Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Bill Minutaglio's conversation partner will be Laura Castro.

A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles traces the state’s conflicted and dramatic evolution over the past 150 years through its pivotal political players, including oft-neglected women and people of color. Beginning in 1870 with the birth of Texas’s modern political framework, Bill Minutaglio chronicles Texas political life against the backdrop of industry, the economy, and race relations, recasting the narrative of influential Texans. With journalistic verve and candor, Minutaglio delivers a contemporary history of the determined men and women who fought for their particular visions of Texas and helped define the state as a potent force in national affairs.

Bill Minutaglio is the author of several nonfiction books, including the first biography of George W. Bush, an account of the greatest industrial disaster in US history, and biographies of former attorney general Alberto Gonzales and writer Molly Ivins. He received a PEN Center Award for his coauthored book Dallas 1963, a chronicle of the events preceding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His work has also been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, and he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Minutaglio is a former clinical professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and reporter, columnist, and editor for the three largest newspapers in Texas. A former columnist for the Texas Observer, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among other publications.

Laura Castro is a veteran writer who has worked at national news organizations, including The Wall Street JournalCNN and New York Newsday. Her writing has appeared in the National Law Journal and the American Bar Association Journal. She has served as a board director of the Writers' League of Texas and as a media relations director of the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught journalism and digital media at UT-Austin and St. Edward's University. She has worked as a publicist for Pulitzer-winning author David Oshinky and Pulitzer-finalist H.W. Brands and is also a frequent moderator at the Texas Book Festival.


A Single Star and Bloody Knuckles: A History of Politics and Race in Texas (The Texas Bookshelf) By Bill Minutaglio Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477310366
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: University of Texas Press - May 4th, 2021