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A memo to Robert Earl Keen: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Texas music icon Robert Earl Keen once told me he didn’t write songs on the road because it was just too hard to perform, travel and come up with something original while touring.


A memo to George Strait: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

When you’re the ‘king’ of country music, you’re allowed a few missteps. George Strait’s 39th studio album, “Here for a Good Time,” boasts seven tunes written by the country music superstar and his son, Bubba. After several listenings, it’s apparent that neither father nor son carries the songwriting gene. Not one of their collaborations will stick with you for very long.


Zero Day: Baldacci clarifies need for military-speak overkill

When asked why his new book, “Zero Day,” is chock full of “military speak,” mega-best selling author David Baldacci had a quick reply.


James Weatherman wins News-Telegram book giveaway

James Weatherman won a copy of Donia Bijan's heart-warming memoirs, "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen."



G is for Grafton: Author talks research, writing and a gal named Kinsey

Sue Grafton doesn’t do much press, so imagine my surprise when the text of a long interview was included with a review copy of her 22nd novel, “V is for Vengeance.”

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