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novelist, playwright, screenwriter, Journalist, rancher


November 4, 2011 Sibley conceived and emcee’d the inaugural evening of DOBIE DICHOS – The Words of Folklorist J. Frank Dobie Come to Life at the 23rd Annual George West Storyfest.

Texas writers and performers from around the state attend this “every first Friday in November” Literary Event, to read from and expound upon the works of South Texas greatest literary figure, J. Frank Dobie. Past authors to attend have been; Robert Flynn, Don Graham, John Philip Santos, Elizabeth Crook, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jan Reid, Stephen L. Davis, Brandon Shuler, W.C. Jameson, Rick Casey, Joe Nick Patoski, Nan Cuba, Retha Oliver, Ito Romo, Fran Vick, Jenny Browne, Andres Tijerina, Carmen Tafolla, Bruce Shackelford, Mary Locke Crofts, Kip Stratton, Lonn Taylor and Ann Weisgarber. 

On November 2, 2012 the Second Annual DOBIE DICHOS was held in Oakville, TX.  William Sibley once again was the Master of Ceremonies and the event was even mentioned in THE NEW YORK TIMES.

DOBIE DICHOS, November 4, 2016 – “Lonn Taylor writing for the Big Bend Sentinel”

DOBIE DICHOS – Front page of The Live Oak Progress, 11/9/16


Published: November 1, 2012

Write of Way

J. Frank Dobie, the writer and rancher from South Texas, was a scholar and a gentleman. He preserved a lot of important folklore passed down through oral tradition by writing them in his literary-nonfiction novels, including the 1941 classic “The Longhorns.”

He also transcended the conservative, good-old-boy prejudices of his upbringing to become a social and political radical, earning a Medal of          Freedom for, among other things, promoting racial integration at the University of Texas.

“He is the patron saint of Austin liberals,” said Steven L. Davis, the author of “J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind” and a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. On Friday night, Mr. Davis will join a cadre of oral storytellers and writers who will rhapsodize about Mr. Dobie and read from his works as part of Dobie Dichos.

Visitors can discover — or simply reinforce — the legacy of this pioneer of Texas liter

ature, who is said to have influenced both Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” and Cormac McCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses,” when they sit around the campfire with a bowl of chili con carne and try to, as Mr. Davis said, “summon his spirit out of the smoke.”

Oakville Jailhouse, Nov. 2, 6 p.m., georgeweststoryfest.org

My South Texas Article: Spine-tingling setting for ghost stories

William Jack Sibley went to Colorado in mid-June to slog away on the third novel in his “Texas Trilogy” (the other two: Any Kind of Luck and Sighs Too Deep For Words) which he somehow didn’t realize until too late that he had actually committed to finishing! (TIL members are glad you’re doing it!) “Meanwhile,” as W.J. writes (Bill? Jack? William Jack? Let’s go with W.J.)   “as founder and co-coordinator of the annual tribute to J. Frank Dobie, DOBIE DICHOS (http://www.georgeweststoryfest.org/dobie_dichos.html), I’m very honored to welcome the following Texas authors to speak this year, Friday, November 6, 2015 in Oakville, TX — Andrés Tijerina, president of the TIL; Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of Texas; Bruce Shackelford, Author and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Appraiser and Mary Locke Crofts, Author and Dobie interpreter. Come join us for our Fifth Anniversary Celebration! Campfires, chili con carne, pan de campo, cerveza fria and the words of the South Texas master.”  “Any tale belongs to whoever best can tell it,” J. Frank Dobie.

“One of the best!” SOUTHERN VOICE MAGAZINE, ATLANTA 11/23/01

Insightout Book of the Month Club Bestseller 2001


TEXAS INSTITUTE OF LETTERS Runner-up, John Bloom Award, 2001

FOREWORD MAGAZINE, Book of the Year Finalist, 2001

(“ANY KIND OF LUCK” was recently added to the “Top 100 Gay Novels in American Literature” – http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/tag/top+100+gay+novels+list  & http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/top-100-gay-novel )

A new novel by William Jack Sibley

“Can two Chelsea boys survive life in rural Texas? That’s the question that William Jack Sibley answers in ANY KIND OF LUCK, his hilarious and high-spirited debut novel. Thanks to a family crisis, 37-year-old Manhattan actor/hand model Clu Latimore (along with his lover, Chris) finds himself back in his hometown of Grit, Texas, for the first time in years. Here in the land of barbeque, Baptists and bluebonnet flowers, they discover a cast of eccentrics that would send Tennessee Williams scrambling for his pen: from Miss Oveta, the bejeweled town dowager and her oh-so-fey “adopted son” Mr. Jeffrey, to Brother Ramirez, a Mexican-American faith healer, to a blue-haired, tattooed, out and proud gay teen,named Brandon.  Before Clu’s trip is over, there will be lover’s betrayed, secrets revealed, new romances and heartwrenching goodbyes — not to mention a wedding, birth, funeral and no-holds-barred production of Agamemnon: The Musical.  (Kensington – 288 pages, hardcover and paperback)

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SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is the story of a man in prison who falls in love, through lengthy correspondence, with a woman he’s never met. Getting out, he goes to find her and discovers that the love letters he’s received were written not by a woman but by a closeted gay man — a small town minister. Not only did the minister deceive the prisoner, but he sent a photograph of his sister (who lives with him) as a picture representing himself. And not only is the sister unaware of the ruse, but she herself happens to be a lesbian. The ex-prisoner has fallen in love physically with a woman who doesn’t know he exists, and mentally with a man he doesn’t know how to love. Set in the scenic Texas Gulf Coast fishing village of Rockport, SIGHS TOO DEEP FOR WORDS is a darkly humorous and contemplative examination of the parameters of love, sex, sexuality and cultural perspective.






