Stephen Harrigan is a longtime writer for Texas Monthly and the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction. His writing has been honored with the Texas Christian University Texas Book Award, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Spur Award for Best Novel of the West and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians. Among the many movies Harrigan has written for television are HBO’s award-winning "The Last of His Tribe," starring Jon Voight and Graham Greene, and "King of Texas," a western retelling of Shakespeare’s "King Lear" for TNT starring Patrick Stewart. His books include the novels "The Gates of the Alamo," "Remember Ben Clayton," and "A Friend of Mr. Lincoln." His most recent book is a sweeping history of Texas titled "Big Wonderful Thing," which NPR called "endlessly readable" and the Wall Street Journal praised as "popular history at its best."