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Bill Case    Saturday, April 22    3-5 PM

 Stand Tall, Don’t Fall

As a physical therapist and athlete, Bill Case knows that prevention and preparation are the keys to eliminating senior falls. Stand Tall, Don't Fall is your complete guide to minimizing the physical limitations of the older adult. Complete with proven exercises to improve strength, balance, flexibility, and posture, Stand Tall, Don't Fall offers practical solutions and applications to prevent falls in older adults and help them avoid injury and retain their independence.

 
       
   

Robert Flatt    Saturday, April 29    3 – 5 PM

Healing Art: Don’t Let Anything Ruin Your Day

Robert Flatt always held the belief that life is good. When he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he refused to let the news alter his fundamental perspective. Robert viewed this unexpected hurdle as an opportunity: the debilitating disease granted him the gift of time to pursue his artistic interests. Through photography, he discovered the beauty in his own backyard and the immense healing power of art. Taking vivid photographs of the wonders he had previously overlooked helped him cope, and he realized the power of the beauty he observed could help others, too. Despite his physical limitations, he began traveling the world to pursue this passion that made him feel so intensely alive. Robert's irrepressible good nature, patience, and undeniable talent have resulted in this collection of images both intimate and grand that showcase the wonders that surround each of us, if we take the time to look and have the right perspective to see. Coupled with Robert's candid, empowering reflections on existence and his illness, the vision of the world revealed in Healing Art urges readers to live in the present, relax, and remember that life is good. Despite the nature of our burdens, if we can focus on an image of beauty today, we have not let our challenges define us. And for another day, we have been fully alive and open to the presence of joy. Could we really ask for more?

 
       
   

Lyn Coffin   Thursday, May 4    4 – 6 PM

This Green Life: New and Selected

This Green Life assimilates work from Lyn Coffin's previous collections. This stunning collection also includes new work never before published. Lyn Coffin is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, drama and translation. She has won several grants and awards, including the SABA Prize in 2016. One of her short fictions was in the Best American Short Stories edited by Joyce Carol Oates. She has translated Mohsen Emadi, Jiri Orten, Dato Barbakadze. Her plays have been performed internationally, as well as in several US cities, including on off-off Broadway in New York. This year will see the publication of her novel, The Aftermath, her children's book, Henry & Punkin, and a bilingual edition of her poetry and that of Mercedes Luna Fuentes, and a book of aphorisms from Rustaveli. Her work has been translated into many languages. Many of these titles, plus several more, will be available for purchase as well.

 
       
   

Featured Poets   Saturday, May 6   4 – 6 PM

Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston

With guest editor, Sandi Stromberg, the Houston-based poetry press turned writers loose for its fourth anthology in ten years to capture vibrant images of the nature of this unzoned and seemingly uncontained city. Eighty-three poems explore elements of Houston s mix of Wild West and cosmopolitan sophistication, its civilized culture that coexists with the wildness of Mother Nature. Readers are invited into its heat and humidity, traffic jams, history, and bayous to experience the art and animals, ethnicities and homeless, hurricanes and pollution, flowers and weeds.

 
       
   

Paul A. Mattingly, Jr.    Saturday, May 13     4 – 6 PM

From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds a Legacy

 Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange, Texas, employed a group of workers who, with their "can-do" spirit, forged the company forward as pioneers in shipbuilding technology, offshore drilling, and ocean exploration. In From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds a Legacy, author, Paul A. Mattingly, Jr., chronicles the workers' level of excellence as they responded to American involvement in World War II and afterwards, to the transitioning into the postwar boom. From the building of the "Kennedy Class" ferries for Staten Island, the New York Harbor tugboats for Moran Towing, the Glomar Challenger ocean research vessel, to the current connection to Keppel FELS (Far East Levingston Shipbuilding), the largest builder of jackup rigs in the world, the legacy of a little shipyard in Orange, Texas, continues. The book offers engaging and informative stories about individuals and cultures who, through their association with the shipyard, became members of the worldwide "Levingston Family."

 
       
   

T. Haven Morse    Saturday, May 20    3 – 5 PM 

Flooded By: A Persona Poetry Collection

Poet and curator T. Haven Morse presents Flooded By, A Persona Poetry Collection. The pages within contain the lives of sixty people. Sixty glimpses into psyches and souls of emotionally driven individuals. People like you and me, filled with anger, jealousy, joy, and wonder. Spend time getting to know them, forging connections. See who you fall in love with, who you disdain, who you want to invite out for coffee and who you’d like to forget by the end of the book. Jump into the water and see who and what you’ll be flooded by.

 
       
   

Jane Alvey Harris   Saturday, May 27   3 – 5 PM

Riven

Which Reality Would YOU Choose? Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn't know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they're infected and bleeding. She's pretty sure she's losing her mind. Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they're commandeering her conscious even when she's awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help. Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, Emily slips completely inside her elaborate fantasy world. She's powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment...to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They're hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out...

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
   

Cassandra Bohne   Saturday, June 10   3 – 5 PM

The Second Mary

A woman paints inspired by a force beyond her comprehension. God brings a new love into her life and her art springs to life. Via a supernatural transformation, God reveals an image of Jesus in a new painting, secrets about the couples' destiny and of mankind. They soon find that they are expecting a child who will change the future of the world.

 
       
   

John B. Boles   Saturday, June 17   3 – 5 PM

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty

From an eminent scholar of the American South, comes the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson since 1970. Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write a comprehensive biography of the most complex Founding Father. In Jefferson, Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker-as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government-a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day. Boles offers new insight into Jefferson's actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figure-a man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty.