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A new book takes readers on a fascinating journey into the heart of the Texas Panhandle. In Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place , Shelley Armitage invites readers to consider the unique character and geology of the Staked Plains. The book is a treasure of photographs, anecdotes, musings, philosophical wanderings, memories, and historical facts, all told through Armitage’s engaging and heartfelt prose. The book begins with the author’s intention to walk the thirty miles from her family...

Marvel Entertainment / Hays Daily News

Kansas now has its own Marvel superhero, reports The Hays Daily News . The comic book behemoth Marvel Entertainment has named The Sentry as their official superhero for the Sunflower State. The Sentry is described as a recovering addict with the power of a million exploding suns. The announcement is part of a national promotion campaign for an upcoming comic book, U.S. Avengers #1 . The Sentry, whose real name is Bob Reynolds, first appeared in print in 2000. The comic will feature special...

NewsOK

The 2016 Oklahoma Book Awards were held this weekend in Oklahoma City, reports News OK. Winners included Bike on, Bear! by Cynthea Liu for Best Children’s Book and The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey for Best Nonfiction Book. The Long And Faraway Gone by Lou Berney won the Fiction award, and Places I Was Dreaming by Loren Graham took home the Poetry prize. The Young Adult Award went to The Boy Who Carried Bricks by Alton Carter of Stillwater, which recounts the story of Carters rough...

Mysteries and Thrillers to Read by the Fire

Dec 31, 2015
Alice Popkorn / Flickr Creative Commons

As the snow falls and the nights grow colder, The Guardian has published a list of the year’s best crime novels and thrillers, perfect for curling up with and reading by the fire. Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train mostly lived up to the hype. The Guardian calls the book “ an ideal solution for those seeking immersive distraction.” Also making waves this year, I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers, “in which someone finds their neighbor’s back door unexpectedly left open and goes inside.” This year...

Will Libraries of the Future Be Book-Free?

Dec 8, 2015
Bill Kelly / NET News

A new type of library in Omaha has Nebraska Public Radio asking , will libraries of the future contain no books? Do Space, a self-described “community technology library,” comes equipped with high-end computers loaded with professional software, gaming and electronic gizmos for kids. The space also features community classes and workshops. Membership and access to most services are free of charge. The Do Space computers are stocked with software often too expensive for a home or small...

Book Review: Lone Star Nation

Dec 17, 2014
Pegasus Books

Richard Parker’s newest book, Lone Star Nation, is described as a provocative and eye-opening look at the most explosive and controversial state in America, where everything is bigger, bolder—and shaping our nation’s future in surprising ways by Amazon. Karen Olsson reviewed the book for the New York Times . She says: Parker’s short book caters to lighter appetites: It’s a tray of Texas nibbles. Included are a capsule history of the state; personal reminiscence and travels; policy analysis; a look at the 2014 governor’s race; and man-on-the-street (or woman-in-the-Starbucks) interviews, not to mention a list of 300 famous Texans and three pages of Texas-related quotations.

Michael Glasgow/Texas Tribune

In Panhandle, a Growing Need for a Shallow Lake's Water
Lake Meredith, previously empty, is only 4% full, but those 2.8 billion gallons are enough for the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority to start pumping water from the lake. The authority supplies water to Amarillo, Lubbock, and surrounding areas. The low water means higher sediment levels, which will affect the water's taste and cause higher treatment costs. More from the Amarillo Globe-News . Make (and Possibly Read) a 'Texas...

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm. A swindling banker. The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer. A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado. The “unhomesteading” of the plains. These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver . According to the publisher, “Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure, East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and...