Mimi Swartz and Kathy Blackwell | Being Texan


Mimi Swartz and Kathy Blackwell will appear to talk about strong Texas women and their contributions to the new book Being Texan: Essays, Recipes, and Advice for the Lone Star Way of Life.

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
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Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00pm Central Time

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About the Authors:

Mimi Swartz is a long-time executive editor at Texas Monthly, and a two-time National Magazine Award winner and a four time finalist. The coauthor of the national bestseller Power Failure, with Sherron Watkins, about the failures at Enron, her work has appeared in Vanity FairThe New YorkerEsquireSlate, and her op-ed pieces appear regularly in the New York Times.

Kathy Blackwell edits Texas Monthly's travel and style stories. Kathy joined the magazine in 2017, after serving for three years as editor in chief of Austin Way, a lifestyle magazine. Before that, she worked for fourteen years at the Austin American-Statesman, rising to become its senior editor for features. Though she’s a native of South Carolina and returns there regularly to visit relatives and friends, Kathy has become a proud Texan and an expert on our state’s restaurants, hotels, resorts, outdoor activities, and fashion.


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping can run from $25-50US in addition to the cost of the book and can take up to 3 months to reach its destination. Additionally, we can only ship to certain regions and countries. If you'd like to pursue international shipping, please email cathy@bluewillowbookshop.com.

Event date: 
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Being Texan: Essays, Recipes, and Advice for the Lone Star Way of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063068544
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Published: Harper Wave - November 9th, 2021

The editors of Texas Monthly explore what it means to be a Texan in this anthology packed with essays, reportage, recipes, and recommendations from their renowned list of contributors.