Monday, October 24, 2011
Ross McSwain, book reviewer for the San Angelo Times-Standard, praises James Pylant and Sherri Knight's book, The Oldest Profession in Texas. "The 380-page book on hookers, madams and pimps is perhaps one of the most thorough studies of frontier dens of sin ever compiled," says McSwain. To read the complete review, visit The San Angelo Times-Standard.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sherri Knight and James Pylant will autograph copies of their latest book, The Oldest Profession in Texas, at the 2011 Hill Country Book Festival on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit the Hill Country Book Festival website for more information.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
In the Austin Statesman (July 31, 2011) book reviewer Mike Cox says The Oldest Profession in Texas, with "highly readable...page-turning chapters," is worthy of "your most-wanted reading list." To read an online version of the review, visit the Austin Statesman.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
In the Waco Tribune-Herald (July 27, 2011), J. B. Smith wrote: "If you were looking for sin in downtown Waco a century ago, you didn't have far to go. Cross Washington Avenue on Second Street and you arrived in a shadowy world where anything wentfor a price." In Smith's two-page feature, "When Paying for Sin was Legal in Waco," he interviewed James Pylant and Sherri Knight, authors of The Oldest Profession in Texas: Waco's Legal Red Light District. To read an online version of the interview, visit www.wacotrib.com
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Jacobus Books authors James Pylant and Sherri Knight were interviewed for an Associated Press feature, "Waco Madam's Life Recalled," written by Paul A. Romer. The article focuses on Cora McMahan, a colorful character discussed in Pylant and Knight's book, The Oldest Profession in Texas. "Before her life came to a violent end somewhere between Temple and Belton in August 1890," writes Romer, "Cora McMahan had developed a salacious reputation everywhere she lived." Romer's article is posted online: www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Waco-madam-s-life-recalled-1401059.php
Saturday, May 28, 2011
By James Pylant and Sherri Knight. Softbound (2011), 380 pp., indexed, illustrated.
They Painted the Town Scarlet Red!
From 1869 to 1918 more than 1,200 women lived as prostitutes in Waco, Texasonce known as "Six-Shooter Junction." When the city legalized its red light district, floozies flocked to Waco, where saloons and bordellos flourished.
The Oldest Profession in Texas: Waco's Legal Red Light District examines the city's complex stance on prostitution, debunks myths, and unveilsfor the first timethe true identities of several early madams.
Authors James Pylant and Sherri Knight tell shocking true stories about several of these colorful characters, including:
- Matilda W. Davis, the first fully licensed madam
- Cora McMahan, who shot her mouth off until someone shot off her mouth.
- John and Mary Doud, a pimp and madam who trained their fourteen-year-old niece to run a brothel
- Mollie Adams, Waco's most successful madam
- Josie Tumlin, a boisterous harlot who had stints in both prison and an insane asylum
- Jessie Williams, the infamous "Chicken Ranch" madam
The Oldest Profession in Texas also tells the story of preacher J. T. Upchurch's crusade to reform prostitutes and abolish their profession.
Order online from:
Also available from these Texas bookstores:
- Book People, Austin
- Hastings, Brownwood
- Comanche Chief, Comanche
- The Three Sisters, Dublin
- Hastings, Killeen
- The Book Satchell, Mineral Wells
- Hastings, Stephenville
- Stephenville Museum, Stephenville
- Hastings, Waco
- Texas Ranger Museum Gift Shop, Waco
- University Book Store at Baylor, Waco
- Waco Visitors' Center, Waco