WORD FOR WORD Ogden Nash once wrote, “I’m so full/Of Holy Texas/I’ll be hallowed ground/When they annex us.” Nash never lived in Texas, but his papers are permanent residents at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at UT-Austin. You can examine the comic poet’s original manuscripts, letters, drawings, and photographs when “Ogden Nash: A Good Bad Poet. A Centennial Exhibition” opens at UT-Austin’s Leeds Gallery September 12. Poems such as “The Mules” (“In the world of mules/There are no rules”) ought to keep the deep discussion to a minimum. However, two other events this month should draw out the sober-minded bookworms along with those who indulge in lighter fare. The Friends of the Austin Public Library hosts its annual Monster Book Sale, which offers more than 60,000 books, records, videos, CDs, and computer software programs, at the Crockett Center September 14 and 15. And on the weekend of September 28 and 29, the Latino Book and Family Festival, the largest Latino consumer expo in the U.S., takes over the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Put together your fall reading list now. (See: Austin: Museums/Galleries and Other Events; and Houston: Other Events)
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