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Specializing in Texana/Western American and Elmer Kelton Books

Specializing in fine books on Texas and the Southwest since 1995


A note of introduction from the proprietor, Felton Cochran:

“If you're ever in San Angelo, please stop and visit. My hours are 10:00am to 5:15 pm Tuesday through Saturday; and Monday by chance. I accept major credit cards, and I’m happy to take your out-of-town checks with proper identification.

“I've been a serious bookseller since 1995. When you visit my shop, you will find an extensive, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling inventory of Texana and Western Americana. And I’m particularly proud of my Texas County and Regional History section which takes up over 70 linear feet of shelving! I also offer large sections devoted to Range and Cattle; Frontier Military and Forts; The Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas; Spanish Exploration and Influences in Texas; The Mexican Revolution; Westerner biographies. There’s a sizable section of fiction by Texas and Southwest authors. And much more…

“CACTUS BOOK SHOP is located in the heart of San Angelo’s downtown historical district at 4 East Concho Avenue. You can call me at 325-659-3788, or contact me via e-mail at cactusbooks@suddenlinkmail.com . Or just come on by--I think you'll be glad you did.”


ELMER KELTON: Essays & Memories

Edited by Judy Alter and James Ward Lee

A collection of articles about Kelton by folks who knew him well, including Judy Alter (publisher), Ricky Burke (pastor); Steve Kelton (Elmer’s son); Felton Cochran (friend and bookseller). In addition, several writers and teachers discuss Elmer’s extraordinary body of work: Ruth McAdams, Joyce Roach, James Ward Lee, and Bob J. Frye. It also contains an insightful essay by Kelton, “Elmer Kelton Speaks Out…On The History of the Western Novel.” And lastly, there’s “A Basic Bibliography of Books by Elmer Kelton” provided by Cochran. PRICE = $19.95 Softcover, 160 pp]

[I bought all the publisher had and only have a few copies left...]

Announcing a special new edition of what has been Elmer Kelton’s most elusive book,


This new 2010 edition, limited to 190 copies, and bound in gold lined cloth, includes the original introduction by Al Lowman, two speeches by Kelton, plus a bonus of four never-before-published illustrations by Tom Lea which were not included in the original edition…………... $95.00 [I purchased all the pulisher's inventory, and only have a few copies left!]