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Holiday hours at Texas Star are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, beginning Monday, Dec. 2.

We will be open late on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 6, as part of the Abilene Downtown Associations’ City Sidewalks celebration.

Shop online anytime!

Three book signings scheduled this week at Texas Star:

Friday, Dec. 6

Carole Mahanay signing copies of “Mahanay Brothers” from 1-2:30.

Matt Roemisch will sign copies of “Purple Polka Dotted Peanut Butter Eater” from 4-6.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Charles Russell will sign copies of “When the Cactus Blooms” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Texas Star will close Wednesday at 4, and will be closed all day Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

We will be open from 10-5:30 Friday and Saturday. Stop in to check out our holiday deals, and don’t miss Small Business Saturday promotions — free gifts and extra sales!

Carole Mahanay of Abilene will sign copies of her nonfiction book, “Mahanay Brothers: Between Two Dates of Infamy,” from 1-2:30 Friday, Dec. 6.

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Tom and Lisa Perini’s new cookbook, “Perini Ranch Steakhouse: Stories and Recipes for Real Texas Food,” will be available at Texas Star on Monday, Nov. 18. But plan to attend the book signing event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, so you can say hello to Tom and Lisa, get your book signed and enjoy some tasting samples from their cookbook.

If you can’t make it, give us a call and we’ll save a copy for you.

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John Erickson will visit Texas Star from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to sign copies of his new coffee table-sized book, “Finding Hank.”

“Finding Hank” is an attractive new hardcover book ($29.95) containing the most often asked questions about Hank the Cowdog and its creator — author and rancher John Erickson. In many ways, the book is Erickson’s autobiography as well as Hank’s story.

Hank the Cowdog is one of the most popular figures in children’s literature, with more than nine million copies sold.

We’re delighted to announce that John Erickson will be at Texas Star Trading Company on Sunday afternoon, November 10, to sign copies of Finding Hank as part of his book launch tour. We’re not usually open on Sunday afternoon, but we felt this was the best opportunity to devote our entire store to focus on this exciting new book. So please join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on November 10 to meet John Erickson. He will speak briefly at 2 and then sign books.

If you can’t make it to the book signing, call and we’ll save you an autographed copy. Because of the anticipated crowd, Erickson will only be able to sign books that are purchased from Texas Star that day or in advance of this event.

Two book signings are scheduled Saturday, Nov. 2!

Julie Kibler, author of “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls,” will sign books from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by Mark McDonald from Noon-2, signing copies of “Beyond the Big Shootout: 50 Years of Football’s Life Lessons.”

Julie, a Hardin-Simmons grad who had a big hit in 2013 with her debut novel, “Calling Me Home,” has written a new novel based on a home for unwed mothers and other desperate young women in Arlington, Texas, at the turn of the 20th century.  “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls” (Crown, $27 hardcover) is based on the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls, founded as a ministry in 1903 and closed in 1935 near what is now the University of Texas at Arlington. Kibler’s story is fiction but is based on real characters who lived at, or operated, the home.

Mark’s book is about one of the greatest Southwest Conference football games ever was the Big Shootout between the two top-ranked college teams the country – the No. 1 Texas Longhorns vs. the No. 2 Arkansas Razorbacks – in Fayetteville, Ark., on Dec. 6, 1969 – 50 years ago. President Nixon flew in by helicopter for the game. It was the only college game on TV that day, celebrating the 100th anniversary of college football. And it lived up to the hype, often referred to as “the game of the century.” From extensive interviews and research, writer Mark McDonald fills this over-sized book with stories leading up to the game, the exciting game itself, the aftermath, and its lasting impact 50 years later.  The book is a coffee table-sized hardcover book, $29.

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Texas Star will be closed Sept. 2-8 for a late summer break! But don’t worry, you can still order online. Any orders coming in during that time will begin shipping Sept. 9. We will acknowledge all orders, although it might be delayed by a few days.

Send us an email if you have any questions, and we’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.



A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life

By Chris Christian

4-6 p.m. Tuesday. April 30 

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Chris Christian grew up in Abilene as Chris Smith before hitting it big in the music business in Nashville and Los Angeles. He tells his inspiring story in his new book, A Grandmother’s Prayer: Moments in a Music Life. We welcome Chris back to his hometown for a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Texas Star Trading Company.

