Not surprisingly, authors were found in abundance at the 2014 Texas Book Festival. Over the late October weekend, authors happily signed books, patiently answered questions from fans and like everyone else, stood in line for the breakfast tacos. The featured titles spanned a dizzying array of topics, from politics, teen fiction, world history, cooking and much more. As usual, Texas A&M University Press shared the work of many talented authors and here are three who made the festival a little richer:
Paul Chaplo shared his lovely book, Marfa Flights. As you might guess by the title, the book features striking aerial portraits of the West Texas landscape. The land literally takes on an entirely different perspective as hidden gullies, mysterious valleys, and monolithic rock formations magically appear atop each other, all framed by the surprisingly colorful Rio Grande. The landscape is a delight and worth a considerably safer viewing from your couch.
Wes Ferguson also made a memorable river journey, though one considerably more down-to-earth. His personal journey, “Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine,” is a detailed crossing of the quirky Sabine River and its hardy inhabitants. Separating Texas and Louisiana, the Sabine River is composed of difficult-to-traverse landscapes, which attracts a tough and interesting crowd. Wes explores different aspects of the storied passageway, and the book helps add to the illustrious lore of the people who still cherish the self-reliant pioneer spirit.
J Griffis Smith has been capturing the spectacular images that can be found in the pages of Texas Highways magazine for over 20 years. Both his work as a photographer and photo editor for the illustrious publication make him a natural to curate this beautiful book, On the Road With Texas Highways, which highlights the best images captured over the years. He has seen a lot of changes to the Texas landscape and photography in general, but his lovely book reminds us that regardless of the technology, the most important equipment possessed by a photographer is his eye.
Enjoy these three worthy contributions that preserve our culture and natural wonders and remind us that books still matter.