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Wittliff Collections events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE, unless noted.

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Videos of the Lindsey Literary Series readings can be viewed on the site for Texas State's literary journal, Front Porch.


FALL 2014 EVENTS

CHECK BACK OFTEN:  We are currently continuing to add to our fall calendar.
Call 512.245.2313, ext. 0 if you need immediate information about our events.


SEPTEMBER 9, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2014, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
BRIAN TURNER   Poetry Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A
Brian Turner appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:30 PM
LATINOS & SPORTS IN THE SOUTHWEST
Hosted by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest, this three-program series explores how Latino participation in sports in the southwestern borderlands develops community life and cultural pride, is a vital component of Latino life, and is an important part of integration into the mainstream culture.
(Program 1 of 3)
JORGE IBER: Sport as a Vehicle for Breaking Down Barriers
Presentation  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing 
Jorge Iber will provide a brief overview of the role of sports in the lives of Latinos in various parts of the American West and Southwest. He will examine individual and team stories that shed light upon the significant role of sports in the day-to-day existence of predominantly Mexican American communities throughout these regions. More information here.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, THURSDAY 6:30 PM

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:Cormac McCarthy's House by Peter Josyph
PETER JOSYPH: Cormac McCarthy’s House  
Talk  |  Performance  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing

New York-based writer, artist, actor, and filmmaker Peter Josyph left audiences spellbound when he last performed at the Wittliff Collections in 2010 as the keynote speaker for the Cormac McCarthy Society. Since then, Josyph has authored a new book, Cormac McCarthy’s House: Reading McCarthy Without Walls, published in the Wittliff's literary series with the University of Texas Press. Josyph is returning to the Wittliff to dazzle and inform audiences seeking to understand the spirit of this Pulitzer Prize-winning American author.

This event also celebrates the Wittliff’s current exhibition from the literary archives,
Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM
DECOLONIZING NUESTRA LENGUA
with Laurie Ann Guerrero –
Poet Laureate of San Antonio   
Reading  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing

San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero will read from her book A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying. Poet Tim Z. Hernandez will also read selected poems, and the inaugural Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Carmen Tafolla, will emcee. More information here.


OCTOBER 1, 2014, WEDNESDAY, 11:00 AM — 1:30 PM
MAKING AN IMPACT WITH YOUR RESEARCH  
Reception  |  Presentation  |  Panel Discussion + Q&A
These two programs are part of a series of Texas State events called Trends in Scholarship and Research. In the first hour, Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will show how to increase your research visibility. In the second hour, a panel of Texas State faculty members will discuss how they’ve increased the visibility and accessibility of their research using current technology and other methods. More information here.


OCTOBER 2, 2014, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
KIM BARNES   Memoir Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A
Kim Barnes appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


OCTOBER 7, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


OCTOBER 9, 2014, THURSDAY 6:30 PM

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
EAST TEXAS IN STORY AND SONG:
with Joe R. Lansdale, Wes Ferguson,
and Kasey Lansdale  
Reading  |  Q&A  |  Musical Performance  |  Book Sale + Signing
Sanctified and Chicken-Fried
Join internationally celebrated author and “Champion Mojo Storyteller” Joe R. Lansdale for a special event at the Wittliff Collections, which house his archive. The author of nearly 50 novels in a variety of genres, Lansdale has won an Edgar Award, nine Bram Stoker Awards, and in 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award. The New York Times describes Lansdale as having “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” Author of the cult classic Bubba Ho-tep, Lansdale’s latest novel to be adapted into film is Cold in July, starring Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, and fellow Wittliff donor Sam Shepard. An anthology of his work, Sanctified and Chicken Fried, is part of the Wittliff’s literary book series with the University of Texas Press.

Joining Lansdale will be journalist Wes Ferguson, whose book, Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine, with photographs by Jacob Croft Botter, is being compared favorably to John Graves’ Goodbye to a River.

Also on the bill is Joe’s daughter, singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale, who will perform from her new album, Restless, produced by John Carter Cash. Her songs “Back of My Smile” and “Foolin’ Around” are featured in the film Cold in July, which was adapted from Joe Lansdale's novel.

Books and other items will be available for purchase. A signing will follow the event.

ATTENDEES are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu to receive further information including parking instructions.


OCTOBER 14, 2014, TUESDAY, 3:30 PM
BEN FOUNTAIN  Fiction Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing
Ben Fountain is currently serving as the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State. This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, the Wittliff Collections and Texas State University. More information here.


