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Five Books By Dallas Authors You Should Read Right Now

Deep Vellum Books' founder Will Evans is here to help you pass the time. It's a good idea to dive into these captivating reads by local, female authors.

When was the last time you read a good book? Now, when was the last time you read a locally written book? Whatever your answer, it’s been too long. Amid the chaos and uncertainty of the world’s current situation, we can still seek comfort and joy in literature–and safely engage in the Dallas arts scene while doing so.

It’s not hard to find treasures written by local authors, you just have to know where to look. We consulted Will Evans, bibliophile and founder of the publisher and bookstore Deep Vellum, for some recommendations. Here’s what he had to say. And, of course, these are all available as e-books, or for purchase online. You can browse the virtual shelves of indie shops like Deep Vellum and Interabang for more. Here’s Will:

With the news that Amazon is de-prioritizing book sales on its site, it’s a reminder of the work your local independent bookstores do for our literary community. Please order any book you’ve ever wanted, and all of the books included herein, from your favorite local indie bookstores: Deep Vellum BooksHalf Price BooksInterabang Books, and The Wild Detectives. We’re here for you, #LiteraryDallas.

Ain’t Nobody Nobody

Heather Harper Ellett (Polis Books, September 2019)

“SMU graduate and Dallas-based therapist’s debut novel, a hilarious dark mystery set in East Texas, like Joe Lansdale meets Bernie.”

Above Us the Milky Way: An Illuminated Alphabet

Fowzia Karimi (Deep Vellum, April 2020)

“Debut autobiographical novel by the Rona Jaffe Award-winning, Denton-based writer and artist is told through text, watercolor paintings, and family photos, a full-color book that is a gorgeous piece of book art, all designed by Fowzia herself; this is Deep Vellum’s first novel by a local writer, first hardcover novel, and first English-original novel!” (Purchase the book through Deep Vellum’s website here.)

Tigers, Not Daughters

Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers, March 2020)

“Amazing YA magical realist via ghost story of a group of sisters trying to get out of their San Antonio neighborhood, a brilliant new novel by a massively accomplished local writer that will appeal to adults as much as teen readers.”

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

Erin Yun (Fabled Films Press, March 2020)

“Brilliant middle-grade book by the Frisco native is a refreshing take on the coming-of-age story with a Korean-American protagonist.”

The Big Finish

Brooke Fossey (Berkley, April 2020)

“A funny, heartfelt romp that’s all about a loving friendship across generations between two contrasting characters, it’s the debut novel from one of our area’s leading literary citizens!”

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