Local authors host book signing

Three writers with Brady and McCulloch County ties will be autographing copies of their books Monday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Caf’ at the Depot in Brady. Adrian (Bud) Lindsay of Stanton was a teenager in Brady High School when World War II started on Dec. 7, 1941, jerking sodas after school and on weekends for Gober Drug and later Cobb’s Drug Store. At 17, he bought James King’s soda fountain concession at Cobb’s Drug Store. A year later he was an 18-year-old infantryman with the 100th Division in France where he was captured by the German Army during fighting in the Vosges Mountains. He spent five months in a German POW camp near Munich. His book, “A Soda Jerk Goes to War,” relates his teenage years in Brady, his army training and his experiences as a POW in Stalag VIIA. The book was motivated when he found a stack of letters he had written home to his parents during his two years in the Army. The letters had been saved by his mother for more than 50 years. After the war, the Lindsey family moved to Brownwood where his father opened a Singer sewing machine store. Bud later moved to Midland where he was a radio engineer. Few people have traveled so extensively in western Texas or have heard more of its stories than Ross McSwain of San Angelo, a veteran journalist and historian. McSwain’s newest book, “Tales from Out Yonder,” is a mixture of stories about people, places and things, ranging from a profile of frontiersman-rancher-fugitive Humpy Jackson who drove Col. Ranald Mackenzie and his 4th U.S. Cavalry soldiers crazy, to America’s first Emperor who visited Fredericksburg on a cold Christmas Eve in 1876. Other stories include the ghost of Brambletye Mansion, the English nobleman who came to Big Spring, bought a ranch and business, then drank himself to death, and Pancho Villa’s war for the movie cameras. McSwain, who grew up in Brady, has authored three history books, two previous “Out Yonder” books and hundreds of newspaper columns and magazine stories. Harold Byler of Brady, a retired aerospace executive and former professional poker player, will be signing copies of his two new books. “Memoirs of a Poker Players” is an entertaining and informational book about the game of poker and some of the interesting people who play. “Love Letters from the Depression” is an extraordinary collection of actual letters from one of the most turbulent eras of American history. It describes a young family’s struggles in the poverty-stricken 1930s. The public is invited to attend the book signing party, meet the authors and share past memories with the writers. Books will be available for purchase and personal autographs. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Richards Memorial Library building fund.

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