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Saturday, February 9 from 2-4 pm: Romance Readers' Social

Join us for a fun afternoon with local romance authors. We'll enjoy crafts, refreshments, and book signings from 2-3 pm and finish off with a fun Q&A panel with our guest authors from 3-4 pm. Guest authors include Tracy Wolff, Cheryl Etchison, Jolene Navarro, April Kihlstrom, Abigail Owen, and Catherine Avril Morris.

This program is for those 18 and up only.

Questions? Contact Bette at for more information.


Wednesday, February 27 at 1 pm: Senior Lunch and Learn with author Judith Austin Mills

Author Judith Austin Mills will share her research into Texas History that has informed and inspired her novels.

Austin earned her M.A. in English at the University of Texas with a concentration in Creative Writing.
Lately, the author’s fiction is set in early nineteenth-century Texas and Southern U.S. Her debut novel How Far Tomorrow (2011) and Those Bones at Goliad (fall, 2015) embrace less-known figures in the Texas Revolution and portray ordinary people transformed by that short war. A third novel in this setting percolates—featuring a Charleston prep-school youth who rushed to New Orleans to join the Georgia Battalion leaving for Texas, and the nearly forgotten revolution Tejano Juan Seguin.

This program is intended for those 55 and up, but anyone 18 and up may attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Bette at for more information.


Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 pm: History of the Driskill Hotel with author Monte Akers

Monte Akers will discuss his book, The Grand Dame of Austin, which details the history of Austin's historical Driskill Hotel. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Monte Akers is an attorney and an author. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1976, has worked for the state, for a Fortune 500 corporation, as Director of Legal Services of the Texas Municipal League, and since 2002 he has been in private practice in Austin in the firm of Akers & Akers. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) University, is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Austin Historical Center Association, and is the author of numerous magazine articles and legal papers in addition to books. He is the husband and law partner of Patty Akers, the father of Nathan Akers and Megan Akers, and the grandfather of Madison Marie Akers and Harper Channing Akers. His books, which may be viewed at, are the following: Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community (University of Texas Press, 1999 & 2011); Tales for the Telling: Six Short Stories of the Civil War on CD (Cold Creek Productions: 2005), The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure, (Texas Tech University Press: 2010), Year of Glory (Casemate Publishing, 2012); Year of Desperate Struggle (Casemate Publishing, 2015), Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s first Active Shooter on Campus (John M. Hardy Publishing, 2016) co-authored with Nathan Akers and Dr. Roger Friedman and Grande Dame of Austin: A History of the Drikill Hotel, (Waterloo Press, 2017).