Library Exhibit Honors Western Novelist, Baylor AlumnusMarch 16, 1999
An exhibit honoring Preston Lewis, a Spur Award winning western novelist and a 1972 Baylor University graduate, is on display in the foyer of Moody Memorial Library through April.
Lewis, director of development and external relations for the Texas Tech University libraries, has written 19 western novels under his own name, as well as the pseudonyms of Will Camp, Stephen Calder and Dale Colter. His 20th novel, Comanche Trail, is scheduled for publication in May. He has donated copies of his books to the Baylor libraries.
Blood in Texas, a Will Camp book, received a Spur Award for best western novel in 1996. Lewis also won a Spur Award for a non-fiction article published in True West and was recognized as a Spur finalist four times. Spur Awards are given each year for distinguished writing about the West by the Western Writers of America.
While attending Baylor, Lewis served as reporter and editor for The Lariat and as a news and sports reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald. After received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Baylor, he earned a master's degree from Ohio State University, where he was a Kipling Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting.
Since 1980, he has been associated with Texas Tech, serving as manager and later assistant director of the Health Sciences Center News Bureau and Publications Office. He began his present position in 1996.
Lewis also has been a member of the Western Writers of America since 1982 and served as president from 1996-1998. He is married to the former Harriet Kocher, also a Baylor graduate. They have two children, Scott, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, and Melissa, a junior at Baylor.