Michael Barnes

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Author/Journalist Michael Barnes  joins us this week. We’ll be talking about his new book,  Indelible Austin: More Selected Histories (Waterloo Press, January 23, 2018).

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Michael Barnes was born in Texas and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history for the Austin American-Statesman. He also writes their “Out and About” social column and blog. Michael was voted Best Journalist 2017 by the Austin Chronicle Readers poll. 

Michael’s new book is Indelible Austin: More Selected Histories (Waterloo Press, January 23, 2018), Volume 2 of his acclaimed 2015 book, Indelible Austin: Selected Histories, a collection of his historical columns originally published by the Austin American-Statesman.

The notion of publishing a book grew out of frequent reader requests for a collected version of these stories which have not been covered in standard histories of Austin. The columns connect Old Austin with New Austin and almost always bring the historical record into the present. Themes include the natural settings, built environments, older neighborhoods, ancestral families, park gems, the meeting of politics, cultures and charity, as well as interpretations of how Old and New Austin relate.

“Often folks ask me if I miss anything about Old Austin, I say yes, but so much about our city is the same. Especially the people. Austinites, at least the ones who engage in the social scene, are open, smart, kind, fun, and fit, the last quality from the inside out. People come here to join that culture, not to alter it. They do alter it, however, and our language, landscape, buildings, food, movies, music, etc. are permanently evolving.”  -Taken from Michael Barnes’ columns in the Austin American-Statesman

Among those who have shared their endorsements of these writings are State Sen. Kirk Watson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, former Mayor Gus Garcia, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Ben Sargent and prominent preservationists and historians such as Wayne Bell, Kim McKnight, Bob Ward and Lisa Byrd.

For more information, please see IndelibleAustin.com.

You can keep up with Michael on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.