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

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:



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:

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Page last modified: February 1, 2023