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Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie

"Any tale belongs to whoever can best tell it!" J.F.D.

A night of campfire cooking, booksigning and Texas authors' reading from the works of the master South Texas storyteller (Live Oak County born and raised).

“If Dobie had left instructions in his will, the Dobie Dichos readings would be exactly as they are now.  Stories told around a countryside campfire, friends eating barbecue and feeling blessed by the stars.  Listen, our literary father's clapping.” -- Nan Cuba, author / poet

“Dobie Dichos is the next best thing to hearing Dobie tell his stories around a campfire.” - Robert Flynn, author

"Attending the magical DOBIE DICHOS evening with some of my Austin students and a San Antonio poet friend was one of the literary highlights
of my recent years in Texas. All readings were stunning and transporting, and will change the way you think about J. Frank Dobie and our state forever. I urge everyone who can make it to attend!”  - Naomi Shihab Nye, poet/ author

 “One of the most luminous evenings of my life.” — Megan Hicks, storyteller

"Nothing like gathering 'round the firepit and having the words of the master flow over you!” — Mary Grace Ketner, storyteller

"Hard to resist a J. Frank Dobie love fest celebrated by fans with his words and in song around a bonfire in the bosom of his homeland." -- Claudia Maceo Sharp, Manager THE TWIG

“My courting days are long gone, but if I were a young man seeking to get a young woman interested in me, I couldn’t do better than to take her to Dobie Dichos -- no matter what the stage of the moon.” — Rick Casey, Reporter/ Journalist

Proceeds to benefit restoration of the
Dobie-West Performing Arts Theatre, George West, TX

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Click here to read the 2013 Dobie Dichos Press Release.

Dobie Dichos

W.C. Jameson (2012)

Dobie Dichos

Rick Casey, Nan Cubs, Bill Sibley &
Joe Nick Patoski (2013 Authors)


Biscuits O’Bryan

Biscuits O'Bryan

The Rev. Jack "Monte" Jones, aka Biscuits O'Bryan, is a third generation San Angeloan and fifth generation Texan whose great-great grandfather, Joseph Bell Chance, fought for Texas independence in the Battle of San Jacinto. He graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin and then attended Texas A&M University for a semester. The Corps of Cadets and comparative vertebrate anatomy convinced him he did not want to be a veterinarian, so he enlisted in the U. S. Navy.

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Lucy Fisher-West

Lucy Fisher-West

Lucy Fischer-West grew up in El Paso, daughter of a Mexican mother and a German father.  Her memoir, Child of Many Rivers: Journeys to and from the Rio Grande was published in 2005 by Texas Tech University Press; it received a Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Award, a WILLA Literary Finalist Award from Women Writing the West, and a Violet Crown Special Citation from the Writer’s League of Texas.  Her essays have appeared in BorderSenses, Password, and four Texas Folklore Society publications: The Family Saga, Both Sides of the Border, Celebrating 100 Years of the Texas Folklore Society and Cowboys, Cops, Killers, and Ghosts

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Kurt House

Kurt House

Kurt House buys, sells, and appraises antique arms and all kinds of western memorabilia. He has published 6 books on related subjects from archeology to antique arms and natural history, among them Hand Forged For Texas Cowboys, Texas Archeology, A Guide to Collecting Mechanical Fans and An Emerson Identification Manual, and Bit & Spur Makers In the Texas Tradition. House is a Life Member and Director of the Colt Collectors Association and the current Publications Chairman, as well as a Life Member of the NRA, Texas Gun Collectors Association (Past President) and the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association, where he has served as a Board Member. He is on the board of the Wild West History Association and Director of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation. He founded the American Fan Collectors Association in 1980.

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Fran Vick

Fran Vic

Frances B. Vick was born in Trinity, Texas in East Texas. Technically the region is on the western edge of what foresters refer to as the "Piney Woods" and Fran's ancestors referred reverently to as "The Big Thicket." The progeny of a rich and colorful cast of characters, Fran keeps them and their contemporaries alive through her tireless work with authors, educators and philanthropists who are as smitten with and dedicated to the folklore and history of Texas as is she.

