GALVESTON — Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 317 23rd St.

Author Bartee Haile will be discussing and signing copies of his new true crime history, “Texas Depression-era Desperadoes,” covering the lives and misdeeds of well-known and lesser-known Texas criminals in the time of Bonnie and Clyde.

The lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow started in Texas, but their stories have become legend across the country.

They, along with a band of other ne’er-do-wells from other Texas towns, grew to national infamy during the Great Depression.

West Dallas’ Ralph Fults smuggled hacksaw blades into jail to break out Raymond Hamilton. In Galveston, the Downtown Gang, Beach Gang, Maceo brothers and others hustled and smuggled liquor for their speak-easy casinos.

In 1940, bank robber and Texas Public Enemy No. 1 Red Goleman led authorities on a wild chase through Texas’ Big Thicket. But behind the headlines lived real people and a Texas legacy.

Haile weaves the stories of the well-known Barrow Gang and other notorious criminals of the day together with their Texas roots.

Haile started “This Week in Texas History” in 1983 as a weekly column for small-town and suburban newspapers.

Thirty years and more than 1,500 columns later, it is the oldest and most widely read feature of its kind.

Call 409-750-8200 or visit galvestonbookshop.com.

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