The event, emceed by actor Barry Corbin, benefits the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest, a book series published by Texas Tech University Press honoring Texas Tech’s former president.
Tickets are now on sale for Literary Lubbock 2016, an evening with four Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) authors and actor Barry Corbin as emcee at 6 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Croslin Room of the Texas Tech University Library.
The benefit, presented by Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries, Texas Tech University Press and the Texas Tech University Libraries, will begin with opening remarks from President Lawrence Schovanec and feature a wine and beer reception, a seated dinner created by Texas Tech's Top Tier Catering and a literary program of authors sharing stories from their books on Texas, the Southwest and beyond.
Gretchen Scott, president of Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries, said she is proud to be a part of the return of this signature literary evening.
"Supporting the award-winning university press through this event is very important because the press represents the culture, history and nature of West Texas far better than any other press," she said. "The press is not just the university press, it's the publisher of West Texas."
The TTUP authors to be featured include:
• Sylvia Gann Mahoney, "Finding the Great Western Trail"
• Adán Medrano, "Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes"
• Sandra Scofield, "Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman's Life"
• Frank Sikes, "West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach"
Authors will visit with guests throughout the evening and will sign books. All featured books will be available for purchase at a 30 percent discount.
Seating is limited and early reservations are encouraged. Tickets of $100 each, and table sponsorships may be purchased by calling (806) 742-2982 or (800) 832-4042 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship payment via check or credit card should be made by Friday (Oct. 21). Parking will be reserved in lot R-3, south of the library, and valet parking will be available.
Dean of Libraries Bella Karr Gerlich said university presses play an integral role for universities.
"Our university is in an elite 4 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. that have press," she said. "As catalysts for new ideas and research, a university press dissemination of scholarly works makes its service an indispensable component of the modern research university. Supporting the university press is essential for Texas Tech's Tier Ine research institution status."
The Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries president, the director of the university press, and all authors are available for media interviews.