Archive for February, 2013

Anita Barnard Book Release: On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry

Who: Anita Barnard
What: Book Release: On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry
When: Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis, 214-941-2665

darkpathcover_smallJPB“On the Dark Path 
is a hauntingly beautiful collection of poems that lead us deeper into these ancient tales than we’ve been before. Powerful, surprising, sometimes brutal, these poems enchant the imagination and linger in the mind for days.”
-Michelle Rhea, editor Incarnate Muse Press

Speaking to us from the woods and the cottage, from the marriage bed, the hospital bed, the writing group and the camps at Dachau, the forty-eight poets in this anthology of poems based on traditional fairy tales, edited by DFW poet and longtime fairy tale enthusiast Anita M. Barnard, bring their personal worlds to the fairy tale and the fairy tale out into the world at large. The reading will feature some of the local poets whose works appear in the book.

67492_1516404906902_6337928_nAnita M. Barnard has co-edited five poetry anthologies, most recently Above Us Only Sky, Volume Two and The Venomed Kiss, as Incarnate Muse Press, and edited the anthology Sense of Touch. Her poetry has appeared in Illya’s Honey, Borderlands, and the Texas Poetry Calendar, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award; the selected poem appeared in the The Comstock Review. Her poem Red was nominated for the 2008 Pushcart Prize. Anita received honorable mention from New Millennium Writings Winter 2008-09 Poetry Award, and her poem Building with Straw was published in the 2010 issue. Her poem based on Brueghel’s Diana and Callisto was exhibited in the gallery of the Blanton Museum of Fine Art at the University of Texas Austin alongside the painting. Anita is also a visual artist, working in paint, mosaic, collage, glass and cement, exhibiting in the Fort Worth area, nationally and internationally. Two of her collages were shown in Bremen, Germany then traveled to New Zealand where they appeared in four gallery shows. Anita lives in Fort Worth and spends weekends as a locavore gardener or tending her rural land in NE Texas where she hopes to someday have a retreat for writers and artists. Her still-evolving website is She writes about art, poetry, food gardening, education and other topics at






Book Signing for Jan Reid and Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards”

What: Jan Reid Book Signing
The Book: Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
When: March 2, 2-4 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis Street. (Oak Cliff)

Meet the historic Texas writer, Jan Reid and buy his new book, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards.

In Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards,  Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards’s remarkable rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Reid traces the whole arc of Richards’s life, beginning with her youth in Waco, her marriage to attorney David Richards, her frustration and boredom with being a young housewife and mother in Dallas, and her shocking encounters with Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He follows Richards to Austin and the wild 1970s scene and describes her painful but successful struggle against alcoholism. He tells the full, inside story of Richards’s rise from county office and the state treasurer’s office to the governorship, where she championed gun control, prison reform, environmental protection, and school finance reform, and he explains why she lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush, which evened his family’s score and launched him toward the presidency. Reid describes Richards’s final years as a world traveler, lobbyist, public speaker, and mentor and inspiration to office holders, including Hillary Clinton. His nuanced portrait reveals a complex woman who battled her own frailties and a good-old-boy establishment to claim a place on the national political stage and prove “what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in.”

Jan Reid is a contributing editor for Texas Monthly and author of many wonderful books about Texas subject matter–music to moguls, including  His work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Slate, and The New York Times, among other publications.

His many works of non-fiction include The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, Close Calls, The Bullet Meant for Me and Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm, legendary Texas musician.


Richard Dobson

What: Richard Dobson
When: May 5, 5-7 pm
WhereLucky Dog Books — Oak Cliff
633 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
Bookstore Phone: 214-941-2665

Richard Dobson is a Texas singer-songwriter from Tyler and former roughneck who gamboled around Galveston and Houston, then Austin and Nashville, before spending the past 13 years living in Switzerland and playing all over Europe. That’s the shorthand. The long version is this fine piece of contemporary literature, Pleasures of the High Rhine – A Texas Singer in Exile.”
Read complete review
by Joe Nick Potoski.

Richard Dobson (born March 19, 1942) is an American singer/songwriter.

He was born in Tyler, Texas. He spent time in the 1970s with Townes Van Zandt, Mickey White, Rex “Wrecks” Bell, Guy Clark,Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and “Skinny” Dennis Sanchez.

Although his name is not prominent, some of his songs were recorded and co-written by famous artists like David Allan Coe (“Piece of Wood and Steel”), Guy Clark (“Forever, for Always, for Certain”; “Old Friends”), Lacy J. Dalton (“Old Friends”), Nanci Griffith (“Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith”) and Kelly Willis (“Hole in My Heart”). His song “Baby Ride Easy” was recorded as a duet by Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds as well as by Billie Jo Spears and Del Reeves. It has also been recorded by the Carter Family. For the TV show Christmas On The Road in Montreux in 1984 it was performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. He wrote an autobiographic book about his years with Townes Van Zandt and the others mentioned before, called The Gulf Coast Boys. Pleasures of the High Rhine — A Texas Singer in Exile, was published in February 2012. He’s also irregularly publishing a newsletter called Don Ricardo’s Life & Times which is mostly about personal experiences. It used to be printed but now is published on his homepage.

He moved to Switzerland in 1999 and has been living there ever since. In November 2005 he recorded an album in Nashville with Thomm Jutz, a friend and musician he played and recorded with in Europe. The album On Thistledown Wind was released in 2006. The following album Back at the Red Shack was recorded at the same studio in Houston, Texas where his first two albums were recorded. For the recording of his album From a Distant Shore he returned to Thomm Jutz’s studio in Nashville again in 2008.

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