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Judithe Little   Saturday, October 21    4 – 6 PM

Wickwythe Hall

May 1940. Hitler invades France, a move that threatens all of Europe, and three lives intersect at Wickwythe Hall, an opulent estate in the English countryside--a beautiful French refugee, a take-charge American heiress, and a charming champagne vendeur with ties to Roosevelt and Churchill, who isn't what he seems. There, secrets and unexpected liaisons unfold, until a shocking tragedy in a far-off Algerian port binds them forever. Wickwythe Hall is inspired by actual people, places and events, including Operation Catapult, a sea action in which Churchill launched a bloody attack on the French fleet to keep the powerful ships out of Hitler's reach. Over 1,000 French sailors, who just days before fought side-by-side with the British, perished. Humanizing this forgotten piece of history, Wickwythe Hall takes the reader behind the blackout curtains of upper-class England, through the bustling private quarters of Churchill's Downing Street, and along the tense back alleys of occupied Vichy, illustrating what it took to survive in the dark, early days of World War II.

 
       
   

Charles Carroll & John David Mann   Saturday, October 28   3 -5 PM

The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness

From eight-time Culinary Olympian Chef Charles Carroll and New York Times bestselling author John David Mann comes a tale of heartbreak and redemption, the story of a boy who learns to overcome tragedy and carve out a life of excellence and honor through cooking lessons at the hands of a retired chef. Blending poignant story-telling with vivid culinary detail, The Recipe offers readers a compelling recipe for personal greatness. Throughout the story the reader also learns key cooking concepts, cutting techniques, and other practical secrets of the kitchen. The book includes a complete set of recipes for dishes cooked in the story.

 
       
   

Marec Bela Steffens   Thursday, November 2    5 – 7 pm

Thyme Will Tell: The Adventures of an Old-School European Highwayman in Houston, Texas

Robber Thyme is a leading member of the Robbers' Guild of his German home town. Suddenly he finds himself in uncharted territory. His Guild sends him to Houston, Texas, so that he may study and practice the most advanced methods of crime. Indeed he can learn a lot from H-Town's Siblinghood of Robbers (originally called Brotherhood, but you can't have a name like that anymore). For example, when robbing the passengers of an interurban bus service, make them sign your general terms and conditions first, lest you will find yourself at the wrong end of a lawsuit. Talk to call center agents without using expletives, or the Siblinghood's HR department will reprimand you. Keep kidnapping victims in good shape, otherwise their families will sue you for damages. Acknowledge the superiority of the jury system. And do not expect that religious freedom means you can have a day off every week just for nothing. Robber colleagues from all over the world help Robber Thyme to get his feet on the ground in the new environment. So do Amanda the sassy Armadillo and Ildefons the Iguana with his ear trumpet. The result is a depiction of contemporary life in Houston, Texas.

 
       
   

Valerie Peterson-Kelly    Saturday, November 4     3 – 5 PM

Reflections Yours and Mine: A Poetic Memoir

A Poetic Memoir reflecting the stages of life from childhood to adulthood through the eyes of rags to riches woman of God. It will inspire you to birth your store through your life reflections, to heal, help others or get published.

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
   

Elliott G. Kelly     Saturday, November 4     3 – 5 PM

The Awaited Journey

In 2004, while living in Houston, Texas, an unexpected turn of events took place in my life. After being married for seven years, my wife and I divorced. It was during this time in my life that I was met head on by several demonic spirits, whose goal was to take me out. Those demonic spirits reigned over me and held me captive for several years. Even thought I was being tormented, I never lost faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. God led me on a journey showing me the doors I had opened to several dark spirits, which exposed me to the depths of Satan's playground. As soon as I closed the doors of darkness, God began to unlock the doors to my Destiny.

 
       
   

Elliott BJ Prior    Thursday, November 9    4 – 6- PM

Behind My Wings: Untold Stories of Vietnam Vets

On the approach to Saigon, seeing the rice paddies and the jungle below, my detached feelings about the war began to emerge. As the soldiers deplaned, the lump in my throat began to swell, and I fled into the cockpit. Alone and out of sight, leaning on the closed door with my hands covering my face, I burst into tears. I told myself, never let them see me cry and I never did. Stuffing tears through emotional encounters were unending, and this was only the beginning. This book is a tribute to those who served so well. You are not forgotten! Read and remember, the stories of heroes of Vietnam.

