Texas Western Author Denzel Holmes is Coffee Talks Guest in Burnet
BURNET — The Texas frontier has inspired plenty of authors who love the stories of the Alamo, oil fields, and cowboys herding cattle.
Author Denzel Holmes has combined many of the state’s biggest treasures with his own family history into seven historical Westerns. He’ll talk about that process as the featured speaker in this month’s Coffee Talks series program, which begins at 1:30 p.m. with refreshments Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St.
Coffee Talks speaker committee member Sarah Gordy said many people who attend the programs are native Texans whose families helped form the state. They love Texas history and are especially interested when they listen to a speaker who can talk about both.
“Each of Denzel’s books are about his family’s Texas roots and where he grew up,” she said. “Our audiences love anything about Texas and its history.”
Holmes roamed the remote ranches and mesas surrounding his hometown of Sheffield near the Pecos River. He saw the value of the land, the landscape, and the history, which turned on his imagination.
His books are based on family history and stories, Gordy said.
Holmes’s novel “Texas Victory” focuses on German settlers, while “The Horse Thief and the Lady” follows 14-year-old Mitt Stone, a character Holmes based on the stories his great-grandfather told him.
His latest book, “Little Stone Mountain,” is a modern-day adventure-mystery featuring Stone’s great-grandson as the central character.
Gordy said Holmes’s writing is very descriptive and detailed, which is why she enjoyed it so much. One of his books was set at Fort Davis, a place in the Big Bend area that she has visited.
“I could see everything in my mind based on the description,” she said.
Call the library at (512) 715-5228 or go to hermanbrownlibrary.org for more information of the Coffee Talks series.
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