Inside Texas Tech: Literary Lubbock

Oct 13, 2017

Lubbock bibliophiles are sure to be filled with delight as Texas Tech University Press and the University Libraries put on a second annual Literary Lubbock’s “A Night with Authors,” which will followed by the city’s inaugural book festival.

Later this month, those who love Texas Tech University Press authored books can meet and chat with writers at Literary Lubbock’s second annual “A Night with Authors.”

All of the following day, Oct. 28, the inaugural Lubbock Book Festival will be held at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the arts, where numerous authors will offer readings, signings, and entertainment for all ages.

The October 27 evening event at the Texas Tech Library includes a wine and beer reception, a seated dinner by Texas Tech’s Top Tier Catering, a silent auction and a literary program of authors sharing stories from the books on Texas, the Southwest and beyond.

Kaley Daniel with the University Libraries says literacy is the watchword for the university press and her office.

“Literacy is at the heart of what we do. So anytime that we can be a platform to bring readers of all kinds and authors together to discuss literature of any sort, we feel like we are doing our mission,” Daniel says.

The event benefits the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest and is being hosted by Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries, the Texas Tech University Press, and the Texas Tech University Libraries.

For tickets, call 806-742-2540 or email Len Markham at

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Daniel says rare are the chances to speak with accomplished authors, “Literary Lubbock is a truly unique event because it’s university Press authors that are talking about recently published books that they have published through the university press,” Daniels says. “The audience has time to mix and mingle with the authors and not only get books signed but talk one on one about the content and what they thought of the book and ask the author what their process is,”

The featured authors and their books are Nancy Draves’ “A Promise Fulfilled: The Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas;” Bob Horton’s “Of Bulletins and Booze: A Newsman’s Story of Recovery;” Ruben Molina’s “Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture;” and Janet M. Neugebauer’s “A Witness to History: George H. Mahon, West Texas Congressman.”

Through Oct. 27, as a thank-you gift for a $150 donation to KTTZ-FM, you will receive a free copy of Neugebauer’s book. Neugebauer says she loves the feel of a real book.

“I think people still are reading. My friends read. I read constantly and I want the big old heavy books that I can hold on to. I don’t want a Kindle,” she said.

The Oct. 28th Lubbock Book Festival is being funded by The CH Foundation, with various other partners. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., open to the public and free, except for a few ticketed meals and performances.

Featured authors featured at the Book Festival include John R. Erickson, Hank the Cowdog series; Terry Jennings, “Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad;” Karin McCay, author of “Magic Mommy” children’s book series that are coming soon; Adan Medrano, cookbook author of “Truly Texas Mexican;” Jodi Thomas, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author; and S.C. Gwynne, whose most recent book, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football, tells the story of how Hal Mumme and Mike Leach revolutionized American football.