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.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
By MICHAEL HOINSKI
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
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