Talking Texas to Texans
FROM COLUMN TO VOLUME…the Texas Dames.
The nonfiction book Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History emerged from a column called “Texas Dames” that ran in a couple of dozen newspapers around the state. I found the stories by talking to communities’ “listening posts,” the newspaper editor, the old-timer around the courthouse, the waitress at the town’s most popular café, the social worker, and countless phone calls and trips through courthouses, museums and historical societies. The stories of some fascinating women ended up in columns; a sampling of the columns ended up in the book.
Since the book from The History Press came out in October, people have often asked:
Q. “What was the hardest to do?”
A. Select the 53 women who would appear in the book from about 180 stories and columns.
Q. “Who is your favorite?”
A. I can only say that would be all of these 53, except limiting the era covered to the early to mid 20th Century helped a bit.