A graphic with the text Texas Author Project Program and Winners: Join us to learn about the program and honor the 2020 winners and photos of .Joanne Kukanza Easley and Grace Allison Blair.

Texas Author Project Program and Winners: Join us to learn about the program and honor the 2020 winners.

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM CT. Register and join the Zoom chat via:   https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcldeCsrjsoGdGOkYivjM1svWp-SH2f9Z03.

The Texas Author Project is part of the Indie Author Project (IAP), a larger effort focused on public libraries and dedicated to finding and elevating the best indie and self-published books across North America. Each year, Texas indie authors submit their work to be considered for this honor and work to bring attention to great wealth of Texas literature. The IAP is a collaborative publishing and curation community that includes Library Journal and the IAP regional indie book contests run across hundreds of North American libraries each year. IAP curated collections make it easier for librarians to add curated and award-winning content from local and indie authors to their print and digital collections.

Photograph of Joanne Kukanza Easley


Joanne Kukanza Easley, born in Chicago, Illinois, has adopted Texas as her home. She lives in the Texas Hill Country on a small ranch with her husband, three rescue terriers, and abundant wildlife. Retired from a career in nursing—with dual specialties in the cold, clinical operating room, and the intense, emotional world of psychiatric nursing, she devotes her time to writing fiction. Her debut novel Sweet Jane was released on March 19, 2020 by Black Rose Writing. She is hard at work editing her next novel Just One Look and is drafting her third, I'll Be Seeing You, based on a character in Sweet Jane. You can visit Joanne on the web at: https://joanneeasleyauthor.com/



Photograph of Grace Allison Blair


Grace Allison Blair is an award-winning self-help and motivational author, who has assisted thousands to find their spiritual wisdom to solve everyday challenges.

Throughout her adult life, Grace became a serious student of the spiritual. She found that, often, psychological principles and practices were incomplete, but could be filled out by adding the missing spiritual component. Her approach was always to see practical applications for what she uncovered in the mystical. It was through immersing herself in this field of study and experience that she came up with her idea for her book, Einstein’s Compass.



The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.

For a full schedule of the #TXBookChat series, please visit: www.tsl.texas.gov/txbookchat


Upcoming Live Events

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Texas Author Project Program and Winners

Free Online Event  

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Letters About Literature Program and Winners

Free Online Event  

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Hybrid Texas Book Festival 2021: An Inside Look

Free Online Event  

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Lone Star Literary Life

Free Online Event  


Past Events

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

National Student Poet of the Southwest: Texan Ethan Wang

Free Online Event  


Thursday, March 23, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

How to Participate in Read Across Texas

Free Online Event  


Thursday, February 11, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Join Author and TCFB Coordinator Rebekah Manley in Discussion About Her Debut Book and the Sparks that Keep Her Writing Dreams Burning Bright

Free Online Event  


Thursday, January 21, 2021, 11 a.m. CDT

Graphic Novels for Today's Readers

Free Online Event  


Thursday, December 10, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Engaging Middle Grade Readers with Crystal Allen

Free Online Event  


Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Giving Voice to Hispanic Authors: Arte Público Press

Free Online Event  


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Virtual Texas Book Festival 2020: An Inside Look

Free Online Event  


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

The Power of Stories with Dr. Norma E. Cantú

Free Online Event  



Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

How to Draw From History - Developing Characters Today: Don Tate

Free Online Event  



Thursday, August 6, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Write NOW Session: Claire Campbell

Free Online Event  



Thursday, July 23, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Texas Talking Book Program: What is TBP, and Who is Eligible to Receive Audio, Braille, and Large Print Books?

Free Online Event  




Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11 a.m. CDT

Living a Life for the Books: Bethany Hegedus

Free Online Event  


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