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Words and Wine Wednesdays

Date(s): January 28, 2015 07:30 PM – January 28, 2015 09:00 PM
Faculty: Mary Helen Specht
Maximum Class Size: 30
Pay Online: FREE RSVP:

The Writing Barn is excited to unveil our latest free monthly programming, co-sponsored with Austin’s own Yellow Bird Editors:  Words and Wine Wednesdays.

Typically the last Wednesday of each month, we will open the Barn doors for everyone in the local literary community to venture out to our neck of the woods from 7:30PM-9:00PM. 

Join us in honoring a different featured author each month. Over wine and cheese, have an opportunity to meet like-minded literary folk an listen to a compelling author Q&A/and or reading.

 Authors’ books will be available to purchase through indie bookstore BookPeople.

Our 2015 lineup is taking form; our kickoff  Words and Wine Wednesday is January 28th and will feature Mary Helen Specht, author of Migratory Animals. Specht’s debut novel is garnering praise:


“A beautifully precise group portrait in which Mary Helen Specht manages to capture not just a particular set of characters but a generational mood and moment. . . . Without forcing any answers, it asks a powerful, probing question: how should you behave when life suddenly gets real?” (Stephen Harrigan, author of Remember Ben Clayton)

“A finely wrought first novel. . . . Specht weaves fascinating details on snowflakes, weaving, birding, genetics and engineering, plus a spot-on-portrait of Austin.” (Kirkus)

“Specht’s vivid debut probes the nature of family, the notion of home, and the tender burdens of both. . . . Specht’s distinctive prose — rich with sharp observations, nimble language, and lyrical imagery — makes the novel a quirky and memorable read.” (Publishers Weekly)



Words and Wine Wednesdays is a sister program to our newest blog series, Austin Author Spotlightfeaturing an exclusive interview with a local author each month. Our first three featured authors of Words and Wine Wednesdays will also have exclusive interviews on this new blog series. In February, we welcome poet Carrie Fountain. In March, we welcome Natalia Sylvester. Join us on the blog as we honor these authors and in person as we raise a glass to living the creative life.


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Guest Author: Mary Helen Specht 


Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Mary Helen Specht has a B.A. in English from Rice University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, where she won the department’s fiction award. Her writing has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in numerous publications, including:The New York TimesThe Colorado ReviewPrairie SchoonerMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Southwest ReviewFlorida ReviewSouthwestern American LiteratureWorld Literature TodayBlue MesaHunger MountainBookslutThe Texas Observer; and Night Train, where she won the Richard Yates Short Story Award. A past Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria and Dobie-Paisano Writing Fellow, Specht teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Her first novel, Migratory Animals, will be published by Harper Perennial on January 20, 2015.

Earlier Event: January 28
BookPeople Presents: Amanda Eyre Ward
Later Event: January 30
BookPeople Presents: Rob Thomas