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News:  S.A. playwright scores Oscar winner for reading



Sibley has nine screenplays in various stages of Hollywood production, including the award winning “Where all the Rattlesnakes Are Born” (Silver Medal, Best Screenplay, WORLDFEST, Houston, 1992) and “White On Rice”(retitled “RELATIVE TRUTH,” formerly “Approximate Lives”, Finalist, Best Screenplay, Charleston-Spoleto Festival, 1994). “December Story,” “Amor,” and “Dead Giveaway” are all presently under option.

To view a five minute YouTube “teaser” video of Sibley’s screenplay AMOR, click below:

DECEMBER STORY was one of 12 Finalist for the 2008 KAIROS PRIZE  for “Spiritually uplifting screenplays” 

His screenplays have also been optioned by such esteemed directors as John Schlesinger (MIDNIGHT COWBOY), Arthur Hiller (LOVE STORY) and Pete Masterson (THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL). He’s co-written three screenplays with actress Diane Ladd (“Hot Water Biscuits,” “High Maintenance,” and “The Last of the Bad Girls”) and another (“The Big Hurt”) for actor Tab Hunter.

(In the 6/9/04 Texas Writer’s League Newsletter, workshop participants rated Sibley’s class as, “Bill Sibley is a fabulous seminar leader and teacher.  He’s also extremely entertaining.”  “Sibley is so personable and helpful.” “Bill was really prepared – felt he took the time and his responsibility seriously.” On a scale of 1 to 10 many rated Bill a 20!)

A recent interview of Bill can be found in the VOICE OF ART MAGAZINE (VOL 15, Issue 2, 2008 – page 18)

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It’s new, but tried and true
By Laurie Dietrich 09/30/2004
Three-quarters of the graceful and surefooted cast that bring the premiere of William Jack Sibley’s If You Loved Me to life at the Cameo Theatre.

You might not know ‘If You Loved Me’ but the characters will make you feel right at home

Not too long ago, I overheard some theater patrons complaining about a company’s upcoming season. Their complaint was that they weren’t familiar with most of the shows. The fact that this could be a cause for concern, rather than excited anticipation, makes me very sad, largely because I fear it’s representative of a large portion of the local theater audience. If you’ve been infected with this particular antipathy, I’d like to offer the world premiere of local author and playwright William Jack Sibley’s If You Loved Me, running through October 14 at the Theatre at CameoCenter, as a gentle antidote. The production, directed by Jerry Pilato for Actors Theatre of San Antonio, isn’t avant-garde. It won’t scandalize you with slang or ask you to accept an alternative format. It’s a simple, straight-forward production of a good old-fashioned story. And it’s excellent. The script, which was workshopped at the Tennessee Williams Playwright Festival in Key West, Florida, The New Dramatists in New York City, and The Attic Theater in Los Angeles, is smooth and mature. Sibley, an award-winning playwright and novelist, is hardly a neophyte, and his experience and confidence are on display in this unapologetically plot-driven work about love, loss, and family history with a regional twang.

If You Loved Me
8pm Fri, 7:30pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun
Through Oct 14
$15 adult, $11 senior, military, $8 student
Cameo Theatre
1123 E. Commerce

Pilato’s cast (Rainya Shingledecker, Tim Waggoner, Belinda Harolds, and Marcus Daratt) is fortunate in that the playwright has given them very real, compelling characters to play. But the grace and sureness with which they inhabit those characters are their gifts to the production. The cast is so uniformly strong that to say Harolds’ performance stands out in particular (and it does) is a serious compliment indeed. As Pauline Spears (both young and old), the spinster aunt, she expertly negotiates the tightrope between Southern stereotype and sincerity. Kudos to both the playwright and Harolds for making this character just familiar enough to engage us, without slipping into caricature. For a premiere production, If You Loved Me is remarkably polished. The second act could use a little tightening, and Daratt’s character could use a little fleshing out, but with such minor flaws Pilato’s stated goal of touring the show across Texas and possibly even pursuing an off-Broadway production seems well within reach. In a time when many theater seasons are dominated by museum pieces, when theater-going is often played as an elitist game of dramaturgy, of comparing the nuances of the latest interpretation to those of productions past, it’s nice to be reminded why people used to go to the theater, back when it was a more mainstream entertainment: They went to meet new characters, and to hear their stories. They went to be sucked into a tale as it unfolded, to care about the people onstage and to wait with bated breath for what came next. You don’t know this story. You don’t know these characters. But you’ll enjoy getting to know both. • By Laurie Dietrich

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Spotlight on ‘If You Loved Me’ Web Posted: 09/30/2004 12:00 AM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
“If You Loved Me,” getting its world premiere at the Cameo Theater, is a memory play set in a South Texas that’s long gone. The action moves back and forth between the ’70s and the ’50s, looking at how the actions of a restless young woman continued to rattle cages after her death. Rainya Shingledecker (center) plays both Dee Dee Treadwell, a good ol’ gal who thinks she knows precisely what she wants, and her mother Connie, who grew up wanting more from life than raising a child in a tiny Texas cow town would give her. She left her husband (Tim Waggoner, right) when Dee Dee was a kid and never had much to do with either of them again. After Connie dies in a car accident in Europe, her fourth husband (Marcus Daratt, left) shows up at the cattle sale barn Dee Dee runs bearing some unwelcome news that will force her to take an honest look at her life. The Actors Theater of San Antonio production, which has some strong performances, can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays; 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Thursdays and Oct. 13; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at the Cameo, 1123 E. Commerce St. Tickets cost $15 general admission. Call (210) 738-2872.

Deborah Martin