Friday, October 2, 2009

TAMU Press at East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting

Folks in East Texas really know how to appreciate their history. The East Texas Historical Association's fall meeting in Nacogdoches always draws an enthusiastic group. The programs are interesting, and the Texas A&M Press Consortium does a brisk business in selling books and visiting with authors and potential authors.

Kyle Wilkison, author of Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists

This year the association awarded its Ottis Locke Award for the Best Book on East Texas History to Kyle Wilkison for his book, Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists: Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870-1914. Kyle signed many books during the meeting and received his award at the noon luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 26. Two of his longtime buddies from Plano joined him for the award ceremony.
Ron Chrisman, director of University of North Texas Press, was present to show his press's books and to visit with authors. Mary Lenn Dixon, editor-in-chief of Texas A&M Press, was elected to the board of directors for a three-year term.

Ron Chrisman, UNT Press, talks to Harold J. Weiss, a panelist at the meeting.

The spring's meeting will be a first-time joint meeting with the West Texas Historical Association. See the East Texas Historical Association website for more information.