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Kinky Friedman visits East Texas

Released by Debora Hanson with Kinky Friedman's office:

EAST TEXAS - Kinky Friedman will visit the Tyler area in early December for two holiday book signing events. On Friday, December 4, the Tyler Public Library and the Literacy Council of Tyler will host Kinky's visit to the Tyler Public Library (a portion of sales from this event will benefit the Literacy Council of Tyler). On Saturday, December 5, Kinky will visit The Texas Store in Bullard, Texas.

Kinky will read from his newest book, Heroes of a Texas Childhood, he will take questions from the audience at both events and attendees will be available to visit with him, take pictures, and get autographed copies of his newest book.

Kinky Friedman is a country music legend, bestselling author, wisecracking columnist, animal rights advocate and, currently, is running for governor of Texas. Well-known for his one-of-a-kind observations and fearless outspokenness, Kinky has transcended genres, generations and party lines.

In his latest book, Kinky reflects on the impressive characters who colored his own years growing up in Texas. Heroes of a Texas Childhood highlights 23 individuals who inspired and influenced the child then known as Richard Friedman.

"Some of the heroes in this book are covered in glory, and some remain unsung even to this day," says Kinky. "They are between these pages because of the way they faced the failures, challenges and tragedies of their lives...the best way to know somebody is to find out who their heroes are."

In paying homage to his heroes, Kinky's trademark wit meets a softer, more thoughtful voice. Insightful, touching and, oftentimes, hilarious, Heroes of a Texas Childhood is the most personal of Kinky's 29 books.

He may be best known for his over-the-top irreverence and satirical humor, but in this new collection, Kinky proves himself equally adept at telling another kind of story—one in which the human spirit is triumphant and children grow up to be cowboys.

WHO: Kinky Friedman

WHAT: Holiday meet and greet and author book signings

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2009, Noon – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, Tyler, TX. 75702

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009 Noon – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Texas Store, 51559 US Hwy 69, Bullard, Texas 75757

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