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El Paso Named A Top Ten Texas Bookish Destination

Lubbock, Texas – Lone Star Literary Life, Texas’s only statewide media devoted to Texas books and readers, has announced its Third Annual Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations. El Paso ranked No. 9.

The process to select the winners starts with reviewing 45 different book-related variables, including visitable destinations, such as bookstores, libraries, literary centers, author birthplaces, sites featured in books or movies. Other factors include bookish events, such as book festivals, poetry readings and slams, or book arts venues.

Representatives of Lone Star Literary Life then visit each of the destinations under consideration and interact with key literary stakeholders in each community.

“Now in its third year, our annual Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations rankings has become one of Lone Star Literary Life’s most anticipated announcements,” said Kay Ellington, editor and publisher of Lone Star Literary Life. “Whether you’re a reader, a writer, or just love to travel, I encourage you to visit these destinations in Texas. In each of these places we found stories, characters, attractions and events well worth the drive.”

El Paso makes the list for the third year in a row for several reasons. The Tom Lea Trail is one of the visitable literary and cultural treasures of El Paso, connecting regional histories through art in eleven Texas cities (plus locales in Mexico and the state of New Mexico). Along the El Paso portion of the trail, Lea’s art can be found at the historic federal courthouse, the El Paso Public Library, the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Benjamín Alire Sáenz, the first Latino writer ever to win the PEN/Faulkner award, teaches at the University of Texas El Paso. BorderSenses, a nonprofit literary organization, is devoted to promoting art and literature on both sides of the border through events like the Barbed Wire Open Mic series, which features performances in poetry, music, comedy, fiction, nonfiction, monologues, dance routines, and more. The Tumblewords Project and the El Paso Poetry Project also support poetry workshops and spoken-word performance workshops.

Click here (http://www.lonestarliterary.com/el-paso-2017.html) for full details on why El Paso was chosen as a Top Ten Texas Bookish Destination.

2017 Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations
1.      Austin
2.      Houston
3.      Dallas
4.      Abilene
5.      Permian Basin (Midland and Odessa)
6.      San Antonio
7.      Fort Worth
8.      Rio Grande Valley
9.      El Paso
10.     Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties

Lone Star Literary Life, a weekly Texas books website includes reviews, interviews, and a statewide calendar of book events. To see the 2017 Top Ten Texas Bookish Destinations list, visit www.lonestarliterary.com/top-texas-bookish-destinations.html and use the official hashtag, #LoneStarLit, on social media.

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