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The Big Texas Read Online Reading Series, October 20th, 2021
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The Big Texas Read Online Reading Series, October 20th, 2021

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A Free Monthly Online Reading Series from Writing Workshops Dallas & Gemini Ink

Up Next: We're reading and discussing Sherry Kafka Wagner's novel Hannah Jackson. This session will be moderated by Naomi Shihab Nye.

October 20th, 2021 via Zoom @ 7PM CST


Previously (09/15/21): We read Octavio Quintanilla's collection, If I Go Missing.


Unplug from the outside world and JOIN us at The Big Texas Read (TBTR) brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink. As featured in Poets&Writers, Forbes, Book Riot, The Dallas Morning News, and the San Antonio Express-News, we’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every month! We’ll be with you all the way from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s. It's a big virtual book club, and we'd love for you to join in the fun!


Hannah Jackson is a story about family and place. In the early twentieth century, a married man in a small Texas town accidentally encounters Hannah, a young woman with no family. He falls in love. In defiance of the town’s mores, he leaves his wife, marries his love, and takes her to live on a ranch, away from the community’s condemnation. Yet in spite of love and commitment, the couple cannot escape the town’s judgment. One particular event that shocks their relationship will affect the rest of their lives. During the years that follow, a web is woven that enmeshes not only the lovers, but their three children as well. Growing up, the young ones find themselves tangled in their parents’ predicament. When they become young adults striving to find an identity and a place in the world, their struggles are marked by the effects of family and place. Each character must decide to stay or to leave, and whatever choice they make, the cost will be high.

First published in 1966, Hannah Jackson chronicles the turbulence of the ’60s and remains a highly relevant novel depicting the oppression of social conventions during times of change.


Sherry Kafka Wagner grew up in Arkansas. She studied with Paul Baker at Baylor University and attended the University of Iowa, where this novel was developed. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, and she regularly consults nationally and internationally. She has also published a play and children’s books.


Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry award, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and she was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018 she was awarded the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. Nye is the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate.

We're excited to partner with Interabang Books in Dallas and The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for The Big Texas Read. You can order your book directly from either bookstore and have it delivered to your front door!

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this reading series and/or to suggest an author.

Interabang Books is an independent bookstore with a hand-picked selection of books and gifts for adults and kids. Interabang opened in July 2017 at the southeast corner of Preston Road and Royal Lane with 12,000+ titles in popular categories.

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