SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE
BURNET — Author Rick Sherrod will talk about powerhouse Texas high school football teams at a free Coffee Talks program Oct. 9.
The presentation is 2 p.m. at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m.
Sherrod wrote “Texas High School Football Dynasties,” which tells the story of the 26 Texas schools that have won four or more state championships since the beginning of the title games in 1920. Leading them are Celina and Southlake Carroll with eight titles and Abilene, Brownwood, Plano and Katy with seven. Sherrod’s book takes a look at the coaches as well as the players and the communities, where football “rallies the whole town,” reviewer Glenn Dromgoole said.
In addition to “Football Dynasties,” Sherrod is the author of two “Arcadia Images of America” volumes: “Stephenville” and “Stephenville Yellow Jacket Football.” He has also published a number of articles on Southern history.
A lifelong football fan, he teaches history in Stephenville. His father, Marshall Sherrod, played on the 1938 Stephenville championship team, but the younger Sherrod grew up in Arlington, another town that emptied to the stadium during football games.
Other fall authors in the free Coffee Talks series include David K. Langford speaking about Hillingdon Ranch on Nov. 13 and John C. Kerr on “Hurricane Hole,” a novel of espionage and romance set in the Bahamas, on Dec. 11.
Books will be available at the talk for sale and autograph. Support for the series is provided by Friends of the Library and the Coffee Talks hostesses and volunteers.
Call the library at (512) 715-5228 or go to www.hermanbrownlibrary.org for more information.