West Texas Book Festival
A.C. Greene Award
The A.C. Greene Award is presented annually to a distinguished Texas author for lifetime achievement. The award is named for author, columnist and Abilene native, A.C. Greene. Each year, the honored author is presented with a piece of original framed art, generously donated by the artist, H. C. Zachry.
A.C. Greene
Jodi Thomas

2014 - Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan was born in Oklahoma City in 1948 and has lived in Texas since the age of five, growing up in Abilene and Corpus Christi. He is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Gates of the Alamo, which became a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and received a number of awards, including the TCU Texas Book Award, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. His most recent novel, Remember Ben Clayton, also won a Spur Award, as well as the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize, given by the Society of American Historians for the best work of historical fiction. Harrigan is a faculty fellow at UT’s James A. Michener Center for Writers and a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly.

Jodi Thomas
2013 - Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and a fifth generation Texan who chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon.   A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.   With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics.  Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence. Her numerous awards include the National Press Women’s Novel of the Year, the Romance Writers of America’s RITA award, and the National Readers’ Choice Award.

John Erickson
2012 - John Erickson
John Erickson has written and published 75 books and more than 600 articles, and is best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series of books, audio-books, and stage plays. His stories have won a number of awards, including the Audie, Oppenheimer, Wrangler, and Lamplighter Awards, and have been translated into Spanish, Danish, Farsi, and Chinese. The Hank the Cowdog series began as a self-publishing venture in his garage in 1982 and has endured to become one of the nation’s most popular series for children and families. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. USA Today calls the series "the best family entertainment in years.” John Richard Erickson lives on his cattle ranch near Perryton, Texas, and stays in touch with the world through the Official Hank the Cowdog Website.
2011 - Wyman Meinzer

Wyman Meinzer is the only official State Photographer of Texas. His images have appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic Books, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Audubon, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways and many others. His awards include the John Ben Sheppard Jr. Award from the Texas State Historical Foundation for contributing to the preservation of Texas History through writing and photography, 1997 National Literary Award for the book, “Texas Lost: Vanishing Heritage” (with Andrew Sansom) and the San Antonio Conservation Award for the natural history book, “Roadrunner.”
John Graves
2010 - Mike Cox

Mike Cox the author of 17 books, including a two-volume history of the Texas Rangers, three books of historic photos of Texas oil, lawmen and western heroes, and accounts of Texas disasters and Texas UFO sightings. A syndicated columnist, Cox's byline regularly appears in a number of national and statewide magazines.
John Graves
2009 - Kathi Appelt

Kathi has penned over 30 books for children and young adults. Her books have won numerous national and state awards, including, Children’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, Parent’s Choice Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Award, Best Books for Young Adults, VOYA Top of the Shelf Award, Newbery Honor book, and a host of others. Kathi also teaches creative writing and serves on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts.
John Graves
2008 - Don B. Graham

Don B. Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Professor of Southwest Literature at the University of Texas and the editor of "Lone Star Literature." He has written books about the King Ranch, Texas war hero Audie Murphy, Texas movies and other topics, and he is a frequent contributor to Texas Monthly Magazine.
John Graves
2007 - Carlton Stowers

Carlton Stowers is the author of more than two dozen works of nonfiction, including the Edgar Award-winning Careless Whispers, and To The Last Breath. Stowers has received a variety of national and state awards for his work. A 12-time finalist in the Dallas Press Club competition, he has won seven Katie Awards and four Stephen Philben Awards from the Dallas Bar Association.
John Graves
2006 - Jane Roberts Wood

Jane Roberts Wood is a Fellow of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of the bestselling trilogy that began in 1987 with The Train to Estelline, and continued with A Place Called Sweet Shrub and Dance a Little Longer. In 1998, Wood was the recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Short Story.
John Graves
2005 - Liz Carpenter

Born in Salado, Carpenter is a sixth generation Texan and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she served as the first female vice-president of the UT student body. She began covering the White House and Congress for the Austin American Statesman in 1942. During the Johnson presidency, she was executive assistant to the Vice-President, White House staff director, and press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson. Her works include Unplanned Parenthood, Getting Better All the Time, and Presidential Humor.
John Graves
2004 - Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-six New York Times bestsellers. A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University. She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival and the Texas Book Festival. Sandra's other awards include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sandra has also been named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.
John Graves
2003 - Elmer Kelton
Elmer Kelton was born in Crane, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1948 after serving two years in the U. S. Army, including combat infantry service in Europe. He spent 15 years as farm and ranch writer-editor for the San Angelo Standard-Times, five years as editor of Sheep and Goat Raiser Magazine and 22 years as associate editor of Livestock Weekly. Kelton's awards include the Barbara McCombs/Lon Tinkle Award for "continuing excellence in Texas letters." the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, and the Lone Star award for lifetime Achievement from the Larry McMurtry Center for Arts and Humanities at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas and the lifetime achievement award by the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas. The Texas Legislature proclaimed Elmer Kelton Day in April 1997. He also received honorary doctorates from Hardin-Simmons University and Texas Tech University.
John Graves
2002 - Walt McDonald
Walt McDonald was born in Lubbock, Texas. He was an Air Force pilot, taught at the Air Force Academy, and served as Texas Poet Laureate in 2001.  In May 2002, he retired from Texas Tech University as Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of English and Poet in Residence. McDonald has received six awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, four Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America and was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 1992.  McDonald has published more than 2,100 poems in journals, magazines and books.
John Graves

2001 - John Graves

John Graves was born in Ft. Worth. He grew up on his grandfather's ranch in Cuero and served in the Marine Corps during WWII. After graduating from Columbia University, Graves traveled widely. He is a distinguished writer and teacher, specializing in Texas and Southwest literature. Graves lives and writes in Glen Rose, Texas, in the hard scrabble country that has inspired so much of his work. He is a recipient of many honors for his writing, including a National Book Award nomination for Goodbye to a River.


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