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Best Local Author Houston 2011 - Roger Wood, Ph.D.

Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: Justin Cronin
Roger Wood gets tapped as local author this year for his entire body of work. There was the 2003 title Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life and Culture), a look at Houston's especially rich history of blues, a collaborative effort with photographer James Fraher. In 2006, it was Texas Zydeco, another Wood and Fraher project, this time capturing the state's colorful heritage of "la-la" music. Most recently it was House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, which Wood co-wrote with Andy Bradley, SugarHill's longtime audio engineer. For being Houston's prolific music historian, Wood gets a big "woop, woop."
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Brilliant choice! Distinguished writer, teacher, musicologist, historian, raconteur, and kind and gentle man, Dr. Wood is the perfect answer to those who would call Houston a village of bumpkins.