New collection of Elmer Kelton stories

New collection of Elmer Kelton stories

Book Notes by Glenn Dromgoole 

            What a great way to start a new year – a new collection of Elmer Kelton stories!

Forge Books has published Law of the Land, 16 stories of the Old West from the legendary San Angelo western writer. Elmer, a favorite of Texas Star customers for years, died in 2009, but his family has put together several short story collections in recent years. Law of the Land ($27.99 hardcover) is the latest.

A real treat for Kelton fans!


Bill Wright’s New Book: In 2006, Abilene author/photographer Bill Wright was encouraged — though not officially “invited” – to go to Afghanistan and teach digital photography to some Afghan street children. For a week, he sought to engage the youths’ creativity and possibly provide them with a future source of income.

Wright reflects on his experience and offers color photographs by thirteen of the street children in his new book, A Bridge from Darkness to Light (TCU Press, $29.95 paperback).

“I do not know what is to come in Afghanistan,” Wright says, “but know there are thirteen young Afghans who know what freedom is like – and that is hard to forget.”


Texas Oilman: Abilene oilman John R. Thompson’s Memories of a Texas Oilman ($16.99 paperback) sold out when we had a book signing for him in December, but his freewheeling memoir is back in stock, and we have plenty of copies available.

“These stories are true,” Thompson writes. “Well, maybe a little Mark Twain true in some places.”


Nachos: What’s for supper? How about nachos?

Check out the new cookbook, Nachos for Dinner: Surprising Sheet Pan Meals the Whole Family Will Love ($22.99 hardcover).

 Perfect for those cold winter nights.


True Crime: History columnist Clay Coppedge pulls together 18 lively mysteries in Texas True Crime Miscellany ($21.99 paperback).

Some Texas tales you’ve never heard, we would be willing to bet. Read one a night for three weeks or so.