Chris started out as a singer, guitarist, and banjo player, and played with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas before going to Nashville and then LA to make his name as a songwriter, record producer, and recording artist. Hundreds of his songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in pop and contemporary Christian music, including Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, The Carpenters, B.J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and Chris himself. He even recorded two Christmas albums with Coach Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s.

Come out and meet or greet Chris and pick up a copy of his book that begins in Abilene with a grandmother’s prayer, a fourth grade teacher’s encouragement, and a father’s $100 gift, which put him on the track to a remarkable career in music.

Chris’s story shows how relationships formed early in his career led from one opportunity to another. At the end of the book, he offers a concise two-page summary of the most important lessons he has learned in his life, one of them being: “Despite what people say, it’s not who you know that leads to success. It’s who likes you.”

 So, save the date – April 30 – when Chris Christian comes home for a book signing. However, you don’t have to wait until then to buy the book. We already have it in stock ($29.99 hardcover). You can read it and then bring it in and have him autograph it.

jim white art 2Art show and sale 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Texas Star
Jim White, a self-taught watercolor artist, has been influenced by 40 years of landscape architectural design experience. His strong sketching, drawing, and perspective skills are foundational to his artwork. Jim’s understanding of light and color and their influence in shaping our visual world can be seen in each of his works. His keen observation of these as well as texture, line, and form is apparent in his paintings.
Jim’s watercolor journey began in early 2018 with pen and ink drawings, followed by line and wash sketches. He quickly garnered the name “Chick N Man” when he began a series of watercolors depicting whimsical chickens in unusual locations. Chick Ns still find their way into his work occasionally, but he continues to evolve artistically with a wide variety of subjects and techniques. His style is highly recognizable.
Jim grew up on the West Texas plains in Abilene, worked in the Texas Hill Country and along the gulf coast before trading the mesquite and prickly pear for the heavily wooded southern Appalachian Mountains of north Georgia over 30 years ago. He continues to live there and work daily in his studio, Buzzard Mountain Fine Arts Studios located on Buzzard Mountain near Dahlonega, GA, site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush in 1828. His artwork is shown in Canvas and Cork Gallery in Dahlonega. You can view his artwork on Facebook @buzzardmountainfinearts.


Book Signing

1:30-3 Saturday, Feb. 16

“Comfort When the Shadow Falls” by Eddie Sharp, with Cheryl Bacon

Eddie Sharp, who was senior minister at University Church of Christ for 28 years, has teamed up with Cheryl Mann Bacon to provide a practical guide to young preachers and church leaders on ministering to those who are dying and grieving.

“Comfort When the Shadow Falls: Encouraging the Dying and Those Affected by Grief” (Abilene Christian University Press, $19.99 paperback) includes personal experiences, appropriate Scriptures, and down-to-earth advice on such topics as: ministering to the one dying and to the family of the one dying; sudden death from traffic accidents, violence and suicide; how to organize a funeral service; the value of a good obituary; and dealing with the media when a death is newsworthy.


Welcome to our inaugural posting of “Book Notes,” a regular-ish item about featured books in our store — whether new arrivals, best-sellers or just books that we want to reconnect with. Not all of these books are on our website. But if not, feel free to give us a call! We love to take phone orders! 325-672-9696.

Texas Cowboy Cooking

The top five best-selling books at Texas Star Trading in 2018 – all with ties to Abilene —  were:

  1. Texas Cowboy Cooking, Tom Perini’s perennially popular cookbook.
  2. Playing for More: Trust Beyond What You Can See, former Wylie quarterback Case Keenum’s story of faith, family and football.
  3. On Texas Backroads, a collection of stories by noted Texas author, and former Abilenian, Carlton Stowers.
  4. Brother’s Keeper, the book soon to be a movie about Abilene High’s 2009 state football championship, by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell.

5 (tie). Abilene A to Z, a children’s book about Abilene history and culture, by Jay Moore and Glenn Dromgoole, and Abilene in Song: The Women There Don’t Treat You Mean, about all the songs that mention Abilene, by Joe Specht with CD by Greg Young.

Texas Star is opening at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 3) due to icy road conditions. Be safe!