Leon Hale

Leon Hale retired in 2014 after more than sixty years as a columnist for, first, the Houston Post, and since 1984, the Houston Chronicle. He continues to blog for the Chronicle.

He is the author of 11 books, including two novels, two memoirs and several column collections.

Phillip Lopate, writing in the New York Times about personal essays, numbered Hale among the top three columnists writing today in America.

Leon Hale

New From Leon Hale

New from Leon Hale  ONE MAN'S CHRISTMAS

One Man's Christmas

After years of reader requests, the new softcover edition of ONE MAN'S CHRISTMAS makes its appearance after September 15 in area bookstores and online.

Originally published in 1984 by Shearer Publishing, OMC has been expanded with two brand new stories and new illustrations (by Ken Meuzenmayer) in a 5x8-inch format perfect for casual gift giving.

For his customers who would like a copy personalized for gift-giving, there are two locations where that can be accomplished. Both stores will mail books, too:

In Houston, at Brazos Bookstore (brazos@brazosbookstore.com; 713-523-0701).

In Round Top, at the Copper Shade Tree (info@coppershadetree.com; 979-249-4127).

Just email or call these locations to order your copy and give your inscription information. Brazos Bookstore has an easy online ordering process where you can leave that information in the "comment" space and indicate a preference for store pickup, if you wish. Copper Shade Tree would prefer inscription information by email.

In addition, Leon Hale will make the following personal appearances:

Sat, Nov 7 — Copper Shade Tree, 12 noon, Henkel Square, Round Top, (979) 249-4127
Sat, Nov 14 — Brazos Bookstore, 2 PM, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, (713) 523-0701
Thurs, Dec 3 — Katy Budget Books, 1 PM, 2450 Fry Rd, Houston, 77084, (281) 578-7770
Sat, Dec 5 — Copper Shade Tree, 12 noon Henkel Square, Round Top, (979 )249-4127
Sat, Dec 12 — Barnes and Noble, Champions, 4PM, 5303 FM 1960 West, Houston, (281) 631-0681

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His first podcast. Monkeyshines from best-selling Home Spun is the first track. Click here to listen.

Back in Print

Book Club Winedale Publishing now has eight of Leon Hale's books in print and available at your local bookstore or online through www.winedalebooks.com. They may also be ordered at www.amazon.com.

OLD FRIENDS, stories of common experience transformed into little treasures of human observation, told in Hale's signature graceful prose.

TURN SOUTH AT THE SECOND BRIDGE, a Texas classic that records a vanished world of colorful regional characters. His first book.

SUPPER TIME, a delicious remembrance of food, friends and loved ones. Regional bestseller.

HOME SPUN, his second delightful collection of Houston Chronicle columns. Regional bestseller.

ADDISON, his second, award-winning novel that tells the story of a flawed hero and the love of his life.

PAPER HERO, his award-winning memoir of growing up during the Great Depression in Texas.

EASY GOING, the last collection of columns from his days at The Houston Post.

BONNEY'S PLACE, the classic novel of a Texas beer joint.

Click here to order or read a complete backlist of Leon Hale titles.


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