David Hale Smith Sells Brian D. Sweany’s Book

If you’ve been around here long enough, then you know that Brian Sweany used to work at D Magazine. He left us in 2005 for Texas Monthly, and we’ve never forgiven him for it. So it gives me great pains to pass along the news that he’s got himself a book deal brokered by none other than local literary agent and noted scamp David Hale Smith. The full release

Texas Monthly deputy editor Brian Sweany’s The Kingdom of the Saddle, a biography of cowboy and businessman Charles Goodnight (Larry McMurtry’s model for Captain Woodrow Call in his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove), who blazed the Goodnight Loving Trail to lead one of the longest and most important cattle drives in US history and reshaped the American West while earning and losing vast fortunes several times over the course of his 93-year life, sold to editor Vanessa Kehren at Penguin’s Blue Rider Press, in a deal negotiated by David Hale Smith at Inkwell Management (North American publishing rights).


  • Goodnight is also the inspiration for John Wayne’s character in Howard Hawks’ Red River. Congrats to Sweany. Should be a good read.

  • Columbiasooner

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Very happy for Brian.

  • LCM

    I will read this book. I have studied quite a bit about the Goodnight-Loving Trail.

    About the news release: That is the longest sentence I have read in a LONG time. Whew.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, the press release is horribly written. It”s enough to make a strunk turn white. Presumably, David Hale Smith did not pen it.