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In honor of Texas History Month, Texas Book Festival staff and interns are highlighting iconic tomes of Texas literature in March. What are your favorite books that chronicle and celebrate the life and history of our Lone Star State? Tell us in the comments. We love to #ReadTexas all year long! 


It doesn’t get more Texas than Texas. Published in 1985, the novel Texas by James A. Michener explores the long and rich history of the Lone Star State. Michener delves into every area of Texas’s past, from the Spanish Colonists, German settlers, Chicanos and more. With its extensive research and gripping exploration of the state, Michener’s Texas is a must-read for Texans and non-Texans alike. Bonus trivia: Texas is the longest book by Michener that Random House ever published! 


James_A._Michener_8606Pulitzer Prize winner James A. Michener was the author of over forty books, including Tales of the South Pacific, Hawaii, and The Drifters. Michener spent his final years in Austin, Texas where he endowed the famous Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas.