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Houston’s Must-Read Books of 2015?

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year, and many of them land on Maggie Galehouse’s desk. She’s the book editor for the Houston Chronicle. But among this huge selection, there are a few with Houston ties that stand out. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin sat down with Galehouse to talk about some of her […]

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Climate Summit Impact, Restaurants, and Books: Wednesday’s Show (December 9, 2015)

Posted on · The world has been watching Paris in recent days as the city hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21. But, since we’re a show that focuses on Houston, we wondered how might climate change decisions made at the summit affect industry here? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with an eye-witness to […]

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I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll

Posted on · Houstonians Grady Gaines and Rod Evans are the co-authors of a new book called I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with the Legends of Rock ‘N Roll. Gaines was the musical director and saxophonist for a popular backing band called The Upsetters back in the ’50s. Gaines and his band toured with Little Richard, […]

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Workshop Helps Houston Writers Get Their Books Published

Posted on · The first Houston RT Readers and Writers Roundup will be held this weekend. It€™s an event where readers, bloggers, booksellers and librarians will gather to talk about writing and publishing. To tell us more about the event, we talk with Kathryn Falk, the founder of RT Book Reviews Magazine and the RT Readers and Writers Roundup. She€™s been […]

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LibroFEST 2015 Celebrates Latino Writers and Literature

Posted on · Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct.15, and Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Houston Public Library€™s Central Library downtown. The event kicks off with a screening of €œWar and Peace,€ the third episode in PBS€™ six-part series Latino […]

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Matthew Salesses Discusses His Debut Novel: The Hundred-Year Flood

Posted on · Imagine being 22, a new graduate from college, and taking a job halfway around the world in Prague, in the Czech Republic. It would be easy to feel utterly lost in the world. And that’s exactly where young author Matthew Salesses found himself years ago. And, at the same time, he began writing a fictional […]

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Former Milwaukee Mayor Offers Outsider’s Look into Houston’s Urban Space

Posted on · John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Norquist […]

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Friday Night Lights — Author Discusses Iconic Book, 25 Years Later

Posted on · In 1988, Buzz Bissinger uprooted his family and moved to Odessa, Texas, to chronicle the Permian High School Panthers football team in its quest for a state championship. That experience became his acclaimed book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Now, after 25 years, a movie and a television series, the anniversary edition of the book is […]

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Global Trade and Friday Night Lights: Thursday’s show (September 17, 2015)

Posted on · Germany is now Houston’s seventh-largest foreign trading partner, with combined exports and imports at nearly $10 billion a year and rising. Hamburg is the home of Germany’s largest port, while the Port of Houston is the largest in Texas — and second largest in the United States. Throughout the week, News 88.7 FM business reporter Andrew […]

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Blue Bell and Texas Mutual Investigations: Wednesday’s Show (September 16, 2015)

Posted on · Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle ran an investigative report examining long-term safety and sanitation issues at Blue Bell ice cream’s flagship Brehnam plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tainted Blue Bell products have sickened at least 13 people since 2010. Among them, three died after being hospitalized with other illnesses. Chronicle investigative […]

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What Firefighting, Body Building and Writing Have in Common

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series concludes today with Chris Cander. Her latest novel is called Whisper Hollow, but before she was a writer, she led several different lives. She worked […]

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Bill King Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 1, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with former Kemah mayor and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King. The Houston native is an attorney and businessman. He served two terms as mayor of […]

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Summer Reading: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Houston native Scott Wilbanks. He tells Michael Hagerty about his debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster.  The novel employs  magical realism […]