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.


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 www.hotxsinc.org.


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!


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.


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.


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 www.english.txstate.edu/kap.


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.


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.


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.


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,


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