Kathi Appelt of College Station, author of more than 30 books for children and young adults, is the winner of the 2009 A.C. Greene Award, given annually by Friends of the Abilene Public Library to a distinguished Texas author.
The award will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Boots & Books Luncheon of the West Texas Book & Music Festival at the Abilene Civic Center.
Appelt's most recent book, The Underneath, intended for readers ages 9-12, has won national recognition as a Newbery Honor Book, among other accolades.
Appelt joins a distinguished list of Texas authors to receive the A.C. Greene Award, first presented in 2001. They are:
2001 - John Graves, Glen Rose
2002 - Walt McDonald, Lubbock
2003 - Elmer Kelton, San Angelo
2004 - Sandra Brown, Fort Worth
2005 - Liz Carpenter, Austin
2006 - Jane Roberts Wood, Argyle
2007 - Carlton Stowers, Cedar Hill
2008 - Don Graham, Austin
For more information about the West Texas Book & Music Festival, go to the web site at www.abilenetx.com/apl and then click on the festival icon. For luncheon reservations, at $30 each, send checks to FOL, 202 Cedar Street, Abilene, TX 79601.