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The winners have been announced for the 2017 TIL’s Literary Awards, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, history, poetry, children and young adult, short stories, journalism, and book design.

Congratulations to the 2017 honorees: Celeste Bedford Walker, David Bowles, Bobby Byrd, Lee Merrill Byrd, Cary Clack, Joe Ely, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Elizabeth Harris, Cliff Hudder, Baine Kerr, Attica Locke, C. M. Mayo, Elaine Scott, Thad Sitton, Rosalyn Story.

Submit annual dues, banquet fees, and other donations by credit card or PayPal: Online Payments. This link is also on the Members page, with the PDF form to submit payments by regular mail.

TIL’s annual award ceremonies and banquet will be in El Paso, Texas on April 7-8, 2017. The opening reception and poetry awards will be at the Sky Lounge at the Doubletree by Hilton on April 7 at 6 pm. The banquet (fiction, nonfiction awards and the Lon Tinkle Award) will be at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing on April 8 at 6 pm. Click here for reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton.

Author Pat Mora has been named the winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ prestigious Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Pat Mora will receive the 2017 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. Winner of the Texas Writer Award for outstanding contributions to Texas literature and founder of the El día de los niños, El día de los libros/Children's Day, Book Day, she is the author of poetry, nonfiction, and children’s books.

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Pulitzer-Prize winner Lawrence Wright received the 2015 Lon Tinkle Award from the TIL. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and wrote The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Ricardo Ainslie created the video.

The Texas Institute of Letters is a non-profit Honor Society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and to recognize distinctive literary achievement. The TIL’s elected membership consists of the state’s most respected writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and scholarship. Induction into the TIL is based on literary accomplishments. Application for membership is not accepted. The rules governing the selection of members and officers are contained in the TIL By-Laws. The TIL annually elects new members, gives awards to recognize outstanding literary works, and supports the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for writers.