Photo: HSU alum and featured author, Julie Kibler, with her HSU English professor, Dr. Delores Washburn, professor emeritus of English; Dr. Carol Woodfin, professor of history and honored author with Dr. Lanny Hall, HSU president; Cheryl Purcell with HSU alum Dr. Virginia Connally; HSU English professors, Dr. Laura Pogue and Dr. Bob Fink; photo credits, Janis Test and Emily Raymond
Hardin-Simmons University graduate Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home, is the featured speaker Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at the West Texas Book Festival’s noon kick-off luncheon at the Abilene Public Library. Her acclaimed first novel has been optioned for movie rights by Warner Brothers.
Kibler grew up in various towns in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Colorado, then moved to Texas to attend college at Hardin-Simmons University. She is currently writing her next novel and blogs regularly with five other women writers, all transplants to Texas, at What Women Write.
Her short memoir, "Final Sale on Tires," a true story about her relationship with her grandmother, appeared in Perigee Publication for the Arts (Issue 21, July 2008).
The noon event attracted dozens of HSU staff and faculty members, as well as past staff/faculty and alumni. Assistant vice president of development, Cheryl Purcell, remarked that HSU was well represented at the affair.
On Tuesday evening, September 24, Hardin-Simmons University associate professor of history, Dr. Carol Woodfin, author of An Experiment in Christian Internationalism: A History of the European Baptist Seminary, is one of several local authors to be honored at a 6 p.m. reception at the main Library, 202 Cedar.
Festival Planning Committee
Libby Rankin (wife of retired faculty member Dr. Taylor Rankin) – for the Boots & Books Luncheon
Corby Flanagan (alumnus) – Treasurer (for the overall festival)
Friends of the Library Board of Directors
Libby Rankin, President-Elect
Corby Flanagan, Treasurer
Rob Carleton, member (HSU Board of Development and husband of HSU former dean of students Linda Carleton)
Matt Preston, member (alumnus)
The festival, which began as the West Texas Book & Author Festival in 2001, is presented by Friends of the Abilene Public Library and the Abilene Reporter-News and includes funding support from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Dodge Jones Foundation, the Dian Graves Owen Foundation, the Shelton Family Foundation, and the Greathouse Foundation.
Funds raised by the festival support a variety of library activities, including the Texas Author Series, which brings in noted Texas authors for brown bag programs in the spring. More information about the festival, the Friends of the Library, and the Abilene Public Library is available on the library’s web site, www.abilenetx.com/apl