Sudie Williams Elementary

On Monday night Patricia Vermillion, The Lamplighter School’s librarian, made a visit to Sudie Williams Elementary School’s Reading Night for a writing workshop. Over 20 families attended the event.

Aside from being Lamplighter’s librarian, Vermillion is also a children’s book author. She read her 2013 book “Texas Chili? Oh My!” to students and their parents, and then discussed the process of writing a children’s book.

“What a rewarding experience,” Vermillion said. “The students and parents at Sudie Williams were very interested in the reading and writing process.”

Sudie Williams and Lamplighter are part of the COMMIT! partnership that aims to strengthen the academic skills of students in Dallas County. Dr. Joan Hill, Lamplighter’s Head of School, said the initiative is “intricately connected to Lamplighter’s literacy program with a goal to advance third grade reading scores.” The partnership includes other independent schools as well as public school districts throughout the D/FW area.

Michelle Staubach Grimes, a former Lamplighter Parent and daughter of former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, joined Vermillion at Reading Night. Grimes’ book “Where is Pidge?” is scheduled to be released this month.



My new favorite book! RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin.

A heart-touching story about a bright eleven year-old girl named Rose who has a love for homonyms

and is dealing with Asperger’s syndrome. Other members of Rose’s family are her father

Wesley Howard, her good friend Uncle Weldon, and Rain her dog. Rose’s father found a

lost dog in the rain and brought him home to Rose. So naturally, Rose would name the dog Rain.

He was found in the rain and the word has two homonyms. This is a must read for readers of all ages!

Cornbread Cook-off Winners are …

Congratulations to Rebecca Henderson-Smotherman, Linda Whitaker, Aimee Whitaker, Donna Thomas, Sally Keeling, Deborah Taylor, Cynthia Wildridge, Jean Cook, Donna Bartee, Valerie Bergstrom. The final touches for the cook-off are being put together by Rebecca Allen, TCU Press. The new West Hampton Bistro will host the event in January. More news to follow by Rebecca.

San Antonio Conservation Society

The San Antonio Conservation Society Congratulates All The Winners Of The 2015 Publication Awards

Buildings Of Texas: Central, South And Gulf Coast
Edited by Gerald Moorhead, FAIA
Published by The University of Virginia Press, 2013

Chili Queens, Hay Wagons And Fandangos; The Spanish Plazas In Frontier San Antonio
By Lewis F. Fisher
Published by Maverick Publishing Company, 2014

Death Of A Texas Ranger, A True Story Of Murder & Vengeance On The Texas Frontier
By Cynthia Leal Massey
Published by TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2014

Fair Park Deco
By Jim Parsons and David Bush
Published by TCU Press, 2012

The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison And The Rise Of South Texas
By Nick Kotz
Published by TCU Press, 2013

John H. Kampmann, Master Builder: San Antonio’s German Influence In The 19th Century
By Maggie Valentine
Published by Beaufort Books, Inc., 2014

Laredito: The Forgotten Neighborhood West Of San Pedro Creek
By Rueben M. Perez
Published by the author, 2013

Painters In Prehistory: Archaeology & Art Of The Lower Pecos Canyon Lands
By Harry J. Shafer
Published by Trinity University Press, 2013

The Texas Legation Papers, 1836 -1845
Edited by Ken Stevens
Published by TCU Press, 2012

Texas State Parks And The CCC: The Legacy Of The Civilian Conservation Corps
By Cynthia Brandimarte and Angela Reed
Published by Texas A&M University Press, 2013.

Children’s Book Category

Chili Texano? Ay Dios!/Texas Chili? Oh My!
By Patricia Vermillion
Published by TCU Press


The Texas Book Festival in Austin was bursting with fabulous authors, such as Keith Graves, fellow Mississippi author living in Texas. Brian Floca, Caldecott award winner for 2014 Locomotive, visiting his former studio mate and friend John Rocco, Caldecott Honor for Blackout . I was in the A&M tent signing Texas Chili? Oh My! and playing with armadillo puppets created by Erin Riche. So much fun!

Cornbread Cook-Off Challenge


Think you have the best cornbread recipe around?
Submit it to our Cornbread Cook-off Challenge for a chance to be featured in Patricia Vermillion’s newest children’s book, Hound Dawg, a Southern retelling of “The Little Red Hen”!

Mail a copy of your recipe (along with your name, phone number, email address, and mailing address) to:
Rebecca Allen
TCU Press
TCU Box 298300
Fort Worth, TX 76129

The top ten recipes will be chosen to participate in a cook-off at the new Hampton West Bistro in Fort Worth in January 2015. The winning recipe will be featured in Hound Dawg!

What are you waiting for? Submit today!

Have questions? Email Rebecca at

Fort Worth Literary Festival August, 2014


Signing books with Cynthia Wildridge and Jan Peck at the Fort Worth Literary Festival. Cynthia and Jan spoke on a panel for picture books.