Friends of Tarleton’s Dick Smith Library hosts annual Dinner in the Stacks

Friends of the Dick Smith Library Present

Friends of the Dick Smith Library Present

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—For Friends of Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library, fall means one thing. Dinner in the Stacks.

Dr. Craig Clifford features his book, Pickers & Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2016), at the annual event, set for Saturday, Sept. 30, in the library. Author of several books, Clifford is executive director of Tarleton’s Honor College and professor of philosophy and social sciences.

Appetizers are served at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 and the evening’s program. Copies of Pickers & Poets will be available for sale and signing.

“I’ll talk a little about the origin of the book and about the term ‘ruthlessly poetic,’” Clifford said, “and I’ll play songs discussed in the book, as well as a few of my own.

“I’ll definitely play songs by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Rodriguez and Steve Earle, as well as a couple from John Moreland and Jason Isbell, young songwriters from out of state who are challenging Texans for the ‘ruthlessly poetic mantle.’”

Janice Horak, assistant vice president of development, said Clifford’s latest book maintains a standard of excellence similar to that found in Tarleton’s Southwestern Studies in the Humanities series.

“Although Pickers and Poets is not included in the Tarleton series, it reflects the same high quality writing and research one expects from all Texas A&M University Press publications,” she said.

Tickets for Dinner in the Stacks are available online at or at the Dick Smith Library. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, Sept. 28. Cost for Friends of the Library is $20, while non-members pay $25. Parking will be available in Lots P11 and P12, both near the Dick Smith Library.

Established in 1990, the Friends of the Dick Smith Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to the support of the university’s library. The organization funds the acquisition of educational amenities that lie outside the library budget; sponsors discussions, lectures, book talks and other scholarly activities; and helps with endowments, bequests and other gifts to the library.

For more information on Dinner in the Stacks, contact Tonya Dobson, assistant to the university librarian, at 254-968-9474 or [email protected]. For a map of the university, go to

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Contact: Tonya Dobson, Assistant to the University Librarian
[email protected]

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.