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STEPHENVILLE (September 1, 2015) — From poetry to fiction to photography to music, Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend—always scheduled just after Labor Day in historic downtown Granbury—beckons authors and artists from across Texas and beyond.
Started 12 years ago, the weekend begins with a 7 p.m. launch party Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Dora Lee Langdon Center Concert Hall, corner of East Bridge and Brazos streets. Sponsored by Wings Press, the party features the editors and contributors of “Her Texas,” a collection of poetry, song, images, and fiction and nonfiction from contemporary Texas women.
During this year’s Langdon Review Weekend, hear about the latest projects of creator and CEO of BellaSonic Records Teresa LaBarbera-Whites. Chat with journalist, screenwriter and executive editor for Texas Monthly magazine Skip Hollandsworth. Listen to Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla read from her vast collection of poetry and prose, and find out more about Christopher Carmona, inaugural writer-in-residence for Langdon Review of the Arts—Tarleton’s annual publication highlighting the most exciting cultural accomplishments in Texas and the energy behind the annual four-day-weekend festival.
Carmona, a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize in 2013, presents at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Concert Hall, followed by a dessert reception. Carmona is an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Brownsville and author of two books of poetry.
Sponsored by the Granbury Wine Walk, the writer-in-residence program provides two weeks of lodging in Granbury and an opportunity to become immersed in local culture. Carmona plans a community workshop on flash fiction (stories less than 1,000 words) during his stay.
At noon Friday, Sept. 11, Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla reads from her work during a picnic at the Brazos House Gardens, within easy walking distance of Granbury Square. A San Antonio native, Tafolla is the author of more than 20 acclaimed poetry and prose books, including “Curandera,” “Sonnets and Salsa,” and “The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans,” which won the Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Enjoy a screening of “Bernie” (2011) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Showbiz Cinema 6, 1201 Water’s Edge Drive, followed by a question-and-answer session with screenwriter Skip Hollandsworth. Featuring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the movie is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” that chronicles the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent by her 38-year-old companion,Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede.
A true Texas-size brunch kicks off the final day of Langdon Review Weekend from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Concert Hall, featuring Teresa LaBarbera-Whites, one of the top record label executives in the world. She’s worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Pink and The Backstreet Boys, to name a few. Her projects have sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
Langdon Review Weekend is coordinated by Dr. Marilyn Robitaille and Dr. Moumin Quazi, associate professors of English at Tarleton, with help from several benefactors, including The Inge Foundation, and community partners such as the city of Granbury and Gallery 206.
Registration for the entire weekend is $110, or purchase a one-day ticket for $75. Wednesday’s launch party and Thursday night’s event are free. Cost of Friday’s picnic is $12, and the movie screening is $7.50 at the door. Tickets for Saturday’s brunch are $15. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview, or call 254-968-9039.