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Leon Hale is an author and columnist for the Houston Chronicle. He moved to The Chronicle after writing a column in the Houston Post for 32 years.[1]

Hale is a member of The Texas Institute of Letters, a literary group in Austin, which recognized the writer with the Lon Tinkle Award for Excellence Sustained Throughout a Career. He has also won awards for fiction and non-fiction from the Headliners Foundation, United Press International, and the Associated Press.

He has recently announced his retirement after 65 years of writing. Despite this announcement, he continues to write short blogs weekly for the Chronicle as of the end of 2014.


Leon Hale is also the author of the following books:

  • Turn South at the Second Bridge (1965)[2]
  • Bonney's Place (1972)[3]
  • Addison (1978)[4]
  • A Smile from Katie Hattan (1982)
  • Easy Going (1983)
  • One Man's Christmas (1984)
  • Paper Hero (1986)
  • Texas Chronicles (1989)
  • Home Spun (1997)
  • Supper Time (1999)
  • Old Friends: A Collection (2004)


  1. ^ Pugh, Clifford (10 October 2001). "Chronicle's columnists give the paper personality". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ Borders, Gary (26 November 2000). "Books to curl up with on an autumn night". Record-Journal. p. E3. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  3. ^ Cohen, George (16 November 1986). "Author's story compelling". The Beaver County Times. p. 4. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  4. ^ Greene, Beverly (16 March 1979). "Your library". Middlesboro Daily News. p. 4. Retrieved 27 February 2011.

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