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A group of book lovers has declared April 12 as Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Texas Day.

You’d think a bunch of literary folks could come up with a better name for their event. “Drop Everything And Read Texas Day” sounds silly. And it’s too long.

“DEAR Texas Day” doesn’t explain what the event is about unless you know what the acronym stands for.

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Why not something simple like Read Texas Day?

But I’m not here to criticize the name, I’m here to spread the word.

The Texas Association of Authors created this special day to encourage readers of all ages to enjoy a book by a Texas author. The group promotes the state’s authors and leverages the knowledge and expertise of many different authors to help promote others within the world of reading and writing.

More than 80 Texas-based authors will participate in readings and signings at 30 bookstores across the state on April 12. Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books, and independent bookstores are participating.

Locally, author Deborah Lightfoot will be signing at Half Price Books from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lincoln Square, 770 E. Road to Six Flags St., in Arlington. Lightfoot wrote the supernatural Waterspell series of books.

Authors Amanda Thrasher, Amanda S. Norton, Alexandera Allred, and Juilianne McCullagh will be signing from 1 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Southlake Town Square, 1430 Plaza Pl. in Southlake.

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