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Eve Michaels: Making America Beautiful

Making America Beautiful One City at a Time No one has accused Eve Michaels of not having big dreams. Michaels will sign copies of her book at the Arbor International Antique & Interior Design Show in Round Top on Sept. 27 from 1…

Book Mark: From Tea Cakes to Tamales

Food brings people together, connecting generations in both the preparation and sharing of the meal. In her new book, From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes, journalist-turned-culinary historian Nola McKey explores the…

Healing Art: Don’t Let Anything Ruin Your Day

I wrote Healing Art: Don’t Let Anything Ruin Your Day as a record of my journey as a photographer and a Parkinson’s patient. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999, and I began pursuing my crazy dream of becoming a photographer…

Junk Gypsy: Crossroads of Wonder & Wander

For the past 15 years, the idea for a Junk Gypsy book has resided in the backs of the very creative minds of Jolie Sikes and Amie Sikes. “Junk Gypsy has been around for about 18 years now, and we’ve been talking about a writing a book…

Junk Gypsy Book Due in October

Long-Anticipated Junk Gypsy Book Due in October In their first book, Round Top's own Junk Gypsies—sisters and stars of the popular Texas-born brand and HGTV show—combine big dreams, stories of roadside treasures found, and down-home…

Glorious Gulf of Mexico: Life Below the Blue

Glorious is not the adjective most Texans would use to describe the Gulf of Mexico. Most of us take it for granted. Generally, the nicest thing we say about the Gulf is that it’s close and convenient. Texas A&M University Press author…

Shooting the Breeze: Bernard Mendoza

Bernard Mendoza in Round Top Bernard Mendoza’s move to Round Top was prompted by his first grandchild being born a Texan. At the time, he and his wife Marilyn Albert lived in California, having moved to America from London in 1980. They…

Voices of Bright Sky: A Thistle Downe State of Mind

What is Thistle Downe?  Well, it’s a charming miniature twig house, an inspiring and entertaining book about trolls and fairies—and for its creators, Molly and Gary Whitney, it’s a state of mind.
 The Whitneys built the little house from…