Jeffrey Kerr's debut work, AUSTIN, TEXAS-THEN AND NOW was a 2005 non-fiction finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown Award. His second book, THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTIN, is a collection of true stories taking place in and around Austin during the thrilling days of the Republic of Texas. It was released by Waterloo Press October 2010.
Praise for THE REPUBLIC OF AUSTIN
"This book tells us exactly where to feel the vibrations that link the present with the past. Kerr is an emerging, fascinating energy in the swelling lexicon of local lore. Ray Spivey’s illustrations compliment the book beautifully. This title belongs in every Austin home."
David Marion Wilkinson, author of Not Between Brothers and co-author of One Ranger
"The Republic of Austin is a fascinating page-turner that documents the rough-and-tumble early years of the Lone Star Nation. Like the stitching of a good saddle, Jeffrey Kerr weaves together stories that outline how a nation was born and how a small community grew into the Texas capital. Anyone wanting to comprehend the heritage of Texas needs to read this book."
Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
"Authentic nuggets of Austin history, told with authority and style by an author who knows how to hold his reader's interest."
John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University
"For those of us who love Austin, Texas and its history, this collection of stories, written with the intent to bring history alive and to locate the sites where people made early Austin come into being, is a fine contribution to the understanding of our past."
Frank Cooksey, former Austin mayor
"The Republic of Austin vividly brings to life the early events that tested the young city's mettle and showed its knack for survival. Jeff Kerr's choice stories entertain and enlighten in equal measures."
Scott Zesch, author of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier, winner of the TCU Texas Book Award
Praise for AUSTIN, TEXAS-THEN AND NOW
“When the City Council was asked to select items to be placed in a time capsule at the new City Hall, I could think of no greater gift to future generations than a copy of Austin, Texas: Then and Now."
Betty Dunkerley, former Austin city council member
"…this book will cost you that most precious commodity -- time. Once you start comparing old photos with scenes you recognize, it's hard to put down."
Mike Cox, Austin American-Statesman
". . . this volume beautifully reflect the diverse sites of this unique place."
Lloyd Doggett, United States Congress
"It is a remarkable look at a remarkable city."
Carol Keeton Strayhorn, former Austin mayor and Texas comptroller
"I love this book."
Will Wynn, former Austin mayor