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Reading The Lone Star State: A Guide

A scene from the 2013 Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX. (Courtesy Texas Book Festival)

A scene from the 2013 Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX. (Courtesy Texas Book Festival)


If you tuned in to our hour on the literary landscape of Texas today, you might have wondered just what Texas looks like on the printed page.

We don’t have a complete list of every published Texan author, ever — nor could we possibly hope to provide such a list — but we do have a pretty good start.

Our thanks to Houston Chronicle book editor Maggie Galehouse, a real friend of the program, and our four Texan writers for their help and suggestions. Do you have favorite Texas tomes? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.

Texas Authors of Note

    Oscar Casares
    Antonya Nelson
    Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
    Domingo Martinez
    Cormac McCarthy
    Larry McMurtry
    Edwin “Bud” Shrake
    Carolyn Osborn
    Lon Tinkle

Maggie Galehouse’s Picks for Reading Texas Now

Funny Once: Stories” by Antonya Nelson
The Last Kind Words Saloon” by Larry McMurtry
Magnolia City” by Duncan Alderson
School Board” by Mike Freedman
Body and Bread” by Nan Cuba
The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham” by Philip Chavanne
The Ghosts of Emily Gray” by C. Keith Carpenter
Lens on the Texas Frontier” by Lawrence Jones III
Many Rivers to Cross” by Thomas Zigal
The Texas Food Bible” by Dean Fearing
Recollections of a Tejano Life,” edited by Timothy Matovia and Jesus F. de la Teja
River Royals Master the Mississippi” by Katie Clark and Sarah Wynne

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