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Linda Bond – September 2018

San Angelo Writers Club returns from the summer break with “History Couldn’t Be Hotter” presented by Linda T. Bond on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Bond’s book, “Saving the Oldest Town in Texas,” will be published Nov. 15 by Stephen F. Austin Press. Her historic novel combines the true story of Col. Benjamin Wettermark, the most famous embezzler of 1903, with a contemporary woman taking on the task of restoring his Nacogdoches mansion 100 years later.

Bond has written for magazines in Colorado and for Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Women’s Wear Daily, and many more. This year, a television show she wrote and produced won a national silver people’s choice Telly Award and a bronze award for best historical production. She has also written and produced 20 interactive historical plays. Bond will discuss doing historic research for her novel and other projects. For more information on Bond, go to her website, The book is available for pre-sale on – click here.

Saving the Oldest Town in Texas

When Col. Benjamin Wettermark emptied the bank and skipped town in 1903, he left his wife, his children and his mansion behind. Wettermark was the banker everyone trusted, the mayor of Nacogdoches and one of the most important men in East Texas. On the night he emptied the safe and took the night train out of town, he lost that trust. Then he became the face on the front page of hundreds of newspapers as the scoundrel who broke the bank in the Oldest Town in Texas.

Over a hundred years later, Peggy Jensen wonders if she is brave enough to renovate a home that seems too far-gone. She could almost say the same thing about herself. She is alone, stiffening up in all her joints, at loose ends after seven years watching her husband’s brilliant mind deteriorate. It is just her luck to fall in love with a deteriorating scandal-ridden mansion.

The book tells the true story of Col. Wettermark, the most famous embezzler in 1903, his house designed by the best architect in Nacogdoches and the impact Col. Wettermark’s betrayal had on the woman who loved him and the town that trusted him.


New SAWC Banner

The long-awaited new banner photo has arrived! The new bookshelf contains thirteen books authored by members of the San Angelo Writers Club. See if you can spot them all. Hint: there is one with no title! If you’d like to see the list, just continue.

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SAWC Holiday Party a Success

Stan Denny is first in line.

The SAWC Holiday Party was held December 12 at First Place, 14 Harris Street, San Angelo, Texas. Coffee and “snacks” started at 6:30 pm. Only instead of snacks, there was a holiday spread that was quite impressive (see the picture at right). The picture shows Stan Denny, resplendent in his read coat, leading off the charge on the food. For a while, the members settled down to talking and chewing.

Dana Glossbrenner leads off.

After sufficient attention was paid the scrumptious food, President Mattie McKee opened the floor to readings from the members. The business meeting and reading started late because, well, we couldn’t talk with our mouths full.

Each member was allowed 5-10 minutes to read from his or her recent writing. The evening’s presentations included poetry, selections from novels, excerpts from memoirs, and a poem from a collection of poem-prayers.

Members pose for group photo.

After the individual presentations the members and new members posed for a photo. The evening closed with best wishes for all for the holiday season and the new year. Join us in 2018 for another great year of the San Angelo Writer’s Club.

Also, visit the holiday party gallery.



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