Meet, Greet and Eat
Before you head out to Trick or Treat, stop by Texas Folklife for an afternoon of art, conversation and barbecue with the photographers and authors of three books featured at the Texas Book Festival and in Texas Folklife exhibits. The event, Saturday, October 31, 2 - 5 p.m., at the Texas Folklife Gallery, is free and open to the public. The Texas Folklife entrance is around the back of 1317 S. Congress Ave. Just follow the fine aroma of the BBQ.
Featured authors and photographers Daniel Olsen, Henk Van Assen, Jill Nokes, and Elizabeth Engelhardt will all be present to sign books and discuss the fine points of Central Texas barbecue, yard shows, native plants and vernacular sign making.
Jill Nokes' recent book, Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home (2007, UT Press, Texas Book Festival 2007), profiles twenty individuals who have transformed their yards and gardens into uncommon and exuberant personal displays.
If you love barbecue, Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket, by Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt is the book for you! Ruby's BBQ and Pok-E-Jo's are both featured in the book and in the upcoming Texas Folklife exhibit which will offer a richly satisfying journey into the world of barbecue as food and culture.
Texas Folklife is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a statewide non-profit devoted to presenting and preserving the traditional arts and diverse cultural expressions of all Texans.