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AUSTIN Texas author, Sarah Bird was presented the Jesse H. Jones Award for the Best Book of Fiction of 2001 by The Texas Institute of Letters on Saturday, March 23rd, for her recent work "The Yokota Officers Club."

The Jesse H. Jones Award was one of fifteen awards presented at Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) 66th annual meeting in Austin. The Jones Award provided by the Houston Endowment, Inc., carries with it an author's honorarium of $6,000.

Published last year by Knopf Publishing and set against a background of post World War II Japan and Vietnam era Okinawa, "The Yokota Officers Club" is the fictionalized story of an Air Force family caught up in both the adventure and the politics of living on the local Japanese economy and the politics of rank and power in the "little Americas" that are US military bases abroad.

Raised as an Air Force Brat, with time spent growing up in Japan and Okinawa, author Bird was very familiar with the times and places she wrote about in the book.

This was the second time Bird has earned the Jesse H. Jones Award. Bird received the award the first time in 1991 for her novel "The Mommy Club."

The Texas Institute of Letters is a nonprofit organization composed of professional Texas authors whose purpose is to stimulate interest in Texas letters and to recognize distinctive literary achievement.

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