Texas Institute of Letters Elects 15 New Texas Writers

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The Texas Book Festival congratulates the fifteen new writers (including some previous Texas Book Festival authors) recently elected to the Texas Institute of Letters!

The Texas Institute of Letters is a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement.

TIL authors 1 fixedThese  2017 honorees are: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, Bobby Byrd, Cary Clack, Joe Ely, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Lee Merrill Byrd, Attica Locke, Elizabeth Harris, Cliff Hudder, Baine Kerr,  Elaine Scott, Rosalyn Story, C.M. Mayo, and Thad Sitton.   

TIL authors 2“This is one of the largest and most impressive groups of writers to come into the TIL in a single year,” said TIL President Steven L. Davis. “For those elected it means that you have the respect and admiration of your fellow writers, which is a very significant level of recognition.”

TIL authors 3The new members will be inducted at the upcoming TIL annual meeting, to be held in El Paso April 7-8. For more information, and to read more about each of these deserving Texas authors, get the full press release here.