Austin writer Lawrence Wright will receive the Texas Institute of Letters Lon Tinkle Award for an outstanding career in letters. The award will be presented at TIL’s annual spring membership meeting on the weekend of April 10-11 in Houston.

Wright was selected by TIL’s council and past presidents at its recent meeting in Austin. Lon Tinkle was a longtime book editor at the Dallas Morning News, professor of comparative literature at Southern Methodist University, and prominent member of TIL.

Wright won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction for his 2006 book, "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11." He will also be honored this year with an Illumine Award from the Austin Public Library Foundation. His most recent book is "Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David."

Wright has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.

TIL’s meeting in Houston will be at the Hilton Hotel on the University of Houston campus. The annual awards banquet will be held on the evening of  Saturday, April 11, at which more than $20,000 in prize money will be presented to winners of the TIL literary contests. More information can be found at