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Juneteenth Rodeo is a joyous and beautiful account of a neglected history that should be well known to all.”
Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian
and author of On Juneteenth

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PUBLISHING MAY 12, 2024

Timeless photos offer a rare portrait of the jubilant, vibrant, vital, nearly hidden and now all-but-vanished world of small-town Black rodeos.

PRAISE FOR JUNETEENTH RODEO

“These photos are incredible. The work is stunning.”
Mark Seliger, photographer, The City That Finally Sleeps

“These photos capture the great times I remember at the Diamond L and going
to the club after the rodeo.”

Myrtis Dightman, member of the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame

“Sarah Bird’s photos capture not just the rodeo—though I can feel it and smell it and hear it—but also family and friends, love and good times, kinfolk. Reading Juneteenth Rodeo is like receiving an answered prayer, bringing back memories I’ve never had in a time and place that I do remember.”

Celeste Bedford Walker, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters’ Lifetime Achievement Award

“Sarah Bird’s Juneteenth Rodeo is a welcome and overdue tale that had to be told. The touching, sometimes intimate, photos fill a void in the documentation of this vibrant cultural niche.”
Michael Hurd, author of Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas

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ABOUT

Sarah Bird

Sarah is the author of 11 novels, along with other books published over an enduring career. Her latest, Juneteenth Rodeo, will be published by the University of Texas Press in May 2024. In addition to her novels, Sarah has written screenplays for television and magazine articles for national magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Texas Monthly and the Chicago Tribune. During her 10-year screenwriting career, she worked for Paramount, CBS, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, ABC and TNT, as well as several independent producers. In 2015, she was selected for the Meryl Streep/Oprah Winfrey Screenwriters’ Lab. Sarah and her husband, George Jones, live in Austin, Texas, with their son and, arguably, the cutest corgi in the world.

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Praise and Reviews

“Sarah Bird has managed to create a new way of looking at history…one of the most remarkable narrative voices I have encountered in a long time.” 

S.C. Gwynne,

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“Characters come alive on the page… had me variously chuckling, gasping aloud, rubbing the chill bumps on my arms, and holding my breath.” 

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“The finest living Texas novelist…showcases all of her gifts in spades…her unmistakable voice displays warmth, wit, and that rare variety of irreverence that possesses real heart.” 

The Texas Observer

“Sarah Bird is a fiercely original writer who combines an acerbic wit with a genuine affection for humanity… [her novel] shines like a new copper penny.” 

Chicago Tribune

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