The Bee County Chapter of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association will explore the life and literature of Live Oak County native J. Frank Dobie Wednesday evening, March 2, at the Beeville Country Club.
Dobie, whose family ranched near Lagarto, went on to document the folklore of Texas and become one of the state’s first authors of national renown. After he left for school which would eventually take him to a professorship at the University of Texas at Austin, his family would move from the ranch to Beeville.
Don Graham, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature, will be the featured speaker at the fund-raising banquet. Graham, an author and regular contributor to Texas Monthly magazine, now teaches the course made famous by Dobie, “Life and Literature of the Southwest.”
Graham has authored numerous books on various aspects of Texas including literature, movies and landmark entities and individuals such as the King Ranch and Audie Murphy. His latest title released this month, “State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents,” explores various Lone Star authors such as Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and, yes, J. Frank Dobie.
The dinner and auction benefit scholarships for Bee and Live Oak County students going to UT-Austin each fall. The chapter is inviting anyone interested in Dobie to attend but reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 25.
The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. with the dinner, program and auction to follow at 7 p.m. Admission and meal is $30 per plate and payable at the door.
Reservations can be made by phoning 361-542-1961, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.