A Guide to the Cindy Bonner Papers, 1983-1999
Cindy Bonner was born June 14, 1953, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended University of Southern Mississippi (1971-73), and San Antonio College (1979). She won Honorable Mention, Roberts Awards, 1989, and third place for a short story, "Byliners Contest," 1990. Her first novel, Lily (1992), was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Pipe Bearer’s Award. Her novels have been listed as “Best Books” by the American Library Association and have been translated into Spanish and German. Her most recent novel, Right from Wrong, won the Pen Texas Award in 1997.
In addition to raising two children, Ms. Bonner has worked in various professions, including as a yoga teacher, computer operator, real estate manager of a blues/rock band, and writer. “In 1982, with the encouragement of my husband, I bought a spiral notebook and began to teach myself to write… the hard way, through trial and error and a tidal wave of rejection letters. It is my goal to write fiction that someone, somewhere, will still be reading in one hundred years from now,” (Contemporary Authors, 1999). Ms. Bonner currently lives and writes full-time in Yorktown, Texas.
The Cindy Bonner papers document the writing and editing process of her novels and short stories, including research notes, annotated drafts, proofs, and correspondence, dating from 1983-1999.
Series 1: Works (1986-1999) This series documents the writing and editing process of Bonner’s four published novels, one unpublished novel, and seven short stories. Formats include research notes, annotated drafts, proofs, and correspondence.
Series 2: Correspondence (1983-1993) Correspondence in this series relates to Bonner’s writing career and includes letters of acceptance and rejection, and dialogue with literary agents.
Series 3: Artifacts (n.d.) This series includes one toy pencil which reads “Big Time Writer”. The toy was given to Bonner by her son and remained on her desk for five years.
Direct inquiries to Archivist, Albert B. Alkek Library, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666-4604. (512) 245-2313.
Gift donated by Cindy Bonner, since 1994.
Amanda Oates, 2000.
Lily (Algonquin Books. Chapel Hill, NC: 1992); Looking After Lily (Algonquin Books. Chapel Hill, NC: 1994); The Passion of Dellie O’Barr (Algonquin Books. Chapel Hill, NC: 1996); and Right From Wrong (Algonquin Books. Chapel Hill, NC: 1997). Ms. Bonner’s short stories also appear in such journals as High Plains Literary Review, Crosscurrents, American Way, and Gettysburg Review.
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