Big book bonanza

Under the tent near Disch-Falk Field, the University of Texas Press is at it again, tempting us to fill every tiny space on those bookshelves. This don’t-miss giant sale runs today until six and tomorrow from 10 am until 3 pm. The once-a-year bargains run from great to completely beyond belief. Some years, we entertain out-of-state visitors who come to Texas expressly for this event. My favorite books include those on Tejano culture, plants and wildlife of Texas, Latin America, Texas architects, art, and photography, just a few of the many subjects for which this university press is famed. Here’s a tiny sample: Billy Joe Shaver’s memoirs; Billy Lee Brammer’s famous political novel set in Austin, complete with an LBJ figure; and the book containing the recipe for Chocolate Intemperance, that irresistible dessert star of Austin menus. This is where to find that special present for that discriminating recipient (and don’t forget yourself).

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