Country legend Willie Nelson has been elected to the Texas Institute of Letters. Not sure what that is? Us either, so we did some digging. The Texas Institute of Letters was founded in 1936 to “celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement.”Past honorees include literary icons Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, Sarah Bird and Americo Paredes.
And according to Austin360, Nelson is the first songwriter to be honored — as a songwriter. That distinction is necessary: Joe Ely was inducted last year, but for his literary efforts.
The new TIL members will be inducted in early April in San Antonio. Among the other 18 honorees are filmmaker Richard Linklater, UT playwright Kirk Lynn and Austin short story writer Jose Skinner.