As a part of my tour, I’ll be signing books at the Camp Longhorn Carnival in San Antonio on January 5th. However, the event will not be held at the San Antonio Country Club.
The event has been moved to St. Anthony de Padua Church (about three miles north of the country club), located at 102 Lorenz St. (The January Book Tour schedule page has been updated with the new location and time.)
The carnival will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the 5th.
Hope to see you there.
Nelson Mandela showed us that – no matter how dark the world seems – determination, courage, and love can conquer even the greatest of evils. Our whole species has grown as a result of his sacrifice and his strength. We’ll all miss you, Madiba.
The hardcover edition of Tex: The Father of Texas Swimming is now available as an exclusive from CampLonghorn.com.
If you’d like a signed copy of any version, you can contact me directly.
…Well, if you’d like a signed copy of the paperback or hardcover, anyway. Kind of hard to sign a Kindle version. But for a signed physical copy, send me a line. It’d make a nice Christmas gift, I think.
The best execution of this concept, however, can be found in the graphic novel Superman: Red Son. Written by Mark Miller and drawn by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, the beauty of this “what if” tale is that it takes the best known superhero origin story makes only the tiniest of adjustments.
What if, when he came to Earth as a baby, Superman’s ship landed just a couple hours later? What if, thanks to the planet’s rotation, he didn’t land in Kansas? What if, instead, he landed on the other side of the Iron Curtain?
Thus is created Superman, “the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.”
The most intriguing aspect of the story, though, is the consistency of Superman’s characterization. Superman is actually Superman, as opposed to the most recent film adaptation, which turned the “Man of Steel” into, as Ben Kuchera put it, an “unthinking, self-absorbed monster.”
Appropriately, the Soviet Superman is a good guy who genuinely wants to help people. When the American city of Metropolis is in danger, Stalin’s super-weapon still rushes in to save the day. His worldview is simply twisted by the totalitarian regime he grew up under, turning Superman into an anti-villain, of sorts.
More than a simple what if adventure, Superman: Red Son is an engaging look at dangerous combination of great power, good intentions, and terrifying ideology.
For those of you who missed the Burnet book signing and will be in the Hill Country this week, you’ll have another chance.
I’ll be at the Camp Longhorn Carnival in Burnet this Wednesday meeting folks and signing books (and probably helping out with Carnival too).
The Carnival will be at First Christian Church (204 East Graves in Burnet) starting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
[Here is a list of the other Camp Longhorn Carnivals I'll be attending: Dates Set for January Book Tour]