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UTSA hosts presentation on 'Yellow Rose of Texas Myth' on April 18

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(April 18, 2011)--The UTSA Department of English will host authors Douglas Brode and Joe Orsak speaking on their book, "The Yellow Rose of Texas Myth," at 2 p.m., Monday, April 18 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.

Both authors will be available to sign books following the presentation.

"The Yellow Rose of Texas Myth" tells the fact-based story of Emily Morgan West, the African American woman who inspired the world-famous folk song that lends this graphic novel its title.

Her story, which has varied in the telling over the past 175 years, reveals the Texas war for independence through the eyes of a black woman who survived the Alamo and played an important part in winning the day and the war at San Jacinto a month and a half later.

Douglas Brode is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian and multi-award winning journalist. He was an adjunct professor at the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. Previously, he coordinated the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College.

He has authored more than 30 books on film and the mass media including "Films Of The Fifties," "Films of Steven Spielberg," "Denzel Washington: A Biography" and "Shakespeare in the Movies." Most recently, he and Carol Serling (widow of Rod) completed "Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute."

Brode attended State University of New York at Geneseo and did graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University.

Joe Orsak worked in advertising as an illustrator and art director, then in 1980 started his own business, Mastergraphics Studio. He created the weekly comic strip "The Adventures of Captain 'Cuse," which ran in Syracuse newspapers until 1990. Later he illustrated several comic books for Magnum Comics, "Mickey Mantle #1" and illustrated "Brooks Robinson #1" and "Duke Snider #1." He also wrote and illustrated "Shaquille Oneal #1" for Stellar Comics.

Orsak attended Syracuse University and graduated from SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications.



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