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Bites, Brews, & Books at Tusculum Brewing Co. to Kick Off Boerne Book & Arts Fest, Oct 4th

Bites, Brews, & Books at Tusculum Brewing Co. to Kick Off Boerne Book & Arts Fest, Oct 4th

Who: Author Stephen Harrigan; the Patrick Heath Public Library; and YOU

What: An evening Cocktail Reception and Author Meet & Greet

When: Friday, October 4th, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Tusculum Brewing Co. (236 S. Main, Boerne)

Why: To snack, sip, mingle, and chat with several local Texas authors, featuring New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Harrigan

Cost: 75.00 (purchase tickets HERE)

What you get: The opportunity to meet one-on-one with the authors; a copy of Mr. Harrigan’s upcoming book, Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas; catered appetizers from Rhonda Riser’s Confections & Catering; and wine and hand-crafted beer from Boerne’s new Tusculum Brewing Co.

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Boerne Book & Arts Fest is back, October 5th at Main Plaza and to kick it all off, the Patrick Heath Public Library and Tusculum Brewing Co. are hosting an evening of fine food, wine, craft beer, and discussion—with an Austin-based, New York Times best-selling author, no less.

Stephen Harrigan has written ten fiction and non-fiction novels, including The Gates of the Alamo, which ultimately, earned him the title of a New York Times best-selling author. Other titles Mr. Harrigan has earned: teacher—he taught at the University of Texas’ James A. Michener Center for Writers for twenty years; columnist—he’s written for Texas Monthly since its creation in 1973; and screenwriter, having written a multitude of screenplays for television. Additionally, Mr. Harrigan co-founded Capital Area Statues, Inc. (CAST), a non-profit organization which has provided notable public works of art to the city of Austin since 1992.

The statue of Willie Nelson, created by Clete Shields, and donated to the city of Austin by CAST. ( Image Source )

The statue of Willie Nelson, created by Clete Shields, and donated to the city of Austin by CAST. (Image Source)

Mr. Harrigan’s latest work, though, comes in the form of a massive non-fiction novel entitled, Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas.

"I am not sure which is the greater achievement here: digesting such a vast amount of historical data or making that gigantic wall of information fun to read. Because it certainly is the latter. I challenge the reader, in fact, to open to any page of this 829-page colossus and not have fun. It’s all interesting, and that is not hype. Harrigan tacks brilliantly through the shifting winds of Texas history by telling a series of rip-snorting good tales." (S.C. Gwynne, author of New York Times bestselling books Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell, Source)

Attendees of the October 4th cocktail reception will each receive their own copy of Harrigan’s new book and the chance to have it autographed, all while munching on pulled pork sliders, chicken satay, crostini with sun-dried tomato jam and goat cheese, and more. And, of course, also while sipping the newest—and likely, the most anticipated—beer in Boerne.

“What’s on tap? We’ll have our five mainstays available that evening: The Honeybee Blonde, Big Tex Blonde, Donkey Cart IPA, Parking Lot Pecan, and the RockPorter Coconut Porter,” says Tusculum Brewing Co. partner, Paige Mathews. “And we’re excited to do it. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to host the library’s summer lecture series this year and are happy to continue that partnership further with this event. We love the idea of providing a place where people can gather and enjoy the company of their neighbors and friends. Fellowship and fostering a sense of community are super important to us and this gives us the chance to do so in a building that has long been a fixture of the Boerne community.”

And that laid-back, community atmosphere is just what organizers were looking for.

“Everyone attending will get a chance to chat one-on-one with the author, in a relaxed environment,” says Caren Creech of the Patrick Heath Public Library. “And there will be other authors in attendance as well, so this will be a unique experience…and a fantastic way to kick off Saturday’s Boerne Book & Arts Festival!”

The festival, now in its fourth year, takes place October 5th at Main Plaza, from 10:00am-5:00pm and will feature a variety of activities for the whole family. Kids can expect a costume contest (with cash prizes), storytime, crafts, activities, and special appearances from The Book Fairy, Batman and friends, and The Cat in the Hat. There will also be performances by the Terpischore Ballet Company and Dan Kaderli as Edgar Allen Poe. Six different author panels and a poetry event will take place in the Author Panel Tent, including one with Nerves of Steel author, Tammie Jo Shults. Various artist, vendor, and information tents will be available and both Little Gretel and the Southern Gals Food Truck will be on-site to keep those tummies full while you browse.

“Boerne Book & Arts Fest is a place for local Texas artists and authors to showcase the creative talent that exists right here in our own backyard—and conversely, a place for readers and art enthusiasts to discover new, local favorites,” Caren explains. “It’s also a place for families to spend time together and for parents to encourage a relationship with the arts…and of course, it’s a whole lot of fun.”

Tickets for the Cocktail Reception with Stephen Harrigan are available for purchase HERE and the full schedule for Boerne Book & Arts Fest can be found HERE. Any questions about either event can be directed to Ms. Caren Creech at creech@boernelibrary.org.

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NOTE: This post was written in partnership with the Patrick Heath Public Library. All images belong to the sources indicated, Boerne Book & Arts Fest, or Sowing Seeds.

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