Tattersall, reading & signing with Laurie Coker
Laurie Coker is a native Texan. She was born in McKinney, grew up in Jamerson and Sherman, and graduated from Austin College in Sherman with a BA in Art. She studied film acting in Hollywood, California for two years, then returned to Austin with her husband and son. She raised her three children in Austin and has never left. She retired in 2000 after 24 years of service with the Texas Department of State Health Services and began working as an actor and voiceover actor. Coker’s collection of short stories, Tattersall, is a reflection of her observations and appreciation of people. These Texas stories are both sad and humorous with a wide range of characters, from the self-absorbed alcoholic in "Big Bucks" to the coming of age story of an eleven year old girl growing up in the 1950s in "Earning an Education." The Mexican ranch hand from Uvalde in "The Chair" will touch your heart with his even keel outlook on life, no matter how difficult, and Shirley Jo will exhibit the guilt one feels when the time comes to parent the parent in "Car Thief." A broad historical perception of our culture is represented by a boy growing up in poverty in the early 1900s, a girl growing up in the middle class morality of the 1950s, an urban cowgirl of the 1980s and a sexually promiscuous woman of 2000. This evening also happens to be Ms. Coker's birthday, so come join us in celebration!