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About Sarah

Sarah Bird portrait

Sarah Bird is the author of 11 novels, as well as other books, screenplays and magazine articles. Her latest, Juneteenth Rodeo, will be published by the University of Texas Press in June 2024. In Juneteenth Rodeo, Sarah’s camera lens captures everything—from the moment the pit master fired up his smoker, through the death-defying rides, to the last celebratory dance at a nearby honky-tonk.

 

Sarah was born in 1949 in Ann ArborMichigan. Her father was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Sarah and her family—a Catholic family of eight, including her mother, Colista Bird—travelled with him

around the the world during her childhood. She earned a BA degree from the University of New Mexico and an MA degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah and her husband, George

Jones, live in Austin, Texas, with their son and, arguably, the cutest corgi in the world.

Sarah Bird hologram

Sarah was selected as the permanent greeter—via a hologram—at the main branch of the Austin Public Library

During the mid-1980s, Bird was a founding contributing editor to Austin’s Third Coast magazine, for which she wrote numerous feature articles. Her first published novel was a mystery, Do Evil Cheerfully, published as Sarah McCabe Bird. In 1986, her comic novel Alamo House, based on her experience as a graduate student at the University of Texas, was published.

 

In addition to her novels, Sarah has written screenplays for television and magazine articles for national women’s magazines. Bird adapted her novel The Boyfriend School

Sarah with Collie the Corgi

CBS, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, ABC and TNT, as well as several independent producers. In 2015, she was selected for the Meryl Streep/Oprah Winfrey Screenwriters’ Lab.

 

Sarah has also been an NPR Moth Radio Hour storyteller, as well as a contributing writer for O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and op/ed columns, Chicago Tribune, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Salon, The Daily Beast, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and The Texas Observer. She is a regular columnist for Texas Monthly magazine.

 

And yes, Sarah was a go-go dancer in Tokyo for two weeks.

Accolades

Long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award

 

Best Fiction Writer award nine-time recipient, Austin Chronicle

 

ALEX Award nominee

 

Texas Philosophical Society Literary Award recipient

 

Editor’s Choice, Chicago Tribune

 

Best Book of the Year,
Seattle Times

 

Great Books for Book Club selection, Tucson Book Festival

 

Best Summer Reads selection, Marie Claire

 

Discover Great Writers selection, Barnes & Noble

 

Books to Remember selection, New York Public Libraries

 

Dobie-Paisano Fellowship honoree

 

Best Fiction Award two-time recipient, TIL

 

Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction recipient, Austin Libraries

 

Texas Literary Hall of Fame inductee

 

Texas Writer of the Year 2017, Texas Book Festival

 

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Texas Institute of Letters

 

Disinvited to speak to the Texas Legislature​ (learn more about that here)

Sarah Bird's boots
Sarah with the UT Longhorn Band
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