Tickets are still available for a gala involving books published by Texas Tech.

The Texas Tech University Press “Literary Lubbock” Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, located on the Texas Tech campus.

Authors will sign books during the reception, which will include local wines, a meal by Top Tier Catering, and wine pairings chosen by the “Texas Wineslinger,” featured author Russ Kane. The event will be hosted by local writer and songwriter Andy Wilkinson.

The tenth-annual Literary Lubbock Dinner will benefit the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest, a book series honoring Tech’s former president.

All books featured at the event will be available for purchase at the gala at a 30% discount, and patrons can pay using cash, check, or credit card.

Seven authors and books will be featured at the event, including:

  • Steven L. Berk, dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, whose memoir “Anatomy of a Kidnapping: A Doctor’s Story,” outlines his 2005 abduction by a drug-crazed criminal.
  • Russell D. Kane, who outlines the wine history of Texas in “The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine.”
  • Chris Meister, who traveled to more than 50 communities in 12 states researching his book “James Riely Gordon: His Courthouses and Other Public Architecture.”
  • Jean A. Boyd, professor of music history and American music studies at Baylor University, and his book over the history of western swing music “Dance All Night: Those Other Southwestern Swing Bands, Past and Present.”
  • John J. Clayton, whose comic-tragic novel “Mitzvah Man,” tells the story of a man who takes solace through living the mitzvoth, instructions for goodness, justice, and compassion following the death of his wife.
  • Amy Hale Auker, whose memoir “Rightful Place,” details her life as a wife, mother, cook, ranch hand, and writer.
  • Glen Sample Ely, who has produced documentaries for PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, looks at Texas’ western heritage in “Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity.”

Tickets are $60 for individuals, and a table of eight is $480. Sponsorship tables for $650 and $1,000 are available as well. To purchase tickets, call the Texas Tech University Press at 742-2982 through Friday, April 27th.