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West Texas Book and Music Festival, September 23-27, 2008

Save the dates for the eighth annual West Texas Book and Music Festival, September 23-27, 2008 at the Abilene Civic Center in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Don B. Graham, a distinguished writer and teacher specializing in Texas and Southwest literature, will be the 2008 recipient of the A. C. Greene Award to be presented at the West Texas Book & Music Festival on Sept. 27.
Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly magazine.
His books include the comprehensive Texas anthology, Lone Star Literature, which is included on Texas book columnist Glenn Dromgoole’s all-time Top 10 list of Texas books. His newest book, coming out later this spring, is State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. He has written, edited or contributed chapters to more than 20 other books on Texas literature, culture and history.
The A. C. Greene Award, given each year to a distinguished Texas author for lifetime achievement, will be presented at the Boots & Books Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Other featured authors at this year’s festival will be: Elmer Kelton, Joaquin Jackson, and Mike Cox, who have all written books about the Texas Rangers; Kathy Patrick, author and organizer of The Pulpwood Queens reading club, featured on Good Morning America; and Amarillo novelist Jodi Thomas, whose new book Twisted Creek is being touted for community-wide reading programs.
The festival begins on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with a reception for local authors at 6 p.m. at the library. Other events include brown bag lunches at the library on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the annual Texas Cookbook Gala fund-raiser at the Abilene Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 25. Featured cookbook authors this year include Tom Perini, Rebecca Rather and Marie Hejl.
On Friday evening a reception for Texas authors, Friends of the Library board members and supporters, and special guests will be held at the ACU Cockerell Gallery downtown. The Texas Songwriters Concert at the Paramount Theatre on Friday night will spotlight Austin songwriter Terri Hendrix, accompanied by Lloyd Maines, as well as area singer-songwriters Victoria Moore, Amanda Dunn, and Kina Lankford.
Saturday’s program at the Abilene Civic Center will include the Hall of Texas Authors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and panel discussions on self-publishing, Texas Rangers, and the joy of reading. The festival will conclude with the West Texas Gospel Hymnfest from 3-4 p.m.
All events are free to the public except the cookbook gala and the Saturday luncheon, which require reservations.
The festival, presented by the Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the Abilene Reporter-News, has raised more than $150,000 for library programs in its first seven years. About 2,000 readers and writers are expected to attend the various sessions throughout festival week.
For more complete information, see the festival web site at http://www.abilenetx.com/apl . Click on the Boots & Books logo.

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