Joe Nick PatoskiJOE NICK PATOSKI is in his fourth decade writing about Texas and Texans. A former cab driver and staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine, and one-time reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, he has authored and co-authored biographies of Selena and Stevie Ray Vaughan, collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park, all published by University of Texas Press, in addition to writing Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy (Texas A&M Press) and Texas High High School Football: More Than the Game (Texas Historical Commission).

His 2008 book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, published by Little, Brown, was recognized by The Friends of the TCU Library in 2009 with the Texas Book Award for the best book about Texas written in 2007-8. His most recent book for Little, Brown is The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. (Read More)

From the San Angelo Standard-Times – Glen Dromgoole on the Cowboys book:
This isn’t for the faint-hearted fan. It requires a little heavy lifting, as in 800 pages of text, pictures, notes and index. But if you like football, and particularly the Cowboys, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better storyteller than Patoski, whose most recent epic was an award-winning biography of music icon Willie Nelson.

Michael Corcoran reviews the Cowboys book for the Austin Statesman’s Texas Book Festival:
Fort Worth native Joe Nick Patoski has wrapped himself around some of the state’s biggest icons: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena, Willie Nelson. But his latest book tackles an institution almost bigger than Texas itself: the Dallas Cowboys.
 Several histories have been written about “America’s Team,” but none has covered as much ground as Patoski’s, which takes the reader from John Neely Bryan to Dez Bryant, the founder of Dallas to the most recent team “trouble man.”

Joe will be in the Rio Grande Valley doing a book talk and signing at the McAllen Public Library on Monday, December 10th and the Mission Speer Memorial Library (focusing on Tom Landry) on Tuesday, December 11th. Meet the author at one of these 2 locations:

[column width=”47%” padding=”6%”]McAllen Public Library
4001 North 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 681-3000
December 10, 2012 @ 7pm[/column] [column width=”47%” padding=”0″]Mission Speer Memorial Library
801 East 12th Street
Mission, TX 78572
(956) 580-8750
December 11, 2012 @ 6:30pm [/column][end_columns]

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