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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Hanks author photo CREDIT Austin Hargrave 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries IncThis just in: Actor, screenwriter, director, producer and all-around good guy Tom Hanks is joining a growing cast of authors for the 2017 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas on Nov. 4. He joins a distinguished list of speakers, including journalist Dan Rather.

We asked our readers to tell us their favorite man-made wonders of Texas – those must-see locations that every Texan and visitor should see. The nominations ran the gamut, but the following consistently rose to the top.

VintageVernonGhostTours StanWiliamsIn our October 2017 issue, we shed some light on Jefferson and Granbury's haunted history. But like Granbury, many Texas towns have their own share of scary tales.

brazos bend moss on trees Brazos Bend State Park, a 5,000-acre parcel of public land managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, remains closed to  public use because of impacts from Hurricane Harvey and historic flooding. Some upcoming reservations have also been cancelled.

galveston 2Updated 10 a.m. Monday, September 18: We care deeply about the communities that are undergoing challenges as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We will share updates as we receive them, and cannot wait to help get these communities back on their feet!

 

call centerIt is in times of crisis when we truly get to see how many helping hands are ready to be deployed. It's a time when everyone's a neighbor and a friend. A time where the resilience of Texans shines through. We are in this together, so if you aren’t in the midst of holding your life together from storm damage, you’re watching helplessly. But there are ways to help.

harveyWe care deeply about our readers and we hope you take every precaution to remain safe as the slow-moving Tropical Storm Harvey threatens our Gulf Coast with heavy winds and flood waters. The potential is high for it reaching hurricane status. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe.

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Fall in West Texas may evoke images of Friday Night Lights, with whole towns rallying around their favorite football teams. But this autumn some of West Texas’ most prominent cities will be luring travelers with a different—but equally dramatic—kind of entertainment. In September and October, book festivals, writers’ workshops, and author appearances will enliven the cultural landscape from the Big Country to the Permian Basin and the Llano Estacado.

512palomaNational Tequila Day is a perfect time to hone your skills at crafting cocktails with Texas' distilled darlin'. Try these recipes from some of the Lone Star state's own tequila makers.

sandcastle tipWhen August rolls around, the schedule starts getting crammed with back-to-school shopping, and separation anxiety from summer fun starts to emerge.

But, don’t give up just yet. There’s still time left to squeeze in an adventure or two. And the truth is, if you run out of time, no worries. It’s Texas and the weather is almost always perfect for any of these. Just plan your weekends wisely.

Chamizal National Memorial 1617What happens when a river changes course and the border between two countries hangs in the balance?

Billy Gibbons TH FinalYou’d be hard-pressed to name a band that defines Texas rock ’n’ roll any better than ZZ Top. Over nearly 50 years, the Houston-born trio has cultivated a mythical swagger marked by versatility, irreverence, and a relentless pursuit of larger-than-life guitar riffs and good times.

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