In this day of self-publishing, anyone can get a book published, and anyone can be an author.
I was taught in journalism school that this was “vanity publishing,” and it was frowned upon by serious journalists.Â Economics being what they are in the year 2010, there are those who might state otherwise.Â But, if you can get a real publishing house to publish your book, I’d say you’ve arrived.
So kudos to Southlake’s Connie Cooley whose tome, Images of America: Southlakehas been published by Arcadia Publishing. Connie,Â bigÂ in the Southlake Historical Society, has gathered more than 175 photos and maps to record Southlake’s history.
She’s dedicated the book to the late Jeroll Shivers, a loyal and enthusiastic member of the historical society whose roots ran deep in Southlake. In her book, she traces the town’s history from its western heritage in 1840 to its prosperous future.
Of course all this is cause for celebration, and as certain as the Southlake Dragons are to make it to playoffs,Â a partyÂ is planned. The whole town and even Dragon rivals are invited to eat barbecue and talk Southlake history from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 1 at the Feedstore BBQ, 530 S. White Chapel, Southlake. Books will be on sale for $21.99 plus $1.80 sales tax, cash or checks only. The author, along with historical society members, will be there to talk about the book and answer questions. Heck, the kids even will get a free adventure sheet that will guide them on a historical tour of Southlake.
Anyone wanting their own book signing can contact Connie at 817-223-9606. For more info on Southlake’s history, even that history not pertaining to football championships, can check www.southlakehistory.org.