The Bookshelf, Young Texas Reader, Blog Notes, & Texana Youtube Channel

The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Yes, good buddies, for your diversion regarding how Texan George W. Bush may attempt to skew history, rest calm because the English language version of Russia's newspaper Pravda sets things in their own special view.  Gee, with such kind attention, maybe they'll be willing to publish his memoirs.

National Book Awards

Texans well-represented in National Book Awards competition
November 19, 2008  By EDWARD NAWOTKA / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

Hispanic Authors

Two Texans part of national selection panel, Dagoberto Gilb and Sandra Cisneros

Authors pick their 2008 favorite Latino books

Friday, December 19, 2008

History of Texas Hold'em Poker

Among those who sit at the felt table, this subject arises.  Bets can be made that the history is rich and contentious.  Here's a show card in that history ....

UT Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Center for American History to be Named For Former Governor Dolph Briscoe

News release,
Center named for former Gov. Dolph Briscoe
It begins
"AUSTIN, Texas — The Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin will be named for Dolph Briscoe, former governor of Texas, following gifts totaling $15 million.
The naming of the "Dolph Briscoe Center for American History" recognizes his support for preserving and promoting Texas and U.S. history. The gift is the largest in the history of the Center, and follows Briscoe's previous financial and in-kind support for the Center's programs and collections."
22 minute video at:

Industrial History from Tarleton State U


Reynolds and Texas Literature Intro

Texas in Literature

O'Connell Captures Danish Invaders

Joe O'Connell reports he's lured Beowulf into his cave for the dark art of tutoring in Texas literature.  Good work, Joe.

Denmark invades Texas

"For the second year I'm teaching students from Denmark about Texas literature at Austin Community College, including my own novel EVACUATION PLAN. This past Friday they came out to my house and then we brought them first to the SPJST Hall down the road and then to the Thrall-Thorndale high school football game. The author Carolyn Osborn came to speak to them this week."

ShelfLife @ Texas

University of Texas at Austin
Submission Guidelines
"If you are a faculty or staff member, student or alumni of the university, and have written a book, we'd love to hear about it. Email story ideas to Or, mail an advance review copy of your book to:
Jennifer McAndrew
Editor, ShelfLife@Texas
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, G6000
Austin, Texas 78712"

Grants to Digitize Photos and Maps - UNT Portal

Rescuing Texas History through the Digitization of At-Risk Photographs and Maps
"Through funds provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, the Portal to Texas History is offering digitization mini-grants to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other groups which hold at-risk local history materials.  All of the materials will be scanned at the Digital Imaging Lab in the Willis Library on the University of North Texas campus in Denton.  Materials scanned for the grant will be hosted in the Portal to Texas History. Digitization mini-grants will be given in the range of $25-2500, based on the costs outlined" at their webpage.