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Texas Writes in Van Alstyne, TX

March 18 2023 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

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Texas Writes is a statewide program that brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions focused on the craft of writing.

Our Van Alstyne, TX event will feature Donna M. Johnson presenting “Deepening the Narrative: Moving Beyond the Personal in Memoir” and Kathleen Kent presenting “Criminal Minds: The Elements of Crime Writing”.

We’ll start at 1:00 PM CDT with our presentations and we’ll conclude with a conversation with both authors, moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

We hope to see you there!

Each event is free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided. To pre-register for this event, contact the library at (903) 482-5991.

Featured Presenter(s)

Donna M. JohnsonDonna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir critically acclaimed by the New York TimesO MagazineTexas Monthly, NPR’s Interfaith VoicesPeople and many other publications and blogs. Donna's work has been collected in two outstanding anthologies, Beyond Belief and Her Texas. She has written for The Rumpus, Psychology Today, The Nervous Breakdown, Shambhala Sun, Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News and the Austin American Statesman. She is currently at work on a project that combines investigative journalism with personal narrative.
Kathleen Kent headshot Kathleen Kent is a New York Times bestselling author and a two-time Edgar Award Nominee for her contemporary crime novels, The Dime and The Burn. The third Det. Betty book, titled The Pledge, was released Nov. 2021. Ms. Kent is also the author of three award-winning historical novels, The Heretic’s DaughterThe Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts.  She has written short stories and essays for D Magazine, Texas Monthly and LitHub, and has been published in the crime anthology Dallas Noir. In March 2020 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters for her contribution to Texas literature.  


March 18 2023
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
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Van Alstyne Public Library
151 W. Cooper Street
Van Alstyne, TX 75495 United States
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