I am a member of this important group and a proud supporter of the Texas Authors Institute of History where we are thrilled to announce that Author/Songwriter, Mike Blakely will be our Honoree Chair for the annual author reception gala scheduled for October 6 as part of the Lone Star Book Festival events.
Mike Blakely is a two-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – for a best western novel of the year and best western song of the year.
He has published 18 books with major New York City publishers.Mike’s most recent book is titled “A Song to Die For,” releasedNovember 2014. Some of his recent releases were co-written: One with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), and another, “What Are The Chances” with Kenny Rogers, (released Sept. 2013).
As a performing songwriter, Mike has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, Debbi Walton and others. He is currently in the studio recording his next CD.
A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.He published his first novel in 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
The Texas Author’s Institute of History’s Author reception will be held Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Main Street Garden park in downtown Dallas, Texas. Mike will perform songs from his latest CD as well as some of his classics. All proceeds will benefit the Texas Authors Institute of History museum ― a museum like none other, that saves Texas Author’s history one book at a time while supporting future writers in grades 6-12 through their Texas Short Story writing contest.
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Join Mike Blakley for the author reception and then come back for the Lone Star Book Festival that is truly about independent authors and their books. Spaces are still available for this two-day event on October 7 & 8, 2017 that will be held at the Main St. Gardens Park. To learn about the event and to sign up, please visit their website: http://lonestarbookfest.com
Tickets are now on sale for $25 per person, or group tickets here: http://texasauthors.institute/index.php/features/author-reception