Stephen Harrigan: One of the Greats

Stephen Harrigan will join us with his new novel, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, Wednesday, February 3 at 7PM. Event details.

What would one need to do in order to be considered “a great Texas author”? Write a poignant book about the Alamo. Fictionalize the state’s aquifer drama. Contribute regularly to Texas Monthly. Have the University of Texas press recruit you to write a sweeping history of the state. Pen a western retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear for TNT and title it “King of Texas”. Dang, that was specific. Oh wait, I’m describing the career of Stephen Harrigan.

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The Gates of the Alamo

97801410000221“The historical novel at its best…With it, Harrigan [has] emerged as the leading Texan writer of his generation and an American writer of the first rank.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A time and a place, a vanished world in which gallant death and honor still held tangible appeal, while merciless slaughter was more likely the rule, are evoked with great skill.” —The New York Times Book Review

Remember Ben Clayton

97803079487931“Rich in detail about the Texas landscape and the men and women who live there.” —The Washington Times

“Remember Ben Clayton is a superior piece of storytelling, a historical novel, a Texas saga, an allegory of art and all the important issues it can raise, an onion of a book with many leathery layers to be unpeeled, eventually revealing our vast capacity to love, and to hurt the ones we love, and to forgive.” —San Antonio Express-News

Jacob’s Well

9780292758155Originally published in 1984, Stephen Harrigan’s passionate, emotionally intense second novel takes readers deep into the mysterious passageways of a Central Texas aquifer—and of the human heart.

King of Texas

We’re thrilled to welcome back this GREAT TEXAS AUTHOR with his new novel, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln. Historically accurate, rich in character, filled with the juice and dreams and raw ambitions of Americans on the make in an early frontier city, it’s is a revelatory and moving portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his young manhood.


Stephen Harrigan was born in Oklahoma City in 1948 and has lived in Texas since the age of five, growing up in Abilene and Corpus Christi. He is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly, and his articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of other publications as well, including The Atlantic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Audubon, Travel Holiday, Life, American History, National Geographic and Slate. He was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards for his commentary on film and television for Texas Monthly.

Join us Wednesday, 2/3 when Stephen speaks and signs in our store! If you can’t make it, you can order a signed copy. We ship worldwide.


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