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The Texas Center for the Book at the Dallas Public Library is proud to announce the 1999 Texas State winners of the Letters About Literature contest. They are Marc D. Trust, a seventh grade student at Trautmann Middle School in Laredo, Texas, and Adam Bilal, an eleventh grade student at Katy High School in Katy, Texas.
Students were asked to write letters to the authors of books that had somehow changed their lives. Marc's letter was to Leo Buscaglia regarding The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. Adam's letter was to Katherine Anne Porter about her book Ship of Fools. Both winning letters are posted on this site. Marc and Adam will be honored at the Texas Library Association Conference in Dallas on April 21. Each will read his letter to the Texas Association of School Librarians general meeting and receive an award certificate and $l00 in cash.
The Letters About Literature contest is sponsored each year by the Library of Congress Center for the Book, Weekly Reader, the Texas Association of School Librarians, and the Texas Center for the Book. This year Southwest Airlines became a sponsor, donating free roundtrip tickets to each winner and a parent or guardian to make the trip to Dallas. Texas had more than 2800 entries, the second highest number of entries in the country. About 50 Texas finalists were chosen by national judges. Texas judges then had the very difficult decision of choosing a winner.
For more information, contact Marcia Trent, Texas Center for the Book, 214-670-7818.