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Wedge of writers gather at Bandera library

Special to the Courier

The Bandera Library Board invites everyone to celebrate Christmas Jubilee with a prestigious group of area writers and illustrators for a book signing fandango. The event will be held at the Bandera Public Library on Main Street Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
"We are proud to present an award winning illustrator and area authors who will be reading from, signing and selling their books," said board spokesman Diane Conoly.
Entertainment will be provided by The Hill Country Stompers. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Children attending the authors' presentations will be given a small gift.
Bandera County writer William Mack, author of the children's book "Pondo Takes a Stand," will read from his first published book about a hippo and his friends. Young and old will enjoy the adventure and lessons taught by these colorful characters. "Come see bigger than life Pondo and get your signed copy of Pondo Takes a Stand," said Conoly.
Other writers attending the party will be Bryce Milligan, Joy Fisher Hein, Robert Flynn, Jean Flynn, Carmen Tafolla and Jan Brandon.
A "true Renaissance man," poet, novelist, essayist, musician and publisher, as well as a "storyteller and gentle teacher" Milligan will be presenting two children's books - "Briget's Cloak," an Irish Christmas story and "The Prince of Ireland." He will also present an adult novel, which begins in Ireland Christmastime in 1833 and ends at Christmas in 1834 in Texas.
Fisher Hein is an artist and illustrator of primarily children's books as well as being a master gardener. Hein was selected as the designer of the 2009 Centennial poster for the State Library and Archives Commission. She will be presenting "Sam Houston - Standing Firm," "Davy Crockett - Creating a Legend," "Bloomin' Tales - Legends of Seven Favorite Wildflowers," and "Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers."
Robert Flynn, professor emeritus at Trinity University, has authored of 13 books, and nine novels. Flynn will be presenting "North to Yesterday," winner of a Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, "Wanderer Springs," winner of a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, and "Lawful Abuse: How the Century of the Child Became the Century of the Corporation."
Jean Flynn is a published author of books for children and young adults. She has published many biographies of Texas historical figures. She will be presenting "Henry B. Gonzalez: Rebel With a Cause," "Texas Women Who Dared to Be First" and "Lady: Story of Lady Bird Johnson."
Tafolla has been honored as the Poet Laureate of San Antonio. She is also an author, sought-after speaker and performer. Tafolla will be presenting "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans" and "Comadres & The Meaning of Civilization."
Brandon is a successful attorney in San Antonio and a mystery novelist. All of his short stories and novels take place in Texas. Brandon will be presenting his two newest novels, "Milagro Lane" and "The Jetty."