Trinity University Press

Elroy Bode

Elroy Bode is the author of nine books, including Texas Sketchbook, Sketchbook II, Alone in the World Looking, This Favored Place: The Texas Hill Country, Commonplace Mysteries, Home Country: An Elroy Bode Reader, and El Paso Days (forthcoming 2013). He is a former contributing editor for the Texas Observer and has twice received the Stanley Walker Award for Journalism from the Texas Institute of Letters. Bode, who taught in Texas public schools for forty-eight years, retired from Austin High School in El Paso. His work has appeared in the Nation, the Texas Quarterly, the Texas Observer, Redbook, the Southwest Review, and many other publications.

In a Special Light

In a Special Light is a collection of essays and short pieces by Texas writer Elroy Bode. In simple but memorable prose, Bode explores his home city of El Paso, as well as the land and people of Central Texas. He observes everyday events—a young boy in a barbershop; plaza life; a young couple in Smoky’s Barbecue. Bode also reflects on his life as a high school English teacher, a father, and a...

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