Special Events and Programs

Same Page Book Festival

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Same Page Book Festival 2018

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Closing Keynote with Carol and Doug Hutchison

Doug Hutchison spent a total of 39 years as a respected Texas law enforcement officer, retiring as an officer with the Irving Police Department and again as a Special Ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Carol Hutchison, Doug’s wife of 31 years, is an award-winning writer and photographer. She was for several years a frequent contributor and monthly columnist for the Georgetown View in Georgetown, Texas, also serving as the magazine’s creative director. Her writing and photography have been published in magazines such as American Cowboy, Western Horseman, and The Cattleman. When Doug and Carol decided to work on a project together, Behind the Texas Badge was the perfect fit. They used every skill and connection they have to bring the project to fruition.


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Behind the Texas Badge is a big, beautiful coffee table book. Doug and Carol Hutchison spent a year traveling more than 15,000 miles around Texas to photograph and interview 103 Texas law enforcement officers and to bring to light the officers’ personal stories, stories that range from heartbreaking to hilarious. Officers from large and small departments, city and rural, from sheriffs to rookie officers, including mounted patrol, bicycle patrol, Texas Game Wardens, Texas State Park Police, school district officers, and police reserves, told their stories. The book also features images of badges, shoulder patches, patrol vehicles, police motorcycles, and engraved firearms, but the stories are the book’s heart and soul, while the photography offers a beautiful tour of Texas and those who protect its citizens.

Same Page Book Festival 2017

Authors and Speakers: 

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Our first book festival, Same Page Book Festival, was so much fun! We hope everyone that attended enjoyed it as much as we did. 

The Decatur Public Library would like to thank all of the authors that came to the book festival for presenting and participating, the Epsilon Sigma Omicron Book Club which is a part of the Decatur Woman's Club for providing the wonderful refreshments, Hand in the Cookie Jar located in Bridgeport, TX for making the beautiful sugar cookies and cookie bags for our authors, and to all of the volunteers and staff that dedicated their time to this event! We could not have done it without you!

Julia Heaberlin and Charlotte Canion, thank you for inspiring us before and after the book festival!
B. Alan BourgeoisAlan BereckaWeina Dai Randel, Marsha WestMike HawronTweed Scott, and Beth Honeycutt, thank you for being a part of our panels! 
Trudy Samsill and Amy Ellis, thank you so much for setting up your lovely booths in our author fair!

For more information on the Decatur Woman's Club or the Epsilon Sigma Omicron Book Club, you may email Dee Ann Archer


Thank you all so much for helping to make this event a success!
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The music band that Julia Heaberlin mentioned in her keynote speech is Cricket Blue, and you may listen to their music on their Bandcamp page Cricket Blue Music.