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Everyone is gearing up for the biggest weekend in holiday shopping! Beginning with “Black Friday” (the notorious day after Thanksgiving that can make-or-break a retailer’s year), great sales and special events often extend into Saturday and Sunday, ensuring that visiting families and kids home from school have somewhere to go (and some way to spend their money!)

Two Trafalgar Square Books authors are doing their share by participating in special book signing events this Saturday, November 26–the “day after” Black Friday. Check it out:


Dorie McCullough Lawson, wife of painter T. Allen Lawson and daughter of historian David McCullough, is reading her fabulous new children’s book TEX, discussing the story behind it, and signing books at Bunch of Grapes, 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. She will be upstairs in Kid’s Corner beginning at 10:30 am.

TEX is the perfect picture book for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, with wonderful color photographs, a story about imagination, work ethic, and the beauty of the American West, and a main character who goes to sleep at the end (very important!) Watch the video of one little boy “reading” TEX by clicking HERE.


Kayla Starnes, the writer and photographer behind the new USTRC-endorsed book TEAM ROPING 101 will be signing books at the Hastings in the Texas horse-capital of Stephenville, 2900 West Washington Street, #10, from 3 to 6 pm.

TEAM ROPING 101 is all you need to know to get started in the hottest new sport for those who like riding horses, going out with the family, and winning great cash prizes. Endorsed by the USTRC and featuring tips from champion ropers Speed Williams and Rickey Green, as well as training tips and a foreword from Stephenville celebrity horseman Clinton Anderson, Kayla’s book is a surefire way to rope up some fun.

Don’t miss these two great opportunities to get terrific holiday gifts, personalized by the author!

Both TEX and TEAM ROPING 101 are also available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

The Trafalgar Square Books Crew says HAPPY THANKSGIVING with 15% off your online order at HorseandRiderBooks.com! Just enter the coupon code THANKS15 at checkout (sale runs through 12-2-2011 and cannot be combined with other offers).

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Trafalgar Square Books just released its new children’s book TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson, and my two-and-a-half-year-old son can’t get enough of it. Of course, I willingly participate in his game of pretend, as we page through the book and talk about the adventures of one very small cowboy….and not once do I doubt that Western hat, boots, and horse can come vibrantly to life in our Boston apartment.

I admit my heart does a little pitter-patter when my son dons his own cowboy hat and assumes a “tough” stance, his feet slightly apart, a slight bow in his legs, and a serious crease to his brow. I probably should be wishing for medical school or computer wizardry, but honestly, I’d be awfully proud if he grew up to be a cowboy.

This got me to pondering—what IS it about the “cowboy” mystique that women love so much? Here are 10 reasons I think cowboys hold our attention, whatever their age:

1  They can fix things and heal things, usually without much fuss.

2  They use words that mean something, only when they need to be used.

3  Their eyes crinkle in the corners.

4  They can drive a rig, a tractor, a digger…even backward when need be.

5  When they fall down, they get back up again.

6  They like dirt, sky, and wind…and a little rain doesn’t hurt, either.

7  Those jeans. Usually Wranglers.

8  They’re willing to dance when the music is right.

9  They listen to their mothers….most of the time. 

10  They love horses as much as we do.

Have a look at my little cowboy in the video below…I admit, I’m a pretty lucky lady, but with a little help from TEX, you can raise one of your very own!

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson is available now, just in time for the holidays, at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor (and proud mother of a cowboy-to-be)

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It isn’t every book that earns a review in PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY, the the international news website and print magazine of book publishing and bookselling, but Dorie McCullough Lawson’s charming new children’s book TEX has done it, and done it well.

Here’s what PW had to say:

“Certain childhood dreams are elemental—growing up to be a firefighter, a ballerina, or a cowboy—and adult author Lawson, in her first children’s book, taps into that third option with a photographic ode to a boy’s imagined life on the ranch. Lawson begins by introducing readers to Luke (her son), who first appears in grayscale photos. ‘He lives in a house near the ocean…. But Luke imagines he is… Tex.’ Color photographs, on the right side of each spread, portray Tex as one serious cowpoke, wearing a jean shirt, boots, and a black brimmed hat against an expansive landscape of mountains and ‘wide open spaces.’ Spare prose plays into the taciturn image of a cowboy on the job (‘All day long Tex works hard. He rides. He irrigates. He checks fence’), and even with her son in the starring role, Lawson avoids both cutesiness and the feel of a vanity project, focusing on the simple pleasures of hard work and a job well done. The seriousness with which the book takes Tex’s role on the ranch validates children’s dreams and ambitions. Ages 3–5.”

Dorie, wife of renowned painter T. Allen Lawson and daughter of two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David McCullough, will also appear at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, in late September. Watch the TSB website for details regarding her appearance there, including reading and signing times.

TSB recently traveled to Wyoming and visited the Wymont Ranch outside of Sheridan, where the book TEX is set. You can read more about it on our TSB Riding Adventures blog (click HERE).

Watch for TEX in your local bookstore in October, 2011, or preorder your copy now at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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