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Illumine 2013

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

Join us for Illumine 2013 on Friday, November 8, at the Downtown Hilton.

This year's honorees are:

For Fiction: Stephen Harrigan, presented by Elizabeth Crook

For Nonfiction: Dr. Steven Weinberg, presented by Gregory Curtis

For Young Adult Literature: Cynthia Leitich Smith, presented by Mark Mitchell

Luminary Award: Carmel Borders, presented by Jeanne Klein

Also presenting: The Forrest Preece Young Authors' Award, honoring writers in Badgerdog's Creative Writing Summer Camp

More about this year's honorees:


Steven Weinberg, Carmel Borders, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Stephen Harrigan

Dr. Steven Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Departments. His research on elementary particles and cosmology has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. In 2004, he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society, with a citation that said he is “considered by many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive in the world today.” He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Britain's Royal Society and other academies. The author of over 300 scientific articles, he has also written several scientific treatises as well as books for general readers, most recently Lake Views – This World and the Universe. Articles of his appear from time to time in The New York Review of Books and other periodicals.  He taught at Columbia, Berkeley, M.I.T. and Harvard before coming to Texas in 1982.

Carmel Borders is president of the Tapestry Foundation, whose primary focus is early childhood education and social emotional learning. Mrs. Borders is past chair and board member of the National Institute for Literacy. She's also served on the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and the Texas Book Festival board of directors. She currently serves on the boards of National Jump Start, Austin Community Foundation, Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, and the Advisory Council for Success by Six of Central Texas. Mrs. Borders is a member of the University of Michigan President's Advisory Group and the Chancellor's Board for the University of Texas Systems. An educator for twenty years, she has seen the benefits of early education and social emotional learning. Borders received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan. She has three children and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tom. 

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling young-adult author of the “Tantalize” series, the “Feral” series, and Rain Is Not My Indian Name. Cynthia has also published young-adult short stories, narrative nonfiction, graphic novels, and books for younger children. Her novels have received numerous awards and honors and are often noted for their diverse characters, humor, lyricism, fantastical elements, compelling action, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Cynthia was named a Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in recognition of Rain is Not My Indian Name and has been twice featured at the National Book Festival. Most recently, she was named the first Spirit of Texas Young Adult author by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association. She is a member of the Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is a lifetime member of the Writers' League of Texas. Cynthia makes her home in Central Austin with her husband, children's young-adult author Greg Leitich Smith.

Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction. Among them are The Gates of the Alamo, which was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a number of awards, including a Spur Award for the best Novel of the West. Remember Ben Clayton also won the Spur Award, as well as the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for best historical novel. Harrigan is a longtime contributor to Texas Monthly, and his articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of other publications as well. The Eye of the Mammoth, a career-spanning collection of his essays, was published in 2013 by the University of Texas Press. Harrigan is also an award-winning screenwriter who has written many movies for television; he is a Faculty Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and a founding member of the Texas Book Festival and of Capital Area Statues, Inc. He and his wife, Sue Ellen, live in Austin. 

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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 

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