The Bee County Chapter of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association invite literary lovers to come celebrate Texas Independence Day with Dr. Don Graham, professor, author and Texas Monthly contributor.
Graham, who holds the Dobie Regents Professorship of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “J. Frank Dobie: Folklorist, Chronicler, Writer.”
The annual dinner, program and auction are open to all interested in Dobie and/or the university with proceeds going to scholarships for Bee and Live Oak County graduates going to attend UT.
Dobie, who was born on a ranch in Live Oak County in 1888, is known for his books on rural Texas life and folklore. He is credited with helping save the Longhorn breed of cattle during his lifetime. His name and influence can still be found throughout the region and state.
Graham regularly teaches the UT course made famous by Dobie, Life and Literature of the Southwest, and a course that Graham himself invented, Australian Literature and Film.
Graham’s publications include scores of articles and essays dealing with Texas culture. Among his works on Texas are “Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas” (1983) and “Texas: A Literary Portrait” (1985)
In 1989 Graham published a highly regarded biography, “No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy.” In 1998 “Giant Country: Essays on Texas” won a Violet Crown Award from the Austin Writers’ League.
In 2003, two more books appeared: “Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire” and “Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande,” an anthology of Texas writing edited by Graham. Both have since come out in paperback editions. Kings of Texas won the Carr P. Collins Prize for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, awarded by the Texas Institute of Letters, in 2004. It was also a finalist for a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.
His most recent book is “State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies,” published in 2008. His new book, “State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents,” has just been published by the University of Texas Press.
Graham is also a Writer-at-Large for Texas Monthly.
The celebration will begin with a cocktail period at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. at the Beeville Country Club. An auction will follow.
The benefit dinner is $30 per plate, the attire is Texas casual and reservations are required by Feb. 25 at (361) 542-1961 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.