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Nov.01.2011
Sylvia Longmire at the Texas Book Festival
I've been home now for several days since returning from my Texas book tour to promote Cartel, and finally feel like I'm catching up on things! I've also had some time to look back on the adventure, and I know I'm going to have nothing but great memories about the whole experience. I also know how...
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Oct.29.2011
Sylvia Longmire at the South TX Law Enforcement Conference
I've always enjoyed giving presentations on the drug war to law enforcement and military personnel because they tend to understand the issues and threats more deeply than the average person, just by the nature of what they do every day. So I was immensely looking forward to speaking here, despite...
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Oct.28.2011
Nick Stein of "Border Wars," author Sylvia Longmire, and KRGV reporter Farrah Fazal.
I put the words "day off" in quotation marks because it was non-stop from early morning until late night! And I was definitely exhausted by the time I made it back to my hotel on South Padre Island, but it was worth it. The day kicked off with a meet-up with Nicholas Stein, series producer for...
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Oct.28.2011
Sylvia Longmire at Barnes & Noble in Houston, TX
Knowing how bookstore signings tend to go, and especially after the low turnout at Brazos the previous day, I didn't have very high expectations for B&N. However, I was hoping that because it was an evening event in a huge store next to restaurants and shops in a busy area, more people would...
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Oct.24.2011
Sylvia Longmire with Ioan Grillo at Brazos Bookstore
This morning I flew from Austin to Houston, where I had my first bookstore signing at Brazos Bookstore near Rice University. Actually, it was a joint signing with my fellow Texas Book Festival panelist and author of El Narco, Ioan Grillo. I had very low expectations for the event because we had a...
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Oct.23.2011
Sylvia Longmire at the Texas Book Festival
Where do I begin to describe Austin, Texas? Quirky is one word, as evidenced by the ubiquitous slogan on t-shirts and signs that say "Keep Austin Weird." But what a vibrant, nutty, energetic, and fun place! Not only was the Texas Book Festival going on, taking up a ton of space on the Capitol...
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Oct.21.2011
Sylvia Longmire speaking with the Rotary Club of Pasadena, TX
Today I had the distinct pleasure of giving a presentation on Mexico's drug war to a group of about 125 Rotarians in Pasadena, Texas, which is just outside of Houston. What a gracious, funny, and welcoming group they were! I'd never been to a Rotary Club meeting before, and just loved everything...
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Oct.21.2011
Sylvia Longmire speaking at the Houston World Affairs Council
My presentation and book signing last night was in The Junior League's positively gorgeous historic building in Houston, Texas. I arrived a bit early, so I had plenty of time to talk with Mandy and Chetana, the two lovely women who were running the show that night, and sign some books for the early...
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Oct.20.2011
Sylvia Longmire at UT Dallas in Richardson, TX
I'm sitting at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport getting ready to head to Houston for my next tour stop, and I'm thinking back to what a great time I had last night during my first tour stop! I was welcomed by Toni Loftin, a PhD student at UT Dallas in Richardson and President of the Organization of...
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Oct.03.2011
Sylvia Longmire, author of "Cartel"
Today is October 2nd, and I think I've fully recovered from the initial excitement of my first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars, hitting the shelves on September 27th. My book launch party was held two days later at a dueling piano bar in downtown St. Louis, and was an...
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Sep.03.2011
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A couple of weeks ago, I contacted a colleague of mine who's a producer in Los Angeles. She has some contacts at the Discovery Channel, and my initial idea while talking to her was to ask for help with pitching the TV rights to my book to some TV channels. What ended up happening was that she put...
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Aug.27.2011
I was recently interviewed by a south Texas newspaper regarding my opinion of our government's use of social media to monitor events related to the drug war in Mexico. The interview eventually moved on to my thoughts about social media, and its place in my work. My response? I LOVE it! This isn't...
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Aug.10.2011
I read a LOT. Not just as a form of recreation, but because it's my job. As an analyst of and writer on the drug war in Mexico, I have to know what's going on south of the border and along it on a daily basis. So every day, I spend sometimes minutes and sometimes hours poring over news reports,...
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Aug.04.2011
As I write this post, it's the first week of August. After the insanity that was the TCA press tour with NatGeo last week, I'm back to my normal routine: laundry, supermarket trips, reviewing asylum cases, and writing my articles here and there. Oh, and there's the WAITING. My first book doesn't...
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Aug.01.2011
Author Sylvia Longmire with the NatGeo "Border Wars" panel at TCA 2011
Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of living the surreal life in Beverly Hills for four days. I was invited by the National Geographic Channel to help support their upcoming fall season of "Border Wars" during the Television Critics' Association (TCA) summer press tour. This is a...
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