Joe Nick Patoski to receive 2009 Texas Book Award for ‘Willie Nelson: An Epic Life’

Texas author Joe Nick Patoski of Wimberly will recieve the 2009 TCU Texas Book award for his biography, Willie Nelson:  An Epic Life.  The award is sponsored by the Friends of the TCU Library and the TCU Press and is presented biennially to the author of the best book about Texas. 

Books published in 2007 and 2008 were eligible for this year’s competition.  The presentation will be made at a dinner at the Kelly Center on the TCU Campus on March 19th, at 6:30 p.m.

Joe Nick Patoski is the author and co-author of biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena, and several coffee table books including Texas Mountains, Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Parks.  For 18 years he was a staff wrtier for Texas Monthly, and he has contributed to many other magazines, both Texas and national.  He is a radio personality and known for his interest in and management of music professionals.  Mr. Patoski will be present to receive his award and will make brief remarks.

Previous winners of the TCU Texas Book Award are Stephen Harrigan for Gates of the Alama; Scott Zesch, for The Captured; Jeff Guinn for Our Land Before We Die; and Timothy Egan, for The Worst Hard Time.

Books are judged by a panel of three independent scholars and authors chosen by TCU Pres.  Willie Nelson: An Epic Life was a unanimous choice of all the judges.

The public is invited to attend the presentation dinner.  Please call Barbara Standlee in the TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library (817) 257-6109 to make reservations.  The dinner is $30.00 per person.

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