We went full Texas this week with Turk Pipkin and John Spong. Replay the magic here!
In Texas, you can count on three things: Death, Taxes, and Willie Nelson. And this week we celebrated the release of Willie Nelson’s Letters To America with author and The Sopranos star, Turk Pipkin, and it was a hoot. Pipkin and John Spong discussed this book that reminds us of the endless promise and continuous obligations of all Americans–to themselves, to one another, and to their nation.
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About the author
Writer and ﬁlmmaker Turk Pipkin is the director of three feature documentaries and the co-founder of the global education and conservation nonproﬁt, The Nobelity Project (www.nobelity.org).
As an actor, Turk is known for his recurring roles on HBO’s The Sopranos and The Leftovers, and for numerous feature ﬁlms including Friday Night Lights, The Alamo and Waiting for Guffman.
Turk is the author of a dozen ﬁction and nonﬁction books – including When Angels Sing (Algonguin), which became the feature ﬁlm Angels Sing, and the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, coauthored by Turk and American music legend, Willie Nelson. HIs latest book is another collaboration with his friend Willie Nelson. Willie Nelson’s Letters to America will be published by Harper Horizon on June 29, 2021.
In his innovative 2019 publishing project, Turk Pipkin’s Book of the every-other Month club, Turk authored and published a subscription series of six new books, including the novel The Moleskin Mystery in one year. The series funded construction and library books for seven new school libraries in rural Kenya.
In addition to his feature docs Nobelity, One Peace at a Time and Building Hope (Audience Award winner at SXSW Film Fest), Turk has directed dozens of short ﬁlms, often partnering with conservation groups on global campaigns.
Turk also helms The Nobelity Project’s partner projects, working with local communities to build classrooms, water systems, and libraries at 50 rural Kenyan schools, on reforestation/tree-planting programs in Kenya, Mexico and Texas, and on library and literacy projects in Kenya, Honduras, Mexico and the U.S. More information at www.nobelity.org.