Ames will hold book signing May 1 at East Texas Oil Museum
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Ames will hold book signing May 1 at East Texas Oil Museum


The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will host a book signing by Texas oilman and author Gene Ames, Jr. following the annual East Texas Energy Symposium next week.


Ames will be at the ETOM from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, to autograph his new book, “A Wildcatter’s Trek: Love, Money and Oil.”


Plucked from the authentic experiences of Texas wildcatters, Ames’ recently published novel follows the life and career of a young oilfield pipe salesman-turned-wildcat driller, who gambles on a hunch in East Texas and discovers the largest oil field in the world.


Suddenly an unwitting player in the greedy, gritty world of big oil, this overnight oil magnate embarks on a page-turning journey through a minefield of great wealth, high-stakes gambling and an insatiable drive toward the next major oil discovery.


It’s a subject Ames knows well. A fourth-generation wildcatter, raised in the East Texas Oil Field, Ames braids first-hand oil industry insights into the dramatic tale of one wildcatter’s trek through spectacular booms and busts in business and in his tumultuous life.


History, politics, geological science, technological advances and economic realities provide a factual backdrop for the novel’s fascinating characters — many based on oil legends like Columbus “Dad” Joiner, Tom Slick, Clint Murchison, Hugh Roy Cullen and H.L. Hunt.


The novel has already received high praise from readers compelled by the fast-paced spiral into the world of oil.


The book has garnered hearty endorsements from prominent energy insiders such as Herbert Hunt, Leighton Steward and from publishing giant Steve Forbes.


It is available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information or to interview the author, contact Nina Flournoy at


For more information on the book signing contact Merlyn Holmes, ETOM director, at 903-983-8295 or email






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