Thrilled to Announce the Re-Release of Local Author’s Novel

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Thrilled to Announce the Re-Release of Local Author’s Novel

San Antonio-Based Author, Sherry Kafka Wagner, Re-Releases Novel to Promote Texas Literature

The novel is now available for purchase at local retailers in San Antonio as well as on  Amazon and Barnes & Noble

First book signing event to be held at Hotel Emma on November 11

Author Sherry Kafka Wagner is thrilled to announce the re-release of her 1966 novel, Hannah Jackson, available starting now. The book is being re-released by TCU Press as part of the 46th issue of the Texas Traditions Series, which seeks to promote Texas literary culture by reprinting classic works of Texas literature that otherwise would disappear from the bookstores and libraries. The first book signing event is scheduled for November 11 at 6 p.m. at Hotel Emma.   

Sherry Kafka Wagner’s novel tells the tale of the tumultuous life of its title character through the points of view of the fictional townspeople of Fremond, TX. Tackling issues of class, adultery, love, judgement, redemption and tragedy, Hannah Jackson is an all-too-real account of life in small town Texas in the early half of the 20th century. Hannah Jackson remains a highly relevant portrayal of the oppression of social conventions during times of change. 

Re-Releases Novel

“Much has changed since 1962, the year the book ends. Some of the fissures in this story are now yawning gaps in today’s society,” said Wagner. “Tensions that once moved below the surface now surge full-voiced into public spaces. Yet, with much change we still experience the riddle that one person presents to another. Can we ever truly know another person? Isn’t it sometimes difficult to discern another’s motivations — or even our own? Isn’t there a mystery in all persons, something deeper than we can readily grasp? For me, these abiding questions underlie Hannah Jackson’s story. They are as relevant today as they were when the book first saw light.”

The novel, originally released in 1966, was Sherry Kafka Wagner’s first and only novel, begun at the young age of 22. Though a native of Arkansas, she has made her mark through the development of various urban design and large-scale urban projects in several countries. She has continued to publish other writings, and she even served as one of the founding editors of Texas Monthly. Her vast personal collection of books is also on display at the library in the award-winning Hotel Emma in San Antonio. Hannah Jackson is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in San Antonio at Feliz Modern, The Twig Book Shop and Curio at Hotel Emma. 


Hannah Jackson is a story about family and place. In the early twentieth century, a married man in a small Texas town accidentally encounters Hannah, a young woman with no family. He falls in love. In defiance of the town’s mores, he leaves his wife, marries his love, and takes her to live on a ranch, away from the community’s condemnation. Yet in spite of love and commitment, the couple cannot escape the town’s judgment. One particular event that shocks their relationship will affect the rest of their lives. During the years that follow, a web is woven that enmeshes not only the lovers, but their three children as well. Growing up, the young ones find themselves tangled in their parents’ predicament. When they become young adults striving to find an identity and a place in the world, their struggles are marked by the effects of family and place. Each character must decide to stay or to leave, and whatever choice they make, the cost will be high.


Re-Releases Novel

Sherry Kafka Wagner grew up in Arkansas and studied with Paul Baker at Baylor University. She attended the University of Iowa, where her novel Hannah Jackson was developed. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, and she regularly consults nationally and internationally for a number of museums, aquariums, parks, and urban projects. She has also published a play and several children’s books. 


Re-Releases Novel

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Hotel Emma – San Antonio, TX

  • Time: 6 – 7 p.m. 
  • Address: 136 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
  • The Twig Book Shop and Gemini Ink will be co-hosting this event with Hotel Emma. Gemini Ink’s Executive Director Alexandra van de Kamp will be the moderator for the evening. Author Wagner will do a short reading followed by a Q&A and signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event.   
  • Event is free and open to the public; a cash bar will be available.  
  • Event will follow COVID-19 safety procedures and guests are required to wear masks. 


TCU Press seeks to expand upon the university’s core mission through the discovery, development, and dissemination of knowledge by the publication of significant, relevant, and innovative titles in the areas of history and literature of Texas and the American West, with a distinct focus on the discovery and preservation of local history.

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