. His recent biography, “Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm,” traces the career of the first American musician to capitalize on the 1960s British invasion who eventually moved to California where he became a star and invented the “cosmic cowboy” vogue.

His book, “Close Calls,” a collection of his magazine pieces, was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Book of the Year Award. Reid’s much anticipated biography of Texas Governor Ann Richards will be published in 2112.

Reid is writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and a long-time contributor to the New York Times, Esquire, Slate,

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GQ and other national publications.

All Writers in Performance events are free to the public and include a book-signing reception. The series is made possible through a partnership of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council; Lone Star College-Montgomery library, Conroe Commission on the Arts and Culture, Good Books in the Woods and SWIRL student magazine of art and literature.

For information, contact Dave Parsons (936) 524-6537 or visit www.literaryartscouncil.org.

 

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