The Friends of the Kaufman County Library will host the 18th Book and Author Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 18.

Doors open at 11 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall at Calvary Baptist Church, 1609 Rand Road in Kaufman, next door to the Helen Edwards Early Learning School, about 1,500 feet east of the Rand Road and Texas 34 bypass.

Saul Valasquez and crew will prepare their usual delicious meal.

Tickets are $25 each or $20 when a table for eight is purchased for $160. All proceeds support the Kaufman County Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, Space: A Universe of Stories.   

Football fans will be captivated by Jackson Michael’s “The Game Before the Money,” the National Football League’s story in the words of the men who built it such as Frank Gifford, Bart Starr and legendary coaches Vince Lombardi and George Halas. These are the men who made history in America’s most popular sport before the multi-million dollar contracts.

A true sports geek, Jackson Michael possesses a near encyclopedic knowledge of sports history. “The Game Before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL” is his first book.

Michael is the writer/director and music composer for the documentary, “We Were the Oilers: The Luv Ya Blue! Era,” featuring his original song, “Sometimes a Dream (Only Comes True in Your Heart).” His “The Game before the Money” podcast launched in September. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and an eligible voter for most major college football awards. Michael lives in New Braunfels with his wife, Lisa. 

Melissa Del Bosque will present “Bloodlines,” her non-fiction story of “a drug cartel, the FBI, and the battle for a horse-racing dynasty.” Rookie FBI agent Scott Lawson was writing intelligence reports about a drug war, when he was sent to Laredo to check out a tip that a horse in Oklahoma was sold to a drug lord, Miguel Trevino, for a huge price. Trevino was one of the leaders of the Zetas, Mexico’s most brutal drug cartel. The source reported that Trevino was laundering drug money through American quarter horse racing. Lawson teamed with experienced agent, Alma Perez, and set out to take down one of the world’s most fearsome drug lords.

Del Bosque is an Emmy and National Magazine Award winning journalist. She turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative on Mexico, the border, greed and corruption.


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