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The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Join Ken Roberts as he discusses the elusive cedar choppers of Central Texas. His book, based on oral history interviews with several generations of cedar choppers and those who knew them, weaves together the lively, gritty story of these largely Scots-Irish migrants with roots in Appalachia who settled on the west side of the Balcones Fault during the mid-nineteenth century, subsisting mainly on hunting, trapping, moonshining, and, by the early twentieth century, cutting, transporting, and selling cedar fence posts and charcoal.

"Meticulously researched and engagingly written, Ken Roberts’ The Cedar Choppers leads us on a fascinating journey to the heart of this legendary Texas subculture." — Steven L. Davis, PEN USA-winning author and past president, Texas Institute of Letters



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