Institute of Letters Finalists
Finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters awards for 2011have
been announced by Darwin Payne, president. Winners from these finalists will be
named Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the annual banquet to be held this
year at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. The
Institute was founded in 1936 to recognize literary achievement and to promote
interest in Texas literature. Authors must have lived in Texas for at least two
years or their works must relate to the state.
H. Jones Award for Fiction ($6,000)
The Mother Who
Stayed (Simon & Schuster); Stephen Harrigan,
Remember Ben Clayton (Knopf); C.W.
P. Collins Award for Nonfiction ($5,000)
Lone Star Law: A Legal History of Texas (Texas Tech); Brian D. Behnken,
Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for
Civil Rights in Texas (Univ. of North Carolina); Steven Fenberg,
Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones,
Capitalism, and the Common Good (Texas A&M).
Turner Award for First Fiction ($1,000)
Brian Allen Carr,
(Texas Review); Siobhan Fallon,
When the Men Are Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons); and Miroslav
the West (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Award for Scholarly Book ($2,500)
Immigrant Literature (Univ. of Texas at Austin); Christopher Long,
(Yale); Robert Lee Maril,
The Fence: National Security, Public Safety, and Illegal Immigration
along the U.S.-Mexico Border (Texas Tech).
C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry ($1,200)
Paul Christensen, The Human
Condition (Wings); Jennifer Grotz,
The Needle (Houghton Miffllin
Harcourt); and Naomi Shihab Nye,
Transfer (BOA Editions).
Bush Memorial Award for Best First Book of Poetry ($1,000)
Campech (Noemi); Jose Antonio Rodriguez,
The Shallow End of Sleep (Northwestern);
and W.K. Stratton,
Dreaming Sam Peckinpah (Ink Brush).
Henry Award for Magazine Journalism ($1,000)
Michael Hall, “Falling Comet,”
Monthly; Skip Hollandsworth, “The Lost Boys,”
Texas Monthly; and Mimi Swartz, “Super
Collider,” Texas Monthly.
Institute of Letters Award for Children’s Book ($500)
T is for Taj Mahal (Sleeping Bear Press); David Davis,
Fandango Stew (Sterling);Elaine Scott,
Space, Stars and the Beginning of Time
(Clarion); and Divya Srinivasan,
Little Owl’s Night Out (Viking).
Institute of Letters Award for Young Adult Book ($500)
Beauty Queens (Scholastic); Pamela
Porter, I’ll Be Watching (Groundwood); and J.L. Powers,
This Thing Called the Future (Cinco Puntos).
Cattarulla Award for Short Story ($1,000)
Rick Bass, “The Blue Tree,”
Ecotone; Babette Fraser Hale,
“Silences,” Southwest Review; and
Bret Anthony Johnson, “Paradeability,”
American Short Fiction.
Whitehead Award for Design of a Trade Book ($750)
Bryce Milligan for
As If the
Empty Chair by Margaret Randall (Wings Press); D.J. Stout for
Hard Ground by Michael O’Brien and Tom
Waits (Univ. of Texas at Austin); and Barbara Werden
and Lindsay Starr for
Lone Star Law
by Michael Ariens (Texas Tech).
Soeurette Diehl Fraser
Award for Best Translation of a Book ($1,000)
James Hoggard for Oscar Hahn’s
Ashes in Love (Host); Kurt Heinzelman for Jean Follain’s
Demarcations (Host); and Dave Oliphant
for Nicanor Parra’s After-Dinner Declarations (Host).
Stanley Walker Award
for Best Work of Newspaper Journalism Appearing in
Newspaper or Sunday Supplement ($1,000)
Susan Carroll and Claudia Feldman,
David Tarrant, Dallas
Morning News; and Jordan Smith,