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Margaret Atwood Taylor Branch Sandra Brown Bryan Burrough Julia Glass Harold Kushner Jeanette Walls And Many Others The Texas Book Festival unites 200 of the country’s most accomplished writers with the people who love reading their books. Memoirs and biographies, children’s books and cookbooks, literary fiction and thrillers: the Texas Book Festival presents a range of genres for every taste and interest. Please join us October 31November 1 for: Author panels & discussions Book signings Cooking demonstrations Local food & live music TEXAS White Owl 2004 by Keith Carter BOOK FESTIVAL OCT 31-NOV 1, 2009 l TEXAS STATE CAPITOL BENEFITING TEXAS LIBRARIES & LITERACY k u K PEARSON P.4.11e. 11\(111 BARNESOOBLE CE44X11.a-&t/a4,24-5-:.r \(A in TI I ,7″.” I IRS ‘ IlliatiOn l’ exas li oil l l i l y AltstinAmericrin-.Stalesman at&t M ADM\\ S FOUNDATION Remember The Texas Observer Today …Or Tomorrow Thank you, Robert Solomon and Martha Spiegel. “Gratitude, I want to suggest, is not only the best answer to the tragedies of life. It is the best approach to life itself.” Robert C. Solomon, Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Business, University of Texas at Austin, Spirituality for the Skeptic Perhaps it was gratitude for many years of some of the best investigative journalism, commentary and culture in Texas. Bob Solomon, who died early in 2007 and is well remembered by students, colleagues, friends, and family, chose to generously remember The Texas Observer in his will. So did Martha Robb Spiegel of Dripping Springs, Texas, an inquisitive traveler and explorer in the broadest sense, as well as a voracious reader who took pleasure in the Observer because, as she said it is “still written for adults.” The bequests of these fine people, as well as those who have made gifts to The Texas Observer in memory of other wonderful friends like Roy Spence Sr., who passed away just this August, help the Observer keep delivering the news and featuresonline and in print-that Texans need and deserve. We express our gratitude now and always to Bob Solomon, Martha Spiegel, and the family and friends of Roy Spence, Sr. Make your tax-deductible contribution to The Texas Observer today. But also think of the Observer as you are planning your estate. It’s never too late. The Texas Observer, 307 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701 800-939-6620 or 20 THE TEXAS OBSERVER OCTOBER 2, 2009