25th Anniversary of Friday Night Lights
I took this route once before, at a different time in my life. I was much younger then, in my 30s, when you can still act impulsively and not suffer permanently for it. I didn't know what to expect then, and I don't know what to expect now. There is a familiar comfort in the landscape: the sprawl of the Dallas Metroplex, like oozing oil; the metallic spires of the refineries in Beaumont and Houston; the Hill Country, dressed in lace and wildflowers; the flatlands of West Texas, where you step off into eternity and wonder if you will ever make it back. A thousand miles through Texas with a thousand memories.
I want to resurrect those memories, since I am now 60, when you forget far more than you remember. I hate going back in my life, and I am not a believer in nostalgia. But on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Friday Night Lights, I feel compelled to return. It was a linchpin moment of my life. The moment, to be honest.
- The Strand (New York, NY), 7 p.m. EDT, 9/8/15
- Hastings (Odessa, TX), 7 p.m. CDT, 9/14/15
- Midland County Public Library (Midland, TX), Centennial branch, 5:30 p.m. CDT, 9/15/15
- Yucca Theater (Midland, TX), panel event, 7:30 p.m. CDT, 9/15/15
- Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX), 7 p.m. CDT, 9/16/15
- HEB (San Antonio), 6 p.m. CDT, 9/17/15
- Abilene Public Library (Abilene, TX), 12 p.m. CDT, 9/18/15
- Half Price Books (Dallas, TX), 2 p.m. CDT, 9/19/15
- Books-a-Million (Dallas, TX; Grapevine store), 5 p.m. CDT, 9/19/15
- Book People (Austin, TX), 2 p.m. CDT, 9/20/15
- University Bookstore (Seattle, WA), 7 p.m. PDT, 9/22/15
- Powell’s Books (Portland, OR), 7 p.m. PDT, 9/29/15
- Doylestown Bookshop (Philadelphia, PA), 7 p.m. EDT, 10/9/15
Note: The Texas portion of this tour recreates the 1990 tour that was canceled due to death threats.