books

The 2023 Texas Traveler’s Gift Guide

December 1, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

5 Indie Bookstores to Visit on a Literary Road Trip Across Texas

November 24, 2023 | By Megan Cline

As a lifelong reader, I find there is little more that I love than a good bookstore.

Fort Worth Author Jeff Guinn Has a Thing for Madmen

May 30, 2023 | By Sarah Hepola

Jeff Guinn looks like a benevolent uncle as he sits in the leather booth of Paris Coffee Shop, a historic diner in his longtime home of Fort Worth.

Five Texas Cookbooks to Gift the Foodies in Your Life

December 12, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for the foodie in your family or friend group, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of new recipes.

Who Was the Historic Figure Behind Texas Jack Wild West Outfitter in Fredericksburg?

May 20, 2022 | By Gene Fowler  

Like thousands of other Texas pioneers, Virginia native John B. Omohundro headed for the Lone Star State after the Civil War, in which he had served as a Confederate scout.

10 Texas Books That Defined 2020

December 20, 2020 | By S. Kirk Walsh

A Texas-Themed Book Club Connects Readers Virtually

June 12, 2020 | By Gabrielle Pharms

The Big Texas Read, a virtual book club, aims to bring discourse back to reading while paying homage nationally acclaimed and burgeoning writers with Texas roots.

Bonnie and Clyde Movie Brings New Attention to Sulphur Springs Writer

April 25, 2019 | By Gary Borders

The recent release of the movie The Highwaymen on Netflix has introduced a new generation to Hamer, a famed Texas Ranger. Starring Kevin Costner as Hamer and Woody Harrelson as his sidekick, Manny Gault, the film recounts the chase and ambush of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker—the notorious robbers and killers who carved a swath of terror throughout the South and Midwest in the 1930s until their deaths in Louisiana on May 23, 1934.

Is Luckenbach, Texas, the Center of the Universe?

February 26, 2019 | By Gene Fowler

Author and artist Becky Crouch Patterson, the daughter of onetime Luckenbach owner Hondo Crouch, is touring the state to promote her third book, Luckenbach, Texas–The Center of the Universe.

Texas Highways Managing Editor Among New Members of the Texas Institute of Letters

February 7, 2019 | By TH Staff

The Texas Institute of Letters has spent the past eight decades recognizing the state’s literary achievements. Lone Star pride hit fever pitch in 1936. Amid statewide celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Texas Revolution, statues, monuments, and commemorative museums were going up everywhere from Huntsville to Alpine and Corpus Christi to Lubbock.

How a Bunch of “Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks” Transformed Austin

January 8, 2019 | By Wes Ferguson

In Austin, the funky slacker paradise turned buzzy big city, nothing is quite as certain as cedar fever, the line at Franklin Barbecue, a daily arrival of newbies—and relative old-timers who stand ready to reminisce about the city’s good old days.

Joe Nick Patoski calls it the “You should have been here two years ago” effect.

How an Austin Suburb Became a Literary Mecca

July 6, 2018 | By Wes Ferguson

A little more than two decades ago, the novelist and professor Tom Grimes paid a visit to the childhood home of Katherine Anne Porter, one of Texas’ great writers.

Porter had died in 1980 at the age of 90. Long before she found literary fortune and fame in New York, winning a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her collected short stories in 1966, she spent her formative years in her grandmother’s three-bedroom house in the dusty rail town of Kyle—now a fast-growing suburb between Austin and San Marcos with a population approaching 40,000.

W.F. Strong Tells Unbelievable Tales of Texas’ Past in His New Book

May 30, 2018 | By Julia Jones

You might recognize W.F. Strong’s booming, theatrical voice from his Stories from Texas segment on public radio show Texas Standard. And as evidenced in his new book, Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True, his signature storytelling style translates very well on paper.

Literature Love: Autumn book fests in West Texas

August 13, 2017 | By

Fall in West Texas may evoke images of Friday Night Lights, with whole towns rallying around their favorite football teams.

Texas Bookish Destinations

October 14, 2016 | By Kay Ellington

Every fall the streets around the Texas State Capitol sprout huge white event tents, and crowds of booklovers—some 40,000 visitors of all ages—come from miles around to hear hundreds of popular authors discuss their works, snag signed copies, and enjoy food, fun, and live music.

Literal(ly) San Antonio

December 15, 2015 | By Gene Fowler

On a 1709 expedition into the unsettled territory north of the Rio Grande, Fray Isidro Espinosa of Nueva España wrote in his diary about the springs and river that later gave rise to the city of San Antonio, noting that the river could “supply not only a village but a city” and that “we called it the river of San Antonio de Padua.”

Get the Magazine

Save up to 62% off the cover price

Subscribe

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Sign up for magazine extras, upcoming events, Mercantile specials, subscription offers, and more.