Ross Lucksinger

TEX in The Alcalde

The January-February edition of The Alcalde, the alumni magazine for the University of Texas, includes a mention and short review of TEX: The Father of Texas Swimming.

On the book, editor Rose Cahalan writes: “This is a lively, thoroughly researched biography of UT’s first swimming coach, Tex Robertson. He’s most often credited as the inventor of the flip turn—now used by swimmers everywhere—but in this book Robertson comes alive as a man who left his mark on the University in myriad ways, from laying the foundation for a powerhouse swimming program to founding Camp Longhorn in Burnet.”

[January | February Alumni Authors, The Alcalde]

Venue Change for San Antonio Book Signing

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.

Hardcover Edition Available

The hardcover edition of Tex: The Father of Texas Swimming is now available as an exclusive from

It can be purchased here from the Inks Lake branch of Camp Longhorn and here from the Indian Springs branch. The paperback is also available from Camp.

This means there are now three different versions of the book available for purchase: paperback, Kindle, and hardcover.

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.

Just sayin’.

Back to Burnet

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]

Book Signing Saturday

Book signing! Tomorrow! Ok, so I know this is short notice, but this came together in the last few minutes.

I’ll be signing books at JP’s Java (2803 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX) Saturday before the Texas game (from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.).

Here’s the website for JP’s Java:

See y’all there.

Game of My Life Book Signing

Thank you again to everyone who came to Posse East to buy books and celebrate the release of Tex. I just wanted to let y’all know I’ll be at another book signing at Posse this Friday, but it’s not for my book.

I’ll be there the hang out with Bill Frisbie and Michael Pearle, who I used to write with at Inside Texas. They’ll be at Posse signing copies of their book, Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Longhorn Football. Frisbie and Pearle hunted down twenty-three Texas greats and had each one tell the story of the “game of my life.” Lee Corse provided the foreword.

Description from the publisher:

“How did Earl Campbell prove that he was worthy of the Heisman? How did a Snickers bar help convince Ricky Williams to return to Texas for his senior year? What was Vince Young really thinking just before the 2006 Rose Bowl? In Game of My Life Texas Longhorns, fans will find the answers to these questions and many more as twenty of the greatest players relive the moment that shaped their college football career. Within these pages, Texas fans will finally get the chance to step into the game and onto the grass with their favorite Longhorns legends from past and present. Texas natives Michael Pearle and Bill Frisbie walk readers down memory lane to capture some of the most exciting, poignant, and fulfilling games ever played by the Horns. A must-have for any Horns fan.”

When: Friday, November 15, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Posse East Bar & Grill, 2900 Duval St., Austin, TX, 78705

Dates Set for January Book Tour

The book tour begins in January.

During the first month of 2014, I’ll be signing books in San Antonio, Dallas, North Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Waco, Houston, and North Houston as a part of Camp Longhorn’s carnivals.

Each winter, Camp Longhorn — the summer camp Tex founded up in the hill country in 1939 — puts on a series of carnivals to celebrate the camp, give campers/parents/alumni a chance to see each other, and show people who are unfamiliar with the whole thing what a wonderful place Camp Longhorn is.

Any and all are welcome to come. Play some games. Meet people. I’ll be there with a pen and a stack of books.

Book signing dates, times, and locations:

Sunday, January 5 — San Antonio

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

San Antonio Country Club
4100 N. New Braunfels Ave.

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

St. Anthony de Padua
102 Lorenz St.

Friday, January 10 — North Dallas

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Stonebriar Country Club
5050 Country Club Dr. (Frisco)

Saturday, January 11 — Dallas

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Highland Park Methodist Church
Biggers Activity Center
5817 Hillcrest Ave.

Sunday, January 12 — Ft. Worth

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Dr.

Sunday, January 19 — Austin

2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Riverbend Centre
4214 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy.

Wednesday, January 22 — Waco

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Waco Baptist Academy Gym
6125 Bosque

Saturday, January 25 — Houston

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.

Sunday, January 26 — North Houston

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Banff School
13726 Cutten Rd.