A Celebration of our State’s Big Appetite for Literature brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink.



(Zoom Meetings Monthly @ 7pm CST; RSVP for Zoom invite)

3/27 Heather Harper Ellet, Ain’t Nobody Nobody. Moderated by Mike Yawn.
5/12 Jenny Browne, Fellow Travelers: New and Selected Poems (TCU Poet Laureate Series)
6/16 Rebekah Manley, Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates A Picture Book Parody for Adults

Andrea Vocab Sanderson, She Lives in Music
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho:
Barefoot Dogs
Poet Wendy Barker: Gloss
Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi: Above Us the Milky Way
Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale: Edge of Dark Water
Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction Kendra Allen: When You Learn the Alphabet
2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez: With The River on Our Face
New York Times Bestselling Author Kathleen Kent: The Dime & The Burn
Critically Acclaimed Novelist David Samuel Levinson: Tell Me How This Ends Well

Unplug from the outside world and JOIN us at The Big Texas Read (TBTR) brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink. As featured in Poets&WritersForbesThe Dallas Morning NewsSan Antonio Express-NewsU.S. News & World ReportSan Francisco ChronicleFort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and Texas Highways, we’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every month! We’ll be with you all the way from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s, scheduled every two weeks. It’s a big virtual book club, and we’d love for you to join in the fun!
Keep a lookout for giveaways that come with being a book lover and taking part in The Big Texas Read, from free online WWD and Gemini Ink workshops to manuscript consultations. Help us celebrate the diverse literary voices of our state, and we’ll keep you company with great Texas authors and like-minded fellow readers. In these unsettling times, what could be better than a good book, a dynamic discussion, and meeting new friends?

We’re excited to partner with Interabang Books in Dallas and The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for The Big Texas Read. You can order your book directly from either bookstore and have it delivered to your front door!

Heather Harper Ellett

March 27, 3pm CST


Heather Harper Ellet, Ain’t Nobody Nobody.

Praise for Ain’t Nobody Nobody

“One of the best books of the year. This cracking debut is packed with quirky characters that I adored. Ellett’s dialogue sparks off the page and the rural Texas setting where the county dump is a landmark is hypnotic and unceasing.” ―Carole Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 

“Funny, heartfelt, and suspenseful, AIN’T NOBODY NOBODY is terrific from the first page to the last. Grab it.” ―Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of the UNSUB series 

“(An) auspicious debut…Ellett balances the goofiness of the crimes and setting with some effective storytelling, never letting the real emotional stakes for the characters get obscured. Carl Hiassen fans will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly 

“This debut novel is most notable for Ellett’s supremely witty prose and the oddball but deeply relatable characters. Readers looking for a fresh, offbeat voice in the mystery genre will find it here.” Library Journal 

About the Author

Born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a therapist in private practice. Her debut novel, AIN’T NOBODY NOBODY, was named a Best Mystery of the Year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a top debut of 2019 by BookPeople, a Best of Texas in 2019 by Lone Star Literary, and was a top finalist for Best Work of First Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters. She lives in Dallas with her son, her husband, and two cats. Follow her at @heatherellett.