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West Texas: Land of Basketball, Prairie Dogs, and Strange Acorns!
Saturday, March 09, 2002  10:30:00 AM

by Duane Simolke



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Success continues for West Texas author!

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West Texas: Land of Basketball, Prairie Dogs, and Strange Acorns!

Though best known for cotton, windmills, prairie dogs, Buddy Holly, Texas Tech University, and—of course—basketball coaches Marsha Sharp and Bobby Knight, the West Texas city of Lubbock is also home to the author of some rather unusual books.

The creation of one small-town keeps going a long way for that writer. Duane Simolke’s best-known book is The Acorn Stories, a story cycle set in the fictional West Texas town of Acorn. Filled with quirky characters, controversial issues, and experimental narrative techniques, The Acorn Stories continues to receive positive reviews at Amazon.com and bn.com.

Simolke wrote three other books: Degranon, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. Degranon, a science fiction adventure that deals with themes like diversity, violence, and free speech, was just released. That edgy, satirical novel will create quite a stir, especially among those who think people shouldn’t think for themselves or be themselves.

Next, watch for a collaborative spin-off from The Acorn Stories. The new collection, The Acorn Gathering, will feature some stories set in Acorn, and others set across the United States, with all author and editor royalties going to fund cancer research. Several authors have contributed stories for The Acorn Gathering.

Find details about The Acorn Gathering and Simolke’s other projects at his home page (duanesimolke.com). That page also includes a variety of links for readers, writers, activists, and everyone else. Simolke holds degrees in English from Belmont University (BA, 89), Hardin-Simmons University (MA, 91), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., 96). He has appeared at various literary conventions and sometimes gives public readings of his work.

Readers can order his books at most local or online bookstores, if they aren’t already in stock.

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The Acorn Stories Reviewed by Top Reviewer - 12/29/2009 4:07:00 PM

Holding Me Together is # 1! - 2/26/2008 2:56:00 PM

Trailer for Fantasy Adventure - 2/21/2008 10:44:00 AM

Gay Science Fiction at Amazon Kindle - 1/26/2008 8:04:00 AM

Another Gay Love Video - 1/7/2008 7:38:00 AM

Gay Pride Video - 11/19/2007 12:58:00 PM

Cancer Fundraiser - 11/2/2007 9:53:00 AM

Texas Fiction: The Acorn Stories Book Trailer - 8/29/2007 1:31:00 PM

Fantasy Art Contest - 8/14/2007 11:06:00 AM

Kirkus Discovers Texas Collection - 8/1/2007 7:25:00 AM

Book Trailers - 7/18/2007 11:57:00 AM

Gay Pride, International - 6/22/2007 1:51:00 PM

Gay Activist Reviews The Acorn Stories - 6/18/2007 7:51:00 AM

StoneWall Society reviews gay-inclusive fantasy novel - 4/6/2007 2:34:00 PM

Gay author wins another award for his work - 1/12/2007 11:56:00 AM

Fantasy novel covered in Texas newspapers - 12/25/2006 5:12:00 PM

Nomination for 2007 Allbooks Award - 11/30/2006 5:47:00 AM

StoneWall Society Events - 11/5/2006 7:34:00 AM

New Fantasy Release  - 4/23/2006 10:37:00 AM

Nominated for two 2005 StoneWall Society Awards - 8/28/2005 12:28:00 PM

Revised version of award-winning gay book! - 8/19/2005 12:13:00 PM

Scifi novel joins gay marriage debate - 11/10/2004 7:51:00 AM

Degranon Rewritten for Gay Audience That Embraced It - 6/28/2004 7:14:00 AM

My essay quoted in new book. - 12/16/2003 2:14:00 PM

Secrets and Scandals in West Texas - 9/24/2003 1:41:00 PM

Simolke Wins Another Pride in the Arts Award - 7/27/2003 4:27:00 PM

June and July 2003 Poet of the Month! - 6/4/2003 2:42:00 PM

Cancer Fundraiser Book Made All Consuming’s 2002 List - 1/18/2003 8:25:00 AM

Science Fiction Novel Relates to Real Life. Revised 2004. - 11/23/2002 8:43:00 AM

BookCrossing Benefits Readers and Writers - 11/19/2002 1:26:00 PM

Degranon Excerpt at SFFWorld.com. Revised 2004. - 9/17/2002 6:22:00 AM

Simolke Wins StoneWall Society Pride 2002 Awards! - 8/7/2002 6:29:00 AM

Duane Simolke Featured in SciFi Database. - 7/15/2002 1:12:00 PM

Authors Unite To Write Against Cancer - 6/6/2002 2:57:00 AM

Duane Simolke's SciFi Novel Embraces Diversity, Freedom. Revised 2004. - 5/1/2002 12:33:00 PM

Science fiction for all people who dare to be themselves. - 2/20/2002 8:55:00 PM

Duane Simolke's Holding Me Together counters homophobia. - 2/4/2001 4:18:00 PM


Books by
Duane Simolke



The Acorn Stories (West Texas Fiction)

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Degranon: A Gay Science Fiction Adventure

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The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure

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Holding Me Together, featuring Reactions to Homophobia

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Selected Poems

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The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer

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Fat Diary: Free Texas Humor eBook

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