Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Texas Writers Month 2011

May is Texas Writers Month and there’s a lot of celebrating going on. Texas chapters of Sisters in Crime have been putting on signings, readings, and events. The Heart of Texas chapter hosted the award ceremony for the Barbara Burnet Smith Sage Award (congratulations to the 2011 recipient, Russ Hall).

Another big even going on - this time on the Internet - is literary publicist Stephanie Barko’s month of author interviews and giveaways. For example, some of you may remember a post I did last year telling you about Bob Ray Sander’s great book, Calvin Littlejohn, and his appearance at the Texas Book Festival. Stephanie is giving away a signed hardcover of his photographic documentary book. If you’d like a chance at his book, you can still comment through May 29.

Here’s a list of authors whose books are being given away on Stephanie’s blog:
Mike Cox
Dagoberto Gilb
Gary Lavergne
Joe Nick Patoski
John Pipkin
Bob Ray Sanders
Jane Roberts Wood

And if you want more, Stephanie has them. These are the authors whose books will be open for giveaways starting this week:
Diane Fanning
Greg Garrett
Naomi Carrier
Barbara Renaud Gonzalez
Richard Yanez
Laurie Wagner Buyer
Jodi Thomas
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

If you’d like to go comment on any or all of the interviews/posts, go to:

That’s an incredible list of great authors. Good luck on winning one of their books!


  1. Good heavens! That's a feast of books and giveaways!
    Judy, South Africa

  2. This is a reader's paradise!

  3. It is a fabulous list of authors. I hope everyone goes over and comments on all the posts this month.

  4. Kudos to Texas for honoring their writers, a very nice gesture on their part :)

    And the same to Stephanie for shining a light on so many authors. I'm off to check out her blog.

  5. I love that TX honors its authors for a month! Very nice. Thanks for the link to the blog, and giveaways, too!

  6. Wow, that a great list of authors. I want to move to Texas.

  7. What a wonderful event. Thanks for sharing, Helen.

  8. Yay for Texas writers! I didn't even know we had a month. Don't get much mail under my rock.

  9. I second all the yays for TX writers!

  10. Hey, wait a minute ... if May is Texas writer's month, than that only leaves 11 months for the other states. I mean, I know Texas is big and all, but what the heck?

  11. Oh, I love this! Thanks for sharing. I love to support my Texas authors.

  12. Wonder if there's anything for my area?

  13. Christopher - grab a month for your state fast before they're gone and the only thing left is February 29th.

    A better idea would be for each state to declare May their Writers Month!

  14. Thanks for posting this Helen.


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