Author Gary Cartwright will sign his new book Hotel Galvez: Queen of the Gulf on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Galvez & Spa, 2024 Seawall Blvd, in conjunction with the hotel’s Sunday Brunch. The book signing is a kick-off event for the hotel’s year-long monthly centennial celebrations in 2011. The book is priced at $39.95 plus tax. The book is available through the hotel gift shop and online at
This 131-page, hardcover coffee-table book features both current and historic photos of the hotel and the town of Galveston, as well as a variety of historic postcards. Cartwright’s entertaining tale tells the story of Hotel Galvez and its significant role in Galveston’s eclectic history. The new book includes a foreword by Peter H. Brink, former executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, and new color photography by nationally-known architectural photographer Carol Highsmith. In addition to Cartwright’s narrative, the commemorative book includes numerous personal stories and photos from former guests and residents as well as the sought-after recipe for the hotel’s award-winning gumbo.
“Hotel Galvez is truly a treasure in Galveston and along the Texan Gulf Coast,” says Cartwright. “It’s been a pleasure to be associated with this project to commemorate this centennial and to pay homage to a piece of living history.”
Cartwright is also the author of Galveston – A History of the Island (1991) as well as seven other books.  His writing has appeared in national publications such as Harper’s, Life, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and New York Times Magazine. Cartwright recently retired from Texas Monthly, where he had worked as a staff member since 1982.
The Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is Texas’ only historic beachfront hotel. The Hotel Galvez, rated four diamonds by AAA, is owned by Galveston preservationists Cynthia and George Mitchell and is part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM -- (800) 996-3426 -- or visit
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