Luncheons for September, 2011

Forum authors speak — and how to self-publish for $10

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

What do Texas Speakers of the House, Turkey and the Weirdness of Austin have in common?  Yes, many Speakers of the House have been weird turkeys — but that’s not the answer.

Three of our own Forum members recently have written excellent books on those subjects (and others), and they’ve agreed to participate in an eclectic discussion on those topics, writing, the changing nature of book publishing and other topics so provocative and explosive that we can’t even mention them.  Sort of Forum qua Salon.  This will be great fun.   And whether you’re preparing to write your own memoir or publish an expose of Rick Perry’s … proclivities, you’ll find Red Wassenich’s recent explorations into the world of Amazonian self-publishing to be interesting, informative and funny.

The Authors and the Books:

Dr. Patrick Cox, (1) The House Will Come To Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and  National Politics; (2) Ralph W. Yarborough, The People’s Senator.

James Harrington, Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom and Democracy in Turkey.

Red Wassenich, (1) Nothing Before Something; (2) Keep Austin Weird.


Speakers: Dr. Patrick Cox, James Harrington and Red Wassenich

Super-Spectacular Door Prizes:

1. Seamus, Traveling with Mitt: Tips for Canine Hygiene.

2. All of books listed above

3. All books personally written by Rick Perry (null set?)

“New Reservation Policy Alert” –Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Seating to this event will definitely be limited.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.