Katherine Anne Porter House, Austin, Texas ©Author Adventures

Literary Texas

The Texas Author Adventures Trail Part One and Texas Author Adventures Trail Part Two thread together a wide range of terrain – small towns, large cities, waterways – paralleling a print literary terrain that is just as varied. From the Poky Little Puppy to James Michener’s massive 1,120-page Texas, and many other types of published writings.

Trail One runs north-south. You can then take a rest-stop and enjoy the sights of San Antonio, or move along to Trail Two, which runs west-east-south-north to get you back toward the top of the state.

Whether you travel the complete “giant” trail or just parts (the sites in Austin alone could rival trails in other whole states!), you will tap right into that feeling of pride that comes so naturally to the natives of this distinct state that was once its own country.

Click any link below for author and place information. Besides these physical places, we recommend a virtual visit of bushhoustonliteracy.org to discover the literacy legacy of Barbara Bush, long regarded nationwide as the First Lady of Literacy for Texas and the US.

Trail #1:

A. Larry McMurtry, Archer City
B. John Graves, Whitney
C. Horton Foote, Austin
D. Harry Ransom Center including numerous major writers, such as John Howard Griffin, Austin (University of Texas)
E. O. Henry, Austin
F. James Michener, Mount Bonnell
G. Katherine Anne Porter, Kyle
H. Barry Lopez, Lubbock (Texas Tech University)

Trail #2:

I. Max Lucado, San Antonio
J. and K. Jack Yates and Rutherford B.H. Yates, Houston
L. Janette Sebring Lowrey, Orange
M. John James Audubon, Orange
N. John Brewer and Bill Martin, Jr., Commerce (Texas A&M University–Commerce)

Part One of the Texas Trail covers stops A through H:

Part Two picks up at stop I, then continues through N: