Houston History Book Fair and Syposium

November 11, 2010

Houston History Book Fair & Symposium

Presented by Houston Arts and Media at Heights Church of Christ

November 13, 2010

Houston Arts and Media is very excited to present our first Houston History Book Fair & Symposium. The event will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Heights Church of Christ, itself a 1924 City of Houston Landmark. Hours will be from 10 to 4 with a different author speaking in the church library on the half hour.

Many of the top books on Houston's past will be available. Hear about local history from the people who tell the stories. The Houston History Book Fair & Symposium will feature dozens of authors focusing on the history of Houston and the region. These authors will be on hand to sell and discuss their books.

The authors scheduled to appear include:

10:30: Carol Vance -- "Boomtown D.A."
11:00: Bill Hobby -– "How Things Really Work: Lessons From a Life in Politics"
11:30: Naomi Carrier -– "Go Down Old Hannah"
1:00: Ed Cotham "Four Gulf Coast Civil War Titles"
1:30: Kurt Voss -- "Elissa: The Tall Ship of Texas"
2:00: Jim Bevill -- "The Paper Republic"
2:30: Michael Botson -– "Labor, Civil Rights & the Hughes Tool Company"
3:00: Doug Weiskopf -– "Rails Around Houston"
3:30: Dwight Watson -– "Race & the Houston Police Department: 1930-1990"

Each author will speak about their book every half hour. Also, a panel discussion at midday will cover researching and publishing a book on local history.

Door prizes will also be available.

Reviews and Awards

Chapter on Union Naval Strategy in Texas
"Devotees of American Civil War literature should find their horizons broadened and their understanding of the war enhanced by this book." —Donald S. Frazier, author of Cottonclads
“Ed Cotham has provided for posterity a fine rendering of one of the more amazing battles in American History. Not only was the Battle of Sabine Pass a heroic scale Texan victory, but Cotham tells that larger-than-life story with historical context and clarity that makes the story of Dick Dowling and his stalwarts that much more amazing.” Dr. Don Frazier, Chairman of the History Department at McMurry University and Executive Director of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation
Released January 2006 by University of Texas Press Reviewers have said this about the book: "Journals of nineteenth-century U.S. Marines are rare, and Henry Gusley's is a truly outstanding account of the shipboard experiences and observation of an enlisted marine...Edward Cotham's scholarship in the introduction and in annotating the journal is outstanding, and he has drawn on the appropriate sources. This is one of the best jobs of editing in the field." Joseph G. Dawson III, Professor of History at Texas A&M University "I found Gusley's notebook fascinating, informative, and ultimately moving...Civil War historians will find the information about the inner workings and day-to-day life aboard U.S. naval vessels patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the major river systems of the Trans-Mississippi interior highly informative...This book should also find a popular audience. Bright, literate, constantly upbeat, and good-humored despite the many difficult circumstances he found himself in, Gusley is good company for his readers." Patrick Kelly, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.