My colleague Margie Crisp and I are setting out on a book tour next week, June 13-16, 2017, throughout the Western Hill Country and the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. We will speak together about our new books at various libraries in the area. Afterwards we will sign books for anyone who would like one.
Margie is the author of a great new book called The Nueces River: Rio Escondido. She paddled, hiked, or drove the entire length of the river from the headwaters on the Edwards Plateau to the mouth on the Gulf Coast to describe the condition of the river today. There are places where it goes underground for miles, and places where it burbles up again with flowing springs. She catalogues the animals and plants that depend on the river habitat, such as alligators and belted kingfishers. William B. Montgomery created paintings of Nueces flora and fauna that amplify the narrative. Detailed maps and photographs help explain the riverine environment as well. Margie’s book on the Colorado River River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, won the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated book on Texas History and Culture, awarded by the Texas State Historical Association and the Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Non-fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters in 2012.
what to see, where to eat, and what to do. The Western Hill Country is home to the Nueces, Frio, and Sabinal Rivers which offer plenty of recreational opportunities. The Lower Pecos Canyonlands contain some of the finest ancient rockart in the world, a real treasure of prehistoric art. Abandoned US Army forts from 1849 remain in these areas today to remind us of the cavalrymen, Buffalo Soldiers and Black Seminole Indian Scouts who once served there. Museums and state parks call to those wanting to explore history and nature.
Our thanks to the libraries for hosting this book tour. We invite you to come and see us at any of the following locations next week, June 13-16, 2017.
June 13 Gilmer Memorial Library 5:30 PM Rocksprings
June 14 Val Verde County Memorial Library 12 noon Del Rio
June 15 El Progresso Memorial Library 7:00 PM Uvalde
June 16 Camp Wood Public Library 6:00 PM Camp Wood
Come out and see us! We’ll have books for sale, or you can get them through Amazon.com.