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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."

 
       
   

Philip Caputo    Tuesday, May 16     3 – 5 PM

Some Rise by Sin

The Mexican village of San Patricio is being menaced by a bizarre, cultish drug cartel infamous for its brutality. As the townspeople try to defend themselves by forming a vigilante group, the Mexican army and police have their own ways of fighting back. Into this volatile mix of forces for good and evil (and sometimes both) steps an unlikely broker for peace: Timothy Riordan, an American missionary priest who must decide whether to betray his vows to stop the unspeakable violence and help the people he has pledged to protect.

 
       
   

Ink Rose   Thursday, May 18     4– 6 PM

Scarlet Reign (Dragon Queen) (Volume 1)

When an army of vicious dragons attacks Princess Aelwen and the peaceful land of Eveanor, she finds her kingdom and family on the brink of destruction. With escape only found by becoming a cursed dragon, Aelwen must find a way to undo the transformation and restore her land to its former glory by defeating the beastly legions and their monstrous empress. In her quest for victory, Aelwen unlocks the secrets of the land, finds refuge within a mysterious tribe, and befriends a knowledgeable, yet reluctant companion, Gerel. And so begins the scarlet reign...

 
       
   

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.

 
       
   

Frank Billingsley    Saturday, May 20    5 – 7 PM

Swabbed & Found: An Adopted Man's DNA Journey to the Truth

As Houston's beloved KPRC weatherman for more than 20 years, Frank Billingsley seems like a relative to many people. His optimistic presence comes into their homes and reassures that even the gloomiest of rainclouds probably has a silver lining. He has such a way with people that it is obvious that he comes by his sunny, outgoing demeanor naturally. Billingsley always wondered if he got his personality, his bright blue eyes, or his love of people from his mother or his father. But he was adopted, so he never knew. Swabbed & Found is the fascinating story of how he combined cutting-edge DNA tests and genealogical programs in combination with his investigative skills to put the pieces of his family tree in order. Along the way he discovered that people are not always who they seem, or even who they think they are. Each time he would think that he had come to a dead end, he found himself helped by a new friend or a newly discovered relative, until finally, he was able to find the family he had wondered about for his whole life. The science of genealogy is booming, and in his typical open fashion, Billingsley puts a human face on it. His story shows that who we are is not necessarily who gave us our eye color, but who we love. Knowing our genealogical background is important, but wielding that information with care and compassion is a vital part of this new science. Providing a clear road map of how the DNA discovery process works, resources, and explanations of just what second cousin-once-removed really means, as well as insight on life as a gay public figure in the South, this generous book makes it clear why Billingsley has found such a home in Houston's heart. Anyone who has ever wondered about missing branches on their family tree, wanted to know more about their heritage, or wanted to understand, once and for all, that we are all really one big family, will find Swabbed & Found enlightening and engaging.

 
       
   

Leroy Chiao    Monday, May 22   6 – 7 PM

One Orbit

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. Dr. Chiao was fascinated by the space program as a young boy, and he dreamed of one day looking back at our Earth from space. This book includes photographs from all four of his spaceflights, most of them taken by Dr. Chiao himself. While many of the pictures are breathtaking scenes of the Earth from orbit, working shots of operations both inside and outside of spacecraft are also featured. For each photograph, Leroy describes his impressions and what thoughts they evoked.

 
       
   

Zane Carson Carruth   Thursday, May 25   5 – 7 PM

The World’s First Tooth Fairy… Ever

Have you ever wondered how the tooth fairy tradition started? Join Abella, a precocious little fairy on her journey through Tulip Hollow with her friend Darcie. Abella finally has the chance to venture out of the castle and fly to a party with Darcie when she is snatched by a big old bee and flown out of Tulip Hollow. Find out how Abella frees herself from the bee and discovers children for the first time. Follow along as she shows great courage and resourcefulness to solve an unexpected problem and return home to Tulip Hollow. It is during this challenge that Abella accidentaly starts the tooth fairy tradition. The World’s First Tooth Fairy… Ever is a delightful book about adventure, bravery and how being curious is often a very good thing

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
   

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.