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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Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards’s remarkable rise to power as a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.


OffWorld: Robert Jackson Bennett

What: Robert Jackson Bennett
When: Wednesday, March 13, 7 pm
Where: Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park on NW Highway
Hosted by: Phillip Washington
Book Fair! Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of book sales to WordSpace.
Bookfair #11056124 from 3/9-3/14/2013 at checkout and online.

Robert Jackson Bennett, an Austin-based writer of fantasy and science fiction. Bennett’s first novel, Mr. Shivers, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and his second novel, The Company Man, won special citations from both the Philip K. DIck Foundation and the Edgar Awards. He will be reading from and signing his new book, American Elsewhere, at an event co-sponsored by Barnes and Noble


ArtSpeak:Hancock Brothers, Clay Stinnett and Matt Bagley

What: ARTSPEAK: The Hancock Brothers, Clay Stinnett, Matt Bagley
When: Saturday, March 2, 8 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts

In conjunction with their exhibition at Mighty Fine Arts, The Amazing Hancock Brothers return to WordSpace for another highly entertaining presentation of music and their written works. The spoken word program will also feature  Clay Stinnett and Matt Bagley, other artists incorporating text into their visual work and have volumes more to say.

Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, March 2, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Dallas Poetry Youth Slam When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room- Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo Half Price Books and WordSpace are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.

Simon Phx at Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Simon Phx at Dallas Poetry Slam
When: March 1, 2013 at 8pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Admission: $5
Hosted By: Rock Baby and Alexandra Marie

Simon Phx is three time member of the Dallas Slam team and has been writing and performing poetry in Dallas since 2008. He has been dubbed “the Future” by his peers for his carefully crafted poems and passionate performances. Simon is also a father and freelance visual artist.

Andrei Codrescu

What: An Evening with Andrei Codrescu
When: Thursday, March 28, 8 pm (Meet/Greet Tickets, 7:00)
Where: The Kessler Theater
Admission: $20 Gen, $37.50 Reserved, $200 Tables VIP/Meet-Greet, $400 Suites VIP/Meet-Greet
Members: From $15
Sponsored by: Half Price Books

Andrei Codrescu ( has published two new books: “So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012” and “Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes)”.  Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966 at the age of nineteen. His first poetry book in English License to Carry a Gun won the Big Table Poetry award in 1970. In 1983 he founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas ( From 1984 until his retirement in 2009 he taught Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He has been a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983. Codrescu has received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. (1991). He has covered the fall of Romania’s Ceausescu regime for National Public Radio (NPR) and ABC News, an experience chronicled in The Hole in the Flag: an Exile’s Story of Return and Revolution. He has also reported from Cuba and Martinique, and is the winner of several Lowell Thomas awards for travel journalism. Among his many books are, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, (2009; The Poetry Lesson (2010), and whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments (2011). He lives in the Arkansas Ozarks near the Buffalo River National Park.


WordSpace Student Readings: SMU Literary Festival

What: WordSpace Student Readings @ SMU Literary Festival
Who: Hockaday, Yavneh Academy, Greenhill School, Texans CAN, Academy, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam
When: Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm
Where: McCord Auditorium

Friday, March 22, 6 pm at DeGloyer: Reception honoring WordSpace, followed by readings by Tatjana Soli and Vievee Francis.

2013 SMU Lit Fest Presenters: Deborah Spark, Alix Ohlin, Natalie Serber, Tatjana Soli, Matt Olzmann, Vievee Francis, Allan Michael Parker, Camille T. Dungy MCs: David Haynes, Paul Otremba, and Gabriel Calvocoresi

WordSpace’s is honored to participate in the  2013 SMU Literary Festival by presenting talented area students. These young writers bring with them the enrichment and inspiration of their educators who are also recognized as accomplished writers: Scott Davison of Booker T. Washing School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Farid Matuk of Greenhill School, Tim Cloward of Yavneh Academy, Kyle Vaughn of Hockaday School, Sanderia Smith and Dorris Coleman of Texans CAN Academy, and the new WS/Dallas Poetry Slam’s Youth Series project, mentored by Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo. Google any of these amazing writers to get a clue of their accomplishments. Imagine being in high school and having the opportunity to be mentored by these poets, playwrights and songwriting musicians.

SMU Literary Festival creates an atmosphere of support, dignity, and recognition, as well as an opportunity to interact with the Festival’s featured performers. This year, special prizes will be awarded by the SMU’s Tale of One City Project.

WordSpace has incorporated area student readings into programming since its inception. The annual readings have been renamed from “Do You Hear Me?” to “ConSpiracy” (the breathe together definition) to “Gerald Burns Student Readings” (after the late poet), to its present association with SMU Lit Fest. Past annual readings have taken place at Paperbacks Plus, Dallas Center for Humanities and Cultural and The Kessler Theater. We’d like to thank all those folks and our writer/educator friends for their years of support to WordSpace and young Dallas writers.

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