OCTOBER 19, 2014, SUNDAY, 2:00 – 6:00 PMAustin Archives Bazaar

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
ARCHIVES MONTH ON THE ROAD:
Austin Archives Bazaar

At the Spider House Ballroom, Central Austin
This year, the Wittliff Collections will observe National Archives Month in October by participating in the Austin Archives Bazaar — a FREE event designed to bring the Austin community together to have fun and learn about archives, archivists, and all of the great resources available to the community in the Austin area.

The heart of the event will be tables and booths featuring over two dozen Central Texas archives showing off their amazing collections and services in one big room. Other planned attractions include an oral history storytelling station, an archival photobooth, an archival film showcase by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, and a program of special guests and live performances.


OCTOBER 21, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:30 PM
LATINOS & SPORTS IN THE SOUTHWEST
Hosted by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest.
(Program 2 of 3)
IGNACIO M. GARCÍA:
Constructing a Mexican American Powerhouse While Remaining Colorblind

Presentation  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing 
Ignacio M. García will describe and analyze how William Carson "Nemo" Herrera built a strong basketball program at Sidney Lanier High School, winning two state championships and numerous regional ones with boys from the barrios of the West Side of San Antonio during the World War II years. While Herrera understood the difficulties under which his players labored, both on and off the basketball courts, he remained steadfast in teaching his players a colorblind approach to sports. Through his efforts, his boys came of age as Mexican Americans with an ethnic and racial pride that would spread out into the community and make them heroes to this day. More information here.


OCTOBER 23, 2014, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
CAROLYN FORCHÉ   Poetry Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A
Carolyn Forché appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


OCTOBER 25 + 26, 2014, FRIDAY + SATURDAYTexas Book Festival logo

JOIN US IN AUSTIN:
TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL
Visit the Wittliff Collections booth at this year’s Texas Book Festival in Austin for special deals on books, totes, posters, and more... plus free stuff!

Can’t wait? Shop our online store at your convenience.


OCTOBER 31, 2014, FRIDAY, 12:30 & 3:00  PM
G. ALLEN POWER, M.D.
Facing the Future: Revolutionizing the Care of Persons with Dementia Care

Presentations  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing  
The new online M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies program has invited Dr. G. Allen Power to the Texas State University campus.  The public is invited to attend two presentations by this internationally known geriatrician. 
12:30 to 2:30 PM:  “An Experiential Approach to Decoding Distress in Dementia”
  3:00 to 5:00 PM:  “Dementia beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being”
For more information: Email Dr. Kyong Hee Chee, Department of Sociology.


NOVEMBER 3, 2014, MONDAY, 3:30 PM
THE BEATLES:  Everything Fab Four with KENNETH WOMACK
Program  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing
Kenneth Womack, Penn State Scholar Laureate, multi award-winning fiction writer, and Beatles scholar, is hosted by fellow Beatles scholar, Katie Kapurch, assistant professor in Texas State’s English department. Womack’s newest Beatles-related work, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, is published in celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of the band's legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Contact: Katie Kapurch at 512.245.3822 or e-mail.


NOVEMBER 4, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


NOVEMBER 13, 2014, THURSDAY, 3:30 PM
PHILLIP LOPATE   Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing  |  Q&A
Phillip Lopate appears as part of the visiting writer series sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation and Texas State University’s Department of English, the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center. More information here.


NOVEMBER 18, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:30 PM
LATINOS & SPORTS IN THE SOUTHWEST
Hosted by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest.
(Program 3 of 3)
WILLIAM WINOKUR: 
The Perfect Game and Transcending Fairy Tales

Movie Screening  |  Discussion  |  Q&A  |  Book Sale + Signing  
William Winokur will talk about his novel and movie, The Perfect Game, which is based on a true story that began in Monterrey, Mexico. Watch the movie and see the story of a ragtag band of street urchins pursuing their dream—to dress up in actual uniforms and play just one “real game” in the United States. More information here.


DECEMBER 9, 2014, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM
MFA POETRY + FICTION READINGS
Texas State’s Master of Fine Art students read from their work in the creative writing program.


DECEMBER 7, 2014, SUNDAY, 2:00 PMDevil'sBackbone

THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS PRESENT:
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE by BILL WITTLIFF  
Fiction Reading  |  Book Sale + Signing
  |  Reception
The Devil's Backbone, the first of a trilogy by BILL WITTLIFF published by the University of Texas Press, is an engrossing tale of a runaway boy’s search for his missing Momma across the old-time Southwest badlands. A page-turner packed with colorful characters, folk wit and wisdom, and unexpected twists of events, the story transforms into mythic quest through the magic of Wittliff’s imaginative narrative and JACK UNRUH’s equally wondrous illustrations. Unruh’s original drawings will be on view during the event.

ATTENDEES are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu to receive further information including parking instructions.