Carolyn Kneese and John DeMers: Bragging Rights: The Dallas-Houston Rivalry

Texans love a good rivalry, and what better feud to define life in the Lone Star State than the one between Dallas and Houston? Fuel may be added to that dueling big-city fire when Carolyn Kneese and John DeMers take center stage to discuss their new book, Bragging Rights: The Dallas-Houston Rivalry. From the silly stereotypical insults about the big hair and snobbery in Dallas to the digs at the lack of refinement found within Houston’s boundaries, the feud has only grown hotter in recent years. And while it’s clear that the clash of the two Texas titan cities will continue to steamroll, the reasoning behind the decades-old rivalry isn’t nearly as clear.

But that’s a question Kneese and DeMers aim to clear up. If anyone has a chance of digging to the bottom to the Big D and Bayou City brawl, it’s these folks. They are, after all, self-styled experts on the subject. While it may be hard to imagine someone claiming dual citizenship in the Big D and the Bayou City, that’s exactly what Kneese, who has family in both cities, does. She considers herself a resident of not only Houston but Dallas, and she teamed up with two more rival-metro experts, journalists DeMers and Lynn Ashby, to create Bragging Rights.

The book is full of opinions from bigwigs on both ends of that I-45 corridor, on what drives their town’s pride. And while the Dallas top dogs may not be able to shake your H‑Town pride, Kneese and DeMers may be able to give just a bit more insight into what makes those irksome Dallasites tick.

7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑523‑0701 or visit brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Mon., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 2014

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