Books & Bylines

Library: Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building

Date: 6/28/2017, 7/19/2017, 8/16/2017

Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM


Age Group: young adults ages 18-35 years, adults, seniors

NEW Books & Bylines SERIES

presented with and taking place at the Houston Chronicle 

Location: Houston Chronicle office | 4747 Southwest Freeway, 77027

Murder in Texas | Wednesday, June 28 | 7 PM 

Is crime really more lurid in the Lone Star State or does it just seem that way? Consider these followup questions: Who killed the pregnant woman with a shotgun blast -- her teen neighbor or her cheating football-coach husband? And what, exactly, would drive a woman to stab her boyfriend with a blue suede stiletto heel? Brian Rogers, a licensed attorney and the Houston Chronicle’s chronicler of courts, and crime writer Kathryn Casey (most recently author of Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder) discuss these questions – and also reveal how they report and tell Texas’ most riveting true-crime stories. Moderated by Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle.

Houston Through Writers’ Eyes | Wednesday, July 19 | 7 PM 

This slippery city is hard to get your head around, but tonight two longtime Houstonians offer help. Mimi Swartz, a senior editor for Texas Monthly, has covered everything from the city’s biggest corporate scandals to its long history with breast implants. And former Houston poet laureate Gwen Zepeda has written both poetry and children’s books, including Houston, We Have a Problema. Moderated by Houston Chronicle Books editor Alyson Ward.

Plantations, the KKK, and Race in Texas | Wednesday, August 16 | 7 PM

What’s the legacy of white supremacy? In his book Tomlinson Hill, Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson describes his slave-holding family’s cotton plantation, and traces slavery’s echoes through the descendants of the people, both white and black, who lived there. And in this year’s Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the KlanPatricia Bernstein explores the history of racial violence, the KKK and lynchings. With social activist and author of The Heart of Houston, Larry Payne, they’ll discuss Texas’ race relations and race-related violence – both past and present.