Round Rock Reads!

I Am Not Making This Up

state sealYears ago, we moved to a large Midwestern city, and I went job-hunting to fund the necessities and my husband's grad school expenses.  My brief resume earned me the chance to interview with the owner of an established business firm.  He took one look and told me kindly that the interview wouldn't be necessary--I appeared to be too young.  Customers expected the main office to exude tradition and credibility, an image this applicant didn't fit.  At least I remembered my manners and rose and said something about appreciating his time, etc.  My accent must have registered, because from halfway down the hall came, "Wait, don't go--you're from Texas!"   Long story short: this gentleman had  been stationed in Texas during World War II.  He said that the kindness of Texans helped him through an otherwise miserable experience, and he pronounced Texans to be "the best people in the world".  He also gave my resume another look.  I was hired, bills were paid, and the job proved to be a great fit on both sides.

That's one of my favorite perks about being a Texan--praise by association.  This year's Round Rock Reads! selection--Texas in Her Own Words--helps to explain why we Texans generally have stories such as this one to share.  Tweed Scott's compilation of anecdotes and musings from all sorts of Texans appeals to both natives and those wishing to figure out what that mystique (Tweed calls it the "T chromosome") is all about.  And the author undoubtedly has tales of his own to tell, some of them having to do with the eye-opening experience of creating and publishing a book. 

You'll have an opportunity to talk to Tweed Scott on Thursday, April 24, at the La Frontera Barnes & Noble, 2701 Parker Road.  This final program of 2008 Round Rock Reads! is one we've been especially looking forward to--a chance to take library programming "on the road" and enjoy Barnes & Noble's hospitality while interacting with a real, live author.  Bring your questions, stories, and curiosity on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.  See you there!


Tweed said:

You're right Linda. One of the themes that comes out of Ttexas In Her Own Words is that Texas is about pride and people. Texans are a welcoming bunch. They know how to treat people right. I think much of that comes from their heritage. Texans have always been needy people. You needed your neighbor and your neighbor needed you. Texas was such a brutally tough place to be. You couldn't make it here alone. Texans came together for the common good. It ws true then and it's just as true today.

# April 23, 2008 9:14 PM

Tweed said:

I'd personally like to invite everyone to come out for the Round Rock Reads book discussion of Texas In Her Own Words, Thursday night at 7pm at the LaFrontera Barnes & Noble. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions and talk about the publishing business. Bringing this book to life is a fascinating story in itself. I could write a book about how the book became a book. Come on out and join in on the fun. I'd love to meet you.

# April 23, 2008 9:21 PM

Tweed said:

Tweed again, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Round Rock Public Library and the citizens of Round Rock for you support of Texas In Her Own Words. It really was like a dream come true to have the city choose this little book that could. We have been so blessed by its acceptance. I congratualte the efforts of the staff as I know they have worked very hard to bring you quality programming. Dale, Linda, Michelle et al. for the Round Rock residents, you are blessed to have such a fine caring facility in your midst. You have a treasure right there in downtown. I'm sorry to see the program end....this just means I have to go write another book. By the way, Dale thank you for the suggestions, Zee and I talked about it on the way home from Barnes & Noble...Which reminds me, I'd like to thank Frank Campbell at Barnes & Nobles at LaFrontera for all his help too. This man is a class act and great for the literary community. he's become a good friend too. Again, from from the bottom of my heart, thank you for teh honor of being chosen for the 2008 Round Rock Reads program. I hope to work with y'all again.

# April 28, 2008 9:42 PM
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