FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston History Book Fair & Symposium Adds Authors

Houston, TX - October 8, 2014 - Houston Arts and Media and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library will be hosting the fifth annual Houston History Book Fair & Symposium on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the historic Julia Ideson Building at 550 McKinney across from the City Hall reflecting pool. The event runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and admission is free to the public. It is the only free, comprehensive symposium event dedicated solely to the history of Southeast Texas.

The partners in this signature Houston area history event are making plans for the 2014 edition to be the biggest and best celebration of our past yet. We expect over two dozen authors of regional history to be attending this special event, and all will be there throughout the day selling and signing their various books and talking to the event's attendees. Every half hour during the symposium, different authors will be speaking about the topic of their work.

Book topics are widely varied, from specific communities to police and labor histories to railroads. There are titles that cover scintillating Houston murder history, Revolutionary and Civil War-era Texas, local sports history and touring area historic sites. There have even been a handful of well-researched works of historical fiction which are set in our area. The author presentations throughout the day will demonstrate their great passion for their subjects.

Among the authors speaking this year are Jim Gast who has written the phenomenal new history The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle. David Falloure will speak on his new Port of Houston book, and William Kellar will discuss his new history of the Texas Medical Center. Other speakers will cover topics from Texas colonists to Houston murders.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Attendees are encouraged to stay and listen to speakers as long as they like, and each half hour will offer a different topic. Several local history museums will also be represented.

The event location is itself a City of Houston and State of Texas landmark designed by famous architect Ralph Adams Cram and opened in 1926. Attendees will be able to explore the beautifully renovated Julia Ideson Building and enjoy the building's lovely exhibit space, currently featuring a display about the Port of Houston. More information on the Houston Metropolitan Research Center is located here: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/hmrc/

The Houston History Book Fair & Symposium is sponsored by the Adept Word Management. Sponsorship helps keep the event free to the public.

The event is designed to be a fun way to draw attention to Southeast Texas history and raise awareness for ongoing HAM projects such as their HAM Slices of History videos, their many documentary projects such as the award-winning Birth of Texas Series, the Neighbor to Neighbor Oral History Project and the multi-volume Historic Schools of Harris County.

More information about the event and the schedule of speakers and authors may be found at the Houston Arts and Media website at http://www.houstonartsandmedia.org/book%20fair.html

Parties interested in supporting HAM's efforts through donations or volunteerism should contact Houston Arts and Media via e-mail at info@houstonartsandmedia.org.

About Houston Arts and Media:
Houston Arts and Media's purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video, books and web content. The work will be done by members of Houston's creative, educational, research and production communities. Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

 


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