Czech Songs in Texas
A celebratory gathering which featued authors Frances Barton and John K. Novak of their book signing and musical performances at Mama's at Sengelmann's Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, July 2021. The heart of the book is a collection of 61 songs, mainly polkas and waltzes, with Czech lyrics, English translations, music notation, and an essay analyzing each song. The folklorist and polka historian James P. Leary says in his foreword to the book: "Barton and Novak take us on a poetic, historical, and ethnographic excursion deep into a community’s expressive heartland. Their Czech Songs in Texas just might be the finest extant annotated anthology of any American immigrant/ethnic group’s regional song tradition." You may purchase the book with publisher OUPRESS.