Sunday Speaker Series program to be held at 2 p.m. on June 30, 2013

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes Joseph E. Chance, Ph.D., as he presents “Murder in Mathis: The Making of a Self-Published Book,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. Dr. Chance’s presentation will focus on the writing and marketing of self-published books, demonstrating his latest non-fiction publication as a case study. Tony Corso of CopyZone, a full-service print house located in McAllen, Texas, will also be on hand to answer technical questions about self-publishing. This Sunday Speaker Series program will include Dr. Chance’s backstory behind his book and will conclude with a question and answer session.

“Murder in Mathis” by
Dr. Joseph E. Chance

A self-proclaimed “student of military and Texas history,” Dr. Chance is an accomplished and well-known local author of books, essays and newspaper columns, including “History by Chance,” a weekly column published in the Valley Morning Star. A long-time Rio Grande Valley (RGV) resident, Dr. Chance shares his knowledge of Texas history through his many history books and other publications. This Sunday Dr. Chance will share with audience members how to self-publish a book through his experience in publishing “Murder in Mathis,” a murder mystery that took place in Mathis, Texas.

Set in rural South Texas in the 1920s, “Murder in Mathis” is a true crime story of the capture, trial and execution of a sociopathic murderer that almost committed the “perfect crime.” In addition to discussing his latest book, Dr. Chance will provide self-publishing steps and tips, offering encouragement to anyone facing the challenge of becoming a published author. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Chance is included in the fee for regular museum admission. As a participating museum in Blue Star Museums, all active duty military personnel and up to five family members receive free admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

Dr. Joseph E. Chance

Dr. Joseph E. Chance

About Dr. Joseph E. Chance
Dr. Joseph E. Chance is an author of several published books on history, newspaper columns and essays. A fifth generation Texan, Dr. Chance was raised in Austin before making the RGV his home. Now a resident of Edinburg, Dr. Chance is married with three daughters. His published works include “My Life in the Old Army: The Reminiscences of Abner Doubleday” and his most recent book, “Murder in Mathis.” When Dr. Chance is not writing, chances are you may see him driving around the RGV in his Chevy S10 pickup, gaining inspiration for the plot of his next book.

Museum of South Texas History
Lisa K. Loebl