Austin Writers Win 2013 Illumine Awards
Stephen Harrigan will be honored for fiction, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Steven Weinberg for nonfiction, and Cynthia Leitich Smith for young-adult literature. Tapestry Foundation President Carmel Borders will receive the Luminary Award for literary patronage. The winners will be recognized at a dinner at the Austin Hilton Downtown.
Michener faculty fellow Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books, including the New York Times best-selling novel The Gates of the Alamo. His most recent work, The Eye of the Mammoth, is a career-spanning collection of nonfiction essays. Regarding the latter, Publishers Weekly called “Harrigan is a masterful storyteller, cataloguing scenery and character beautifully, often with great humor…These pieces convey a deep and rewarding connection with place.”
Dr. Steven Weinberg—called “a true intellectual as well as a brilliant theoretical physicist” by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins—has been recognized with multiple prizes for his work in physics, but it’s general-audience novels such as Lake Views: This World and the Universe that earned him the Illumine award. Dr. Weinberg holds the Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation Chair in Science at the University of Texas.
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a best-selling author of children’s and young-adult novels including the Tantalize series, a gothic fantasy set in Austin. The series has already earned her recognition as a Spirit of Texas author by the Texas Library Association and the nickname “the Anne Rice for teen readers” from The Bloomsbury Review.