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November 10th, 2010
Sunday is library's seventh annual Texas Author Day

110810bertrandDiane Gonzales Bertrand is one of the many authors who will read at the San Marcos Public Library’s Texas Author Day.


Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, the San Marcos Public Library, 630 East Hopkins Street, will host Texas authors and illustrators at the seventh annual Texas Author Day.  Published writers and illustrators will be at the library to sign copies of their books and chat with fans.

The annual event is free and open to the public.

A wide variety of genres will be featured, including Texana, mystery, romance, memoirs, children’s literature, poetry and fiction.

Books by the featured authors will be available at the library and from the authors themselves.

Visiting authors and illustrators include Ann Bell, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Don Blevins, Joyce G. Bradshaw, Mary Brand, Carol Riley Cain, Diana Castilleja, Tom Grimes, Veronique Hahn, Ros Hill, Phil Irwin, Laurie E. Jasinski, Julie Brangers Jones, Jacqueline Kelly, Allan C. Kimball, Diana Lopez, Norman L. Macht, Laurie Martin, Frances McMaster, Jeanette Mendelssohn Passty, Sterling Rogers, Ruben Ruiz, Shiila Safer, Kathleen J. Shields, Bill Soyars, Jacquelyn Thompson, Kathy Thompson, Bert M. Wall, Susan Welch-Biggs,  Nancy Daniel Wesson, and Will of the People.

Some of the authors will read from or speak about their books. Diane Gonzales Bertrand will give a presentation at 2:15 p.m. Laurie E. Jansinski will be at 3 p.m., Tom Grimes will be at 3:45 p.m. and Bill Soyars art 4:30 p.m,

San Antonio’s Diane Gonzales Bertrand writes books that connect her to her Mexican-American heritage. In addition to “familia-friendly” novels for adults, Bertrand has written picture books that won “Best Bilingual Book” Latino Literary Awards. She also writes short stories and novels for teens.  Her book The Party for Papa Luis was a finalist for the 2010 Tejas Star Book Award. Her most recent work is a teen novel, The F Factor. Betrand is Writer-in-Residence at St. Mary’s University.

New Braunfels native Laurie E. Jansinski is the author of Hill Country Backroads: Showing the Way in Comal County and Dinosaur Highway: A History of Dinosaur Valley State Park. She has written features on Texana, tourism, and gardening for Texas Highways, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Texas Gardener. Jasinski served as president of the South Texas Historical Association from 2004 to 2009 and is currently a research editor for the Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas.

Tom Grimes directs the MFA Creative Writing program at Texas State. His current book, Mentor, is a brutally honest look at the work of writing and also serves as a memoir as Grimes’ experiences with writer Frank Conroy. He is the author of five novels, including Season’s End, City of God, and Redemption Song, and the editor of The Workshop: Seven Decades of Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has been selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and has twice been a finalist for the PEN/Nelson Algren Award.

Bill Soyars spent 57 years in the cattle business before he wrote A Passionate Trail, a journey through his early years. In his varied and colorful life he also played golf professionally, served as a guide for deer hunters and journeyed to Africa on a tent safari. He won the British Senior Amateur Championship in 1987. Soyars book is filled with 700 pictures and more than 500 pages of his long and exciting life.

For more information on the the library’s seventh annual Texas Author Day, call the library at (512) 393-8200 or visit


The Party for Papa Luis is one of the many books featured at the San Marcos Public Library’s Texas Author Day.

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