Vol. IX, no. 2..........................................WINDOWS ..........................................March 1997 

A Herd of Wranglers Highlights TCU Press Display

by Judy Alter 

Wrangler: A cowboy who tends a herd of horses. In this case, the wrangler is a statue of a mounted cowboy. Formally known as Western Heritage Awards, Wranglers are presented annually by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for excellence in several literary and performing arts category. TCU Press has won four Wranglers in recent years enough to have its own herd! 

These impressive bronze statues highlight the display of TCU Press publications in the foyer of the Library. Friends of the Library are invited to visit the exhibition, which will be up through the end of March. 

One case displays award-winning titles, including Inside Texas: Culture, Identity and Houses, 1878-1920 which made a grand sweep of historical awards for 1991, winning the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award from the Texas Historical Commission and the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for the most important book on Texas and the Kate Broocks Bates Award for historical research, both from the Texas State Historical Association. Other award winners include: Robert Flynn's Wanderer Springs, named Best Novel of the West by Western Writers of America, Inc. in 1987; Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods by Ernestine Linck and Joyce Roach, which won the 1989 Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Nonfiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, as well as a certificate of commendation from the San Antonio Conservation Society; Paul Scott Malone's In an Arid Land: Thirteen Stories of Texas, named best book of fiction in 1995 by the Texas Institute of Letters; Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks, with text by Carol Roark and photographs by Byrd Williams, winner of the 1996 Tarrant County Historical Commission William E. Jary Award; and Ruby Tolliver's juvenile Muddy Banks, which was named the best juvenile book of 1991 by the Texas Institute of Letters and made the 1992 Bluebonnet List, which made it one of TCU Press' all-time bestsellers. 

A second display case contains samples from the Texas Tradition Series, a series designed to reprint and preserve significant Texas fiction by such authors as Elmer Kelton, Robert Flynn, Benjamin Capps, Shelby Hearon and others. The third display case features books which illustrate the areas of general interest of the Press: the history and literature of Texas and the American West and a growing list of books dealing with Mexican-American history. 

For more information about the display or individual titles, please call Judy Alter at TCU Press (921-7822). 


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