Author Bud Shrake Dies
Author and journalist Edwin “Bud” Shrake died May 8. His body of work ranges from novels to the old Dallas Times-Herald to Sports Illustrated. His most popular work was co-authoring the 1992 best-seller, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. But many Texans will remember him for the breadth of his work.
“This was a guy from the old school everyone talks about, with values from that old school, who believed in journalism in the public interest, who believed in writing as a craft and as art and as something with purpose, and meaning, and mission,” said Evan Smith, President of Texas Monthly magazine.
Despite being ill with cancer, Shrake managed to appear at the 2008 Texas Book Festival. “Last year UT press published a collection of his writing and that was his last appearance at the festival. And the room was packed,” said Clay Smith, the festival’s literary director.
Bud Shrake died in Austin after a battle with cancer. He was 77.