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The Library Foundation's annual benefit, Illumine, honors members of the Austin community for outstanding literary achievement. 

Thank you to all who joined us for Illumine 2014! It was a great success!

  2014 honorees

Illumine 2014 Honorees:

Nonfiction: Lawrence Wright
Presented by Stephen Harrigan, Author

Emerging Author: Kelly Luce
Presented by Callie Collins, Co-Director of A Strange Object

Fiction: James Magnuson
Presented by Sarah Bird, Author

Luminary Award for Literary Patron: Brad and Michele Moore
Presented by Dave Hamrick, Director of University of Texas Press

Also featuring the Forrest Preece Young Authors Awards
Honoring two young writers from Badgerdog’s 2014 Creative Writing Summer Camp 

About the Honorees 

Nonfiction Honoree Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright and performer, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the just published Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David (Knopf, 2014). Other titles include Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf, 2013), which was a New York Times bestseller and nominated for the National Book Award and The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf, 2006) which spent eight weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Wright is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as the keyboard player in the Austin-based blues band, WhoDo.

Emerging Author Honoree Kelly Luce is originally from Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her first book, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013) won the Foreword Review Editor's Choice Prize in Fiction. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize anthology, and editor-in-chief of Bat City Review.

Fiction Honoree James Magnuson is the author of nine novels, including Famous Writers I Have Known, Ghost Dancing, and Windfall. He has also written more than a dozen plays that have received productions everywhere from the street theaters of Harlem in the Sixties to Lincoln Center and Playwrights Horizons. He has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, winner of an NEA grant for his fiction, and for twenty-one years has been the Director of the Michener Center for Writers.

Luminary Award Honorees Brad and Michele Moore are retired public relations and corporate communications professionals. Michele founded the Corporate Communications department for Dell, Inc. and was promoted to vice president becoming the first female executive at Dell. Brad and Michele have been deeply involved in various Austin literary organizations including the University of Texas Press where Brad has served as Chair of its Advisory Council and established the Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Book Series. Additionally, Brad and Michele are supporters of the Texas Book Festival and the Library Foundation where Brad is currently serving as a board member.  


Illumine 2013 Honorees

Fiction: Stephen Harrigan
 Presented by: Elizabeth Crook 
 Steven Weinberg
 Presented by: Gregory Curtis
Young Adult Literature: 
Cynthia Leitich Smith
 Presented by: Mark Mitchell
Luminary Award (Literary Patron): 
Carmel Borders
 Presented by: Jeanne Klein  


Illumine 2011 Honorees

Fiction: Dagoberto Gilb
 Presented by: David Garza 
Non-Fiction: Gregory Curtis
 Presented by: Jake Silverstein
Emerging Author: Carrie Fountain
 Presented by: James Magnuson
Songwriting: Jimmie Dale Gilmore
 Presented by: Ross Ramsey
Luminary Award (Literary Patron): 
Marc Winkelman
 Presented by: Joseph Skibell


Illumine 2012 Honorees

Fiction: Sarah Bird 
 Presented by: Michael Adams
Nonfiction: Douglas Brinkley 
 Presented by: Tom Staley
Children's Literature: 
Liz Garton Scanlon
 Presented by: Lymon Grant   
Songwriting: Joe Ely 
 Presented by: Turk Pipkin 
Luminary Award (Literary Patron): 
Darryl Tocker 
 Presented by: Pat Smith 

Sponsors include:

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 Tocker Foundation       Texas Gas logo         LCRA Employees UC  

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  Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation


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