Fran's publishing efforts date back to the 1970's when she was invited to produce the Texas Folklore Society publications. She began her own publishing company E-Heart Press to accomplish this early goal. Her work there led to several interesting opportunities resulting in being tapped as the Founding Director of the University of North Texas Press. In her "retirement" Fran energetically pursues literary issues and opportunities.

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Ito Romo

Ito Romo

Ito Romo teaches literature at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of El Puente/The Bridge and The Border is Burning available from UNM Press.

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Jenny Browne

Jenny Browne


Professor Jenny Browne is the author of two full collections of poems and one chapbook. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including AGNIThe American Poetry ReviewBat City ReviewBorderlands: Texas Poetry ReviewGulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine ArtsPuerto del SolThe Threepenny Review, andTin House. She has received fellowships in creative writing from the Writers' League of Texas, the San Antonio Artist Foundation, and the Writer's Center of Washington D.C. Her work has been featured on public buses in Austin, Texas, in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, and on-stage at the Dallas Museum of Art. In the summer of 2011, she was selected by the University of Iowa International Writers Program and the U.S. State Department to travel to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya to teach poetry in the camp's secondary schools.

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Retha Oliver

Retha Oliver

Most mornings you can find Retha Oliver at the Local coffee shop in San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery area, hunched over her fiction or working on a freelance article for the Rivard Report. If you ask her about her job she will say she is “mostly mom,” but over the past fifteen years her columns, opinion pieces, and news writing have been published on four continents in countless newspapers and magazines and in hundreds of online venues.  In Texas, Retha’s work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle, LareDos, the El Paso Times, Ft Worth Weekly, and the San Antonio Current, where she also served as editor-in-chief. In case you missed it, that’s every major city in the state. She was born in Loraine, Texas, a town where the population is still just a few hundred souls, and is tickled pink to be asked to honor J. Frank Dobie, another small-town kid made good.

Musical Performers

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority

(Dinner Performers)

Hank Harrison is the driving force behind the Tennessee Valley Authority. He started playing mandolin and fiddle when he was a teenager after hearing his first bluegrass band the Backwoods Volunteers. His passion for the music is as strong today as it was the first time he heard it. Mary Ann Cornelius hails from the Texas town of Brady and began playing piano at age 7. Later she learned to play the bass when she started playing with the Blue Ridge Connection. Mary Ann has provided the musical foundation for TVA for over 12 years. Mark Maniscalco played banjo for the Backwoods Volunteers in the early seventies. He lived near the Harrison brothers and when they started playing bluegrass, Mark volunteered to play banjo. Mark and the TVA played many parties and festivals from 1972 through 1976. In 1982-83 Mark and Lang Scruggs put together a very musical duo that played regularly at the Badlands Saloon on the Riverwalk and he periodically sat in with the Grey Sky Boys in Austin until 2006 when he rejoined the TVA on guitar. Jeff Large started playing banjo as a young man and first performed with the TVA from 1974 to 1979. He rejoined the TVA in 1998 when Keith Kimbell switched from banjo to guitar

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R. J. Vandygriff

R. J. Vandygriff

(Intermission Performer)

R.J. Vandygriff lives on the family ranch. He writes about the life he and his neighbors live in the west. He is an award winning singer/songwriter, actor and playwright. For many years he saw the world through the windshield of a Silver Eagle bus crisscrossing the USA and Europe sharing the stage with the biggest names in the industry like George Strait, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama and The Judds, just to name a few.

As an actor he worked for eight seasons on "Walker, Texas Ranger" before moving to Branson, MO to star in the one man musical comedy "The Cowboy Ain't Dead Yet!" at the Moe Bandy Theatre.

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