Award-winning William Jack Sibley is a fifth generation Texas rancher and a versatile writer whose work has spanned from the likes of writing dialogue for television’s Guiding Light to serving as a contributing editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, to seeing his plays produced off-Broadway and regionally. Sibley is the author of a dozen screenplays, nine stage plays, and three novels (Any Kind of Luck, Sighs Too Deep For Words, and Here We Go Loop De Loop).

Sibley’s previous works have won the National Indie Excellence Book Award and USA Best Book Award while succeeding as a finalist in the Lambda Literary Award, Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, and more. Sibley currently is the Secretary of the Texas Institute of Letters, as well as a member of The Dramatist Guild and the Writers Guild of America. He lives in San Antonio. For more, visit www.williamjacksibley.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A cowboy, an heiress, her brother’s husband…and a badass ‘72 Mercury Montego.

This is the story of a her loving a him – who’s in love with another him – and that other him enduring an unrequited love for the original her. With a small-town Texas appreciation, this book is replete with humor, adversity, and the tenacity of survivors unwilling and unable to acknowledge defeat. 

Here We Go Loop De Loop by William Jack Sibley has greed, lust, sexuality, spiritual enlightenment, more lust, xenophobia, and the meaning of a life worth living, all woven into a single, outrageous knot in the insulated town of Rita Blanca, Texas. The author, an unlikely Texas rancher, and a resolute seeker of wisdom, truth, and the occasional virtuosic lie, with humor and reflection, has wrought a story of humanity through characters doing the best they can – just not terribly well.

“A rousing success! Writing about an entire village and the surrounding ranches – and doing both extremely well. I figured this would be “funny” going into it but was honestly surprised about how damn hilarious it was. A sparkling comedic romp. Writing about South Texas, especially in the ranch scenes, was incredibly moving. Sibley really brought to life that world in so many ways – beautiful writing and wonderful observations. Pete’s final chapter was a masterpiece – not so much for the scene itself, which is brilliantly written, but for how all of the other great descriptions he made about the land and the ranch work lead very naturally up to that moment, and how it completes the portrait he’d been creating. Really well done. It was all so much damn fun to read! I did come to feel that there was a bit of a spell cast over the town, a la “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Thinking about the love triangle reminds me a tiny bit of McMurtry’s Leaving Cheyenne. I was also thinking about Sibley’s connection to McMurtry because he writes so well of Rita Blanca, just as McMurtry wrote of Archer City. there’s a real kinship there between the two and and these books they’ve created. I bet he would’ve loved reading this.” Steven L. Davis, Author, Past President, Texas Institute of Letters 

TALKING POINTS

  • From “Dallas” to “Yellowstone”: What’s life really like as a 21st century rancher?
  • Why is it so hard for the rest of the nation to “get” Texas? (Why is Texas so hard to get?)
  •  How to handle dysfunctional family affairs with grace and charm (and nobody getting shot)?
  • As in your novel – you’ve lived in New York and L.A. and travelled the world extensively. You’re a gay man and you now live parttime on a ranch just outside a town with a population of 412 – in a less than embracing state for LGBTQ citizens. How’s that going? How is this reflected in your writing?
  • Unrequited love: Why is this so appealing to readers? Does everyone always want the guy to get the girl (or the other guy)?
  • If this novel were adapted into a movie, who would the dream cast be?
  • Growing up in Texas and NYC, William witnessed family relationships be stretched and patched. What can we learn from the Pennebaker and Lyndecker families?

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • October: LGBT History Month
  • October: National Book Month
  • October 20: International Pronoun Day
  • October 30-31 Texas Book Festival (Sibley is a featured author)
  • November: National Novel Writing Month
  • November 16: International Day for Tolerance
  • December 1: World Aids Day

ADVANCE PRAISE

“One hilarious, page-turning Texas-set satire from a talented, prolific writer. The colorful prose and wildly memorable dialogue introduce us to a load of smalltown characters, eerily relatable to many Texans and as compelling as the main protagonists.” —He Said Magazine

“Sibley writes to harmonize the setting and character emotions, making Rita Blanca a living thing, giving you a sense of place that will remain in your memory. Here We Go Loop de Loop is an intelligent and witty must-read piece that will make you feel glad that you joined the ride.” Reader’s Favorite Reviews

“A wonderful example of generous escapism and a book to be recommended.” Kirkus Reviews

“Larry McMurtry meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is Sibley’s best yet — a rollicking screwball comedy with a heart as big as Texas.” — Steven L. Davis, Author, Past President, Texas Institute of Letters

“A vividly drawn … cinematic quality … often very funny tale set in the fictional small Texas town of Rita Blanca. The book focuses on three ranching families whose lives are intertwined, and all of which are at a point of transition.”  The San Antonio Express-News

“Put me in a car with Bill Sibley on a road trip across the nation and everything will be just fine. His spectacular voice, his aptitude for creating instantly indelible characters in richly funny scenes, his perfect pacing and splendid particularity are dazzling and hypnotic.  Storyteller supreme! Here We Go Loop De Loop lifted my mood entirely.” —Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate, Poetry Foundation

“A satirical small-town Texas comedy with welcome, surprising heart. Sibley’s boisterous comic novel blends small-town satire and humanist warmth as it unspools its tales of isolated people learning to love. His prose is sharp and evocative. At its best, HERE WE GO … finds these snared coyotes daring to find new ways to love.” BOOKLIFE Review

“No doubt a different kind of love story with hilarious characters. This is such an entertaining and beautifully written book. The author’s vivid description of what a ranch is and how it works, using the actions and dialogues of the characters, is a big plus to the book. I was enthralled at the effortless and consistent expression of the Texas lingo through the conversations. The biggest positive of this book is the rich dialogue.” ONLINEBOOKCLUB.ORG

“Happy small towns are all alike; a great place to spend a lifetime but not a weekend. There is right and there is wrong and a million in-betweens. There is white and there is black and dozens of better beautiful shades. There is man and there is woman and God knows what else. Let love figure it out. Well done! Colorful characters, colorful dialogue, good suspense, good ending”. – Robert Flynn, Author, Professor Emeritus, Trinity University