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Third Annual Houston History Book Fair & Symposium Showcases Authors at the Houston Public Library

Two Dozen Authors of Regional History will be in Attendance

The Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Arts and Media (HAM), and Story Sloane’s Gallery will be hosting the Third Annual Houston History Book Fair and Symposium on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10 AM until 4 PM at the historic Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002, across from the City Hall reflecting pool. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public. It is the only free, comprehensive symposium event dedicated solely to the history of Southeast Texas. For details visit or call 832-393-1313.

Over two dozen Texas history authors will be attending the Houston History Book Fair and Symposium event, and will be there throughout the day selling and signing their books. The authors will also be giving presentations every half hour during the event. These authors are great storytellers and will be bringing to life Texas and Houston’s extraordinary and amazing past as they discuss their books.

Book topics will be widely varied, from specific neighborhoods and communities, police, labor histories, and railroads. There will be books that cover early Houston, Civil War era Texas, local sports history, and venerated businesses. New at the event this year will be two well-researched works of historical fiction which are set in our area.

During the morning of the event children will be entertained at the Tudor Gallery in the Julia Ideson Building with stories about Houston’s history. City of Houston former first lady, Andrea White, will speak about her book, “The Very Long Life of Alice’s Playhouse: A Survivor’s Story.” Elements of the story which have been performed by the Houston Grand Opera will also be presented. Well-known children’s artist, Leah White, will perform songs from her CD, “Our Roots Are Strong” which is about historic preservation in Houston, and author Betty Chapman will feature her children’s activity book on preservation.

Author Presentations in the Julia Ideson Building Auditorium Include:
10:30 AM – Sylvia Dickey Smith – “A War of Her Own”
11:00 AM – Lucinda Freeman – “Historic Houston: How to See it”
11:30 AM – Chuck Parsons – “Texas Rangers”
12:00 PM – Ed Cotham – “Texas Civil War Titles”
12:30 PM – Kate Kirkland – “Captain James Baker of Houston”
1:00 PM – David Bush/Jim Parsons – “Houston Deco”
1:30 PM – Anna Mod – “Building Modern Houston”
2:00 PM – Steven Fenberg – “Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones”
2:30 PM – Jim Schmidt – “Galveston and the Civil War”
3:00 PM – Naomi Carrier – “Go Down, Old Hannah”
3:30 PM – Mike Vance – “Houston’s Sporting Life”

Author Presentations in the Julia Ideson Building Reading Room Include:
11:00 AM – Al Mitchell – “Texas City”
11:30 AM – Ronnie Crocker – “Houston Beer History”
12:00 PM – Tom Kennedy – “Houston Police Department”
12:30 PM – Michael Swanson – “The Angel Baby”
1:00 PM – Ann Becker – “River Oaks”
1:30 PM – Andy Hall – “Houston/Galveston Steamboats”
2:00 PM – Joan Upton Hall – “Just Visitin’: Old Texas Jails”
2:30 PM – Ruth Burke – “Seabrook”
3:00 PM – Story Sloane – “Houston in the 1920s and 30s”
3:30 PM – Kasey French – “Honoring Olivewood”

All attending teachers with an ID will receive a free gift of historic posters courtesy of Story Sloane’s Gallery, a photo gallery specializing in images of Houston from the early 1900s until the 1980s. For more information about Story Sloane’s Gallery visit Story Sloane is on the HAM Advisory Board. He has been an active participant in the HAM “Slices of History” program, and has donated photographs from his collection to several other HAM video and book projects.

The Houston History Book Fair & Symposium is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Other sponsors for this event include The University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policy and the Houston Club.

About the Julia Ideson Building
HPL’s Julia Ideson Building where the Houston History Book Fair and Symposium is taking place is also a part of the City of Houston’s history. It opened in 1926 and is a State of Texas historic landmark designed by famous architect Ralph Adams Cram. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the beautifully renovated building and enjoy its new educational exhibit space. For information on the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building visit

About Houston Arts and Media
Houston Arts and Media’s purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video and books. The work is done by members of Houston’s creative, educational, research and production communities. Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Parties interested in supporting HAM’s efforts through donations or volunteerism should contact Houston Arts and Media via e-mail at or call 713-686-9244.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Contact: Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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