Texas Tech Press Book Wins Texas Writer’ League Award
November 25, 2008
'Texas Quilts and Quilters,' by Marcia Kaylakie, with Janice Whittington, wins Violet
Crown award for nonfiction.
"Texas Quilts and Quilters," by Marcia Kaylakie, with Janice Whittington, has won
the Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown award for nonfiction.
The award was announced Nov. 1 in Austin. The book, published by Texas Tech University
Press, features 34 quilts. Kaylakie uses the stories behind the quilts to give the
reader a look into the cultural development of Texas. The quilts are from all parts
of the state and range from the 1870s to the turn of the 21st century.
"I was thrilled and honored to receive such a prestigious award for the book," said
Kaylaki. "I am grateful not only to everyone who worked on it with me, but especially
to those wonderful quilt owners who generously gave their quilts and their stories.
They are the true centerpiece of this award."
The Writers' League of Texas sponsors the Annual Violet Crown Book Award to honor
outstanding books published each year. The name of the Violet Crown award comes from
an O Henry phrase describing Austin as "the city of the Violet Crown."
Kaylakie spent more than a decade travelling the state to collect the quilts and their
stories. She is a quilt collector, teacher, judge and certified appraiser. Her lectures
and workshops feature antique and vintage quilts from her own collection as she shows
how American quilts reflect social, political and economic history. She also teaches
quilt care, conservation, storage and documentation.
Kaylakie wrote the book with Janice Whittington, who has taught English and writing
for more than 30 years. Whittington is author of the prizewinning poetry book "Into
a Thousand Mouths" and coeditor of "The Waltz He Was Born For: An Introduction to
the Writing of Walt McDonald."
Jim Lincoln provided photography for the book. He and his wife, Judy, have photographed
for numerous quilt calendars and books, including "America from the Heart-America
Remembers 9/11," "Celebrate Great Quilts," "I Remember Mama" and "Imagine That!"
For more information or a review copy of the book, contact Barbara Brannon, marketing
manager, Texas Tech University Press, (806) 742-2982 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of TTUP's books can be found at www.ttup.ttu.edu; for a complete listing of fiction
published by the press, click on "Browse by Subject."