Best Bets Feb. 21, 2018

Elisa Albert readings and book signing
Author Elisa Albert will hold book readings and signing on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Texas State University’s Witliff Collections and Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle.  Albert is the author of “After Birth,” “The Book of Dahlia,” “How This Night is Different,” and the editor of the anthology “Freud’s Blind Spot.” Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, The Believer, Time Magazine, and numerous others. She has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Holland, the HWK in Germany, and the Amsterdam Writer’s Residency. She lives in upstate New York with her family.

Buda Ninja Warrior 2017
Get ready to run, jump, climb and win at the Hays Hills Baptist Church Buda Ninja Warrior competition Feb. 25. Adult competition will be held at 1 p.m., youth competition at 3 p.m. and a youth rally at 6 p.m. Competitions are $20 per person. Participants must sign waiver forms. See more info at

Marge Wood book reading at It’s About Thyme
Children’s author Marge Wood, who has just published the second novel in her ‘Secret Buzzard Society’ series, will be reading from her work and signing books at It’s About Thyme Garden Cente in Manchaca Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Set in the fictional west Texas town of Chert during a drought, this humorous tale follows of the efforts of 12-year-old Ingrid and her friends to save water, and thereby save the town. Wood wrote the first “Secret Buzzard Society” while recovering from an illness. “I believe writing is very healing,” she says. She wrote the latest novel – “The Weirdest, Hottest Summer Ever” after attending a workshop on drought and water issues.

Philosophy Dialogue
The Texas State University Philosophy Department brings the Common Experience to the San Marcos Public Library with the Philosophy Dialogue series. This year’s theme is “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century.” Join faculty, students, and special guests in a lively discussion each week. Wednesday, February 28 “‘Illinois Speaks’: My Work with a Statewide Dialogue Program,” presented by Nicoletta Ruane, Philosophy Department, Loyola University Chicago. The presentations are 4:30 -6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 625 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos. For more information, call 512-393-8200.

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