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Lone Star Lit LIGHT: Retro Dennis, Magic Lessons, spring with Stoney Creek — and more! 03.16.2024

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LONE STAR LISTENS

Retro Interview with James R. Dennis

Originally featured April, 2021

James R. Dennis and the poetics of identity. “Who are you and how do you know?”

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LONE STAR LIT NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT

Magic Lessons for Margo by Maria Elena Sandovici

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To survive her childhood, Margo takes refuge in science, order, and comforting rituals. She grows up to be shy, anxious, and in denial about her true identity. Reuniting with her estranged sister changes everything. At sixteen, Ana is rather worldly. She also has a dark secret, something connected to the men’s Rolex watch hidden in her bedside drawer. To learn Ana’s secret, Margo abandons her comfort zone and agrees to go on a road trip from New Orleans to Galveston in search of ghosts, culinary adventures, and ultimately healing.

Magic Lessons for Margo can be read on its own or in conjunction with The Adventures of Miss Vulpe, a mystery novel written from the perspective of Margo’s sister, Ana. Visit Maria Elena Sandovici’s website to learn more.

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BOOKISH TEXAS March 16-24, 2024

The only weekly, statewide calendar of Texas book events. SERIOUSLY.

We’re sharing more than 90 events, special events, and exhibitions (plus story times and poetry slam & open mic hosts) this week, like we do every week, just fer grins.

Please help keep us and LSLL readers in the loop by sending forthcoming events to us at: Events@LoneStarLiterary.com.

PLAN YOUR WEEK

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LONE STAR BOOK BLOG TOURS

ON TOUR THIS WEEK

Our Lone Star Book Blog Tours reach more than 100,000 visitors every month with author interviews, book reviews, giveaways, promotions, guest posts, book trailers, and more.

Continuing Pop-Up Blog Hop
TO RESCUE A WITCH by Lisa A. Traugott, through March 29, 2024.

Upcoming Book Blog Tour
THE DESK FROM HOBOKEN by ML Condike, starts March 19, 2024.

Upcoming Book Blitz
FROWNS AND GOWNS by Amanda M. Thrasher, happening on March 22, 2024.

VISIT THE TOUR PAGE FOR SCHEDULES, LINKS, & FREE BOOKS

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LONE STAR LIT TEXAS PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT

Stoney Creek Publishing

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Stoney Creek Publishing’s spring lineup is rolling off the presses and heading to bookstores and online retailers near you. See why Texas Monthly recently listed it as one of the state’s noteworthy new publishers.

Click on the titles below to order your copy today.

BOUND IN SILENCE by Christena Stephens
A true crime tour-de-force!

On a nearly moonless night in October 1943, a single gunshot rang out in Littlefield, Texas. A prominent Texas doctor and his wife were found bound, shot, beaten, and murdered. The only witness: their five-year-old daughter, who was so traumatized by the crime and the events that followed that she refused to speak of it for 70 years. A meticulously researched, impeccably told tale of unsolved murder on the High Plains.

LITTLE HATCHET by Phil Oakley
“Great book! You get caught up in the story and you don’t want it to end!”
— Laura Smith, author of Monster

When his little brother is kidnapped from the front porch of their cabin on the banks of Little Hatchet Creek, 12-year-old Walter Oakley sets off in pursuit, setting in a motion a multi-generational epic that follows Walter and his sons from late 1800s New Mexico to the Prohibition-era Gulf Coast.

THE MUSHROOM GIRL by Dagmar Grieder
“As she describes landscapes of scarcity and precarity, Grieder captivates us with her storytelling.”
—John R. Clarke, author of Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans.

In the aftermath of a devastating war, Dagmar Grieder and her family flee the advancing Russian Army. Her father, conscripted into the German military, has not been heard from in months. Her remaining family learns to improvise every aspect of their existence. With supplies scarce, Grieder forages for food in the local forests, becoming an expert at finding the tastiest mushrooms — a special treat for a hungry family. Grieder’s story is vivid and deeply personal, a tale of loss and belonging, that offers a new perspective on post-war refugees amid Europe’s rebuilding.

BEOWULF: FOR FIRESIDE AND SCHOOLROOM by Donald Mace Williams
“From the first word of the brief and extremely helpful introduction to the last word of the translation, Williams captures you and will not let you go.”
—Robert Bjork, director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

This new translation of the oldest narrative poem in English—the first in more than twenty years—is designed for easy, pleasant reading. It cuts the scholarly touches to a minimum, using simple margin notes to explain some word or phrase. Donald Mace Williams has approached his translation as both a published writer of modern metrical poems and a scholar in the verse structure of Beowulf.

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In Case You Missed It

MARCH 2024 TEXAS BOOKS PREVIEW

The good thing about March in Texas is that it will blow new Texas-connected titles your way. We have stars and storms, winds and witches, mystery and mayhem—everything you need to ride out the winds that mean spring is on its way.

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COMING MARCH 29, 2024

The April 2024 Texas Books Preview

Have a Texas-connected title publishing in April, 2024? Be sure to let us know by EOB Monday, March 25, 2024 so we can include your book.
Email Publicity@LoneStarLiterary.com.

Listings are always free, but you can Boost your title to get even more coverage for as little as $10. LEARN MORE

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The Twig Book Shop’s March Roundup.

Bookish Humor created exclusively for Lone Star Lit by Chris Manno.

Video Spotlights of the latest book trailers, including the newest trailer for Lisa A. Traugott’s To Rescue a Witch.

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