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Kay Bailey Hutchison

Heralded as a trailblazer in government and business, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison accepted the fifth annual Literati Award at Tables of Content April 5.

The Literati Award honors individuals who have used the written word to advance the ideals of creativity, conviction, innovation and scholarship and who have had a significant impact on culture and the community through their work.

Hutchison is an acclaimed author whose most recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, was released in April 2013. She has published two bestsellers – Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, released in October 2007, and American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, released in 2004. In June 2000, she and several colleagues coauthored Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate.

In a career spanning four decades, she has influenced the public and private sectors as a politician, bank executive, journalist and small business owner. She was the first and only woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, where she served from 1993 to 2013.

She currently serves as a senior counsel with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

Dan and Laura Boeckman served as honorary chairs of Tables of Content, which benefits the annual grants program sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Grants support the purchase of vital materials and equipment for all SMU libraries.