March 8 is fast approaching, so mark your calendars for an informative, enjoyable day spent with four Texas authors at the Blanco Friends of the Library’s fund raiser—“Texas Authors: A Celebration.” Once again the event will be held at Gem of the Hills Community Center, located north of Blanco on Highway 281, from 9:30 am. to 3 pm. Tickets are available at the Blanco Library for $15, which includes lunch. Books by each author will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author.
Houston native Suzanne Morris is a novelist whose books include Galveston, her first novel published in 1976, which won the Evelyn Oppenheimer First Novel Award and was honored in the Literary East Texas Project in 1979. The setting is drawn from Morris’s early years, when she visited Galveston and stayed in what she terms “an intriguing house with terrifyingly high front stairs.” An old photo of a ballerina posing on a Galveston verandah also sparked an idea for one of the book’s characters. Morris has also written a nonfiction, 6-part history of the Brown family of Galveston.
Morris will discuss Clearharbour, the final book in her Clearharbour Trilogy, which took over 20 years to research and write, requiring three research trips to England and France. As she explains, “It spans over four decades and two world wars, and centers around two families—one American, one British.” According to her web site, book one of the trilogy, Look Back with Longing, is set during World War I in England and the U. S. and is characterized as “an intriguing story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption.” The second in the series, Elizabeth’s Legacy, continues the story of the Selby family during World War II. Her final book provides what her web site calls “a stunning conclusion” to the story of the Selby family.