The Library Foundation's annual benefit, Illumine, honors members of the Austin community for outstanding literary achievement.
Join us for the 5th Annual Illumine!
Friday, November 13, 7pm – 10 pm
W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas
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Illumine 2015 Honorees:
Songwriting: Sara Hickman
Presenter: Michael Blair, Executive VP & Senior Creative Director at GSD&M
Poetry: Dean Young
Presenter: Chris Mink, Poet and Teacher
Luminary Award for Literary Patron: Forrest Preece
Presenter: Sarah Bird, Author
Nonfiction: H.W. Brands
Presenter: Stephen Harrigan, Author
About the Honorees
Nonfiction Honoree Henry William Brands writes on American history and politics, with books including The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, and TR (Teddy Roosevelt). Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Brands lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio. He holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas, Austin.
Poetry Honoree Dean Young has published eleven books of poetry, including Elegy on Toy Piano (2005) which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has received support for his work from the Guggenhiem Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin. In 2014, he was appointed the state poet laureate of Texas.
Songwriting Honoree Sara Hickman is a captivating singer/songwriter, vocalist and musician, with artists such as Shawn Colvin, the Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson and others covering her songs. Her latest album, Shine, is a memorable collection of ten songs that take the listener on a journey through a broad spectrum of emotions. She has been a guest performer on more than two dozen albums with other artists, and has toured with Billy Bragg, Dan Fogelberg, and Nanci Griffith. She has opened for artists such as the Decemberists, John Hiatt, and Lucinda Williams. She was named the “Official State Musician of Texas” in 2010, joining luminaries like Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett.
Literary Patron Honoree Forrest Preece, an Austin native, spent much of his childhood in the Austin Public Library. In 1968, he graduated from The University of Texas with a BA in Plan II/English. At UT, he played in the Longhorn Band and the University Symphony, wrote for The Daily Texan, and was president of the advertising fraternity. In 1977, he started his advertising agency Good Right Arm and retired in 2005. Forrest served on the board of directors of Badgerdog Literary Publishing for six years and is a longtime supporter of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. He serves on the boards of Ballet Austin and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Linda and Forrest are on the Director’s Council of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas.