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Larry L. King was inspired at an early age to become a writer by the Mark Twain his mother read to him. He is the author of 13 books and seven stage plays as well as television documentaries, screenplays, short stories and magazine essays. His honors include the Stanley Walker Journalism Award, an Emmy Award for television documentary writing, the Helen Hayes and Mary Goldwater awards for the Off-Broadway stage play "The Night Hank Williams Died," a National Book Award nomination for "Confessions of a White Racist" and a Tony nomination for co-writing the libretto of the Broadway and international musical hit "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Mr. King has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a Fellow of Communications at Duke University and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. He has been a Contributing Editor at Harper's -- under the late editor Willie Morris -- and at New Times, Parade, Texas Observer and Texas Monthly. His most recent book is "Larry L. King: A Writer's Life in Letters, or Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye" (TCU Press, 1999).