Chris Tomlinson

Chris Tomlinson is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle with a focus on business, energy, and their larger cultural effects. His New York Times best seller, Tomlinson Hill (St. Martin’s Press, 2014), tells the story of two Texas families, one white, one black, that share the Tomlinson name. He takes a flinty look at his own family and gives the reader no comfort in stories such as the happy slave or benevolent slaveholder. Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth (Penguin Press, 2021) is his newest book, co-written with Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford. Before returning to Texas in 2009, Tomlinson was a foreign correspondent with the AP in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

(Fall 2021)