April 12, 2010
Written by Barbara Brannon
Ten TTUP authors will share their stories during the annual Literary Lubbock benefit dinner.
Literary Lubbock 2010 will feature local wines, a meal designed by Texas Tech’s Chef Rocky Rockwell and the opportunity to meet Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) authors.
In his years with the university, Rockwell has nurtured Texas Tech’s Hospitality Services from “dorm food” into an inviting array of culinary choices. As the Certified Executive Chef of Hospitality Services, Rockwell and his staff have broadened dining choices, updated facilities and created a welcoming image on campus. Read more about Rockwell here.
In addition, 10 authors will share their stories during the annual Literary Lubbock benefit dinner. The event supports the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest, a book series honoring Texas Tech’s former president.
“This evening has become a signature literary event in Lubbock,” said Robert Mandel, director of TTUP. “For people who love books, Literary Lubbock gives them a unique chance to talk with a wide variety of authors, hear their stories and find out about their writing experiences.”
Of the featured authors, alumnus Jerry Craft recounts his experiences in the 1950s as a white baseball pitcher recruited for the West Texas Colored League in “Our White Boy,” co-authored by Kathleen Sullivan of Arlington. Out of Craft’s two seasons with the Wichita Falls/Graham Stars comes an unlikely story of respect, character, humor and ultimately friendship as black and white teammates came together to succeed in a game they loved. Craft, a rancher and businessman and a former mayor of Jacksboro, lives in Jacksboro and operates ranches in Texas and New Mexico. Read more about the book.
Lubbock writer and musician Andy Wilkinson will host the event. Tickets are $55 per person or $440 for a table of eight and are available from TTUP at (806) 742-2982 through April 26. All featured books will be available for purchase via cash, check or bank card at 30 percent off the retail price. Find out more about the featured authors and books here.
Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) publishes a variety of titles each year ranging from nonfiction titles in natural history and the natural sciences to works in costume and textile history and all aspects of the Great Plains and the American west especially biography, history, memoir and travel. The press also publishes fiction, young adult and childrens titles, a mystery series and an annual poetry selection.