well read - Houston Indie Book Festival

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Head outdoors to the Houston Indie Book Festival at Menil Park on Saturday, April 14. This free event is a day-long celebration for book-lovers of all ages.


Now in its fifth year, the festival is the only event of its kind in the area, featuring a variety of literary journals and small-press books alongside local booksellers, book and magazine publishers, small presses, literary organisations, and writers.

Steadily expanding from a small gathering of local booksellers and artists five years ago to the full-scale regional event it is today, the Houston Indie Book Festival features dozens of local exhibitors, and last year attracted around 2,500 visitors throughout the day. The event has grown to include a day-long reading series, panel discussions, children’s events, and musical acts.

Panel discussions include authors, publishers, and editors from independent literary journals explaining how to submit manuscripts to small presses, the art of self-publishing, submitting work for publication, and what happens once your submission reaches an editor’s desk.

Children’s events encompass a mini-workshop led by writers that takes children through the creative process of writing poetry, author readings, and a bookbinding workshop.

Book reviews

Houston Lost and Unbuilt
By Steven R. Strom

Houston is constantly in the process of remaking itself; few structures remain from the 19th century, and even from the 20th century. This is an extensive catalogue of 20th century public and commercial buildings that have been lost forever, as well as a selection of buildings that never made it off the drawing board – architectural renderings of proposed projects such as a multi-building city centre, monorail, and people-mover system – all reflecting Houston’s fascination with the future.


The Texas Cowboy Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos
By Robb Walsh

The food of the Texas cattle raisers is drawn from a wide variety of ethnicities and spans four centuries. This mouth-watering collection of recipes includes campfire and chuck wagon favourites, as well as the sophisticated creations of the New Cowboy Cuisine. Through over 100 photos and recipes, historical sources, and the words of the cowboys and cowgirls themselves, the food lore of the Lone Star cowboy is brought vividly to life.


Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own Words
By Rod Pyle

Travelling to the most forbidding known environment, 12 courageous individuals stepped out of their spaceships and onto another world. And with that, the history of humankind was irrevocably changed. Destination Moon tells the significant, spectacular, and intriguing story of the Apollo space programme through first-person accounts by the astronauts themselves. The book contains over 100 images – many rarely seen – drawn from original NASA film.


Houston Rockets
By J. Chris Roselius

This is a beginner’s history of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Beginning with the franchise’s early years, the book takes the reader on a journey through the team’s highest and lowest moments. Discover the best players and managers, and gain the inside track on information that completes the team’s story. Mini-biographies, fun facts, anecdotes, quotes, and full-colour, action-packed photographs round out the story of the Rockets.


Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast
By Jim Parsons and David Bush

Modernistic design was a major force in Houston architecture through the post-World War II building boom. As the style fell from fashion, buildings were altered or demolished, and modernistic architecture vanished from many parts of the city. Houston Deco documents Houston’s surviving Art Deco and Art Moderne. From downtown landmarks to East End industrial sites, Houston Deco captures the fine detailing on these frequently overlooked buildings.


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