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Humanities Texas will host its second Holiday Book Fair at the historic Byrne-Reed House on the corner of 15th and Rio Grande Streets on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Twenty-seven noteworthy authors will take part in the holiday event, including H. W. Brands, S. C. Gwynne, Don Carleton, John Phillip Santos, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bill Hobby, Jacqueline Kelly, Emily Fox Gordon, Bill Wittliff, Emilio Zamora, James Haley, Alison Macor, Tiffany Gill, Max Sherman, Steven Weinberg, Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, Diana Welch, Debra Monroe, Barbara Ras, Monica Perales, Steven Boyd, Mary Volcansek, Gregory Curtis, Light Cummins, Jesus F. de la Teja, Lucas A. Powe Jr and Carolyn Osborn. These authors and their work represent a cross section of the humanities, from history to photography, biography to poetry, and more.

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 Humanities Texas will have books for purchase at a 20% discount. All profits will benefit the Smith-Welch Memorial Library in Hearne and the Peñitas Public Library. There will be no formal presentations or readings, but guests are invited to visit with the authors and have their books signed. Free parking will be available in St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s large parking lot on the northwest corner of 15th and Rio Grande Streets.

Coffee will be available alongside a bake sale of homemade and donated treats. All of the proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the libraries.

"Forget about that fruitcake", said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. "Here is a great opportunity to buy terrific autographed books as gifts."

Please see for a full list of titles and authors and more details about the event.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact Liz Bohman Barger, coordinator of educational programs at Humanities Texas, at 512.440.1991 or