Tumbleweed Smith to stop in Brady for book signing

Tumbleweed Smith, syndicated newspaper columnist and producer of “The Sound of Texas” radio program, will be signing his new book, “Under the Chinaberry Tree” at Lone Star Barbeque in Brady on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The book covers East Texas folkways and is published by Eakin Press of Austin. Sale price is $22.95 plus tax. He will also have some of his cassettes and CDs, which feature the voices and sounds of Texas. Smith’s radio series began in Big Spring and became the most widely syndicated radio show in Texas. He loves to bring the sounds and stories of Texas to radio and newspaper audiences across Texas. In “Under the Chinaberry Tree,” Smith shares some of the most fascinating East Texas tales and folk wisdom he has gathered over the years. The heart and soul of East Texas is in Smith’s new book. Part cultural geography, part Texas history primer, the book clearly defines this unique part of The Lone Star State’a task that could only be accomplished by a “part owner of Texas,” as the author proudly claims to be. Smith lives in Big Spring with his wife, Susan, where he teaches oral history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Born in Waco, he spent his childhood in Fort Worth. After studying English at Baylor University and journalism at the University of Missouri, he began learning in earnest, by traveling for the next 30 years or so to amass the largest private collection of oral history in the United States.

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