Monday, October 1, 2012

Let the Celebration Begin: 50th Anniversary

To kick off our month-long 50th Anniversary Celebration, Walt and Isabel Davis, co-authors of Exploring the Edges of Texas, will be visiting the  Library on Saturday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the Fall Bazaar.  The couple spent five years traveling the four thousand-mile border of Texas and writing about the experience.


The border of Texas is longer than the Amazon River; it runs through ten distinct ecological zones as it outlines one of the most familiar shapes in geography. In the authors’ words, “Driving its every twist and turn would be like driving from Miami to Los Angeles by way of New York.”


As stated on the dust jacket, each of the sixteen chapters of Exploring the Edges of Texas opens with an original drawing by Walt and represents a segment of the Texas border where the authors selected a special place—a national park, a stretch of river, a mountain range, or an archeological site.

"Walter and Isabel Davis undertook to explore the edges of the state to learn if the sites of certain natural or historical events could still be found, and if so what stories might reveal themselves. They have done a masterful job.  Exploring the Edges of Texas is most readable and thoroughly enjoyable. Its stories will inspire you to visit the Texas borderlands and search for your own stories", says Dr. Mike Berger, retired Wildlife Division Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Leaving the beaten paths, the Davises  hiked, canoed, and rafted into some of the most remote, unforgiving, and spectacularly beautiful parts of the Lone Star State documenting for readers the state’s natural history written by passionate and determined people. Anyone interested in Texas or its rich natural history will find deep enjoyment in Exploring the Edges of Texas.

The Davises book has been very popular at the library over the past few months. It appeals to history buffs, nature lovers, and all Texans in between.  

Along with copies of their book, Walt will have some of his beautiful watercolor paintings on display.

More information can be found at their website:

Coming soon:
Reavis Z. Wotham, Friday, October 12, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Lisa Wingate, Friday, October 26, Brown Bag Luncheon, 12:00 - 2:00

1 comment:

Wenni Donna said...

Glad to know about travelling and exploring experience of this couple. I do like to go through this post. Congratulations for this 50th anniversary. Recently one of my friend organized her 25th anniversary party at NYC venues. There she shared her travelling experience as she recently went to a historic place. Had a good time there.