In the Heart of Texas Book Tour – Highlight Reel

The TexPat has neglected the TexPatch for a while … for good reason.

In the year and a half since the last TexPatch, the TexPat has been deep “In the Heart of Texas“… (the novel). The book tour and generous press, reviews, interviews, and invitations to speak and read across the country have been nothing short of amazing, and a true blessing.

The TexPat even appeared on TV (with her late mom) for Dallas-Fort Worth’s NBC 5, and wrote an article for Essence that led to an NPR radio interview on Beyonce and feminism (link to come). Having talented Texans like Debbie Allen and Tina Knowles (Mrs. Beyonce’s mom!) attend an LA book event, speaking at Harvard and Georgetown, signing at the Texas Book Festival, and being invited to read at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Literary Lunch with Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed, National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar, and noted British poet Lucinda Roy were incredible experiences for which she is forever thankful and thrilled.

So the TexPat is touring, talking, writing articles and teaching, while writing her next novel, Oak Cliff. Past TexPatches show, if nothing else, that there’s no place like her Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas home.

Here’s a few highlights of life In the Heart of Texas: the Novel:

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 24: Beyonce performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

 

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IN THE HEART OF TEXAS – 2016 USA BEST BOOK AWARD WINNER!

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2016 has been a turning point for The TexPat. In the Heart of Texas just won the 2016 USA Best Book Award in the Category of Fiction: African American.

And the praise for the book has been generous overall:

Named a “Fall Book Pick” by Redbook.com * RT Book Reviews * Parade Magazine * PopSugar * Bustle * Brit + Co SoulCycle* Culturalist
 
“This smart and humorous tale depicts the struggles of a celebrity lifestyle and not forgetting the importance of things outside of the spotlight.
— BuzzFeed
 
“There’s quite a bit to like about McKnight-Chavers’ debut novel…The bold move of writing about the challenges of an interracial relationship offers a fresh take on romantic comedy themes.” 
Library Journal
“Readers seeking a peek behind the scenes of Hollywood will want to rush out and get this debut novel. First-person narrative can be tricky, but McKnight- Chavers nails it.”
—RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Ginger McKnight-Chavers expertly fuses politics, pop culture and hot topics surrounding race to create one of the most rousingly inspiring reads of fall.”
“Everything is bigger in Texas—the hair, the real estate, and the drama in the pages of In The Heart of Texas.”
—PopSugar, “21 Fiction Reads to Check Out This Fall” 
 
“If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy that tackles family, fame, race and pop culture, we introduce you to debut author Ginger McKnight-Chavers!”
—Brit + Co, “11 Fall Reads to Keep You As Warm As Your Pumpkin Spice Latte”
 
“Ginger McKnight-Chavers’ debut novel, out on October 25, tells the story of 41-year-old soap star Jo Randolph who, in probably the worst 24 hours anyone has ever had, manages to lose her job, burn some serious bridges in Hollywood, and literally burn down her director’s house.”
—Bustle, “The Best Fiction By Women Of Color Out This Fall” 
 
I can add McKnight-Chavers as one of my new favorite writers.”
—Toiia L. Rukuni, Mother of the World blog

Blessings are flowing, and The TexPat is grateful for the support of family, friends and even complete strangers during this journey.

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Available here.

Wine Pairing

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How did the TexPat miss National Wine Day on May 25?

For National Wine Day, Medium posted an article If Books Were Wine where they paired wines with popular books. Which of course inspired me to ponder the appropriate wine to pair with my upcoming novel, In the Heart of Texas.*

 

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A Texas wine, of course.  Upon Texas Monthly’s recommendation, I choose 4.0 Cellars by Brennan Vineyards 2013 Mourvèdre.  Described as “deeply structured wine with ripe fruit and a kiss of earthiness” where notes of raspberry and blackberry “dance like dervishes in the glass,” it appears to be a perfect match for protagonist, Jo Randolph’s, calamitous return to West Texas from Hollywood.

*Lest one forgets, In the Heart of Texas is to be released by She Writes Press on October 25, 2016.