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Galveston Book Signings: May 18th, “Texas Entertainers: Lone Stars in Profile”

Saturday, May 18th (2-4pm):  “Texas Entertainers: Lone Stars in Profile” by Bartee Haile

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing with returning author Bartee Haile and his newest book, a survey of the famous entertainers who came from Texas.

In keeping with its reputation for size and spectacle, Texas has produced a staggering number of stars. Although many hailed from towns too small to have a post office, they occupied the spotlight on the largest of stages.

Roger Miller’s songs made him the “King of the Road,” and Howard Hughes stretched his vision across the skies of the silver screen. Gene Autry won fame as a singing cowboy and Van Cliburn wore a tuxedo to international piano competitions, but both hailed from the Lone Star State. Texans penned Old Yeller and voiced Daffy Duck. From Buddy Holly to Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford to Jimmy Dean, Bartee Haile charts the brightest constellations of Texas entertainers.

Bartee Haile is known for producing “This Week in Texas History,” a syndicated column found in many local newspapers. He has also written several other Texas histories including, “Murder Most Texan,” a true crime collection; and “Texas Depression-Era Desperadoes,” which focuses on Bonnie & Clyde and other notorious criminals of that period.

Saturday, May 25th (2-4pm):  “Tuesday Night Love Letters” by Gini Brown and Leslie Watts

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for local authors Gini Brown and Leslie Watts, with their new collection of stories from Galveston’s past.

On Tuesday nights from June to August, Galveston’s Summer Beach Band presents free concerts featuring rousing marches and show tunes. Each program includes a short vignette of local “facts, fables, or fabulous fibs,” as interpreted by local authors Gini Brown and Leslie Watts.

These entertaining stories are not a history of Galveston in the strict sense, but the more entertaining “non-historical” history – the little stories of people and events – the tall tales, the gossip, the “didja hears” – as shared by local folk over back-alley fences, between doughnut shop stools, around cafeteria tables, at church socials and family reunions.

“Tuesday Night Love Letters” is a selection of favorite stories that Gini and Leslie have collected over the years, a few dozen short tales of Galveston history as many think it should be told – warm, witty, and memorable, if not always true.

Gini Brown is also the author of “Galveston: Lore, Legends, & Downright Lies,” to which the current book may be considered a sequel. Gini and Leslie are both longtime residents of Galveston, and both are very active in the community.

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