The Artistry Of Words

Letters become words become books & songs: Singer-songwriter Radney Foster headlines Books on the Bosque Weekend, Robinson-Masters offers workshop and lecture, writing contest winners to be named

Country music is all about story telling – painting a picture with words and music about wrenching heartbreak, life’s trials and tribulations, undying love and gratitude or just the crazy things you did in your youth. What better way to open an event about the more traditional story-telling through books with a concert by a country singer/songwriter?

The Bosque Arts Center opens its Books on the Bosque event with an acoustic concert by country singer-songwriter Radney Foster. The Foster concert is on Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, with tickets available for $20, $40, $50, and $75.

Texas-born Radney Foster is known for solo hits “Angel Flight,” “Nobody Wins,” and “Just Call Me Lonesome,” along with those as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd – “Crazy Over You,” “What Do You Want from Me This Time?” Throughout his concert Friday night, he will share selections from a recent project, “For You to See the Stars,” an outstanding CD and short fiction collection, with writing in the style of great Southern writers like Harper Lee and Larry McMurtry.

Saturday brings a chance for writers and readers young and old to learn about “The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing” from author, pilot, and exciting motivational speaker Nancy Robinson Masters, as well as hear about her journey in the keynote “Mama Never Flew But She Taught Me How to Fly.” Nancy’s love for her country and her passion for reading and writing is infectious.

Masters will lead a writing workshop beginning at 10 a.m., when she will provide practical, proven tips and techniques to make your writing soar. After a light lunch (by donation), awards will be presented for the contestants in this year’s writing contest, with awards of $250, $100, and $50 going to the top three places in the different categories.

After lunch and the contest awards ceremony, Masters will share anecdotes and thoughts with her signature warmth, wit, and “down home” style guaranteed to entertain and inspire listeners of all ages. The afternoon will feature a session for those interested in pursuing self-publishing.

Masters has been inspiring readers, writers, and dreamers for decades. She is the author of over 50 books, including award-winning books for children. She has published more than 3,000 feature articles in a variety of publications and was a long-time newspaper columnist.

Paula Perschke of Tolstoy & Co. Bookshop in Clifton is providing coffee and sponsoring breakfast from Corner Drug. Perschke will have a selection of books available for sale. Saturday admission is $20 for any or all of the day’s sessions, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include book signings and an afternoon session on self-publishing. Visit at or call 254-675-3724 for tickets to the weekend’s events.


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