Inkwater author, John Willingham, is currently on the road promoting his fact-based novel, The Edge of Freedom, for the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution. The book has been getting some serious press, including an article from the Waco Tribune.
The article says:
Willingham said his interest in the event began when he was living in Waco and taking vacations to the Gulf Coast on a route that passes near Goliad and its historic presidio, or fort.
On visiting the presidio, he imagined the meeting that took place between Goliad fort commander James Fannin and Alamo resistance leader James Bonham.
Bonham in late February 1836 asked Fannin to join him at the Alamo. Fannin’s troops started toward San Antonio, but his men decided to turn back because of logistical problems. If they had made it, the Texians still would have been vastly outnumbered at the Alamo.
“It seemed to me there was something so illogical and militarily unsound and even reckless for that small group of men to stay at the Alamo,” Willingham said. “I found that in my own mind that they were bound by the spirit of the age to be reckless in the cause of freedom.”
He said the defenders of the Alamo belonged to a Romantic age that glorified the gallant sacrifice of life to a cause, even a lost cause.
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John’s other appearances include:
Barnes & Noble store in Waco between noon and 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17.
The Twig Bookstore in San Antonio on Saturday, March 19, the 175th anniversary of the battle at Coleto Creek, near Goliad, which is a major event in The Edge of Freedom. A signing and reading will be held from noon until 2 p.m.
BookPeople in Austin at 7 p.m on Monday, March 21.
Guest Author on March 26-27 at Presidio La Bahia: as part of the 26th Annual Goliad Massacre – Fort Defiance Living History Program. A recreation of the occupation of the fort by Col. Fannin and the Goliad Massacre. The only event of its kind in the State of Texas