Adult Event

Austin Publishing University – Session 3 – Killer Covers: Boosting Sales by Design

This class will help authors make informed decisions about their book design by examining the many functions of a book jacket. We will discuss topics like design elements by genre; the role of research, concept, and tone; using photography and/or illustration; branding a series; endorsements; author photos; printing technology; retail durability; Amazon thumbnails; and design trends. We will show numerous slides and samples in conjunction with each topic. BookPeople and Greenleaf Book Group are excited to present our second year of Austin Publishing University, and tickets are for sale now.

Dan Utley and Cynthia Beeman – History Ahead

More than 13,000 historical markers line the roadsides of Texas, giving drivers a way to sample the stories of the past. But these markers tell only part of the story. In History Ahead, Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman introduce readers to the rich, colorful, and sometimes action-packed and humorous history behind the famous (Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers, The Big Bopper, and jazz great Charlie Christian) and the not-so-famous (Elmer "Lumpy" Kleb, Don Pedro Jaramillo, and Carl Morene, the "music man of Schulenburg") who have left their marks on the history of Texas. They visit cotton gins, abandoned airfields, forgotten cemeteries, and former World War II alien detention camps to dig up the little-known and unsuspected narratives behind the text emblazoned on these markers.

History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers (Texas A&M Travel Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603441513
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - February 20th, 2010

Laura Griffin – Unspeakable

Austin author Laura Griffin’s latest suspense filled mystery, Unspeakable, will keep you on the edge of your seat. Elaina McCord’s dream of being an FBI profiler is threatened by her very first case—investigating a string of murders near a Texas beach resort. Elaina’s hunch is that these are only the latest offerings from a serial killer who has been perfecting his art for years, growing bolder and more cunning with each strike. True-crime writer Troy Stockton has a reputation as an irresistible playboy who gets his story at any cost. He’s the last person Elaina should trust, let alone be attracted to. But right now Troy, along with the elite team of forensics experts known as the Tracers, is her only ally in a case that’s turning dangerously personal.

Unspeakable (Tracers #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439152959
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Published: Pocket Books - June 29th, 2010

Carlos Cisneros – The Name Partner

Carlos Cisneros’s debut mystery, The Case Runner, was a BookPeople Bestseller, and The Name Partner looks like it will be too. Another mystery set in the legal world, Guillermo “Billy” Bravo is just trying to make partner. But with a high pressure lawsuit, newfound son, and sickness in the family, Billy is struggling to keep his ethics and career intact.

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ISBN: 9781558855106
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Published: Arte Publico Press - March 31st, 2008

Austin Publishing University – Session 2 – Hot Topic: Content is King

Tired of staring at a blank page? Have you already written a book and been told it’s just not there yet? Come learn some useful techniques and tips for writing a book, including structuring the writing process, getting past the terrifying first blank page, and presenting your ideas in an engaging and compelling way. BookPeople and Greenleaf Book Group are excited to present our second year of Austin Publishing University, and tickets are for sale now.


Elaine Tyler May – America and the Pill

In 1960, the FDA approved the contraceptive commonly known as “the pill.” Advocates, developers, and manufacturers believed that the convenient new drug would put an end to unwanted pregnancy, ensure happy marriages, and even eradicate poverty. But as renowned historian Elaine Tyler May reveals in America and the Pill, it was women who embraced it and created change. They used the pill to challenge the authority of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. They demonstrated that the pill was about much more than family planning—it offered women control over their bodies and their lives. From little-known accounts of the early years to personal testimonies from young women today, May illuminates what the pill did and did not achieve during its half century on the market.


America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465011520
Availability: It's complicated. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date.
Published: Basic Books - April 6th, 2010

Connie Merritt – Too Busy for Your Own Good

For the woman who has everything (except the time to do anything) comes this empowering handbook of proven techniques for reducing the “busy-ness” levels in our crazy, hectic lives. Written by a recovered Superwoman who tried to do it all, Connie Merritt, the book shows you how to prioritize, how to say no, how to deal with difficult people, and how to get more done in less time – without multi-tasking. Best of all, it teaches you to relax and enjoy the things that really matter.

Too Busy for Your Own Good: Get More Done in Less Time--With Even More Energy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780071612869
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Published: McGraw-Hill Education - June 1st, 2009

James Haley – Wolf

In his youth, Jack London was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—by turns playing the role of hobo, sailor, prospector, and oyster pirate. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed, best-selling books: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf. In Wolf, award-winning author James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—at once a hard-living globetrotter and a man alive with ideas, whose passion for social justice roared until the day he died. Returning London to his proper place in the American pantheon, Wolf resurrects a major American novelist in his full fire and glory.


Wolf: The Lives of Jack London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465004782
Availability: It's complicated. Place an order and we will contact you with the expected arrival date.
Published: Basic Books - May 4th, 2010

Sunni Brown – Gamestorming

We're moving from an industrial to a knowledge economy, where creativity and innovation will be the keys to value. New rules apply. Yet 200 years of industrial habits are embedded in our workplaces, our schools and our system of government. Gamestorming is a playbook for people who want to design the future, to change the world, to make, break and innovate. It's a rough-and-ready toolkit for inventors, explorers and change agents who want to use design thinking to navigate successfully in complex and uncertain knowledge and information spaces, to engage others, and to start, grow and sustain movements for change. Sunni Brown is the owner of BrightSpot Info Design, a company specializing in visual thinking to support organizational and group success, and she’ll be here tonight to help you get onto the Gamestorming path.



Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780596804176
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Published: O'Reilly Media - July 23rd, 2010

Austin Publishing University – Session 1 – Ins & Outs: The Industry Overview

Our industry presents many publishing options and business models for authors, each with its own set of pros and cons. This class will walk you through the industry and give you the tools to choose the best path for your project. Plus, you will gain a basic understanding of what it takes to create and market content to succeed in retail book sales. Join us to learn the ins and outs of traditional publishing, self-publishing, print-on-demand, eBooks and digital publishing, and hybrid models, as well as how to avoid publishing pitfalls along the way. BookPeople and Greenleaf Book Group are excited to present our second year of Austin Publishing University, and tickets are for sale now.