Bach to Books

Bach to Books


Bach to Books is the name for the Friends’-sponsored arts and humanities series offered at the library, free to the community. Artists, writers, and musicians appear at the library and share their talents.

The main goal of Bach to Books is to share a variety of programs featuring music, dance, visual arts, literature, history and more with the people of our community for their enjoyment and enlightenment. We offer these programs free to the public, so that everybody can attend. Most events are held in the auditorium in the library.

Upcoming Events

Here are our upcoming events. Also, check the Library Calendar or call (214) 509-4911 for more information about any Bach to Books performance


Filmmaker, journalist and broadcaster Quin Mathews will be featured live at the library and streamed virtually  7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Allen Public Library. To view the free program go to Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

A news anchor by the age of 22, Quin remained in broadcast journalism for 21 years.  In 1993, he departed Channel 8 WFAA-TV in Dallas to devote full time to Quin MathewsFilms, telling stories of business, culture and the arts via television, film and radio.

Quin has shot documentaries around the world on subjects like emerging artists in China, folk churches in Mexico, and solar power in Africa.  His films on art have been shown in major museums across the United States, Asia and Europe.

In 1988, with radio partner Sharon Benge, he co-founded the hugely popular program Art Matters, which was broadcast on WRR 101.1.  During its 25-year run, it featured more than 2,500 interviews with people in the arts from around the world.  To celebrate 25 years of both Quin Mathews Films and Art Matters, The Dallas Museum of Art held a screening of some favorite moments.  The occasion also celebrated the donation of thousands of interviews and films about art to the DMA’s digital archive.

In 2008, Quin received the Legends Award from the Dallas Contemporary.  In 2012, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business Council for the Arts.

The founder of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Perot Systems as well as a presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996, H. Ross Perot was one of America’s most admired billionaires.

This Texarkana, Texas, native first gained national attention in 1969 after a failed attempt to deliver medical supplies and gifts to American prisoners of war in Hanoi, North Vietnam. Then in 1979 he successfully organized and sponsored the rescue of two EDS employees held hostage in an Iranian maximum-security prison over a contract dispute that made international headlines.

Award-winning Dallas Morning News columnist  Dave Lieber will discuss his book Searching For Perot: My Journey to Discover Texas’ Top Family at a live event that will also be streamed virtually at  7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21, at the Allen Public Library. The program is free. Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

This Ross Perot story by Dave Lieber is a grand saga of love passed down from generation to generation. And along with that love came strong business values that built the Perot family ethos: Always pursue world-class excellence. As the author points out, running for president is only a small part of the story behind this complicated Texas genius and his philanthropic family.

Confederates and Comancheros Skullduggery and Double-Dealing in the Texas–New Mexico Borderlands

This thrilling book takes the reader to the desolate borderlands of Texas and New Mexico during the 1860s and 1870s and offers an in-depth analysis of Union-Confederate skullduggery amid the infamous Comanche-Comanchero trade in stolen Texas livestock.

Listen to the book’s co-author Dr. James Blackshear at a live event or watch virtually at  7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28 at the Allen Public Library. Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

In 1862, the Confederates abandoned New Mexico Territory and Texas west of the Pecos River.  Meanwhile, administered by Union troops under martial law, the region became a hotbed of Rebel exiles and spies, who gathered intelligence, disrupted federal supply lines, and plotted to retake the Southwest.  Using a treasure trove of previously unexplored documents, authors Dr. James Bailey Blackshear and Dr. Glen Ely trace the complicated network of relationships that attracted both Texas cattlemen and Comancheros, revealing the urban elite who were heavily involved in both the legal and illegal transactions that fueled the region’s economy.

Dr. James Blackshear is also the author of Fort Bascom: Soldiers, Comancheros, and Indians in the Canadian River Valley.

Americans admire sagas of achieving what is commonly known as “The American Dream,” and the Lone Star State has boasting rights to a tale of a family who built a multi-million-dollar enterprise using patience, perseverance and a palate-pleasing product.

What makes this story especially appealing is that it begins in 1942 with two brothers who experimented with different blends of spices, flour and cooking methods to achieve a flavorful corny dog whose name became synonymous with the State Fair of Texas.

Amber Fletcher’s journey began as a carnival kid and is currently head of marketing for her family’s business.  She is forging new paths as a third-generation business owner by satisfying the demand for exotic tastes and plant-based products.

Amber Fletcher will discuss the history of this legendary staple at a live event and also streamed virtually at  7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4, at the Allen Public Library. The program is free. Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

Amber Fletcher is the head of marketing for Fletcher’s Original State Fair Corny Dogs.  From the age of 10, Amber could be found behind the counter greeting customers as well as keenly observing her father as he built the empire. After earning her degree in Health Studies from Texas Women’s University, as well as becoming a certified health & wellness coach, Amber returned to the business ready to make waves.  In 2015, she introduced the Fletcher’s Veggie Dog to meet the high demand for a meatless option.  As a 3rd generation business operator, Amber assumes a dual focus: preserving her family’s deep legacy in the state, while also expanding Fletcher’s reach of event operations nationally, a strong digital footprint and most importantly, top-notch quality control.

Amber notes, “I’ve learned that an entrepreneur is someone who works around the clock, and every decision is for the growth of the company.  I have been so blessed along the way, and this is truly a dream come true.”

In 1975, Robert Groden brought Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination to a national audience for an inaugural viewing on a television program that was hosted by Geraldo Rivera and Dick Gregory. Groden has insisted the footage proves Kennedy was killed in a crossfire by at least two shooters, not by a lone gunman as the official inquiry had concluded.

Devoting his entire adult life to trying to uncover the truth of what happened, he swore at President Kennedy’s graveside that he would never give up the quest.

Hear Robert Groden, the author of JFK: Absolute Proof, The Killing of a President, Vols. I, II and III  at a live event or watch virtually at  7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 18, at the Allen Public Library. The program is free. Questions can be submitted until 8:30 p.m. that evening through

Groden also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) which investigated the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. G. Robert Blakey, Chief Counsel and Staff Director to the HSCA, stated concerning Groden that “the results of his study played no small part in convincing many members of the Congress that the Kennedy case should be reopened.”

Robert Groden served as a technical consultant to Oliver Stone’s film JFK (1991) where he also was featured in four different roles.  He served as program consultant to the TV Miniseries The Men Who Killed Kennedy and the TV documentary The Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files.