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Okay, you are at home, bored. That’s a problem. I have a new book out, but all my book signings and promotional appearances have been canceled. That means the book is probably not selling well. That’s a problem. Oh, by the way, most bookstores are closed, which means that’s a problem for the bookstore employees.
Science fiction writer H. Beam Piper once wrote that if you have one problem you often cannot solve it, but if you have enough problems they will start to solve each other. Let’s see if he is right and if we cannot solve all three problems.
The book is Vanished Houston Landmarks. It contains stories about 15 things in Houston that used to be famous that are largely forgotten today. Things like where the Allen Brothers really first landed, what happened to the Twin Sisters, the Houston Cotton Exchange and the Galveston-Houston Interurban Railroad, and 11 more things.
It was a blast to write. (@garymcvey helped me with the chapter on Houston’s and the nation’s first public television station studio.) Before the world stopped, I was interviewed about the book on KUHT radio. The interview (along with their take on the book) can be heard here. You can hear Seawriter. Maybe it isn’t as good as seeing him (or as bad), but it is available. Listen to the interview and read the story about the book. If it sounds interesting, buy the book. (If not, that’s okay. But you had something to do for ten minutes or so, right?)
As for bookstores? It turns out that a few Barnes and Noble bookstores in the Houston area are open for carryout service. If you are in the Houston area, call them up and see if the one close to you is open for business.