Royal Theater to host author inspired by Archer City

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - A Dallas man will return to Archer City on Tuesday night at the Royal Theater to talk about his new book.

In 2005, Brantley Hargrove was a student at the University of North Texas. A journalism class brought Hargrove to Archer City that summer.

While staying at the Spur Hotel with his classmates, Hargrove was introduced to Trails Through Archer, written by local historian and rancher Jack Loftin.

Hargrove got in touch with Loftin to talk about some of the stories in the book. After learning about the history of the Archer City area and learning best-selling author Larry McMurty grew up in Archer City, Hargrove reignited his love for writing.

In 2013, Hargrove began to write a story about storm chaser Tim Samaras. Samaras, his son Paul, and meteorologist Carl Young were killed in Oklahoma in one of the largest tornadoes ever observed.

Hargrove released the book, The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras, in April. Hargrove will speak about the book during a free event at the Royal Theater at 7 p.m.

The book, a work of narrative fiction, will be available for purchase and Hargrove will sign copies. Since 2005, Hargrove has described Archer City as a home away from home.

"It's where I rekindled my passion for writing," he said in a press release. "To have the opportunity to discuss my first book in the Royal Theater means a great deal to me. It feels like things have come full circle."

The book signing is part of a writer's workshop being held July 22 through July 25 as a group will gather at the Spur Hotel to be inspired by the area's legacy of literature, according to a release.

Other speakers for the two-day workshop include Erik Calonius, George Getschow, Bill Marvel, Christian McPhate, and Joe Pappalardo.

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