The Texas Center for the Book is launching the 2021 Literary Landmark Roundup, a project to increase the number of literary landmark sites in Texas. The Center seeks nominations from libraries, historical associations, Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, museums, and literary societies, among others. Nominations are being accepted online at www.tsl.texas.gov/literarylandmark through Feb. 8, 2021.
Literary Landmarks are special places located across the country that attract tourists, book lovers, and history buffs to educate the public about the important literary works and history in their state. Made possible by funding from the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, this special push for more Texas landmarks will provide funds to cover the application fee, which also includes cost of the foundry-made Literary Landmark plaque, and will assist local institutions in creating awareness of the site’s importance to the state’s literary heritage.
To apply to become one of five new Texas sites through the Literary Landmark Roundup, first identify a site in your community. A Literary Landmark is a location tied to a deceased literary figure, author(s), and/or their work. It could be a writer’s home or birthplace, a library where work was crafted or is housed, an author’s burial site, a special place where literary figures met and discoursed, or an establishment where an author worked or did research. Creative applications are encouraged.
The second step is collecting and submitting the information needed to nominate the site, including a location description, background material, a bibliography, named groups or individuals who will be responsible for the site, an outline of plans for a dedication ceremony (in person or virtual), and a publicity strategy. The deadline to apply online is Feb. 8.
Five new Literary Landmark sites will be notified by March 15. These qualifying sites will receive funding and support to finalize their Literary Landmark. With assistance from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), 2021 Literary Landmark Roundup recipients must submit their official application to United for Libraries, the national organization that administers the program, by May 1, 2021.
A list of Literary Landmarks by state can be found on the United for Libraries website.
Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy, and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers, and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. The Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.