Sunday, May 1, 2011

Texas Institute of Letters Announces Literary Winners

Before Brown
by Gary Lavergne
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(Dallas) – Jan Reid’s frontier novel revolving around Quanah Parker, Comanche Sundown, and Gary Lavergne’s account of the struggle to desegregate the University of Texas law school, Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall and the Long Road to Justice, were the top winners at the Texas Institute of Letters’ awards banquet Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Reid, a long-time Texas Monthly writer who lives in Austin, received a $6,000 prize for the top honor in the Jesse Jones Fiction Award. TCU Press was the publisher.

Lavergne, director of Admissions Research and Policy Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin, earned $5,000 as the winner of the Carr P. Collins contest for nonfiction. His book was published by the University of Texas Press.

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