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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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