West Texas Book Festival

Featured Authors

(As featured authors are announced, they will be added to this page.)

Please note that it isn't possible to list the many awards that many of our featured authors have won.
This list only highlights a few of their honors.

Kay Bailey Hutchison - Dallas - Hutchison, former U.S. Senator from Texas, is the author of Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. She was elected Treasurer of Texas in 1991 and later became Senator from 1993 to 2013.

Jeff Guinn - Ft. Worth - Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. He also wrote a new biography of notorious criminal Charles Manson. He is formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs.

Julie Kibler - Kibler began writing Calling Me Home after learning a bit of family lore—as a teen, her paternal grandmother fell in love with a young black man, but their families tore them apart. Then, while digging into the past, she discovered her father’s hometown had signs at the city limits warning blacks to be gone by sundown. She grew up in various towns in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Colorado, then moved to Texas to attend college and stayed because even the strangers were friendly. Aside from writing, she is a freelance editor and tries to keep up with her teenagers and a couple of shelter dogs who don't always appreciate their rescue. She is currently writing her next novel and blogs regularly with five other women writers, all transplants to North Texas, at What Women Write. She is also a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University.

Marci Peschke - Children's author Marci Peschke was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and now lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and feisty black and white cat named Phoebe. During the day she is a school librarian. When she was six she started writing poems, so for her writing books is a dream come true!

Dean Smith - is a former American track and field athlete and stuntman. He won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics. After graduating from University of Texas at Austin, Smith played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers but never played in a regular season game. After his sports career, Smith performed as a professional rodeo cowboy and stuntman in various Western movies as The Alamo, How The West Was Won, and McLintock. He also appeared in such Western TV shows as Maverick, Gunsmoke, and Walker, Texas Ranger. In 2006 Smith was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, and in 2007 he received the Silver Spur award for his contribution as a stuntman in the film business.

Jodi Thomas - Amarillo - Thomas, this year's A.C. Greene Literary Award recipient, is a fifth generation Texan, who chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state. With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.


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