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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)
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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 CasaresAntonya NelsonRolando Hinojosa-SmithDomingo MartinezCormac McCarthyLarry McMurtryEdwin “Bud” ShrakeCarolyn OsbornLon 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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