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Hank the Cowdog

“Nobody in the literary world would have touched a book narrated by a ranch dog…

Texas Book Festival at 25 Goes Virtual

In March 1989, just two months into serving as First Lady of the United States,…

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History lives at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is a treasure waiting to be discovered.…

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THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Edition of Authentic Texas!

We’re delighted to be back in print! And, we’re as committed as ever to providing…

Reading Austin

Fittingly, Austin’s nucleus of intellectual activity—the University of Texas—is also its literary hub. With nearly…

Mason’s Master Storyteller Fred Gipson Still Enchanting Readers

Mason author Fred Gipson’s primary works – Hound-dog Man and Old Yeller – have positioned…

Baylor’s Browning Library Brings Poetry to the Heart of Texas

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? One…

Hometown Historians

Joe Holley, Paula Allen and Joe Herring all learn something new about something old every…

Stories and Sandwiches at Glen Rose’s Storiebook Cafe

Glen Rose is billed as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, but  the Central Texas town…

The Cowboy Oasis Cafe

As you travel Texas Highway 152 in the northeastern corner of the state, with the…

Abilene brings books to life

William Joyce’s picture book, Santa Calls, tells the story of a little boy named Art…

Talking Tombstones

In 1955, Corpus Christi police were on guard against people digging at the historic Old…

LIFE

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Dance Across Texas – One Two-Step at a Time

Boots scoot, skirts twirl, kids flit outdoors under the stars, a top pops on a…

Just Puttin’ a Round

Its Sunday afternoon, and the final group arrives at the 18th hole. “quiet please!” signs…

Pipes of Plenty

Churches big and small fill up across the state each Sunday with devout worshipers. Sunday…

Praise the Lord and Pass the Brisket

The smell of Southern comfort fare pervades the century-old walls of Stubb’s BBQ in downtown…

Movies Under The Stars

Just about any Texan will tell you — there’s nothing quite like the Texas sky,…

Brewing Up Flavor

About 20 miles north-east of downtown Dallas, Bankhead Brewing Company is serving as the flagship…

Costumes of the Americas Museum

A celebration of color, shape, and texture greets the view of visitors to a unique cultural…

March to Victory

By rule, Texas six-man football games end when one team leads by 45 or more…

LOCAL

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Menard Irrigation ‘Ditch’ Dates Back to 1757

Underground treasure potential has lured sailors and seekers to Texas for centuries. Whether it was…

The Mockingbird

It’s been called the “King of Song,” can be found just about everywhere in Texas,…

Gusher of Information

Much has happened since Beaumont was established on the Neches River in the nineteenth century.…

The Elissa

In 2005, Gov. Rick Perry designated Elissa the official Tall Ship of Texas. She was…

Preserving Tradition and Promoting Culture at Asia Times Square

At the Pearl, one group of diners converses animatedly in Vietnamese. At the next table…

Stories of the Sky

It’s one thing to read history in a book. It’s another to watch it play…

Pool Jewel

From Baptist encampment to resort to army property to city pool, few recreational spots in…

Pilgrimage to the Cross Plains of Robert E. Howard

Pilgrimages. Throughout history people have traveled great distances to visit the places connected to the…