Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Meet the Author/Artist


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday July 13th 2019   10 AM -12 PM
              Book signing and discussion with author, Judith Garrett Segura   
                                                   

What Life Is, her collection of poetry, is a bold new product. It is the embodiment of more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the nature of the human experience. Autobiographical, both by design and necessity, it specifically explores the nature of her experience in detail.

Poetry has the power to surprise us with knowledge, even understanding, of ourselves. In the expression of the joys and disappointments of a single life, the universality of human experience shines within What Life Is.

Judith Garrett Segura is a writer and visual artist who has dedicated her creative life to what she calls The Great Project, a multidisciplinary effort to treat all things of the mind and the aesthetic senses with perfect seriousness, to be true to one's own responses and thoughts, and to be no one but oneself. She retired as president and trustee of The Belo Foundation at the end of 2004, after a 24-year career at A. H. Belo Corporation, publisher of The Dallas Morning News. While at Belo, she also served as company historian, and she was curator of the company’s 300-piece collection of art by Texas artists. 

Her poetry was published in New Texas 93 by the Center for Texas Studies; one of her poems was selected for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit “Poetry in Motion” project in 2001; and she recorded one CD of her poetry titled “Ross & Pearl: Poems of Love & Loss” in 2001. She published a collection of her poetry titled What Life Is in 2015, featuring one of her paintings on the cover. Texas Monthly Press published her first non-fiction book, The Reptiles and Amphibians of Texas in 1987, and a second, Guide to Dallas, in1992.  In recent years, she has contributed to Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas with essays published in 2007, 2009 and 2018.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Fine Arts from Texas A&I, now Texas A&M University at Kingsville; a Master of Arts in English and Art History from the University of North Texas; and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and photography, also from the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

ALSO SEE JUDITH’S ART JULY 12 & 13
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Meet the Author


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday May 11th 2019   10-12 AM
                    Book signing and discussion with author, GG Hesterberg        

In Stories by the Seashore, author G.G. Hesterberg takes you on a journey through true stories, from the simple to the sublime, each one a glimpse of God’s hand in her life. Whether you are looking for an introductory Bible study, want to dive deeper in your spiritual walk, or if you simply love a good story, this book is for you.
Please note the time of this author event. We are hoping to avoid the heavy weekend traffic on the bridge and allow our attendees time for quality beach activities.
When a favorite 7th-grade English teacher told Hesterberg that she had a gift, his words sparked a passion for writing. As an adult, she discovered her great-grandmother was a published Spanish poet, and the passion burned even brighter. A church leader noticed her skill with words and asked her to write for a Christmas devotional. She felt drawn to write again and again. Hesterberg has written for Woman's World, The Mighty, Earnest, and God-sized Dreams. She lives in South Texas with her husband, three children, and a dog.

                                                        This event is free and open to the public.                                                    
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Friday, April 12th from 5-7 PM
Book signing and acoustical performance with Robert Hunter

Nashville Singer, Songwriter and Best Selling Author, Robert Hunter is will be performing and signing copies of his new novel Relapse: A Love Story at Paragraphs Bookstore on South Padre Island! 

The reclusive rocker with an alt-country vibe who gave us the songs “Wasted and Sober,” and “Outta My Mind”, appeared destined, at the time, to will his way into the music industry with a plan and a purpose. Afterglow was a record that seemed to defy all the latest trends. His sound is gritty and authentic. It’s unique in this day of computerized instruments. And yet, perhaps not surprisingly, he managed to find an audience. Robert then scored with his hits Gone for Good and "Ditto Baby".  Both reached the FM bands and garnered over one hundred thousand music video views – all while he claimed not to have, or want, any major label representation. We were all waiting for the tour and what would come next. 

Then months of silence. 

When we reached out to Robert, he shared with us that his wife, Becky, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, just before the “Afterglow” album was set for release. Robert said, it sent him sideways but also inspired him. 

“She’s just the most loving, patient and kind girl I’ve ever known. Life is so unfair. But Becky doesn’t see it that way. She never did. She says we’ve been chosen by God to endure this. I didn’t believe her at first. I spent a lot of time questioning everything. Those were the darkest days of my life.”

“What brought you out of it?” We asked. 

“She did!” he said. “It’s strange because I was supposed to be the one trying to save her. But she was, all along, saving me. She told me not to give up, to keep writing and publish this crazy story I’ve been working on – Relapse. And to make another record. Eventually, I had no choice but to listen. Becky was bald -and beautiful- and promising me that everything was going to be OK.”

Robert says that the only thing that mattered was the cure and the doctors worked miracles. It’s a heartfelt story you’d have to hear to believe. 

While in recovery, Robert and Becky focused on the road ahead. They disappeared to the mountains several times, got lost on purpose, and gained a lot of perspective.  There, Robert finished the novel he says is, “Absolutely the most ludicrous thing you will ever read. But Becky endorses it.” 
   
He got a publisher, finished the new record in Nashville - and then started to plan a fifty states in fifty two week tour, as per Becky's request. 

The nationwide “Relapse + Revival” tour is about much more than promoting a book and a record. It’s a chance for the dynamic pair to see the whole country and have a grand adventure – just like Becky hoped for, when she was in treatment. 

Now Becky is in remission – and the future has never looked brighter!  The couple have been on the road since March 31, 2018.  Now more than nine months into their adventure with forty two states visited and over 75,000 miles on their RV, you can see Robert Hunter perform acoustically – live – here at Paragraphs, on South Padre Island, Friday, April 12 from 5PM-7PM.  And meet Becky, the courageous and tenacious girl, who inspired Relapse, Revival and everything after. Admission is FREE and guests will receive a FREE copy of Robert’s album Revival with each Relapse book purchase. Questions, please call (956) 433-5057.

Follow Robert Hunter and Becky on Facebook and Instagram @roberthuntermusic, and at www.RelapseandRevival.com

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057