STEPHENVILLE, Texas — From poetry and fiction to photography and music, Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend in historic downtown Granbury brings together writers and artists from across Texas and beyond starting Wednesday, Sept. 4, and running through Saturday, Sept. 7.
Singer, writer and politician Kinky Friedman will entertain at Saturday’s 9 a.m. Champagne brunch, and poet Carrie Fountain will read at Friday’s annual noon Picnic with the State Poet Laureate on the Langdon Center grounds.
The annual get-together — always scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day — will celebrate its 16th edition of the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Tarleton’s annual journal celebrating the most exciting cultural accomplishments in the state and the energy of the four-day festival.
Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Langdon Center’s Gordon House, with a Texas Small Press Showcase sponsored by Scheherazade Press, Romar Press and Approach the Drum Press.
Readers include Larry Mayfield, Lydia Elizabeth Percy and Teresa Y. Roberson (Approach the Drum Press); Marilyn Robitaille (Romar Press); and Amanullah Khan (Scheherazade Press). A reception follows.
The Wednesday evening event is free and open to the public; other events require registration and/or tickets. Visit www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview for details.
Attendees may enjoy an on-going drone photography exhibit in the Gordon House by Fisher Rinderknecht and Brady Walker of Flight Reach Productions.
A special dinner at Barking Rocks Winery at 7 p.m. Thursday features a reading by New Jersey native Sona Arora, the 2018 Langdon Review Writer-in-Residence, a program sponsored by the Granbury Wine Walk.
Ben Master’s award winning film The River and the Wall, is this year’s film screening, set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Conservation filmmaker Masters documents the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms. He recruits National Geographic Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tickets will be available online and at the door at Showbiz Cinema-Granbury. Commentary and discussion follow Friday’s screening.
The weekend festivities wrap up Saturday with the highly anticipated Champagne brunch, featuring Friedman, held al fresco on the Langdon Center grounds.
Friedman originally found cult fame as a country and western singer, was chosen by Bob Dylan to perform with the Rolling Thunder Review, and was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
In the 1980s, Friedman found a new lease on life as a detective novelist. He also contributed a regular column for Texas Monthly beginning in April 2001 and running until 2004 when he began a Texas gubernatorial run.
In addition, he founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch to care for stray, abused and aging animals.
Friedman is being inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in November.
Langdon Review Weekend is coordinated by Drs. Moumin Quazi and Marilyn Robitaille with help from several benefactors, including the Inge Foundation and community partners such as the city of Granbury.
Registration for the entire weekend is $120 through Sept. 1 and includes all readings and activities, plus a copy of the 2018 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.
One-day passes and single-event tickets for the picnic, dinner and brunch are available.
For more information and to register, visit www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview or call 254-968-9283.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders.
It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.