November 2000 must have seemed, to Dave Hamrick, like an awfully good time to be getting into the publishing business in Texas. Hamrick, a longtime regional community relations manager for Barnes & Noble in Austin, was on a roll. Widely known and respected among Texas's literary set, he had been invited just a year before to become a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, only the second bookseller (after Brazos Bookstore's Karl Kilian, of Houston) to be so honored. And now, in November, Hamrick was at Austin's annual Texas Book Festival not as an honoree, and not as a bookstore employee, but as the marketing director of the newly formed Houston publishing... More >>>
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