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The Big Texas Read Featuring Sherry Kafka Wagner

October 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


A Free Monthly Online Reading Series from Writing Workshops Dallas & Gemini Ink
(Zoom Meetings Monthly @ 7pm CST; RSVP for Zoom invite)

Up Next: We’re reading and discussing Sherry Kafka Wagner‘s novel Hannah Jackson. This session will be moderated by Naomi Shihab Nye in a hybrid event at Hotel Emma in San Antonio.

This month The Big Texas Read goes hybrid!
Viewers are welcome to come to Emma Hotel in San Antonio to see Sherry and Naomi live starting at 7pm when it will be live-streamed or watch via Zoom as usual.

For the In-Person Event at Hotel Emma:

  • The in-person TBTR author talk will take place in the Jay Cellar at Emma Hotel, it is at the end of the main hall when entering the hotel—simply turn right and walk to the end.
  • Guests are asked to arrive at 6:30pm with the in-person and virtual show kicking off at 7pm.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • This event is free and open to the public. It is a special hybrid edition of our monthly book club with two powerhouse women of letters!!

Hannah Jackson is a story about family and place. In the early twentieth century, a married man in a small Texas town accidentally encounters Hannah, a young woman with no family. He falls in love. In defiance of the town’s mores, he leaves his wife, marries his love, and takes her to live on a ranch, away from the community’s condemnation. Yet in spite of love and commitment, the couple cannot escape the town’s judgment. One particular event that shocks their relationship will affect the rest of their lives. During the years that follow, a web is woven that enmeshes not only the lovers, but their three children as well. Growing up, the young ones find themselves tangled in their parents’ predicament. When they become young adults striving to find an identity and a place in the world, their struggles are marked by the effects of family and place. Each character must decide to stay or to leave, and whatever choice they make, the cost will be high. First published in 1966, Hannah Jackson chronicles the turbulence of the ’60s and remains a highly relevant novel depicting the oppression of social conventions during times of change.


Sherry Kafka Wagner grew up in Arkansas. She studied with Paul Baker at Baylor University and attended the University of Iowa, where this novel was developed. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, and she regularly consults nationally and internationally. She has also published a play and children’s books.


Naomi Shihab Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry award, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and she was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018 she was awarded the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. Nye is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.



October 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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