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Hungry for banana pudding?

Banana pudding will be served in SMU’s elegant library reading room for the first time at the Friends of SMU Libraries annual Tables of Content fundraiser. The occasion? Adrian Miller, culinary historian and author of three books including his latest, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbeque, will be honored there with the 12th annual Literati Award. The pudding is his grandmother’s recipe!

Tables of Content takes place Saturday, March 19 at 6pm, in the Centennial Reading Room of SMU’s Fondren Library with a cocktail reception featuring 10 authors also appearing at SMU’s Dallas Literary Festival. Featured authors include Dallas Theatre Center playwright-in-residence Jonathan Norton, crime novelist Kathleen Kent and Western historical fiction writer James Wade.

Table hosts will lead discussions during dinner with guests at their tables on a wide variety of topics ranging from fashion to Latin American art to the Dallas publishing scene. Table hosts include Jerrie Marcus Smith, author of a new biography on her aunt, Carrie Marcus Neiman; Lynn McBee, workforce development czar for the City of Dallas; Rhett Lashlee, SMU football coach, and Cullum Clark, director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative.

Tickets to the event are $150. Sponsorship packages with special benefits and seating for the event are available from $1,000 to $10,000. For additional information call (214) 768-3225 or visit

Following the event, catch Miller back at SMU on Sunday, March 20 at 10:30am for Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbeque.


And don’t miss…

Journalist and Professor Karen Thomas moderates a conversation with chef and author Adrian Miller, Texas Monthly’s Jose Ralát, author of American Tacos: A History and Guide, and Brent Reaves, owner of Smokey John’s Barbeque, about the history of African Americans and the United States of barbeque. Register here.