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National Book Awards Festival Helps Build Huntsville’s Cultural Credibility

For the fifth straight year, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville is hosting the National Book Awards Festival, featuring award-winning writers and free literary events.



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Sam Houston State University is one of four schools nationwide that host National Book Awards Festivals, presented by the National Book Foundation. This is the fifth year Amanda Nowlin O'Banion has organized the festival.

She tells Houston Public Media's Catherine Lu about this year’s festival and says its growth year to year reinforces how engaged the arts community is in and around Sam Houston State.

Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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