Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help has already entered publishing legends and Hollywood lore. Rejected by 60 publishers, the novel about Jim Crow-era black maids became a bestseller – and now it’s a DreamWorks film release. Along the way, an outsider from Arlington helped The Help, and it may return the favor.
The were children when they suffered a brutal, forced exile — trekking across the Sahara with many dying along the way. They survived a refugee camp in Kenya. Then they came to North Texas. Now four of the famous ‘lost boys of Sudan’ are grown up — and appear in a graphic novel.
The rise of trendy 7th Street in Fort Worth hits some snags, SMU Press is back (kind of), Liz Mikel is looking at Broadway and UNT arts folks will benefit from a wealthy man’s will — all in this roundup.
As a whole, Texas received 14 grants totaling more than $2 millionfrom the $40 million awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In North Texas, we’re looking to develop some oral history around the JFK assassination while putting a lot of historic photo negatives into a cold vault.
First profiled on Art&Seek, author and UNT teacher Miroslav Penkov is now on NPR. His debut book is a bittersweet, slightly magical history of his native Bulgaria, complete with cross thieves, tragic lovers and a young man who buys the corpse of Lenin on eBay.
KERA’s 50th anniversary celebrations aren’t just about memories of the station’s 50 years of shows like Frontline and NOVA. It’s also about the station’s ongoing commitment to quality programming for children. So KERA’s Rewind Video Contest has a Just for Kids! contest, too.
Today in the roundup: Dolly talks musical theater, the clamor for the DTC’s movable seats and the overused superlative.
Today in the roundup: A briefing on The Onion, Sundance comes calling to local filmmakers and a new library in Irving.
William Shakespeare is befuddling enough for many modern Americans to grasp, how hard must it be for young immigrants, just learning English as a second language? A bit like asking first-graders to take a crack at quadratic equations? Shakespeare Dallas has been offering a program through DISD that tries to make that leap — with clowns and stage combat and a live performance.
A president is losing his re-election bid and sets out to raise the necessary campaign funds any way he can — including canceling Thanksgiving and marrying lesbians on TV. Stage West presents the Texas premiere of David Mamet’s political satire ‘November.’