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First lady dedicates landmark in Kyle

KVUE News (06/13/2002)

By Molly Smith

A love of literature brought the first lady back to Central Texas.

Laura Bush was in Kyle, Texas today (Thursday) to help dedicate the childhood home of Katherine Anne Porter as a National Literary Landmark.

Dozens of people waited to see the first lady, but the speech was by invitation only.

Mrs. Bush says as a former librarian and big fan of Porter's work, being a part of the dedication was a big honor.

Porter was born in 1894. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author spent her early life in Texas and Louisiana.

Her first published collection was "Flowering Judas and Other Stories," which appeared in 1930. Before her novel "Ship of Fools" appeared in 1962, she had published only short stories and novelas.

The Porter home is owned by Preservation Associates Inc. of Kyle and is leased to Southwest Texas State University.

The school operates the building as a museum dedicated to the author, as well as a writing center and home for writers-in-residence at the university.