Want to snuggle in and turn some pages this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with these easy and accessible book selections from neighborhood authors. 

MOURNER’S BENCH 

Dr. Sanderia Faye does it all. She is executive director of the Dallas Literary Festival, an SMU professor, a sommelier and author. Her 2015 novel takes readers back to Arkansas in the 1960s. Sarah, a precocious young girl, comes to terms with religion, racism and feminism while finding her place in her family and community.

CHRISTMAS THEN: TEN STORIES

Charles Baker’s 2019 collection of short stories takes place around the White Rock Lake neighborhood in the 1960s. A 7-year-old boy’s life changes for the better when he finds safety and unconditional love.

DALLAS SPLEEN & BEYOND THE SHADOW’S INK

Mike Soto, raised in East Dallas and a small town in Michoacan, Mexico, is the author of these chapbooks. They’re small, pamphlet-style prints full of punch. His debut collection of interlinking poems, A Grave is Given Supper, is a narco-acid Western that illustrates the story of two people trying to find themselves in a violent landscape.

A GOOD LONG DRIVE: FIFTY YEARS OF TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER

Texas country reporter Bob Phillips, who grew up here, celebrates the 50th anniversary on air with the release of this memoir. Phillips shares his journey with readers while taking them behind the scenes of his iconic show and recalling memorable interviews and segments from the longest-running independently produced TV show in the United States.