The first-ever “Drop Everything and Read” (DEAR) Day, an event sponsored by the Texas Association of Authors (TAA), encourages people of all ages to read. Based in Austin, the TAA organization hopes DEAR Texas becomes an annual event as more than 86 Texas authors will appear in 30 bookstores across the state on Sunday, April 12, holding book signings and discussions on writing and being a published author. Four authors are appearing in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and Lewisville.
“As the founder and director for Texas Association of Authors, I am constantly thinking of ways to help Texas Authors market their books, I know the value of getting additional publicity and how it can really help an author,” said B. Alan Bourgeois, founder and director of TAA and director of Bourgeois Media and Consulting. “As an author myself, and coming from the publishing world, I knew we needed something to help us compete in a market searches and worked on various programs, I came across the concept that Harper Collins created for children (Drop Everything And Read). And like a proud Texan that I am, I added our special Texas touch to it and made it bigger and better.”
The TAA received a proclamation from the city of Austin on March 26, honoring the upcoming DEAR Texas reading event, set for April 12.
“There are three goals for DEAR Texas: first to encourage people of all ages to read more, because we as a society are losing readers to the TV, electronics, etc., and that affects our creative and educational flow,” Bourgeois said. “Second, we need to give readers an opportunity to meet a fellow Texan that has written a book and for the author an opportunity to introduce their book to people they may have not had a chance to reach before, and third, with the money raised from the Barnes & Noble and Joe’s Crab Shack vouchers, we will be able to work with other literacy programs in Texas and bring more books and authors to schools, libraries and events, thus helping everyone grow.”
From Dallas to Plano, Fort Worth and Austin, Tyler to Padre Island, Texas authors across the state will be available at local bookstores such as Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble, not only for book signings, but will also be holding discussions and sharing their experience of how they became a published author.
“Texas Authors Inc., the nonprofit that was created for Texas Authors, is all about improving people’s lives, the writers, the readers and the world as a whole,” Bourgeois said. “I believe with all my heart that my hard work will in some way do just that … help people grow. So far, I have been blessed to see some authors already improve and become better at what they do, and for some to even become recognized for their accomplishments. Giving people an opportunity and the tools to be the best they can be is a reward within itself.”
Half Price Books – Preston Ridge
3221 Preston Road, Frisco
Lou Anne Smoot, “A Christian Coming Out”
Half Price Books – Vista Ridge Plaza
420 E. FM 3040, Lewisville
M Bancroft, “Both Sides Now”
Half Price Books – Eldorado/Craig Crossing
3190 S. Central Expressway, McKinney
Author list TBA
Barnes & Noble – Creekwalk Village
801 W. 15th St. Suite E, Plano
DeAnn Daley Holcomb, “Family Secrets”
Half Price Books – Preston Village
2440 Preston Road, Plano
Visit deartexas.info for more authors and bookstore locations.