Inaugural Victoria TX Book Festival to be held March 6-7

VICTORIA, Texas- Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend will present the Victoria TX Book Festival on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.

The free event, which is open to the public, is also hosted by Texian Books, the University of Houston-Victoria School of Arts & Sciences, Victoria College Library and Victoria Public Library.

“Guests can meet authors, listen to presentations and readings, and have books signed by the authors at the inaugural community-wide event,” said Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College executive director of cultural affairs.

On Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m., the UHV School of Arts & Sciences will present award-winning historian Karl Jacoby, who will discuss his book, “The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Slave from Victoria Who Became a Mexican Millionaire” in the first-floor Multi-Purpose Room at UHV’s University Commons. Jacoby is the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University.

The book festival will continue on Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. with readings from children’s books at the VC Library by invited guest readers. Children will be able to color a bookmark while they listen to the readings. All supplies will be provided.

Following is the remainder of the schedule for Saturday, March 7:

  • 10 a.m. – C. Herndon Williams will read from his children’s book, “Luju and the Curious Wolf Cub,” at the VC Library.
  • 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Various authors will be signing books at the museum.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Margie Crisp, author of “The Nueces River: Rio Escondido” and “River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado,” will participate in a reading and book-signing at the Victoria Public Library.
  • 11 a.m. – Crisp will visit with Coast Writers at the Victoria Public Library.
  • 11 a.m. – Brian Chapman, author of “Texans on the Brink” and “The Natural History of Texas,” and David McKee, author of “Fishes of the Rainbow and Henry Compton’s Art of the Reefs” and “Fire in the Sea: Bioluminescence and Henry Compton’s Art of the Deep,” will participate in a reading and book-signing at Texian Books.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Gary Dunnam, author of “All the Houses Were Painted White,” and Chuck Parsons, author of “Texas Ranger Lee Hall: From the Red River to the Rio Grande” and “Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter,” will make presentations and perform readings, participate in a Q&A, and offer book-signings at the museum.
  • 12:30 p.m. – A film screening of “Doc & Martha: Matagorda Island Naturalists” at Victoria College’s Johnson Symposium will be presented by the Mid-Coast Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Martha McAlister, local naturalist and author, will offer a book-signing after the film.
  • 1:45 p.m. – An Authors’ Open Mic will take place at the museum.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Dr. James Bruseth, author of “From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipwreck,” will present a John W. Stormont Lecture Series presentation titled “The La Belle Project” at VC’s Johnson Symposium.
  • 4-5:30 p.m. – A closing reception will take place at the museum.

For more information about the book festival, call (361) 582-2511 or email