 
       
   

Laura Bohn     Tuesday, November 14    5 – 7 PM

Laura Bohn: Ways of Seeing

A monograph on a leading voice of interior design, Laura Bohn, “Queen of soft-modern” .Laura Bohn's set designs for the Year of the Dragon movie and Nurse Jackie (television show) are included in the book. Laura Bohn: Ways of Seeing is the first monograph on the residential work of the prominent New York-based interior designer. Born and raised in Texas, Bohn was an haute couture model in Paris before taking a degree at Pratt Institute where she studied with legendary modernist Joe D'Urso. After working for another design luminary, John Saladino, Bohn teamed with Joseph Lembo to form one of the 1980's most creative and wide-ranging practices, for which she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Since founding her own firm in 1996, Laura Bohn has continued to produce distinctive interiors that combine a rigorous sense of architecture with a sensuous use of unexpected materials, shapes, and colors. A pioneer in the residential reclamation of Manhattan's gritty industrial and commercial real estate--the loft conversion of a 1907 Beaux-Arts bank building is a signature project--Bohn is also known for creating idyllic country retreats and airy beach houses.

 
       
   

Beverly Barrett     Thursday, November 16     5 – 7 PM

Globalization and Change in Higher Education: The Political Economy of Policy Reform in Europe

This book sets out political economy explanations for higher education policy reform in Europe in the initial decades of the 21st century. With a sustained focus on the national level of policy implementation, institutional change is considered in relationship to broader trends in economic development and globalization. Since the concept of a "Europe of Knowledge" was presented by the European Commission in 1997, the pursuit of global competitiveness sets the context for the international initiative of the Bologna Process that has created the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Growing from 29 to 48 participating countries, there are three core explanations for change in the policy process: globalization (economic), intergovernmentalism (political), and Europeanization (social). As part of multi-method research analysis, this book presents qualitative case studies on Portugal and Spain to consider points of comparison, including national governance history and modernization of higher education institutions. The structure of government in these countries affects the policy reforms. Ultimately, the Bologna Process serves as a model for integration of higher education reform in other world regions. This book is essential reading for students, researchers, and policy makers in the fields of education, economics, and public policy.

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
   

Johnnie Bernhard    Saturday, November 18    3 – 5 PM

A Good Girl

Gracey Reiter confronts a painful past and an intimidating future with the approaching death of her father, Henry Mueller, the self-described "last Mohican" from the chaotic gene pool known as the Walsh-Mueller family. The present holds the answer, and the last opportunity for Gracey to understand her father's alcoholism, her mother's infidelity, and her siblings' version of the truth. The voices of the past give Gracey the courage to find her voice. Using biting humor and gut-level truths for the first time in her life, Gracey walks across the land mines created by a crippling family legacy. Henry's funeral and the Irish wedding of Therese Mueller, Gracey's and her husband Mark Mueller's daughter, coincide by a few weeks and serve as a completion of the family circle. With the closing of one door, and the opening of the future, Gracey finds forgiveness by realizing six generations of the Walsh-Mueller family, saints and sinners, criminals and heroes, the abandoned and the celebrated, are forever family, forever bound by blood and the dreams of an Irish girl, Patricia Walsh Mueller.  A Good Girl examines the numbing work of raising children and burying parents through six generations.

 
       
   

Virginia Bernhard   Thursday, December 7    5- 7 PM

The Smell of War: Three Americans in the Trenches of World War I

Historian Virginia Bernhard has deftly woven together the memoirs and letters of three American soldiers--Henry Beston Sheahan, Mike Hogg, and George Wythe--to capture a vivid, poignant portrayal of what it was like to be "over there." These firsthand recollections focus the lens of history onto one small corner of the war, into one small battlefield, and in doing so they reveal new perspectives on the horrors of trench warfare, life in training camps, transportation and the impact of technology, and the post-armistice American army of occupation. Henry Sheahan's memoir, A Volunteer Poilu, was first published in 1916. He was a Boston-born, Harvard-educated ambulance driver for the French army who later became a well-known New England nature writer, taking a family name "Beston" as his surname. George Wythe, from Weatherford, Texas, was a descendent of the George Wythe who signed the Declaration of Independence. Mike Hogg, born in Tyler, Texas, was the son of former Texas governor James Stephen Hogg. The Smell of War, by collecting and annotating the words of these three individuals, paints a new and revealing literary portrait of the Great War and those who served in it.

 
       
   

William Cannady    Tuesday, December 12     5 – 7 PM

Four Houses: Design for Change

William Cannady is a teacher and practicing architect. As a Professor of Architecture at Rice University since 1964, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate design studios. Professor Cannady has served as a visiting lecturer and critic at the following institutions: American Academy in Rome; Architectural Association of London; Hydra II Conference, Hydra, Greece; University College London; University of California at Berkeley; University of Kentucky; University of Tennessee; Utah State University; University of Michigan; Texas A & M University; The University of Houston; Texas Tech University; University of Texas at Arlington; Prairie View University; Harvard University; University of Texas at Austin and Iowa State University. In his architectural practice, Cannady has designed and built over two hundred projects, which have been honored with fifty awards, both nationally and locally, for outstanding design. His teaching pedagogy and built work is rooted in the philosophy "the poetry of pragmatism." This approach aspires to preserve tradition while pioneering change. His academic and professional experience covers a wide range of design problems and building types including residential, commercial, institutional and public.