|Friday morning Cookbook Workshop|
|Friday lunch crowd|
|Friday lunch program|
A few months ago I was contacted by Glenn Dromgoole with the astounding news that I had been selected as the 2015 recipient of the A.C. Greene Award. I personally knew some of the previous recipients, and of course I was familiar with the work of all of them. I felt that I was not in their league, but of course I was elated and proud to become a member of the A.C. Greene Award company. In addition to my response at the Awards Luncheon, I was asked to be part of two other programs.
|With Bill and Gayla Neal|
For the Friday lunch session I presented a program on my most recent book, Texas Gunslingers, while Roger Moore gave a PowerPoint on his new book of Texas history cartoons, Texas Our Texas. On Friday evening Karon and I were part of a small dinner party hosted by Glenn and Carol Dromgoole at the excellent Cypress Street Restaurant downtown.
|The Texas Star Trading Post|
On Saturday the Festival moved to the Abilene Civic Center. Beginning at nine o’clock, “Conversations” were held with seven Texas authors. Their entertaining interviews were held on a stage in front of a large and responsive audience. My “Conversation” was the final interview, which was expertly conducted by Jay Moore, an Abilene author and history teacher. During our half hour Jay touched a lot of bases with me, but I was pleased that he gave good coverage to the office of State Historian.
|Friday night author dinner with: (L to R) Barbara Brannon,|
Mary Sprecht, Penny Klostermann, Glenn and Carol
Dromgoole, Karon, and Kay Ellington.
Following the interviews we gathered in the vast ballroom for the annual Boots and Books Luncheon. We enjoyed a delicious barbeque meal, and the event featured a lively performance by the exciting Cowboy Band of Hardin Simmons University. The crowd exceeded 300, and I was enormously impressed by the powerful support extended by the Abilene community to the West Texas Book Festival. Glenn Dromgoole introduced featured authors Penny Klostermann, Jay Moore, Mary Helen Specht, Barbara Brannon and Kay Ellington, who each offered remarks. I was announced as the 2015 recipient of the A.C. Greene Award by City Librarian Lori Grumet, who provided an introduction which I greatly appreciated. In my response I tried to express my deep gratitude for the A.C. Greene Award, which was represented by a handsome painting created by H.C. Zachry, a noted Abilene artist and an accomplished businessman. Following a book signing, Karon and I headed for home, talking non-stop about the courtesies that were extended to us during one of the most exciting events of my tenure as State Historian.
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|Saturday Conversation with Jay Moore|
|Hardin Simmons Cowboy Band|
|Introduction by Lori Grumet.|
|Note the stage decorations for the Boots & Books Luncheon|
|With Glenn Dromgoole and the H.C. Zachry painting|