Some call him "Texas' best kept literary secret." Others think of him as Texas' most beloved novelist. Whether you're one of Elmer Kelton's legion of long-time fans or a newcomer to his work, you'll want to be in the audience at the annual TCU Press Autograph Extravaganza when he talks about Texas history and writing and his long career. The extravaganza will be held on Friday, December 6, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Botanic Garden Center, located just west of South University Drive at the 1900 block. Kelton will speak at approximately 5:00 p.m.
As sponsors of Kelton's appearance, the Friends of the TCU Library join the TCU Press, Connections Bookstore, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to make possible this free, public event. Along with Kelton, some twenty-five local authors who have published books within the past year will be available to autograph their work.
Readers and Christmas shoppers are invited to browse through tables of books, enjoy the refreshments, and visit with the authors. In addition to the authors signing new books, those writers who have been featured in previous years will be present as VIPs. All are willing and eager to talk about books and writing.
Elmer Kelton is the author of some thirty-five novels dealing with Texas history from the days of the Republic to the present. His fiction has several times won the Spur Award from Western Writers of America and the Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, among other awards. He has been recognized for lifetime achievement in literature by Western Writers of America, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Western Literature Association. Kelton is a major author on the TCU Press list, where his classic older titles, such as The Time it Never Rained and The Good Old Boys, are kept in print. His newest novel is The Pumpkin Rollers; this fall TCU Press reprinted his early, mass-market novel, Wagontongue, the story of a black cowboy.
Other local authors who will be on hand to sign their books include: Jon Allen, Judy Alter, Deborah Dennard, Paul Boller, Kay Catarulla, Scott Colglazier, Tom Dodge, Carole Nelson Douglas, John Graves, A.W. Gray, Andy Greiser, Jeff Guinn, Marian Hodgson, Helen Ketteman, James Ward Lee, Allana Martin, E.R. Milner, Margaret Moseley, Mike Nichols, Jane Pattie, Joyce Roach, Leonard Sanders, Marsh Terry, Toni Thomas, and Fran Vick.
For more information call Connections Bookstore (923-2320) or
TCU Press (921-7822).