Hawkins resident Murphy to speak at September Book Fest

Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 23:05 - Written by Staff Reports

East Texas Book Fest announced that the honorary chairwoman and featured guest speaker for the sixth annual Book Fest on Sept. 13 is Hawkins resident and international book club celebrity Kathy Murphy.

Ms. Murphy is founder of The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club, an international book club with more than 550 chapters nationwide and in 15 foreign countries.

Pat Conroy (“Prince of Tides”), Rebecca Wells (“Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”), Fanny Flagg (“Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf←”) and John Berendt (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) all have graced Ms. Murphy’s annual Pulpwood Queen Book Club Convention, also known as Girlfriend Weekend.

Every club organizes some kind of literacy program of its own choosing.

“Given Kathy’s passion for reading and strong advocacy for literacy, we are thrilled that she accepted our offer to host this year’s Book Fest,” said Nancy Crawford, executive director of the Literacy Council of Tyler.

For this year’s event, Tyler Area Partners for Literacy (TAP for Literacy), a collaboration of agencies and organizations devoted to expanding literacy at all levels, joined as co-organizer of the Book Fest.

This collaboration will bring new dimensions, activities, authors, and attendees to the regional event.

“We are delighted to team up with the East Texas Book Fest (ETFB) and the Smith County Libraries Together (SALT) to promote, support and celebrate literacy in East Texas,” said Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, chairman of the Tyler Area Partners for Literacy.

The sixth annual Book Fest will be at the Tyler Junior College West Campus at 1530 SSW Loop 233 in Tyler. The free event is open to the public.

About 60 Texas authors, who write in many genres and for all ages, will display their books and chat with readers.

“We are anticipating a great event this year celebrating the vibrant and diverse community of Texas authors,” said Jeanne Standley, director of the Robert R. Muntz Library at the University of Texas at Tyler.